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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: George Chen

Music Heroes: George Chen

I don't know everything there is to know about George Chen. I know he's funny. I know that when he decides something's going to get done, it's going to get done. And I know in many ways he is independent…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Discovers the Ultimate Tiki Dive Bar in Bamboo Hut

Bouncer Discovers the Ultimate Tiki Dive Bar in Bamboo Hut

As Don Ho once famously quipped, I never met a Tiki bar I didn't like. Grungy holes-in-the-wall are of particular interest, because all the owners need to do is hit the Party Warehouse for some fake coconuts and palm fronds,…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

Sizzle • To help kick off Noise Pop's 20th Anniversary festival, we're throwing a free party on Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Noise Pop Pop-Up Shop at 34 Page (at Franklin). S.F. rappers the Jealous Guys will be performing a…
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Music, All Shook Down Zum: An Oakland Avant-Rock Label That Isn't Going to Give Up

Zum: An Oakland Avant-Rock Label That Isn't Going to Give Up

Many local labels are offering obscure reissues and innovative new releases on all conceivable formats. Label Sampler is a new column that will profile a different Bay Area record company each week. Name: Zum Record Company Headquarters: Oakland Owner: George…
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Music, Cassette-Only Labels Are Thriving, But Is It Just a Fad?

Cassette-Only Labels Are Thriving, But Is It Just a Fad?

With vintage tape duplicators whirring beneath a dizzying backdrop of art supplies, busted keyboards, and shelves of tapes, Billy Sprague describes his long-term relationship with cassettes and the outlandish art that accompanies them. After praising at length the format's financial…
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Music, All Shook Down Buy Some Weird Records and Help All-Ages Oakland Venue 21 Grand

Buy Some Weird Records and Help All-Ages Oakland Venue 21 Grand

​21 Grand, the downtown Oakland nonprofit all-ages venue and art space, is struggling to survive. In August, city officials decided that the space was violating the city's cabaret license laws, forcing 21 Grand to cancel much of its fall schedule…
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Dining, Eat Ready for Takeoff

Ready for Takeoff

Human beings don't want to eat in airports. We find ourselves in airports, wanting to eat, but we don't always go away happy. Of course, it doesn't have to be that way, and now travelers at SFO have more than…
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Dining, Eat

Yin, Yang, and the Other

I've long believed the best things in life -- love, health, freedom, a purpose -- are easily recognizable to those who enjoy them. And, since we're making a list, let's throw in friendship. And wisdom. And inner peace. And, of…
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