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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cancer Isn't Hilarious: Josh Mond and Christopher Abbott Talk James White

Cancer Isn't Hilarious: Josh Mond and Christopher Abbott Talk James White

Art mirrors life for Josh Mond, the Martha Marcy May Marlene producer who makes his directorial debut with the gritty feature James White. Opening Dec. 4, Sundance's "Best of Next" Audience Award winner follows troubled title character James White (Girls' Christopher…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch Katie Day's Hauntingly Pretty Cover of Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness"

Watch Katie Day's Hauntingly Pretty Cover of Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness"

Looping's a crazy thing, innit? "Pursuit of Happiness," Kid Cudi's self-aware 2009 party anthem — or chronicle of a person's thinking as they veer into a drunk and drugged out downward spiral, depending on how you spin it — is…
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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 Frank Gallagher: El Rio Soundman, Self-Proclaimed "Old Bastard," and S.F. Rock Lifer

Frank Gallagher: El Rio Soundman, Self-Proclaimed "Old Bastard," and S.F. Rock Lifer

The Soundman: "President, Sound Engineer, and Bad Tempered Old Bastard," is the title on Frank Gallagher's business card. But the surliness there and on the card's slogan -- "Intimidating musicians since 1975" -- is contradicted somewhat by the man's demeanor,…
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Music, Hear This Kid Cudi: Show Preview

Kid Cudi: Show Preview

Leave it to Kid Cudi to turn loneliness and pain into a party. On his debut mixtape, Cudi mined neuroses and drug-fueled escapism and came up with tracks like "Day 'N' Nite" — songs about sadness that are often set…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 8/25/12: The '80s Babies and Their New Faves Rule Rock The Bells

Live Review, 8/25/12: The '80s Babies and Their New Faves Rule Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 Shoreline Amphitheatre Better than: Partying with your own demographic Rock The Bells is the only annual hip-hop festival to manage the difficult feat of attracting a truly diverse and multi-generational crowd. In its…
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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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Music, All Shook Down Fresh Times for Mission Recording Studio Different Fur, the Mountain Goats, and More

Fresh Times for Mission Recording Studio Different Fur, the Mountain Goats, and More

From SF Weekly's latest music section: Different Fur: Late in 2009, the Mission recording studio Different Fur played host to a night of local musical magic. Upstart Berkeley band the Morning Benders was recording a video with the then-scarcely-heard-of S.F.…
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Music, BeatBox Kid Cudi: Show Preview

Kid Cudi: Show Preview

Anyone looking for hip-hop that's free of pretension and strong on honest-to-goodness emotions would be well advised to catch Kid Cudi on his latest tour. This low-key Ohio boy, friend of Kanye West, Grammy nominee, and hipster-rock crossover star has…
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Music, All Shook Down The Gender Politics of "Poke Her Face"

The Gender Politics of "Poke Her Face"

Interesting article posted by Davey-D and written by self-described "radical feminist" Jennifer McLune on Kid Cudi, Kanye West, and Common's remix of Lady GaGa's "Poker Face." Retitled "Make Her Say (Poke Her Face)," the song offers four minutes of…
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Music, BeatBox Crookers

Crookers

The Italian DJ duo Phra and Bot have been making serious waves with pop-infused, house-based remix work as Crookers. The pair recorded an EP for Diplo's Mad Decent label and landed a breakout with their irresistible take on Kid Cudi's…
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