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  • Oasis and Ryan Adams Deliver Workmanlike Rock in Oakland

    Oasis and Ryan Adams Deliver Workmanlike Rock in Oakland | ARTICLE

    Manchester, England's Oasis and New York's Ryan Adams & the Cardinals both focused on workmanlike songcraft as they opened the United States stretch of their joint world tour last night in Oakland, California. Although both bands are...

    December 4, 2008 12:13 PM ET
  • Noel Gallagher: "You Have To See Us in a League With the Rolling Stones"

    Noel Gallagher: "You Have To See Us in a League With the Rolling Stones" | ARTICLE

    Oasis are celebrating the holidays by hitting the road for a North American tour, which kicks off December 3rd in Oakland, California. There's much to be festive about: the band put out their finest album in a...

    November 26, 2008 8:52 AM ET
  • The Sound of the Smiths

    The Sound of the Smiths | ALBUM REVIEW

    Overseen by Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, this compilation emphasizes the compositional might behind the miserablism of England's most idiosyncratic and influential Eighties band. Sound traces the quartet's four-year evolution from savage tenderness to refined despair: Morrissey...

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Bayou Country (Reissue)

    Bayou Country (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Hailing from El Cerrito, California, Creedence Clearwater Revival should've logically been another hippie collective waving flowers in neighboring San Francisco. As these 40th-anniversary editions suggest, leader John Fogerty instead invented an alternate identity for his band based...

    October 2, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse

    Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse | ALBUM REVIEW

    Upon the 1973 release of Berlin, a Rolling Stone critic deemed the record "patently offensive." Thirty years later, Lou Reed's concept album about speed freaks on a downward spiral of infidelity, spousal abuse, parental neglect and death...

    October 2, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Cosmo's Factory (Reissue)

    Cosmo's Factory (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Hailing from El Cerrito, California, Creedence Clearwater Revival should've logically been another hippie collective waving flowers in neighboring San Francisco. As these 40th-anniversary editions suggest, leader John Fogerty instead invented an alternate identity for his band based...

    October 2, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Green River: 40th Anniversary Edition

    Green River: 40th Anniversary Edition | ALBUM REVIEW

    Hailing from El Cerrito, California, Creedence Clearwater Revival should've logically been another hippie collective waving flowers in neighboring San Francisco. As these 40th-anniversary editions suggest, leader John Fogerty instead invented an alternate identity for his band based...

    October 2, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • The Soul of Rock and Roll

    The Soul of Rock and Roll | ALBUM REVIEW

    Roy Orbison was a superhero of song. Unassuming in appearance, he became someone extraordinary when his weeping tenor took flight, rising from deep, dark places on anguished ballads like "Only the Lonely" and "Crying." Orbison rebuilt the...

    October 2, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Willy and the Poor Boys: 40th Anniversary Edition

    Willy and the Poor Boys: 40th Anniversary Edition | ALBUM REVIEW

    Hailing from El Cerrito, California, Creedence Clearwater Revival should've logically been another hippie collective waving flowers in neighboring San Francisco. As these 40th-anniversary editions suggest, leader John Fogerty instead invented an alternate identity for his band based...

    October 2, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Brian Wilson Unveils Lush, Elaborate "Lucky Old Sun" Tour in Oakland

    Brian Wilson Unveils Lush, Elaborate "Lucky Old Sun" Tour in Oakland | ARTICLE

    "Other artists do a song or two off their new album," ad-libbed Brian Wilson musical director Jeffrey Foskett when a technical problem brought the solo Beach Boy's elaborate Oakland show to a sudden halt. "Brian Wilson does...

    September 8, 2008 1:05 PM ET
  • Old Records Never Die

    Old Records Never Die | ALBUM REVIEW

    The irony of singer-songwriter Ian Hunter's career began when his band Mott the Hoople scored their most enduring hit with a 1972 glam anthem penned by a generous outsider — David Bowie's "All the Young Dudes." Leaving...

    September 4, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • The Very Best Of Little Richard

    The Very Best Of Little Richard | ALBUM REVIEW

    In a quietly hysterical era as defined by fear as the one we're living in today, it took an unrepentantly effeminate Macon, Georgia man known as "Little Richard" to slap some sense into a McCarthy-hounded, Cold War-traumatized...

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • Liz Phair Marks 15th Anniversary of "Exile in Guyville" With First Full-Album Show

    Liz Phair Marks 15th Anniversary of "Exile in Guyville" With First Full-Album Show | ARTICLE

    For the first show on her three-city tour to promote the 15th anniversary reissue of Exile in Guyville, Liz Phair walked silently onto San Francisco's Fillmore stage and launched into her landmark...

    June 24, 2008 8:44 AM ET
  • B-52's Prep for True Colors Tour With Dance Party at San Francisco Club

    B-52's Prep for True Colors Tour With Dance Party at San Francisco Club | ARTICLE

    Every time they take a stage, the B-52's prove that there never has been another band remotely like them — even without their old thrift-store costumes and beehive wigs. At the Independent, a no-nonsense, 450-person-capacity San Francisco...

    May 12, 2008 10:55 AM ET
  • Panic at the Disco Debut Stripped-Down Set, Sound on Honda Civic Tour

    Panic at the Disco Debut Stripped-Down Set, Sound on Honda Civic Tour | ARTICLE

    There were some jarring product placements at the opening night of Panic at the Disco's North American outing — even for something called the Honda Civic Tour. Motion City Soundtrack, the Hush Sound and Phantom Planet opened,...

    April 11, 2008 4:21 PM ET
  • Ray Davies Dials Up Showmanship, Kinks Tunes at San Fran Solo Gig

    Ray Davies Dials Up Showmanship, Kinks Tunes at San Fran Solo Gig | ARTICLE

    Kinks frontman Ray Davies took the stage of San Francisco's soon-to-close Warfield Theatre Friday night with an aquamarine Fender guitar and launched into his self-descriptive "I'm Not Like Everybody Else." This obscure 1966 B side suggested that...

    March 31, 2008 12:24 PM ET
  • Smashing Pumpkins Focus on "Today" At Opening-Night Gig

    Smashing Pumpkins Focus on "Today" At Opening-Night Gig | ARTICLE

    At the first of 11 sold-out shows at San Francisco's Fillmore, the Smashing Pumpkins lived up to leader Billy Corgan's reputation for excess. The '90s alt-rock icons hadn't played the historic San Francisco venue since April 1994,...

    July 16, 2007 4:08 PM ET
  • Live Review: Christina Aguilera's "Back to Basics" Tour

    Live Review: Christina Aguilera's "Back to Basics" Tour | ARTICLE

    Christina Aguilera's Oakland, California, stop on her Back to Basics tour was anything but simple. Featuring numerous sets, costume changes for nearly every song, and drastic revisions of her earlier hits, much of the ninety-minute show emphasized...

    April 5, 2007 7:23 AM ET
  • Foo Fighters, Brian Wilson, Death Cab, More Jam Out for Bridge School's 20th Anniversary

    Foo Fighters, Brian Wilson, Death Cab, More Jam Out for Bridge School's 20th Anniversary | ARTICLE

    Bridge School Benefit Shoreline Amphitheater Mountain View, California October 21st & 22nd, 2006 For twenty years, Neil Young and his wife...

    November 16, 2006 2:45 PM ET
  • A Girl Like Me

    A Girl Like Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    Hip-hop and mall rock have all but replaced dance pop on American airwaves, but every once in a while a Euro-style club mash-up breaks through. Barbados-born emigre Rihanna's huge dancehall pop hit last year, "Pon De Replay,"...

    May 26, 2006 12:00 AM ET
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