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Music, All Shook Down Nine Notable Acts from Coachella Weekend One

Nine Notable Acts from Coachella Weekend One

I’ve covered Pitchfork, Bonnaroo, and South by Southwest — and of course, Noise Pop, Outside Lands, and Treasure Island — but until this weekend I’d never been to Coachella. In a lot of ways, it’s just like all the others,…
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Music, All Shook Down Morning Music News: Lil B Drops a 63-Track Mixtape, Hieroglyphics Rolls Out an Emoji Pack, LCD Soundsystem Will Headline Coachella, and More

Morning Music News: Lil B Drops a 63-Track Mixtape, Hieroglyphics Rolls Out an Emoji Pack, LCD Soundsystem Will Headline Coachella, and More

Berkeley rapper Lil B drops his second mixtape of 2015, the three-disc, 63-track project, Thugged Out/Pissed Off. It's downloadable for free, which is always a nice treat, and features plenty of the playful, old-school style of jams that Based…
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Music, All Shook Down Elton John Is Still Standing

Elton John Is Still Standing

“Shut Up and Play the Hits” isn’t just a documentary about LCD Soundsystem’s farewell concert. It’s also a great mantra for headliners playing a music festival when their last no. 1 record charted before the median attendee was born.…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Ancient Methods, Beautiful Swimmers, Lee Foss, and More

The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Ancient Methods, Beautiful Swimmers, Lee Foss, and More

Surface Tension presents Ancient Methods, Skander, and more at F8, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12. $15; feightsf.com In the last five years or so, techno has gone dark. For most of the 2000s, techno was minimal, microscopic, and designed…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 4 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: James Murphy, Mike Q, Profligate, and More

The Top 4 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: James Murphy, Mike Q, Profligate, and More

Public Works and As You Like It present James Murphy and more at Public Works, 9 p.m-3 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. $25-$30; publicsf.com This one needs no introduction, really. If you're over the age of 14 and under the age…
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Music, All Shook Down 10 Artists That Will Still Matter in 30 Years

10 Artists That Will Still Matter in 30 Years

One of the most interesting discussions we heard at the SF MusicTech Summit yesterday was about which artists of today will still matter -- will be remembered and talked about and referred to -- in 30 years. The question was…
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Music, All Shook Down <i>Shut Up and Play the Hits</i>: Five Quick Thoughts About the LCD Soundsystem Documentary

Shut Up and Play the Hits: Five Quick Thoughts About the LCD Soundsystem Documentary

Like proper mourners of LCD Soundsystem, we went and checked out the new documentary on the band's final show at Madison Square Garden, Shut Up and Play the Hits, at its single-night-only showing yesterday. In lieu of a full review…
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Music, This Has Happened: James Murphy on the New LCD Soundsystem Doc

This Has Happened: James Murphy on the New LCD Soundsystem Doc

"When we started the band, suddenly we were, like, New York famous. We could get into any place, but you know — I was never recognized on a plane." James Murphy, former frontman of post-punk dance band LCD Soundsystem, has…
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Music, All Shook Down Fourth of July: Five Excellent Pro-America Songs to Soundtrack Your Party Today

Fourth of July: Five Excellent Pro-America Songs to Soundtrack Your Party Today

Happy Fourth, everybody! As we all know, patriotism in this fine land of ours often sounds frickin' terrible when presented in song form. But feeling happy to be American doesn't -- we repeat, doesn't -- have to involve Toby Keith.…
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Music, All Shook Down LCD Soundsystem Doc <i>Shut Up and Play the Hits</i> Coming to Make You Wistful For One Night Only

LCD Soundsystem Doc Shut Up and Play the Hits Coming to Make You Wistful For One Night Only

So of course you didn't get to go see LCD Soundsystem's final three-hour kiss-off at Madison Square Garden last April, aka the most important music event of your stupid, short lifetime. Okay, maybe it wasn't that important. But if…
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Music, All Shook Down Nancy Whang and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem on Their Favorite Record Stores Around the World

Nancy Whang and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem on Their Favorite Record Stores Around the World

A deep collective sigh could be heard from the world's indie music fans last year when LCD Soundsystem announced its breakup. The decision left many wondering where members like James Murphy, Nancy Whang, and Pat Mahoney were going to…
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Music, All Shook Down LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang to DJ at Public Works This Week

LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang to DJ at Public Works This Week

Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang -- two of the crucial members of LCD Soundsystem who aren't James Murphy -- are performing a rare joint DJ gig for this Friday's Face Party at Public Works. While likely to be good, it's…
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Music, BeatBox Junior Boys: Show Preview

Junior Boys: Show Preview

Abstract pop music experienced a renaissance in the mid-'00s. Matmos and the Fiery Furnaces both released career-defining albums, while LCD Soundsystem etched out a spot in the cultural consciousness with increasingly grandiose works. And let us not forget about Junior…
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Music, All Shook Down America Sucks: Six Great Songs Complaining About the USA

America Sucks: Six Great Songs Complaining About the USA

So it's almost the Fourth of July -- a day when we are all obligated to find a barbecue, pretend it's sunny, get drunker than we probably should in the middle of the day, and complain about British people. As…
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Music, All Shook Down S.F.'s Q Bar Plans LCD Soundsystem R.I.P. Party for Monday

S.F.'s Q Bar Plans LCD Soundsystem R.I.P. Party for Monday

When LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy announced his band's retirement, it signaled an end to the decade-long run that saw the project turn the worlds of independent and dance music on their respective heads. LCD, the flagship act of Murphy's…
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Music, All Shook Down My Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2010, Starring Ty Segall, Flying Lotus, and Some Dude They Call Yeezy

My Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2010, Starring Ty Segall, Flying Lotus, and Some Dude They Call Yeezy

The tussle of 2010, for me, was wrestling with albums that I loved, but which lacked that elusive quality of "importance," and records that felt fresh and ambitious and exciting, but weren't the kind of thing you want to listen…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 10 Best Big Concerts I Saw in 2010, with Gaga, Green Day, Sir Paul, Pavement, and LCD Soundsystem

The Top 10 Best Big Concerts I Saw in 2010, with Gaga, Green Day, Sir Paul, Pavement, and LCD Soundsystem

It just didn't seem right to lump in Oracle Arena and HP Pavilion fare with the cozy goings-on at S.F. dens like Bottom of the Hill and even Great American Music Hall. So, in search of an even comparison, I'm…
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Music, All Shook Down Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch Loves S.F., and Why a Music-Based Dating Site Doesn't Work

Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch Loves S.F., and Why a Music-Based Dating Site Doesn't Work

Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian​In SF Weekly's print edition this week: A look at the impressive lineup for this weekend's Treasure Island Music Festival.My exclusive interview with Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch:  "He didn't know then that this city…
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Music, All Shook Down LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Has Literally Never Heard of Train

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Has Literally Never Heard of Train

Well here's a gem from this week's Pop Quiz interview in the SF Chronicle: When Chronicle music critic Aidin Vaziri makes a witty aside in an interview with James Murphy (who is performing at Treasure Island this weekend, as you…
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Music, All Shook Down Mysterious Non-LCD Soundsystem Track Pops up on Pitchfork as Official Remix, Then Disappears

Mysterious Non-LCD Soundsystem Track Pops up on Pitchfork as Official Remix, Then Disappears

Sometimes the Internet is just a big, bubbling mess of "Um... Okay?". For example: Earlier today, the trendsetting indie music site Pitchfork posted a Soundcloud music player under the headline "LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean (Tiga Remix)," writing:'Dance Yrself…
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