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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Lewinsky Calls Out Beyoncé, Reznor Calls Out Rock 'n' Roll, and Ben Folds Plays a Storm Trooper

This Week: Lewinsky Calls Out Beyoncé, Reznor Calls Out Rock 'n' Roll, and Ben Folds Plays a Storm Trooper

"Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we're verbing, I think you meant 'Bill Clinton'd all on my gown,' not 'Monica Lewinsky'd.'"Monica Lewinsky totally has a point about that awful lyric in Beyoncé's "Partition" (Vanity Fair)."Several witnesses claimed to have witnessed Cyrus trying…
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Music, All Shook Down Gary Numan on the Attraction of Synthesizers, Going Industrial, and Living in the USA

Gary Numan on the Attraction of Synthesizers, Going Industrial, and Living in the USA

One of the pioneering figures in synth-driven rock, Gary Numan laid the groundwork for new wave, electro-pop, and industrial music with his chilly, futuristic sound. His original band Tubeway Army offered an edgy mix of distorted guitars and pulsing…
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Music, Hear This Gary Numan: Show Preview

Gary Numan: Show Preview

One of the pioneering figures in synth-driven rock, British musician Gary Numan laid the groundwork for new wave, electro-pop, and industrial music with his chilly, futuristic sound. His original band, Tubeway Army, offered an edgy mix of distorted guitars and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist See, Hear, and Feel the Video Art of Bill Viola

See, Hear, and Feel the Video Art of Bill Viola

By definition, video art is a recent form. After all, video itself didn't really exist until the 1950s -- not to be confused with television, which appeared earlier but is still relatively recent in the history of art and technology…
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Music, All Shook Down How Your Favorite Musicians Will Die

How Your Favorite Musicians Will Die

Monte "M-Dog" Talbert-- the "Teach Me How to Dougie" guy-- was recently gunned down in a drive-by in South Central L.A. The "Teach Me How to Dougie" guy! Shot and killed! That's crazy. How many famous musicians have we lost…
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Music, All Shook Down New Hole Single: A Fuck You to Trent Reznor

New Hole Single: A Fuck You to Trent Reznor

The latest Hole single off the upcoming Nobody's Daughter, "Samantha," includes all that early Courtney Love rage in the chorus. What starts as a power ballad about a girl who wants to "wrap her legs around this world" takes a…
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Music, Hear This NIN/Jane's Addiction

NIN/Jane's Addiction

Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction enjoyed their heydays nearly 20 years back with debuts that blazed new paths in pop music that still resonate. NIN married the machine beats of Ministry's industrial grooves with accessible melodies, while Jane's fused…
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Music, Indie songwriters find success in wooing the superfan

Indie songwriters find success in wooing the superfan

While some rock stars have reacted poorly to major shifts in the recording industry (see: Metallica sues Napster and its own fans), others have adapted more shrewdly (see: Radiohead popularizes pay-what-you-can pricing, makes tidy profit). But far beneath the Spin…
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Music, Hear This Pretty cult machines: NIN and Deerhunter

Pretty cult machines: NIN and Deerhunter

Nine Inch Nails and Deerhunter are two ensembles operating in the eclipse of their shamanistic frontmen. For NIN, that singular personality is Trent Reznor, who has been dosing his cult's Kool-Aid since 1989. Some seriously heinous fashion has been committed…
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Music, All Shook Down Nine Inch Nails Release New Album for Free, Play Oakland in Sept.

Nine Inch Nails Release New Album for Free, Play Oakland in Sept.

Trent Reznor really loves you guys. He understood that sharing is caring when he produced Saul Williams' free Niggy Tardust album, and now he's carrying on the good will by offering Nine Inch Nails' new album, The Slip, available…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Saul Williams at Slim's

Last Night: Saul Williams at Slim's

Saul Williams visited SF under his alter ego Niggy Tardust last Friday. Click the photo above to check out our slideshow for all the visual awesomeness. Trent Reznor beats not included. -- Photos by Jeff Enlow…
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Music, Saul Williams Teams with Trent Reznor, Bucks Industry

Saul Williams Teams with Trent Reznor, Bucks Industry

Ater the November digital release of Saul Williams' latest album, The Rise and Inevitable Liberation of NiggyTardust!, producer Trent Reznor was disheartened. Reznor had masterminded the Radiohead-esque plan of letting listeners choose between getting Williams' album for free or contributing…
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Music, All Shook Down OiNK Admin's Bail Date Gets Extended, Gets Support from Former Member Trent Reznor

OiNK Admin's Bail Date Gets Extended, Gets Support from Former Member Trent Reznor

Alan Ellis, administrator of the now defunct BitTorrent tracker OiNK, just got his bail date pushed to May 6. Apparently officials are still trying to pin the heinous allegation that OiNK charged for membership. Meanwhile, Nine Inch Nails frontman…
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Music, All Shook Down Saul Williams Goes the Way of Radiohead, Announces New Album Available For Free

Saul Williams Goes the Way of Radiohead, Announces New Album Available For Free

Ever since OiNK got shut down, a lot of folks are bummed now that they can't get free music anymore. At least you can download Radiohead's In Rainbows without getting your house raided and searched. And because Saul Williams…
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Music, Reviewed Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails

Some people seem to nurse their teenage angst well into adulthood, and as long as there's a paycheck in it, Trent Reznor will be among them, spilling out his soul on tortured rants like "The Line Begins to Blur" and…
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Film, Ghost in the <i>Machinist</i>

Ghost in the Machinist

It's the biopic of the year: Christian Bale is cadaverous industrial rocker Trent Reznor, prone to temper tantrums, brooding, inhabiting colorless environments, and keeping your parents awake all night as he fronts the heavy band known as Nine Inch Nails.…
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Music, Reviewed Industrial Jazz Group

Industrial Jazz Group

L.A.-based composer Andrew Durkin's Industrial Jazz Group is young, hip, and, despite its evocative moniker, not predisposed to swing covers of Trent Reznor tunes. "Industrial" refers to "an approach that gets at the 'industry' (or craft) of musical creation," the…
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Music, Record The The

The The

The The NakedSelf (Nothing) As the founder and lone official member of The The, Matt Johnson was pouring angst-ridden lyrics over electronic beats when Trent Reznor and Billy Corgan were still gumming their pacifiers. While most people will remember The…
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