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Backstage Pass takes Coldplay seriously

Making fun of earnest UK outfit Coldplay is so incredibly easy, even…

Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward to release She & Him Christmas record

Is Zooey Deschanel an unstoppable creative juggernaut or what? Her campy recent…

Be sure to check out Great American Music Hall in San Francisco before Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Sure, you’re already heading down to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in a couple…

A real handbanger's ball heading for San Francisco

Mark the date on your metalhead calendar: Oct. 23. That’s when one…

Bridge School Benefit Concert lineup announced

OK, it’s finally been announced, and tickets go on sale Friday, Sept.…

SuperHeavy super debut set for launch

You’ve seen the video for “Miracle Worker” on YouTube, you’ve heard what…

ITunes unleashes The Beatles' “1” – a one-stop shop for hits

Tired of cherry picking your favorite Beatles songs from various sources on…

Gary Numan is back and looking just the same

Is there a withered old flesh-melting painting, “Dorian Gray” style, of noted…

Wavves awash with new music and attention

It’s no secret who Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino happens to be dating…

Queen to stream ‘Live at Wembley’ concert to commemorate Freddie Mercury’s birthday

If the fabulous Freddie Mercury were still with us, this Sept. 5…

Afro-soul collector Frank Gossner hits paydirt with El Rego

As the fable goes, Afro-soul collector Frank Gossner spent years combing through…

Jack White shows his Juggalo side in new Insane Clown Posse 7”

Jack White. Founder of three legendary bands. Owner of his own Nashville-based…

Metal documentary darlings Anvil back with a refresher set

They’re baaaack! It’s hard to believe that three long years have passed…

Kasabian wraps local production with Dan The Automator of ‘Velociraptor’

Chances are, they’ve been drinking right next to you at your favorite…

Metallica-Lou Reed project takes flight

One thing you have to say for today’s music scene — we’ve…

Tom Waits addresses the Internet age

It’s always amusing when art comments on itself, or its own surroundings.…

Chris Cornell offers new single fans can donate to download

Ask anybody who was there, and you’ll get a unanimous “Hells Yeah!”…

Ian Anderson announces Jethro Tull tour, 40th-anniversary ‘Aqualung’ edition

That old one-legged stork-standing flautist Ian Anderson put both feet on the…

Meshell Ndegeocello back with new album ‘Weather’

Former Bay Area native Meshell Ndegeocello recently contributed a cover of U2’s…

Zucchero ready to bless America with his songs

He hails from Italy, looks like Slash’s eccentric top-hatted uncle, and has…