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Calendar, Night&Day I Don't Wanna Miss a Sing

I Don't Wanna Miss a Sing

It has been said that love bites, love bleeds, love begs, love pleads and... it's what I need. Oh yeah, it's been said by far greater geniuses than ours. Def Leppard, Warrant, Poison, Cinderella, Bon Jovi, Heart, Journey, and…
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Music, All Shook Down Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, and Prince William Are <strike>Dreaming of a White Christmas</strike> Exceedingly White, Giving Us Nightmares

Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, and Prince William Are Dreaming of a White Christmas Exceedingly White, Giving Us Nightmares

Quick, what's the whitest thing you can think of? The latest Jennifer Aniston vehicle? That new condo on Dolores with a Whole Foods on the bottom and a fucking butterfly habitat on top? Well, stop straining your brains, my…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don't Be Shy

Don't Be Shy

Crack the lid of your inner geek and prepare to cringe-laugh with Mortified, the storytelling series that brings teen angst to light in the form of comic storytelling from journals, poems, notebooks, letters, lyrics, photos, home movies, schoolwork, and other…
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Music, All Shook Down Six Reasons We're Really Glad Jon Bon Jovi Is Not Dead

Six Reasons We're Really Glad Jon Bon Jovi Is Not Dead

Earlier this week, you may have seen the online rumor -- clearly started by some evil, ungrateful little trolls -- that Jon Bon Jovi was dead. Before we knew it, the news had spread all over Twitter, and Bon Jovi…
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Music, All Shook Down Jane's Addiction to Release New Album, World Covers Ears in Anticipation

Jane's Addiction to Release New Album, World Covers Ears in Anticipation

A funny thing happens to a lot of old rock stars. Maybe it's because they're surrounded by sycophants who never say no. Or because all that fan adoration goes to their heads. Or because too much critical acclaim can irreversibly…
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Calendar, Night&Day Just Like Every Cowboy

Just Like Every Cowboy

SF Indiefest’s Love Bites sing-along is a Valentine’s Day party for those down-in-the-dumps, shit-out-of-luck sad bastards who are ready to shuck off their self-pity and pump their fists in broken-hearted solidarity. Sure, there are plenty of ways to get emo…
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Music, All Shook Down

The Top 6 Most Irritating Uses of a Really High Note in a Song

The moral of this list? Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do it. Nobody likes a show-off, and nobody enjoys shattered glass and burst eardrums. Here, then, are some proponents of high notes who really should've…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Hanging with drunk folks on the 38 Geary

Bouncer: Hanging with drunk folks on the 38 Geary

Last week I finally figured out why people like to watch baseball. They like the slow pace of it. They like the players. They like the ritual. I got drawn in, and no one was more surprised than me. I…
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Music, All Shook Down Bread People: Famous Musicians With Dough in Their Name

Bread People: Famous Musicians With Dough in Their Name

We couldn't not share these geeky, jokey photos. Bun Jovi? It's all part of the greatness of Bread People, which, with a few puns and some Photoshop trickery, manages to make us laugh at repeated jokes about, um, bread. (And…
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Calendar, Night&Day Anvil

Anvil

Even though Anvil, a four-piece speed-metal circus that once toured with soon-to-be cash-cow longhairs like Whitesnake and Bon Jovi, never amounted to anything more than “the demigods of Canadian metal,” guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner decided early…
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Music, Reviewed Various

Various

In the decade before Nirvana made it safe (and commercially viable) to rock alternatively, the underground music world sporadically coughed up "quirky" bands like R.E.M. or the Cure into a mainstream bewitched by Madonna, Don Henley, and Bon Jovi, while…
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Music, Bouncer

Bouncer

"Ah doper deal?" "Excuse me?" I replied. "Ah doper deal?!" returned the woman in an accusatory tone. She was expertly coiffed, fully inebriated, and apparently a visiting tourist from India. The place was "Stinky's Peepshow," sometime in 2002, when I…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Pop Philosophy

While walking in Berkeley recently, I noticed a large, stenciled message on the ground that featured a tweaked American flag and the slogan "Resist patriotism" below it. "Ah, Berkeley," I thought, "how gloriously out of step you are with the…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best and Worst Karaoke Bar

Most aspiring musicians and wannabe rock stars have already heard of the Mint, the infamous Castro karaoke joint. Stocked with a jampacked songbook, large television screens, and a separate stage area, plus a bar for curious onlookers, the Mint hosts…
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