Talking to comedians can be difficult for one of two reasons: Either they don’t make you laugh at all, or they make you laugh too much.
Deadpan king Steven Wright, appearing Friday at the Regency Ballroom in The City, has the same measured, monotone delivery in conversation as he does onstage, making it difficult to know (especially over the phone) when to speak or when to wait for him to say something.
“I, oh, I’m sorry, you go ahead,” he drawls. Read More
Ruffling the refined feathers of ex-Oasis mastermind Noel Gallagher — not exactly the best way to announce that you’re in a Los Angeles studio, completing your new album. But that’s how English You Me At Six singer Josh Franceschi stumbled onto the pop-culture radio recently, by tweeting about new Gallagher solo material he was overhearing while recording the band’s new “Sinners Never Sleep” at The Sound Factory. Read More
Two iconic San Francisco concert halls are abandoning Ticketmaster for a venue-owned ticketing operation, starting Sunday.The Warfield and Regency Ballroom, venues owned and operated by sports and entertainment presenter AEG, will begin using AEG’s new service, axs Ticketing. The service is designed to provide a better ticket-purchasing process. Read More
For ages, teenage alterna-pop wunderkind Christofer Drew was content to write, record and produce his own music, chiming self-explanatory releases like “The Summer EP.” Then, his talent was discovered by Reprise Records, who snapped him up, spent big bucks pairing him in the studio with top-flight producers like Butch Walker (“What Is Love?”) and Butch Vig (“Harmony”). Read More
Former teen-pop family band Hanson could easily rest on their recent laurels. The Tulsa trio was suddenly back on the charts last year, with a soulful fifth album called “Shout It Out” and a surprise hit single, “Give a Little.” Read More
OK, so it’s a holiday. Most of you probably don’t even feel like leaving the relaxing homefront. But here’s a good reason to get out for just a little while tonight — Swedish art-rock chanteuse Lykke Li is in town, playing the Regency Ballroom. Read More
It’s been an eye-opening decade, creatively speaking, for New Jersey-born, Los Angeles-based folk-popper Pete Yorn.“When I started in the music business, it was kind of the end of the old way of doing things,” he says. “Then everything changed, rather intensely, and it’s been cool to see what that all means. I mean, in the past year alone, I put out three records on three different labels. So now you just have different options, different ways of doing things.” Read More
Sunny-voiced Bethany Cosentino might be the most in-demand collaborator in modern music. The Best Coast singer’s roster of recent outside assignments includes recordings with Black Iris (“When Will I Feel Love”), Weezer (“Go Away”), Kid Cudi and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij (“All Summer,” tracked for Converse shoes), and Britain’s brilliant Go! Team (“Rolling Blackouts” and “Buy Nothing Day”). Read More