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Music, Psych-rockers Sleepy Sun get better on the road

Psych-rockers Sleepy Sun get better on the road

As rock fossil Steve Perry once bemoaned in some rotten power ballad, "The road ain't no place to start a family." And brother, that's just the tip of the iceberg. If you really want to know what the road isn't…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Tom Morello and Boots Riley rage as one in Street Sweeper

Tom Morello and Boots Riley rage as one in Street Sweeper

Politician greed. Wall Street greed. Insurance exec greed. The media offers daily reasons to rail against the corrupt systems forcing the struggling economic classes into ruin. The little people are mad as hell, but really, what are we gonna do…
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Music, Reviewed Journey


The members of Journey must be feeling its name is more apt than ever these days. It's unlikely any band (Bay Area or otherwise) has as thoroughly modern and convoluted a resurgence story as these AOR mainstays pulled back into…
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Music, Reviewed Peter Morén

Peter Morén

It's hard to keep a frontman happy. Today's lead singers often harbor dreams of going it alone once they gain success with their bands, from Steve Perry to Gwen Stefani to Thom Yorke. Add to this list Peter Morén, lead…
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Music, Bouncer

Foosball fundamentalists and satanic odors in Hayes Valley

Foosball is but a mystery. No one knows from where this herky-jerky table sport arose; some say Spain, others France. Just like in America, where someone who really dug hanging 10 strapped wheels to a board to sidewalk-surf, the first…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Journeying From the East: I have been a Journey fan for 26 years, and yes, it was Steve Perry who got my attention. But with Journey it was always the music . The soundtrack of our…
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Music, OK Then New Year's Repetitions

New Year's Repetitions

Writers I know say that December is the worst month to work, but I think it's also the worst month to play and/or release music. Did anything noteworthy happen in December besides Iggy Pop's spracked-out performance -- at Live 105's…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Pop Philosophy

Trading an axe for a shovel These days, there are a lot of men pressed against chain-link fences near our SOMA offices. No, it's not because of some massive sting operation or a kinky sex show; there's just a damn…
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The House of Tudor

The Old 97's are playing again (here, insert a Homer Simpson-like gurgle used to express great joy and love for beer or candy) at the Great American Music Hall on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8; call…
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