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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 Pardon Jim Morrison, But Penalize Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin

Pardon Jim Morrison, But Penalize Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin

Jim Morrison performing in Miami, March 1, 1969​At the time of his death in a Paris bathtub in the summer of 1971, James Douglas Morrison, singer and lyricist for epochal L.A. band The Doors, was looking at six months'…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>It Might Get Loud</i>

It Might Get Loud

Marketed as a guitar summit between The Edge, Jimmy Page, and Jack White, Davis Guggenheim’s affectionate, intermittently insightful behind-the-music doc is more electric triptych than meeting of the minds. Yes, the trio gather ’round the soundstage amps to teach each…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Les Paul (1915-2009)

R.I.P. Les Paul (1915-2009)

The Associated Press has reported  that guitar innovator Les Paul  died today at the age of 94, from pneumonia-related complications. Paul helped to popularize the electric guitar in the 1940s, and his use of multitracking, overdubbing, phasing, and effects…
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Music, All Shook Down Best Rock Movie Ever?

Best Rock Movie Ever?

I had a chance to see a sneak preview of the documentary It Might Get Loud yesterday. First impressions? Best. Rock. Movie. Ever. The film, scheduled to open in Bay Area theaters August 28, takes three guitar gods from…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Groupies


What other business but rock 'n' roll would make the women who swap spit with the stars an industry unto itself? After Flavor Flav's Flavor of Love hook-up took off, Brett Michaels of Poison fame has recently been giving rocker…
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Music, Guitar God

Guitar God

Regardless of whether a kid is ensconced in Brooklyn or Brazil, a certain strain of teenager dreams of rock stardom. Headphones charged with red-meat riffs, bodies electrified by hormones, their heads swell in a fantastical variant on jamming with, say,…
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Music, Reviewed Earl Greyhound

Earl Greyhound

Already getting pegged as America's answer to Wolfmother by some critics, New York buzz band Earl Greyhound shows flashes of ham-fisted '70s rawk brilliance on its debut album Soft Targets. Opener "S.O.S." swaggers like a vintage cut off of the…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Got MLK?

Got MLK?

SAT-MON 1/15-17 We hate to harsh your San Francisco mellow, but this is an important opinion, coming to you straight from the official Web site (address below): "The 2005 Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration -- A Day On, Not…
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1998: The Year in Lists

Brian Alcorn's Top 10 Songs Bay Area Radio Missed the Boat On Any music fan can name dozens of wonderful, obscure songs that never made it on the radio, but here are 10 wonderful mainstream singles that got spins in…
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