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Next ‘Twilight Saga’ soundtrack quite a doozy

Given their remarkable past track record, the “Twilight” soundtrack series from Summit…

Uptown in Oakland screening Al Jourgensen doc ‘Fix: The Ministry Movie’

Just in time for Halloween! How perfect! On Oct. 26, at 6:30…

Willie Nile hoping to break through with ‘The Innocent Ones’

How long can an artist remain The Next Big Thing? For three…

Catch Diamond Rings at the Great American Music Hall

If you’re heading down to Great American Music Hall this Sunday for…

The Dead Milkmen are alive and kicking

We have to admit that one of THE funniest songs ever released…

Blast from the past: Basia to play Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco

It’s a weird name to see on the marquee at Bimbo’s 365…

Rihanna debuts new song on Facebook

It’s a staggering but true fact: sultry R&B diva Rihanna is the…

Rosanne Cash set to Tweet with the Stars

Yes, Twitter can be used for thousands of useless, self-aggrandizing postings from…

Electric Shepherd touts conspiracy on ‘Chem Trails’

Is it socially acceptable to live in the past? Apparently so, if…

Raveonettes among artists chosen to interpret ‘Batman: Arkham City’

Diehard Raveonettes fans out there may have been stumbling across something unexpected…

Montreal’s Simple Plan knows not to complicate things

Remember that whole wave of post-Green Day punks from a decade ago?…

Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer going on tour together

Fans probably took it as a joke at first, perhaps a publicity…

Thomas Dolby in town to lecture you on science

Well, the guy did repeatedly yell “Science!” at us in his old…

The Mighty Mighty BossTones got a new record coming out

Just when you think we’re all tapped out in the blast-from-the-past department,…

X is already starting to feel X-mas cheer

Is it really that time again? Time for feigned festive holiday cheer?…

Mike Patton explores ‘The Solitude of Prime Numbers’

In Paolo Giordano’s bestselling book “The Solitude of Prime Numbers,” the tale…

Think Judas Priest is finished? ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming’

They may be tooling around the world on an official “Epitaph” farewell…

Krashkarma may soothe your Nine Inch Nails withdrawal

No news from the Nine Inch Nails camp, since Trent Reznor’s been…

Sting to celebrate 25 years of music

Zany Sting jokes — will they never end? If they’re not tantric-sex…

Amy LaVere brings solid Memphis sound to San Francisco’s Cafe Du Nord

We would be seriously remiss if we didn’t remind you of a…