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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 • The Warren Hellman Public Celebration brought stars like Emmylou Harris and Old Crow Medicine Show to two stages at Ocean Beach on Sunday, and reproduced all the magic that makes Hellman's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass so beloved. It was…
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Music, All Shook Down Q&A: How Howlin' Rain Survived a Four-Year Hiatus, Worked with Rick Rubin, and Finished <i>The Russian Wilds</i>

Q&A: How Howlin' Rain Survived a Four-Year Hiatus, Worked with Rick Rubin, and Finished The Russian Wilds

By DAVE GIL DE RUBIO When Howlin' Rain's Ethan Miller answers the door of the Brooklyn flat he's borrowing from a friend, the disheveled hair and wildly scraggly beard he's sporting gives him the look of a modern-day Rip…
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Music, Hear This Howlin Rain: Show Preview

Howlin Rain: Show Preview

In the four years since its last full-length, 2008's Magnificent Fiend, Bay Area blooze-psych quintet Howlin Rain hooked up with famous admirer Rick Rubin, who helped midwife new album The Russian Wilds. While guitar-playing frontman Ethan Miller has the band's…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Exploring Bhi Bhiman's Funny, Compassionate Folk Songs

In Print: Exploring Bhi Bhiman's Funny, Compassionate Folk Songs

Bhi Bhiman: It might surprise anyone who's heard his booming tenor of a voice, but San Francisco singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman didn't always want to be a musician. His first chosen profession? Comedian. Which goes some way toward explaining the sharp…
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Music, Hear This Jam in the Family

Jam in the Family

Akron/Family started under the wing of Swans frontman Michael Gira and ended up at the High Sierra festival, bridging the gap between art rock and jam-band indulgence. Along the way, the group lost a member to a Dharma center, but…
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Music, Bay Area Picks for SXSW

Bay Area Picks for SXSW

South by Southwest is again upon us, which means the Bay Area's musicians, rappers, DJs, and experimentalists are filling up their gas tanks and heading south. Our loss is Austin's gain, though, as the Texas music marathon gets a peek…
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Music, Rick Rubin Digs Howlin Rain's Distorted View of the '70s

Rick Rubin Digs Howlin Rain's Distorted View of the '70s

The best artistic creations spring from dualities. There Will Be Blood's villainous oil baron vs. the naive preacher kid. The Road's barren apocalypse vs. the tender father-son kinship it inspires. Trident Splash gum's strawberry sugar juiciness vs. its tangy lime…
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News, Feature The Big Bang

The Big Bang

The concept behind the supergroup is that it's an impressive music personnel package composed of individual heavyweights. Take Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, for example. Or Blind Faith's reconfiguring of members of Cream and Traffic. Then there's, well, Velvet Revolver…
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