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Music, Hear This G.B.H.: Show Preview

G.B.H.: Show Preview

G.B.H.'s world is best visualized as a dilapidated back alley covered in sewage, trash, soot, and other forms of grime you'd rather not get to know better. The Birmingham, England, outfit unleashes street-punk like it's meant to be unleashed, using…
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Music, Reviewed The Court & Spark

The Court & Spark

Local act the Court & Spark seems intent upon wresting the crown of thorns from the hometown duke of despondency, American Music Club. The first half of Hearts features mournful tempos and an ambience of unremitting gloom. Yet C&S is…
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Music, Reviewed Pram


Since its debut in 1992, the Birmingham, England, collective Pram has made music that's so deceptively simple it sounds like it was written on a toy piano -- by children on huge doses of Ritalin. On the surface, the band's…
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Dining, The Mix

The Mix

There's always something in the air when you step into a hot new bar. It might be excitement, attitude, marijuana smoke, or all three, but at Valencia Street's The Phoenix, the most striking thing is good old-fashioned heat. The place…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Recurring Dream

Selma and Birmingham are just cities now -- their names don't reverberate with kids the way they do with adults, who remember what happened in the civil rights clashes of 30 and 40 years ago. So when local youngsters celebrate…
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