When frustrated ex-folkie Justin Young met equally cynical guitarist Freddie Cowan, a brilliant little combo called The Vaccines was born, later releasing their fiery, punk-forged 2011 debut, “What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?” After working with The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. Read More
Musically, 2012 wasn’t easy to pigeonhole. There were no sweeping musical trends, save the gradual ascension of electronic trailblazers such as Skrillex and Deadmau5. Or the ubiquity of the latest carefully incubated Simon Cowell boy band, One Direction. No post-Adele flurry of dazzling divas — just singles. Lots of memorable smash hits like “Gangnam Style.” Read More
Whether the swine flu outbreak last year was a serious threat or just a scare, San Franciscans appeared to heed the warnings.
Less than 60 percent of the nation’s supply of vaccines to combat the fast-spreading H1N1 virus have been used, but 80 percent of the federal government’s allotment to San Francisco has been administered to residents, The City’s Department of Public Health reported. Read More