Grammy-winning Muse — bringing its elaborate European stage production to Oracle Arena in Oakland on Monday — could be the brainiest outfit in rock.
Buoyed by frontman Matt Bellamy’s esoteric songwriting, the prog-leaning British power trio’s sixth CD, “The 2nd Law,” initially was inspired by the second law of thermodynamics.
Yet treatises such as “Madness,” “Supremacy” and “Survival” morph into a larger metaphor for the world’s current financial crisis. Read More
Churches frontman Caleb Nichols’ early childhood in Los Osos was tolerable, but when he entered middle school, his life became a living hell. Maybe it was the geeky “Lion King” T-shirt he wore, his ear piercing or the Breeders patch on his backpack. But his classmates bullied him, Nichols says, “and had all these superfluous reasons that I was gay, which turned out to be true later. Read More