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Dining, SFoodie Monday Five: Hog & Rocks' New Brunch, <i>WaPo</i> Calls S.F. No. 2 Food City

Monday Five: Hog & Rocks' New Brunch, WaPo Calls S.F. No. 2 Food City

Hog & Rocks' New Brunch Pierre Tumlin has taken over the House That Robin Song Built, and…
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Dining, SFoodie The Best of Oktoberfest

The Best of Oktoberfest

Although Oktoberfest has been going strong for a couple of weeks, there's no better time than right now to get in all of the action. You know, it being October, and all. This weekend marks the official conclusion of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco Is the 4th Best City for Parks, 52nd Best for Recreation

San Francisco Is the 4th Best City for Parks, 52nd Best for Recreation

We’re always suckers for highly specific ranked lists of cities, even when they’re transparent marketing ploys that we can rip to shreds for their absurd methodologies. But here are two that seem pretty worthwhile, the Trust for Public Land’s…
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Music, All Shook Down <i>Rolling Stone</i> Names Two Local Venues Among the Best Amphitheaters in the Country

Rolling Stone Names Two Local Venues Among the Best Amphitheaters in the Country

So Rolling Stone is on this clickbaiting kick of naming the best venues in the country, and so far its lists have been pretty kind to the Bay Area: The rock mag for your dad named the Fillmore the No.…
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Music, All Shook Down The 10 Best Bay Area Metal Albums of 2012

The 10 Best Bay Area Metal Albums of 2012

Our year-end listmaking continues with a look at the heavier side of things. Featuring venerable greats as well as brand-new bands -- and even some freaks in heavy costume -- here are our picks for the 10 best local metal…
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Music, All Shook Down My Three Favorite Sounds of 2012

My Three Favorite Sounds of 2012

'Tis the season for year-end lists -- best and worst albums, movies, and political gaffes. You name it, there's a curated list for it. Somewhere online you'll even find a list of the year's most annoying memes, which is a…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Nas Albums Better Than <i>Illmatic</i>

Five Nas Albums Better Than Illmatic

Illmatic is fine. A hardass young upstart rapper plays an old pro over dusty, eerie (read: "cinematic") beats with samples that never fully conjoin and keeps it all under 40 minutes. It's an ideal debut. What it's not is a…
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Music, All Shook Down Top 20 Reasons Why [Your Favorite Musical Artist] Is the Worst

Top 20 Reasons Why [Your Favorite Musical Artist] Is the Worst

20. Songs They write songs. Songs just suck. Songs are vapid and stupid and tired and derivative and corny and boring and stuff. Why do they even bother making songs? They should just do something else already. Jeez. 19.…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 10 Most Disappointing Albums of 2012 (So Far)

The Top 10 Most Disappointing Albums of 2012 (So Far)

It's a little past the halfway point of 2012, but mid-July still seems like a good time to round up the albums that came out this year and simply failed to meet our expectations. Some of those expectations were admittedly…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time: The Complete List

The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time: The Complete List

"Cocaine," as Rick James famously said, "is a helluva drug." Yup: The white powder's effects have left an influence that's both sublime and downright hideous on decades of pop music. So what happens when you give already-famous musicians a quick…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time, Nos. 5-1

The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time, Nos. 5-1

See also: * The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time, Nos. 15-11 * The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time, Nos. 10-6 Here we are, at the end of the blizzard: the final installment of our…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time, Nos. 10-6

The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time, Nos. 10-6

See also: * The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time, Nos. 15-11 * The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time, Nos. 5-1 Yesterday, we began our countdown of the 15 most coked-out albums of all time,…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time, Nos. 15-11

The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time, Nos. 15-11

See also: * The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time, Nos. 10-6 * The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time, Nos. 5-1 "Cocaine," as Rick James famously said, "is a helluva drug." Yup: The white powder's…
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Music, All Shook Down Top 10 Songs No One Cares That You Know the Lyrics To

Top 10 Songs No One Cares That You Know the Lyrics To

You know who you are. You're that guy who starts bellowing in the middle of the bar while your friends pretend not to be with you. You're that girl who gets over-excited in the middle of Urban Outfitters and starts…
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Music, All Shook Down Album of the Year: Handicapping the Race for the Best Record of 2011

Album of the Year: Handicapping the Race for the Best Record of 2011

It's almost November -- the month when music scribes pull their ears out of whatever Sonic Youth/Public Enemy/Kate Bush playlist they normally exist to and begin cramming for that all-important professional exercise: The annual Best Of list. Picking the 10…
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Music, All Shook Down Six Reasons to Love Crime (the Band)

Six Reasons to Love Crime (the Band)

1. San Francisco's Crime was the first West Coast punk band. Or at least the first to put out a record. (The Nuns and the Avengers were early, too.) Established in the summer of 1976 by Johnny Strike and…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 10 Songs Called "Time," and What They Will Teach You

The Top 10 Songs Called "Time," and What They Will Teach You

"Time." It waits for nobody. It comes after time. It's a wastin'. It won't wait. (Insert ticking clock sound.) You'll get yours. It doesn't need you. It doesn't stand still. It's a one-way river. "Time" is complicated stuff. Which is…
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Music, All Shook Down MC Pooh and Friends -- 5 Terrible CD Covers (Slightly NSFW)

MC Pooh and Friends -- 5 Terrible CD Covers (Slightly NSFW)

In case you haven't heard, the CD is on the express train to the technological graveyard. We were rooting around in SF Weekly's huge stack of CDs, and we found this gem, by a certain Doctor Sparkles, and it got…
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Music, All Shook Down Long Live the Triptych: Five Great Series of Three Rock Songs

Long Live the Triptych: Five Great Series of Three Rock Songs

In visual art, it's called a triptych -- a piece divided into three connected sections or panels. The individual panels could, in theory, stand on their own, but each adds meaning and significance to the other two, creating a single…
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Music, All Shook Down Merle Haggard vs. San Francisco: Five Songs in Which Country's Best Works Through His Issues with the Bay

Merle Haggard vs. San Francisco: Five Songs in Which Country's Best Works Through His Issues with the Bay

Merle Haggard may contain multitudes, but he tends to feel just one of those multitudinous things at a time -- and to feel it so hard and pure that he seems to have forgotten all the previous things he's felt…
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