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Music, How to Tell Your Hippies from Your Heshers from the Black Keys

How to Tell Your Hippies from Your Heshers from the Black Keys

Those dang kids have mucked everything up. It used to be easy to separate the hippie bands from the hard rockers, the indie-alternative darlings from the classic dinosaurs, the exploratory jazz trios from the shrieking noise-rockers. Time was, you could…
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Music, Some Kind of <i>Monster</i>

Some Kind of Monster

"Nothing we do is meant to be a parody or campy joke." Or so says Cramps frontmanimal Lux Interior in the liner notes of the band's latest rarities CD, How to Make a Monster (Vengeance). This may be something of…
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News, Dog Bites

Beyond "Whip It"

If you recognize the name Mark Mothersbaugh, you probably imagine a young man in a shiny red hat, cracking a whip. That's what he was doing in Devo's "Whip It" video, at the pinnacle of his fame. He and college…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

During Halloween, every house in Brooklyn's Little Poland neighborhood glows with leering jack-o'-lanterns. Ghouls and hags peer through the curtains of the houses, swigging strong potions made from gnarled roots, as packs of fierce, sharp-toothed children wage egg-wars throughout the…
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Film, Metal Meltdown

Metal Meltdown

A year after Cameron Crowe climbed back aboard the tour bus for one last spin through rock's golden days of giddy hedonism and phony heroism comes a film set a decade later, in the mid- 1980s, when the parties got…
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News, Night Crawler Guerrilla Action

Guerrilla Action

Positioned a short half-block from SFMOMA, the Hotel W is at once imposing and discreet, its smooth dark façade accented by a tasteful W protruding from the wall face. "I always thought it was a Wiener schnitzel," says an…
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