Music Features

Cover me bad

The art of the Halloween tribute band tradition

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MUSIC Halloween's like Christmastime for crafty weirdoes. But for me, crudely sewn, elaborate costumes are only half the fun. Around these parts, creativity seems to peak during what is arguably the most wonderful time of the year. The Bay Area particularly steps it up by honoring the punk band tradition of the Halloween cover show (where legendary bands are paid tribute through song and dress).Read more »

Perma-teens

Garage rock pioneers the Sonics return on a wave of Total Trash

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MUSIC It's entirely debatable what year this current wave of the garage rock revival broke out.Read more »

In the year of worms

Grass Widow's Hannah Lew offers Cold Beat tales of 'death, paranoia, and science fiction'

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TOFU AND WHISKEY That voice. Those eerie, singular vocals that are somehow both alien and intimately familiar. They sound like electric Tesla coils wrapped in whipped silk. San Francisco's Hannah Lew is most often heard harmonizing by three with her striking post-punk trio Grass Widow. With newer project Cold Beat, it's her vocals alone above the needling guitars and anxious synths of a different band.Read more »

Kids in America

French Cassettes unspool sunny tales of "Gold Youth." Plus: Danish Renaissance woman Oh Land and new books by East Bay punk goofballs Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits

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TOFU AND WHISKEY "Us Kids," the first single off French Cassettes' debut full-length Gold Youth (self-released), is a sunny, upbeat slice of San Francisco life. It's unadulterated indie pop exuberance, the shiny glee of mischievous youth in a extraordinary city under a thick layer of fog.Read more »

Bye bye irony

Har Mar Superstar grows up, Fuzz releases its debut, Fuck Buttons returns to form 

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Tofu and Whiskey Furry, greased-up man child Har Mar Superstar — the singer-songwriter who's become known as the R&B Ron Jeremy — is changing his act. Sorta. He still gets sweaty at his live shows, so naturally he will shed a few layers of clothing.Read more »

Blitzkrieg what?

Party captain Andrew W.K. and Marky Ramone carry on the Ramones legacy

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MUSIC The progression of party-rock champion Andrew W.K.'s career reads less like a linear trajectory than a whirlwind of bizarre, hilarious, and downright enviable undertakings. After he started out as a keyboardist in New York's avant-garde circles, and built his reputation with a handful of ecstatic butt-rock records (most notably 2001's I Get Wet, featuring that iconic nosebleed on its cover), W.K.'s biography plunged into full-on chaos mode.Read more »

Hardly strictly anything

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TOFU AND WHISKEY A precious indie rock troubadour from Omaha, a comedy legend, and an aging punk icon — not exactly the types you'd picture as major players at this weekend's annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. Then again, that's the organizing wizardry of the free Golden Gate Park based fest: the ongoing surprises, unexpected performers, and uncanny mix of live acts from disparate genres that somehow blends seamlessly over a single fog-filled park weekend.Read more »

Bedroom jams

Set the right tone with our mood-music guide

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Are you in the mood for love? Do you need a bubble bath first? Are you down with hot (but safe) stranger sex? Follow our handy flow chart, learn which tracks will best set your love-making mood. Read more »

Porn again

SEX + MUSIC ISSUE: The rediscovered skin flick soundtracks of disco legend Patrick Cowley

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Discipline and desire

SEX + MUSIC ISSUE: Wax Idols frontperson Hether Fortune's empowered outing as a pro-domme

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SEX + MUSIC "A lot of dominatrixes are artists," says Oakland's Hether Fortune. "I know a girl who's a tattoo artist, I know models, painters, fashion designers."Read more »