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
Most artists keep tight creative-control reins on their image, but not ex-Humble Pie guitarist Peter Frampton.
He’s well aware of his own pop-cultural trademark — the feather-haired, pinup-ready powerchorder on the cover of his multiplatinum 1976 breakthrough "Frampton Comes Alive!," an album he’s revisiting on a 35th anniversary tour that hits The City on Friday. Read More
Nashville-based artists have often summarized their city this way — that there are two distinct sides to the city that peacefully coexist: The glossy Faith Hill/Tim McGraw half and the darker, more alternative-country half. Read More
The bells of Grace Cathedral should remain the loudest noise emanating from atop Nob Hill after a judge dealt another setback to plans for the Masonic Center to become a full-time musical venue with a permanent liquor license, more bars and 85 shows per year.
At the very least, two Superior Court rulings have significantly hampered the ambitions of the event-promotions giant Live Nation. Read More
Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch should be excited to talk about his current tour in which the group is performing its first two catalog classics, “Crocodiles” and “Heaven Up Here.” But he’s literally more interested in discussing the weather. “What’s it like there now?” he asks about the Bay Area. “I basically just love the skies in San Francisco, because they have great clouds in them, totally unlike mine in Liverpool.” Does he write about them? Read More
Christina Perri has a lot of tattoos — 38, to be exact. They’re images of everything from a tiny penguin on her hand through an elaborate Banksy balloon-girl image that occupies an entire ribcage, to the words “La mia familia” around her neck, honoring her Italian-American clan back in Philadelphia. Read More
From his 2005 debut “Back to Bedlam” — with its worldwide smash single “You’re Beautiful” — U.K. tunesmith James Blunt has made a living singing gorgeous, gut-wrenching ballads. Before that, he was a captain in the British cavalry, who may have literally avoided starting World War III when he refused an order to fire on Russian troops at Kosovo’s Pristina airfield in 1999. Read More
Mark Mothersbaugh had no idea his Hollywood neighbors were country rocker Shooter Jennings and actress Drea de Matteo until their 3-year-old daughter, Alabama, raced up to him recently, gushing and calling out his name. Read More
Adam Young firmly believes that “Fireflies” — his hit single as Owl City that was No. 1 in 24 countries — was a fairly universal term around the world. “Although I have met a person, I think it was in Texas, who actually thought that fireflies and/or lightning bugs were mythical creatures, like unicorns,” he chuckles. “So I had to actually persuade them that no, I grew up in Iowa, and they’re everywhere.” Read More
If you were planning on driving deep into the California desert just to catch pint-sized powerhouse PJ Harvey, forget it chum — that hugely-popular spring festival is already sold out. So why not stay here in San Francisco and just cab it instead, eh? Read More