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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Get Lost in The Grungy, Moody Textures of Steel Cranes' New Single, "Pretty"

Premiere: Get Lost in The Grungy, Moody Textures of Steel Cranes' New Single, "Pretty"

In Steel Crane's new song, "Pretty," — the first single to be released from their upcoming sophomore album, Tango — rollicking drums and bass collide with salacious guitar licks to create a moody, grunge-rock tune revolving around the topic…
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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: When Awful Isn't Such a Bad Thing

Earworm Weekly: When Awful Isn't Such a Bad Thing

I suffer from stereotype threat as much as the next person. After lighting the fuse of last week's column and weathering the social media firecrackers I touched off, I found that I'd become a hard act to follow. More…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Charlie XCX's "F Word", Adele's B-Word and Pearl Jam's Virginity

Last Week: Charlie XCX's "F Word", Adele's B-Word and Pearl Jam's Virginity

Everyone's gone super-political this week (except Courtney Love, naturally). We saw Killer Mike biggin' up Bernie Sanders and RZA backing Hillary Clinton. We heard Thom Yorke talking shit about Tony Blair and watched MIA's refugee-focused video, as well as…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Anti-Uber Protesters Have Nothing on the French

San Francisco Anti-Uber Protesters Have Nothing on the French

San Francisco taxi drivers protested outside Uber's headquarters earlier this week, when attendees of the US Conference of Mayors took a tour of the ride-hail company's Market Street office. According to 48 Hills, the protest jammed up traffic and brought out…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Lady Gaga in Disguise, Dave Grohl in a Cast, and Courtney Love on the Defensive

This Week: Lady Gaga in Disguise, Dave Grohl in a Cast, and Courtney Love on the Defensive

This week has played out a bit like an action-drama movie. On the action side, we've got Justin Bieber doing parkour, Dave Grohl receiving medical treatment onstage, and a boyband dude setting his own face on fire. Bringing the drama…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye Is Silenced, Taylor Swift Blows Shit Up, and Courtney Love Is Nice to Someone

This Week: Kanye Is Silenced, Taylor Swift Blows Shit Up, and Courtney Love Is Nice to Someone

Well, good golly Miss Molly! Everyone's getting their politics on this week: from Killer Mike's smackdown of Bill O'Reilly, through feminist statements from Mark Hoppus and Taylor Swift, all the way up to a terrifying conversation between Muse's Matt Bellamy…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Stephen Hawking Says There's a Universe Where Zayn Is Still in One Direction

This Week: Stephen Hawking Says There's a Universe Where Zayn Is Still in One Direction

It's a war between old-school and new-tech this week. Whether it's Roger Waters complaining that musicians don't get paid anymore, Stephen Hawking engaging in popular culture to a degree that's uncomfortable for all of us, or Miley Cyrus and Zoe…
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Music, All Shook Down 5 of Billy Corgan's Most Entertaining Feuds

5 of Billy Corgan's Most Entertaining Feuds

This week is an insanely exciting one for Smashing Pumpkins fans, old and new alike. Tomorrow, Dec. 9, sees the release of latest album, Monuments to an Elegy, and, just two days later, Billy Corgan and co. are playing…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kesha vs. Dr. Luke, Iggy vs. Snoop, Azealia Banks vs. Ebola

This Week: Kesha vs. Dr. Luke, Iggy vs. Snoop, Azealia Banks vs. Ebola

"So many of them that are about me. Most of Siamese Dream is about me. I think they put it on... There's a song called "Bodies" that's on Melon Collie. And then there's "Today"... and there's "Tonight Tonight"... Then…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Riff Raff Gets Stupid, CeeLo Gets Offensive and Courtney Love Gets... Cheese

This Week: Riff Raff Gets Stupid, CeeLo Gets Offensive and Courtney Love Gets... Cheese

"People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" CeeLo Green is a fucking idiot. (Billboard) "I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter. Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe." Hey, CeeLo…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Courtney Changes Kurt's Story, Kesha Breaks Free, and Troubles at an Avicii Show

This Week: Courtney Changes Kurt's Story, Kesha Breaks Free, and Troubles at an Avicii Show

"In the early Eighties, as a 22-year-old queer man living during the Reagan-Bush administration, I was afraid to get tested for HIV for fear of quarantine, the threat of internment camps, and having my basic civil rights stripped away... I…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye's Mouth, Björk's Exhibition, and Mariah Makes an Unexpected Friend

This Week: Kanye's Mouth, Björk's Exhibition, and Mariah Makes an Unexpected Friend

"When people think celebrity, which is the highest form of communication -- we're like walking networks or TV shows or brands in ourselves -- you don't think good taste. And I believe that bad taste is vulgar. It's like cursing.…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Bieber's Racism, Cops' Sexism, and Andrew W.K. Seeing Ghosts

This Week: Bieber's Racism, Cops' Sexism, and Andrew W.K. Seeing Ghosts

"I saw Courtney walking past, and I just tapped her on the shoulder and we looked at each other in the eyes and that was it -- we're just family. We've had a rocky road. We've had a bumpy past,…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Lewinsky Calls Out Beyoncé, Reznor Calls Out Rock 'n' Roll, and Ben Folds Plays a Storm Trooper

This Week: Lewinsky Calls Out Beyoncé, Reznor Calls Out Rock 'n' Roll, and Ben Folds Plays a Storm Trooper

"Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we're verbing, I think you meant 'Bill Clinton'd all on my gown,' not 'Monica Lewinsky'd.'"Monica Lewinsky totally has a point about that awful lyric in Beyoncé's "Partition" (Vanity Fair)."Several witnesses claimed to have witnessed Cyrus trying…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Stern Grove announced its 2014 series of free Sunday concerts — and this year's is among the best we can remember. The lovely forest on the city's west side will host Rufus Wainwright, the Zombies, the Funky Meters, Andrew…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kurt vs. Courtney, Jay Z vs. Drake, and Everyone vs. Donald Sterling

This Week: Kurt vs. Courtney, Jay Z vs. Drake, and Everyone vs. Donald Sterling

"Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife even when she's a b**ch with zits and siphoning all yr money for Doping and whoring"Seattle Police have released a note they found in Kurt Cobain's…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Reasons Courtney Love Is Wrong About Saxophones Not Belonging in Rock 'n' Roll

Five Reasons Courtney Love Is Wrong About Saxophones Not Belonging in Rock 'n' Roll

As we all know, in the 1980s, the coolest member of any band was always the sax player. It's why Rob Lowe played one (while wearing a beautiful headband) in St. Elmo's Fire, and it's why Tina Turner's sexy sax…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Wedding Bells for Elton John, Legal Troubles for 2 Chainz, and Tears for Miley Cyrus

This Week: Wedding Bells for Elton John, Legal Troubles for 2 Chainz, and Tears for Miley Cyrus

"In a felony complaint by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, the rapper will be charged with possession of a controlled substance for unlawfully carrying codeine... The rapper... faces up to three years in prison if convicted."2 Chainz might…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Quotes of the Week: Yeezy Gets Humble, Odd Future Gets Rejected, Madonna Gets Sick

Music Quotes of the Week: Yeezy Gets Humble, Odd Future Gets Rejected, Madonna Gets Sick

A summary of this week's news, via the mouths of musicians and media:"If we can raise $300,000 for Cancer For College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We…
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Music, All Shook Down The 5 Most Unexpected Covers of Songs From Nirvana's <i>In Utero</i>

The 5 Most Unexpected Covers of Songs From Nirvana's In Utero

In news that will make a lot of people feel ancient, Nirvana's In Utero turns 20 this Sept. 13. To celebrate this milestone, a 70-track (70!) deluxe reissue -- featuring two versions of the record, as well as tons of demos,…
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