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Music, All Shook Down Christmas Comes Early at Aimee Mann's Holiday Show at Bimbo's

Christmas Comes Early at Aimee Mann's Holiday Show at Bimbo's

Aimee Mann with Ted Leo, Liz Phair, Jonathan Coulton, and John Roderick Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco Dec. 6 Better than: drinking egg nog that isn't spiked with anything. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at…
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Calendar, Night&Day O.G. Punks

O.G. Punks

There aren't many great punk bands still active who can say they were around for the genre's early days, but Stiff Little Fingers thankfully remain one of the exceptions. Cribbing their moniker from a Vibrators song, Jake Burns and company…
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Music, Hear This Stiff Little Fingers: Show Preview

Stiff Little Fingers: Show Preview

There aren't many great punk bands still active who can say they were around for the genre's early days, but Stiff Little Fingers thankfully remain one of the exceptions. Cribbing their moniker from a Vibrators song, Jake Burns and company…
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Music, All Shook Down Noise Pop: Ted Leo Keeps It Punk All by His Lonesome at Bottom of the Hill

Noise Pop: Ted Leo Keeps It Punk All by His Lonesome at Bottom of the Hill

Ted Leo  AB & The Sea February 24, 2011 @ Bottom of the Hill Better than: That awkward moment when the music gets turned down and you're the only one singing. Ted Leo is a punk. He might be an…
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Music, Hear This The blissful strings 'n' things of Amiina

The blissful strings 'n' things of Amiina

For the past eight years, Amiina has been best known as Sigur Rós' string section. Since 2005, however, the Icelandic act has also struck out on its own, first with the AnimaminA EP, and now with a debut full-length, Kurr.…
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Music, Repo Men

Repo Men

Under the feathers and ferns and maudlin Euro-kitsch of Oakland's Café Van Kleef, Herms frontman Matt Lutz draws his Yamaha acoustic dreadnought from its case, perches himself on a high stool in the middle of a high stage, and, just…
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Music, Reviewed Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

When Ted Leo & the Pharmacists' Hearts of Oak came out last year, most agreed that the former Chisel frontman had finally found his niche: '60s mod coolness, swingy '70s riffs, and '80s punk excess all glued together by Leo's…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

While you may not be able to judge a book by its cover, you can often judge a band by its album art. Take, for instance, the indie rock group Chisel and its main songwriter, Ted Leo. Chisel's debut full-length,…
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