Monthly Archives: March 2011

Links from the ‘War on Fun,’ and why San Francisco music venues need support in face of unnecessary regulatory action

Before I moved out here, I was under the distinct impression that California was all about fun—an opinion bolstered by the incessant airing of a commercial, which assured me life on the West Coast involved board meetings only in so … Continue reading

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Going On Sale: Death Cab For Cutie, The Melvins uncut and other major Bay Area concert announcements

Huh. The only arguably arena-sized group with tickets going on sale in the Bay Area this weekend is Death Cab for Cutie, and Seattle’s most precious not-so-indie-anymore rock band is purposefully scaling things down and playing a tour of  alleged … Continue reading

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SONG DUEL!: “Borderline” by Madonna vs. “Borderline” by Camper Van Beethoven

In the long-awaited, long-overdue return of this feature, we make a run for the borderline that pits ’80s mainstream icon vs. ’80s indie icon. Continue reading

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Racking Up Plays: “I Heart California” by Admiral Radley

These are the posts where I gush about some song that I’ve got a huge crush on at the moment, and you put up with it and listen because you’re a good friend. “I Heart California,” Admiral Radley Whether they’re … Continue reading

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Worthy of a Shout-Out: Look upon the mighty Chris Thile’s virtuosity and despair with Punch Brothers at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco

There’s so much going on in the Bay Area in any given week, there’s bound to be some show that failed to get any publicity beyond a simple calendar listing, yet is Worthy of a Shout-Out. Well, here it is … … Continue reading

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Nitpicking the Hits: Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull want everyone “On the Floor”–especially you, Dale!

In this new feature, I’ll be examining the lyrics to a current Top 10 hit in excruciating detail for no reason other than to mock it. The hit: “On the Floor” by Jennifer Lopez, featuring the stylings of Miami rapper … Continue reading

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Why’d You Name Your Band That?: San Francisco alt-rock band The Downer Party doesn’t consume oxycodone or human flesh, but thanks for asking

When I tell them it’s The Downer Party, it’s awkward. They always ask us two things: “Do you eat each other?” or “Do you take a lot of downer drugs?” Neither of those (is true). That’s ridiculous. Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Hate Factory, The Wrong Words, TIGERcat and Fake Your Own Death playing to benefit KUSF at The Uptown in Oakland

Other than the cause, what I really enjoyed about the Save KUSF benefit on Saturday at The Uptown Night Club in Oakland was how many eras were represented by the local bands raising funds to fight the radio station’s recent … Continue reading

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‘KUSF-in-Exile’ now streaming online with help from WFMU

As supporters of KUSF continue to raise funds to challenge the University of San Francisco’s sale of its transmitter, the campus station’s DJs who were forced off the air in January have found a way to start broadcasting again. During … Continue reading

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Worthy of a Shout-Out: Pack it up, pack it in, help House of Pain begin reunion tour with show at The Fillmore in San Francisco

I’m re-naming this little feature, because the old name seemed a bit condescending toward the professionals covering music for actual publications in the Bay Area, and they do a decent enough job. That being said, there’s so much going on … Continue reading

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