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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sorry, Billie Joe, But Your Onstage Freak-Out Was Not Punk

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Billie Joe in Las Vegas.
  • Billie Joe in Las Vegas.
[Editor's note: Former SF Weekly intern Matt Saincome fronts a killer straight-edge hardcore band called Zero Progress. Seeing as he, like Green Day, hails from the East Bay, we decided he should be the one to remind Billie Joe Armstrong why having a meltdown onstage and going to rehab for substance abuse isn't punk behavior at all.]

Dear Billie Joe,

I've noticed lots of people on the interwebs talking about how "punk" your recent actions were, so I'm writing you a letter to clear some things up. First and foremost, I think it's important to remind you and everyone out there that there are only two kinds of people in this world: punks and non-punks. You chose your side a long time ago.

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* Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong To Enter Rehab After Onstage Meltdown

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Top 10 Signs of Punk Rock's Life and Death at the Warped Tour

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Yes, the Warped Tour still exists. Maybe you think it's largely for kids with dyed-black hair, studded belts, shredded Vans, and a taste for anthemic three-chord mall-rock. And maybe you're right. But has the Warped Tour really gotten soft? We weren't sure, so we took a reading of the festival's punk rock-ness below, finding signs of both life and death at its most recent S.F. stop this past Saturday. Behold:

10. Sign of Life: Punk Rock Hair

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If the whippersnappers behind you can't see anything through your crusty, G.B.H.-era punk spikes, you're doing it right.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Top Five Reasons Outside Lands Is Better Than Coachella

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 3:30 AM

A day at Outside Lands 2011 looking... pleasant. - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
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  • A day at Outside Lands 2011 looking... pleasant.

See also: Our complete Coachella coverage

Coachella 2012 has come and gone; now it's time to brag about our awesome tans and how we lost count of all of the onstage mindfucks. But while we Nor-Cal-ers try to switch our brains back to reality, let us also explain why we're really looking forward to Outside Lands, San Francisco's own major music festival.

5. It's cheaper

Before taxes, the face value for a three-day pass for Coachella was $320. (As the previous link demonstrates, they were going for significantly cheaper -- $238 -- in the days before the final weekend.) Meanwhile, three-day general admission tickets for Outside Lands started out at $195 and now cost $225. That's still less than the savviest Coachella-goer could have paid. And Explosions in the Sky, Santigold, Justice and Andrew Bird are just a few of the Coachella alumni who will be performing at the S.F. festival this August.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Train Announces One-of-a-Kind Free Performance in S.F. This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 9:39 AM

The Train arrives this Sunday!
  • The Train arrives this Sunday!

Wildly successful S.F. pop-rock band Train just announced* a very unusual addition to its upcoming week of intimate club shows here in the city.

As a special promotion for its new album, California 37, the band will be performing in exactly 37 different places around San Francisco this Sunday. But although the performances will be live, they won't be seen in person. Instead, the so-called "37 Concert" will be streamed simultaneously through the intercom and public address systems of local businesses such as cafes, major food markets, department stores, and chain restaurants. A statement released by the band hints that the set will feature select songs from the band's new album, as well as Train classics like "Save Me, San Francisco," "Hey, Soul Sister," and "Drops of Jupiter."

"Train fans have long told us that they first heard the band while doing their grocery shopping, waiting at their doctor's office, or eating at restaurants like Chevy's," Train singer Patrick Monahan said in the statement. "Since we view our upcoming album as a sort of return to Train's roots, we thought it would be cool to perform in the places where people have grown very accustomed to listening to our music."

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

This "Game On" Song Supporting Rick Santorum Is a Comedy of Horrors

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 3:13 PM

"...There will be justice for the unborn/ Factories back on our shores..."
  • "...There will be justice for the unborn/ Factories back on our shores..."

Say what you will about Obama -- it is impossible to imagine the current president inspiring a song as terrifically awful as "Game On," which this Oklahoma group called First Love just released supporting the candidacy of Mr. Rogers' evil twin, Rick Santorum.

From the first line ("We've finally got a man who will stand for what is right") to the second ("We've got a man who understands that God gave the Bill of Rights") to the third ("Oh, there is hope for our nation again/ maybe the first time since we had Ronald Reagan"), "Game On" comes across like a cruel parody, or a bad joke. It can't be real, you think. Surely, this was penned by a cynical New Yorker with ties to Saturday Night Live, trying to make Santorum supporters look facile.

But no. It actually appears to be a cheerful, sincere song sung by a pair of Tulsa ladies endorsing a grinning bigot who wants to force his medieval values on their vaginas and the entire country. But they're so damn happy about it. They want you to stand up, and sing, people! Hope is here! Rick Santorum is running to save the world, return white males to their rightful position of omnipotence, and ensure that the nation's women are left free to cook, procreate, and write dopey folk songs!

View this terrifying glimpse of our eight-children-per-family future (and read its entire lyrics) after the jump.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

So The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Was at Zeitgeist Last Night

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Zeitgeist pic by Wayne Coyne, via Twitter
  • Zeitgeist pic by Wayne Coyne, via Twitter

According to Wayne Coyne's hyperactive Twitter feed, The Flaming Lips rolled into San Francisco yesterday evening, just a day or so before their Noise Pop festival-opening performance of The Soft Bulletin at Bimbo's tonight.

The first order of business, natch, was securing some "medical marijuana" for the crew. But after that, where would a freaky rock band from Oklahoma end up on a nice Monday night in San Francisco?

Duh: Zeitgeist.

"Alright!! Gettin drunk at Zietgeist!! [sic] Weirdos smoking pot!!!! Ha ha," Coyne Tweeted at 10:29 p.m. on Monday.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Comparing M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Middle Finger to Music's Greatest Bird-Flippers

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Juvenile, numbskulled, pointless, banal, outrageous -- M.I.A. flipping the bird at this year's Super Bowl halftime show might have been all or none of those things, depending on whom you ask, but it was one thing above all: A surefire plot to join the ranks of the middle-finger-flashing musical elite.

The group -- Those We Love Who Have Flipped Off America -- includes some of the greatest musicians ever, Johnny Cash, Iggy Pop, Kurt Cobain, and Tupac Shakur among them. So in extending her middle finger toward a half-drunk and impressionable nation, Maya A. was really just flashing the passport required for entry into the pantheon of pop musicians.

We can't really blame her for that. But how did her efforts compare to those of her predecessors? Let's look back at some famous musicians' public flip-offs, plus M.I.A.'s contribution, and find out.


The artist: Iggy Pop, short-hair edition

The finger: Left middle.

Subtext: "Just summing up my entire artistic persona in one curt hand motion, whose message is partly pointed at myself."

Impact: You'd expect exactly this from Iggy, so not all that much. But on the other hand, he knows how to do it right.

Rating: 75 percent

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Nickelback's Chad Kroeger Is Officially Less of an Asshole Than He Used to Be

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 11:37 AM


Chances are you hate Nickelback -- or at least profess to. Have you ever met anyone who told you they liked Nickelback? I haven't. But somebody, somewhere is buying their records. If they weren't, the band would've quit already (unless its members are still going just to spite the world -- which is a possibility to be considered.)

To be honest, we felt not a hint of sympathy for the band when news broke recently that over 55,000 people had signed an online petition to prevent Nickelback from playing a halftime show at the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions game on Thanksgiving. Rather, we could identify far more with the creators of the petition, who earnestly stated: "This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the

game. At least the people watching at home can mute their TVs." It's a fair point, and one that serves to emphasize what we all already know: man, people fucking hate Nickelback. But as much as that's true, the band's response to the controversy shows that its frontman, Chad Kroeger, is at least slightly less of an asshole than he used to be. We'll explain after the jump.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Five Hip-Hop Album Covers That Would Make Insanely Difficult Jigsaw Puzzles

Posted By on Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 10:36 AM

This week, a new candidate emerged for the spot of hip-hop's fabled fifth element: The jigsaw puzzle. With a canny eye on the not-too-far-off Christmas season, the Boston-based Get On Down Records has released jigsaw versions of classic rap album covers by Biz Markie, Kool G Rap, Boogie Down Productions, Masta Ace, and Just-Ice. As a ruse, it will make for fine festive fun, but below we've suggested five potentially better -- and way more difficult -- album cover jigsaws for the true hip-hop junkie.


5. A Tribe Called Quest, Midnight Marauders

The cover to Tribe's third album is a much-loved piece of hip-hop iconography, incorporating the faces of many a cherished rap type in the background. It's a design that would work beautifully as an intricately-cut 5,000 piece puzzle. After all, only a particularly cranky puzzler would turn down the challenge of assembling MC Serch's face from over five separate pieces.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Hilarity: Kreayfish's "Fishy Fishy" Video Parodies (Duh) Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Hilarity, pictured.
  • Hilarity, pictured.

It may be the music video of 2011 that begs most acutely for a parody -- so here, for your Friday afternoon enjoyment, is an especially tasty take on Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci."

Highlights include trying to jump on the hood of a Toyota Corolla, exactingly accurate costumes, and lyrics that follow those of "Gucci Gucci" almost perfectly. (Just wait until you get to the line about her "ovaries"...)

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