Music Features

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 »

Still freestyling at 30

Amid satellite and Net radio, proliferating podcasts, and far too many music-delivery options, KUSF hangs on to its heritage of broadcasting radical sounds to the city
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The workroom of KUSF, 90.3 FM, has always looked just this side of combustible. It's a second home to the radio station's new-music volunteers, a tightly packed DIY office space papered with band posters from top to bottom. Ancient desks are pinned against each wall, one holding a beat-down stereo. Two huge metal-hinged lockers loom in the corner, monoliths stickered beyond recognition with archeological layers of rock 'n' roll's past. I stare at them and try to remember the exact location of a Barkmarket sticker I myself put up more than 15 years ago. Read more »

Liege and grief

Rufus Wainwright seeks safe haven
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FULL CIRCLE America is Rufus Wainwright's scorned lover–<\d>cum–<\d>doomed horse-opera hero on his new opus, Release the Stars (Geffen), making Wainwright's fifth album something of a postscript to the bipartite Want recordings (Dreamworks, 2003; Geffen, 2004). Departure comes as Wainwright turns his wry gaze beyond the cloister of his boudoir-proscenium to harness a polemical bent to his grandiose, lush, high-lonesome sound. Read more »

To the ramparts, robots

Daft Punk lead a righteous new French revolution
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Aside from having one of the most awesome health care systems in the world, the Louvre, and an overall sense of sophistication, France is responsible for Daft Punk's entrance into the world and the subsequent rebirth of a limitless club culture. Sure, we've got R. Read more »