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Class of 2007: The Passionistas

"We want the fashion line and the fragrance."
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SUPERLATIVE Most Likely to Succeed

QUOTE "We want the fashion line and the fragrance."

"We'd like to be pro — in the sense that we'd like to not work and have lots of money," Aaron Sunshine says of the Passionistas. Based on the group's Kelley Stoltz–produced debut, God's Boat (New and Used Records), Sunshine, fellow songwriter Myles Cooper, and bandmate Andrew Lux have earned the right to think big. Yeah, it's hard to draw blood from a stone, but it's even tougher to mine new blood from old rock music. Read more »

Class of 2007: J.Nash

"I'm about to eat your ass like soul food."
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SUPERLATIVE Most Likely to Get Nasty

QUOTE "I'm about to eat your ass like soul food."

If you're looking for the future of hyphy, vocalist J.Nash is already there. Never mind that his versatile vocals link the two hottest Bay Area rap albums this year: Mistah FAB's Da Baydestrian (SMC) and Turf Talk's West Coast Vaccine (Sic Wid It). His own album, Hyphy Love (Soul Boy/Urban Life), is a genre unto itself, a fusion of hyphy and R&B that Nash calls R&Bay. Read more »

Class of 2007: The Dry Spells

Most Likely to Run Away from Grad School and Join a Band of Gypsy Violinists
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CLUBS Bulgarian Throat-Singing and Bare Trees Appreciation Society, Analog Tape-Cutter Pep Squad

SUPERLATIVE Most Likely to Run Away from Grad School and Join a Band of Gypsy Violinists

How did four fresh-faced young women with freshly minted bachelor's-degree diplomas from New York's Bard College and a yen for Left Coast adventure end up making music amid the fog banks, dim sum depots, and Russian sweet shops of San Francisco's Richmond District? Read more »

Class of 2007: The White Barons

"We're all fuckin' wasted."
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CLUBS Detention hall, Saturday school, Motörhead Appreciation Society

QUOTE "We're all fuckin' wasted. It's one big van full of trouble, comin' to a town near you."

"Yeah, I just rolled out of bed," Baroness Eva von Slut says when I give her a call at 2 p.m. the day after the White Barons' show at Thee Parkside. Ah, the White Barons. The fuckin' White Barons. Read more »

Fall Arts: The year we turned to Glass

Appomattox premieres in a fall filled with classical tributes
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Philip Glass fans are getting ready to camp out in San Francisco this fall.

The most influential composer of the late 20th century, Glass marked his 70th birthday Jan. Read more »

Fall Arts: Fall on high

Duck rock and leather-feathers in Clubland
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Forget that catchy monster musical Avenue Q anthem "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" (isn't there a dance remix yet?) — here's something really tickly-tacky. Last month my inverse fabuloid, anti–drag queen amigo Downy (think hairy white Whitney with nylons over her head) threw a huge party in Manhattan called "9/11 in July." Business-suited patrons were doused with baby powder on entry, to the strains of Enrique Iglesias's "Hero" and the post-tragedy oeuvre of Mr. Bruce Springsteen. Read more »

Fall Arts: Outrageous stages

You know you like it live
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AUG. 31

Beyoncé Will our dream girl arrive on a palanquin amid tossed rose petals? Or re-create the Guess jeans Brigitte Bardot zombie on the cover of B'Day, hoisted atop a blossom-spouting bidet? Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakl. (415) 421-TIXS

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San Francisco's Summer of Love 40th Anniversary Concert C'mon, people, now, smile on your brother and skip Burning Man, find a flower, and get in free to this concert. Read more »

Mates of down-home states

Riding a wave of love for Or, the Whale
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I might as well just fess up and own it: as much as I love the concrete and anonymity of the city, I'll always remain a country boy at heart. I grew up in a town of 2,000 people, where everyone knew one another's business. Intimately. Moose in the backyard were a regular occurrence. Country music was everywhere. Potato-sack racing and the 4-H club played an integral part of my childhood, as odd as it is to contemplate such things over the din of traffic outside. Read more »

Against them!

How relevant are Rage Against the Machine?
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So the members of Rage Against the Machine are having themselves a little reunion outing, eh? What a great reason for a massive flock of shirtless, chest-bumping frat boys to jump in place with middle fingers extended while screaming, "Fuck you — I won't do what you tell me!"

It should come as no surprise that the politically charged rap-rock foursome caved in for a supposed one-off performance — their first in almost seven years — at the recent Coachella Festival. Read more »

Show us the money

Rap ruled at the Bay Area's Showtime at the Apollo auditions
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By 9 a.m. on July 28, 13-year-old Bay Area music-star hopeful Nyles Roberson, accompanied by a support group that included his mom and two other family members, had secured a coveted position at the very front of the line outside the doors of the Oakland Convention Center. Read more »