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Music, All Shook Down Burger Boogaloo Announces 2014 Lineup: Ronnie Spector, Milk 'N' Cookies, More

Burger Boogaloo Announces 2014 Lineup: Ronnie Spector, Milk 'N' Cookies, More

After a successful outing last year at Oakland's Mosswood Park, Burger Boogaloo -- the two-day Bay Area festival presented by Fullerton's Burger Records -- is coming back this July 5-6, 2014. The annual gathering of the cult of big yellow…
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Music, All Shook Down Tuesday's Pick: 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector'

Tuesday's Pick: 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector'

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil SpectorRoxie Theater$6-$10With the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers, and the Ramones, producer Phil Spector swathed dozens of hit singles in a layered sheen. His signature Wall of Sound, a lush, full style that made…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wall of Sound, Bars of Steel

Wall of Sound, Bars of Steel

With the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers, and the Ramones, producer Phil Spector swathed dozens of hit singles in a layered sheen. His signature Wall of Sound, a lush, full style that made other early-'60s records sound thin and pallid, was…
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Film, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector" lives up to its title

"The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector" lives up to its title

A feature-length portrait of a pop music genius as (pre-)convicted murderer, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector lives up to its grandiose title, taken from the old Michelangelo potboiler. Vikram Jayanti's BBC production is certainly a scoop, culled…
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Music, Riot Grrrls Return

Riot Grrrls Return

The Dum Dum Girls sound like the Ronettes — that is, if the classic '60s girl group time-traveled to the '90s to make music with scuzzy beach-punks. The L.A. band's latest album, I Will Be, brandishes fuzzy bass, surf-garage riffs,…
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Music, Hear This Vivian Girls

Vivian Girls

Can't three women just rock out, please? That might be what Vivian Girls Cassie, Katy, and Ali are thinking after three years of music press scrutiny debating their sound and band lineage. They're typically compared to British twee pop groups…
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Music, Reviewed Devon Williams

Devon Williams

Devon Williams' debut album, Carefree, evokes '60s girl groups like the Shirelles and the Ronettes and songwriting teams like Goffin/-King and Barry/Greenwich. You know, the kind of music where the singer sounds as if she will surely die if her…
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Calendar, Night&Day "I'm Still Kicking Ass"

"I'm Still Kicking Ass"

She's the only singer ever to be backed by all four Beatles. The Rolling Stones opened for her. Most of the Ramones and most of the Beach Boys were obsessed with her. Brian Wilson wrote songs for her. It's hard…
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Music, Reviewed The Frenchmen

The Frenchmen

Forget about Green Day, Rancid, and the Offspring -- the best pop-punk came from mid-'80s English acts like the Wedding Present, the Shop Assistants, and the Flatmates. The U.K. music press called these bands "C-86," which meant nothing more than…
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