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Music, All Shook Down Festival Recap: Superlatives and Field Notes from BottleRock 2016

Festival Recap: Superlatives and Field Notes from BottleRock 2016

For some, Memorial Day weekend is a time for backyard BBQs and the first beach trips of the season, while for others, it means three days of music and wine with a hundred-thousand of their closest friends at the…
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Music, All Shook Down BottleRock Napa Valley Reveals Their 2016 Lineup

BottleRock Napa Valley Reveals Their 2016 Lineup

It's a new year, which means there's a new round of music festivals for you to pencil into your calendar (although does anyone use a non-digital calendar anymore, let alone pencils?). BottleRock Napa Valley is a three-day festival of…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Tragedy at The Bataclan

This Week: Tragedy at The Bataclan

This time last week, coordinated terror attacks across the city devastated Paris. Of the 129 people senselessly murdered, 89 were at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at The Bataclan Theatre. As survivors and first responders share full details of…
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Music, All Shook Down Lenny Kravitz's Penis, Ryan Adams' 1989, and a Typical Cyrus Family Outing

Lenny Kravitz's Penis, Ryan Adams' 1989, and a Typical Cyrus Family Outing

Last week, in the bar, we heard multiple people start conversations with the words: "Ohmygod! Lenny Kravitz's penis!" Because last week has been a lot about Lenny Kravitz splitting some leather pants on stage and showing the world — and…
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Music, All Shook Down Katy Perry's Halftime Show Was Fucking Insane (and Amazing)

Katy Perry's Halftime Show Was Fucking Insane (and Amazing)

Remember last year's Superbowl halftime show? When Bruno Mars did some dancing and Red Hot Chili Peppers did some flexing? Of course you don't! Because it was so fucking BORING. Well, last night — just to really hammer home…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Sex Pistols Get Fat, Lenny Kravitz Gets Ladies, and Morrissey Gets Stitched Up

This Week: Sex Pistols Get Fat, Lenny Kravitz Gets Ladies, and Morrissey Gets Stitched Up

"As my 25th birthday present from the media, I'd like for you to stop accusing all my friends of dating me. #thirsty" Taylor Swift: not doing any of her friends right now. (Twitter) "VEGANS... GO AWAY! not everyone wants…
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Music, Hear This Nikka Costa: Show Preview

Nikka Costa: Show Preview

Well before British divas Adele and the late Amy Winehouse scored critical and commercial success for their takes on retro R&B, fiery American soul siren Nikka Costa had already blazed her own distinctive trail through vintage sounds. Costa first made…
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Music, BeatBox Karl Denson: Show Preview

Karl Denson: Show Preview

Watching Karl Denson's Tiny Universe perform feels like an optical and auditory illusion: You can't help but ponder how the sax of bandleader and former Lenny Kravitz affiliate Denson melds so thoroughly with Chris Littlefield's trumpet that both seem like…
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Music, Reviewed Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz hates it when critics call him retro, contending that love, revolution, and smooching should belong to every generation. But the problem with his new album, It Is Time for a Love Revolution, is not just its bland message;…
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Music, All Shook Down Lenny Kravitz in SF Next month, Tickets Available Saturday

Lenny Kravitz in SF Next month, Tickets Available Saturday

Go check out a real mensch, Lenny Kravitz, next month at the Warfield. Make sure you get your tickets tomorrow morning. You'd be meshuggah not to! Here's the PR spiel: ON SALE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15TH AT 10:00AM! LENNY KRAVITZ…
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Music, Reviewed Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet

Well, the obvious question is: How relevant is the traditionally youthful pine of a gooey power-pop love song when it's sung by a fortysomething? Normally, not so much, which is why hesitation should be employed when considering the purchase of…
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Music, Reviewed Groove Armada

Groove Armada

The pre-release buzz on Groove Armada's fourth album, Lovebox, was that Tom Findlay and Andy Cato had tossed away their unwilling association with "chill-out," the laid-back dance genre that spawned a thousand somnolent beats last year. But the truth is…
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Music, Reviewed Don Lennon

Don Lennon

The only thing more frightening than an indie-rock comedy album is an indie-rock concept record. Amazingly enough, Boston singer/songwriter Don Lennon pulls off both on his third disc, Downtown. What's even more incredible is that Lennon is three for three…
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