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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Stern Grove announced its 2014 series of free Sunday concerts — and this year's is among the best we can remember. The lovely forest on the city's west side will host Rufus Wainwright, the Zombies, the Funky Meters, Andrew…
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Music, Please don't hate Andrew Bird

Please don't hate Andrew Bird

There are plenty of reasons people might hate Andrew Bird. For one, he seems kind of gimmicky. Remember the Squirrel Nut Zippers, who spent the late '90s re-creating old-time swing music? That fad came and went — and Bird was…
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Music, Reviewed Okkervil River

Okkervil River

Forget Andrew Bird and Sufjan Stevens — Okkervil River's Will Sheff is one of the indie underground's strongest songwriters. Although he's toiled under the radar for years, with 2005's critical darling Black Sheep Boy (and its subsequent appendix), Sheff broke…
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Music, Reviewed Throwing Muses|Kristin Hersh

Throwing Muses|Kristin Hersh

Throwing Muses' first effort in six years is propelled by urgency. Recorded quick and dirty over three weekends, this reunion of sorts marks the return of the power trio first heard on 1992's Red Heaven (co-founder Kristin Hersh, original member…
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Music, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire

Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire

On his first two records, 1998's Thrills and 1999's Oh! The Grandeur, Andrew Bird presented himself as an exceedingly bright and talented musician who had very little new to say. An excellent violinist and competent songwriter, Bird took the musical…
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House of Tudor

It's easy see how Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire has benefited from the Squirrel Nut Zippers' style and fame: Zippers guitarist James Mathus and leading femme Katherine Whalen both play a substantial role on Bird's Rykodisc debut, Thrills, and this…
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