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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 • Much of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass lineup for 2012 is finally out, and it looks good: Notable performers so far include Patti Smith, Elvis Costello (solo), Chuck Prophet, Todd Snider, Glen Hansard, and Les Claypool. The fest takes…
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Music, All Shook Down The Hunger Games Soundtrack: Five Things You Need to Know

The Hunger Games Soundtrack: Five Things You Need to Know

As you may have gathered from all the relentless hype and advertising and media anticipation, The Hunger Games movie is finally out today. And, yes, despite our vaguely dismissive tone, we're actually thoroughly excited about the whole thing. Especially since…
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Film, "The Swell Season": Jumbled Story of Two Musicians' Angst is Dully Banal

"The Swell Season": Jumbled Story of Two Musicians' Angst is Dully Banal

This tour doc — shot in moody, close-up-heavy black-and-white — traces a few years on the road with Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, real-life musical collaborators in the band The Swell Season who starred in the 2007 Irish indie musical…
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Calendar, Night&Day Too Good to Be True

Too Good to Be True

The Swell Season is a tour doc — shot in moody, close-up-heavy black-and-white — that traces a few years on the road with Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, real-life musical collaborators in the band The Swell Season who starred in…
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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 • Eddie Vedder packed two nights on the local stop of his solo tour, and understandably so: The two-hour set ran through Pearl Jam faves, film songs, and Vedder's new ukulele stuff. He performed mostly alone, save for a…
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Music, All Shook Down Eddie Vedder Plays the Soulful Surfer Boy at the Paramount Theatre (Photos + Setlist)

Eddie Vedder Plays the Soulful Surfer Boy at the Paramount Theatre (Photos + Setlist)

Eddie Vedder Glen Hansard July 11, 2011 @ Paramount Theatre, Oakland (See a full slideshow from Eddie Vedder in Oakland.) Way better than: Eddie Vedder's all-ukulele record (Ukulele Songs, it's called). Nothing against the four-stringed instrument that resulted when…
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Music, All Shook Down A Father's Day Wishlist: Kiss Hilarity, Glen Hansard Busking, My Bloody Valentine Humming, and More

A Father's Day Wishlist: Kiss Hilarity, Glen Hansard Busking, My Bloody Valentine Humming, and More

Lou Reed set the bar rather low with his idea of the perfect day: sips of sangria in the park, a trip to the zoo, a movie. "It Was a Good Day" also kept it simple, with Ice Cube's…
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Music, Hear This The Frames: Show Preview

The Frames: Show Preview

In detailing the power of loquaciousness the Blarney Stone allegedly imparts, Irish humorist Francis Sylvester Mahony wrote of individuals being transformed into "noble spouters." Fellow countryman Glen Hansard (from the Oscar-winning folk duo the Swell Season and indie-rock outfit the…
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Music, Reviewed The Frames

The Frames

If time is kind to the Frames, the current swooning over singer Glen Hansard's appearance in indie flick Once will die down without overshadowing The Cost, the Irish rock band's sixth and strongest album. In the film, Hansard and Czech…
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Film, Busker Love

Busker Love

Once, written and directed by John Carney, is a deceptively simple movie — a narrative strung together by pop songs, but without the sheen (or arrogance) of most cinematic musicals. By day, a Dublin busker (Glen Hansard) sings Van Morrison…
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Film, The Music Men

The Music Men

PARK CITY, Utah --On the first Saturday of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, I rolled out of bed and hustled up Main Street for the 8:30 screening of Tamara Jenkins' The Savages, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney as…
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