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Music, All Shook Down Madonna Bashes <i>50 Shades,</i> Kim Gordon Slams Lana Del Rey, and Vanilla Ice Lands a Pool Heater

Madonna Bashes 50 Shades, Kim Gordon Slams Lana Del Rey, and Vanilla Ice Lands a Pool Heater

“It's not very sexy, maybe for someone who has never had sex before. I kept waiting for something exciting and crazy to happen in that red room thing, and I was like, ‘Hmm, a lot of spanking.’ I also…
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Music, All Shook Down She & Him Coat the Greek Theatre in Sweetness, 6/22/13

She & Him Coat the Greek Theatre in Sweetness, 6/22/13

She & Him Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell Tilly and the Wall Saturday, June 22, 2013 The Greek Theatre, Berkeley Better than: Necking with Bobby against the jukebox; Zooey's boring foray into the blogosphere. If life is like a box…
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Music, Stop Hating She & Him Already

Stop Hating She & Him Already

Let's be honest: She & Him are an extremely hateable duo. Had Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward quit recording after their first album, Volume 1, they would have remained cool in a lot more eyes ­— if only because one…
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Music, Hear This M. Ward: Show Preview

M. Ward: Show Preview

If you've only ever heard of M. Ward within the context of his sharing a band with Zooey Deschanel (the retro-minded She & Him), do yourself a favor and catch his solo performance this week. Seven albums in — his…
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Music, All Shook Down Divorces Galore: Eight Musical Couples We Wish Were Still Together

Divorces Galore: Eight Musical Couples We Wish Were Still Together

Since Monday, media everywhere has been agog at the news that Kim Kardashian and her husband of just 72 days are getting divorced. If you ask us, that union was doomed from the get-go. Anyone who watches Keeping Up With…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Zooey Deschanel in <i>New Girl</i> Leads a New Round of Dream Girl Fatigue -- Get Used to It

Zooey Deschanel in New Girl Leads a New Round of Dream Girl Fatigue -- Get Used to It

Those cotton commercials. Ukeleles. Her website Hello Giggles. It was only a matter of time before Zooey Deschanel, reigning Manic Pixie Dream Girl, would bring her quirk to the small screen with Fox's New Girl. Deschanel's Jess is a schoolteacher…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>New Girl</i>, New Fall TV Shows, and (We Hope!) No Charlie Sheen

New Girl, New Fall TV Shows, and (We Hope!) No Charlie Sheen

Unless you don't have a television, or are actively boycotting the Fox network (we know we should, based on its heinous news channel, but we just like Family Guy and The Simpsons too much ... Damn you, Rupert Murdoch!), you…
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News, Feature Tales of Strange Romance: Stories of Single Life in San Francisco

Tales of Strange Romance: Stories of Single Life in San Francisco

Illustration by Jason Crosby In an airport bar, anyone can be from anywhere. The patrons are all transient, all in limbo, and although they'll make snap judgments about each other — based on some article of clothing or gesture…
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Music, All Shook Down 10 Signs the Band You Are About to See is Going to Suck

10 Signs the Band You Are About to See is Going to Suck

Sometimes at a show you have a feeling -- a hunch, a gut instinct, a fucking prejudice -- and the feeling is right. "This show is going to suck," you think, when some greasy waif takes the stage wearing rhinestone-studded…
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Music, All Shook Down

She & Him for Levi's Pioneer Sessions

There was an ad for the Levi's Go Forth campaign voiced over with a Walt Whitman poem from Leaves of Grass that I could not shake from my brain. It was brilliant marketing: subtle but targeted. Sticking with that…
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Music, She and Him offer a second volume of new oldies

She and Him offer a second volume of new oldies

Film producer Peter Newman, whose résumé includes The Squid and the Whale and a 1996 Dennis Hopper movie called Space Truckers, once told Variety that one of the biggest problems in producing Penelope Spheeris' postponed Janis Joplin biopic was finding…
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Music, All Shook Down Epic Indie Member-Swap Just Waiting to Happen

Epic Indie Member-Swap Just Waiting to Happen

Take She & Him... And make Zooey Deschanel + Kim (Schifino) = She & Kim Matt (Johnson) + M. Ward = Matt & Him I'm sure the musical results would be rather, um, confused.Follow…
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Film, <i>(500) Days of Summer</i>: a love story in a blender

(500) Days of Summer: a love story in a blender

On the surface, (500) Days of Summer really is no different than, oh, let's say, The Proposal, in which Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock spun box-office gold from romantic comedy's refrigerator fuzz. Former music-video maker Marc Webb's feature debut is…
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Film, Just Say No

Just Say No

For so major a movie star — at least, once upon a time — Jim Carrey seems to make a lot of awfully minor films, several of them over and over again. Isn't Yes Man, in which Carrey's self-absorbed Debbie…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Von Iva hits the big time with Jim Carrey

Von Iva hits the big time with Jim Carrey

If you're Radiohead or Nine Inch Nails, you can throw a new record up on the Web without major label support and fans will come running (or, as it were, clicking). But for indie artists who aren't even household names…
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Music, Reviewed Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis

It's a challenge calling Jenny Lewis a true solo artist. Her first outing without Rilo Kiley featured accompaniment by the Watson Twins. Her second foray, Acid Tongue, has so many collaborators it almost doesn't qualify as a Jenny Lewis disc…
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Music, All Shook Down M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel's She & Him Returns to SF in May

M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel's She & Him Returns to SF in May

If you missed out on She & Him's performance at this year's Noise Pop Festival, you've still got one more chance. Indie rocker M. Ward and cutiepie Zooey Deschanel have announced a tiny little three city tour, and SF…
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Music, All Shook Down CD Review: She & Him -- Volume One

CD Review: She & Him -- Volume One

If you were at this year's Noise Pop festival, odds are you caught She & Him, otherwise known as Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. If you didn't, at least you get to read the review for their debut album,…
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Film, Will in the Way

Will in the Way

From the stars of Elf, here's a new drama about depression and family baggage! Might not want to bring the kids to this one, lest they wonder why Buddy the Elf's girlfriend is drowning a kitten and deliberately slamming her…
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