When the Murder City Devils disbanded in 2001, the Seattle group were drawing more fans to shows, were no longer struggling to make ends meet, and were scheduled to produce another LP for their label, the storied Sub Pop Records. But none of that really mattered, according to MCD lead singer, Spencer Moody. Continue reading »
The annals of popular music teem with ersatz nobility: self-proclaimed dukes, kings and princes. But no one deserves her title more than Wanda Jackson, Queen of Rockabilly. Continue reading »
Local comedian and actor Robin Williams was found dead today in Marin of an apparent suicide, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.
The Academy Award winning actor was found in his Tiburon home shortly after noon, Aug. 11, by family members before local emergency officials responded to the scene. At a press conference held by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 12, it was revealed that first responders found Williams hanging from a belt—one end around his neck, the other secured to a closet door. There appeared to be no signs of struggle, according to a spokesman with the department. Continue reading »
Full of sirens, lotus-eaters, and erstwhile suitors, the Outside Lands festival can feel like a personal Odyssey. Just getting through the gates is a rite of passage. Continue reading »
Last week, local artist, musician and graphic designer Ben Henderson took down the plastic banner—which had hung above Cafe Stritch’s main entrance for more than a year—and replaced it with a hand-painted sign featuring the venue’s name and logo. Next week, the first of three shows booked in coordination with “boutique” production company (((folk YEAH!))) will kick off at the SoFA bar and restaurant. And in September, Cafe Stritch will host the two-night C2SV Local Music Showcase, featuring a handful of San Jose indie bands, including Darto, Dinners and No Maps.
Those three events may seem unconnected, but to Maxwell Borkenhagen, artistic director of Cafe Stritch, they are all indicators of something much larger: a resurgent live music scene in downtown San Jose. Continue reading »
These days, when a rock band wants distorted guitars or an overdriven vocal, they can simply kick on a stomp box or apply a digital effect to the mix. But back in 1960, when the Sonics were first developing the gritty sound that would come to be known as garage rock, there was really only one way to get that fuzzy tone—they had to crank up the volume. Continue reading »
After more than a decade’s absence the SoFA Street Fair is back. With more than 50 local, regional and national acts on three outdoor stages and a variety of other San Jose venues, the music and arts festival is set to return on Sept. 14. Continue reading »
I first learned about mambo as a kid when my father relayed a famous story about Perez Prado getting banned from Mexico for wanting to turn the country’s national anthem into a mambo tune. My dad loved that story. He tended to repeat himself, so I probably heard that tale a hundred times. In any event, decades before I was born, Prado was the reigning king of mambo, one of the first to ever introduce the form to America. Continue reading »
One has to wonder if all the fuss about Beyoncé and Jay Z’s rumored separation is just one more staged act of the couple’s cinematic and highly scripted On The Road tour, in San Francisco on Tuesday for the first of two shows at AT&T Park. Continue reading »
He didn’t invent funk, but for five decades Bootsy Collins has been one of the genre’s most recognized ambassadors. From behind his signature star-burst glasses, outsized top hats and custom made “Space Bass,” his lilting vocals bespeak depths of mellow most of us mere mortals can only imagine. Continue reading »