Kimberly Chun

Boom!

YEAR IN MUSIC: The dream of money amid exploding blondes and other bombshells in 2010

|
()

Welcome to the Asylum

Sic Alps clamber back into view

|
()

arts@sfbg.com

MUSIC Just one glance at the title of Sic Alps' forthcoming full-length, Napa Asylum (Drag City), triggers memories of what might have been one of the most infamous (a.k.a. perfect) moments in punk history: the sight of the Cramps' Lux Interior lurching among the patients at Napa State Hospital in 1978, as captured in The Cramps: Live at Napa State Mental Hospital, by SF's Target Video. How does a humble assemblage of SF noisemakers live up to those memories and dare to go there?Read more »

Treasure Island Music Fest preview, take two

The broken social scene of indie rock Sunday

|
()

Don't make Gollum come over here. Is 2010 the year that Treasure Island's indie rock programming skews "precious, precious," playing to our staider, more subdued selves, in search of sure things and still uncertain that we've recovered from that doozy of a Great Recession hangover?Read more »

Scroll of sound

Linda Perhacs' inspired solo album Parallelograms traces new designs, 40 years later

|
()

arts@sfbg.com

MUSIC One of the singular ironies among the speedy online dissemination of sounds has to be the rediscovery of so many 1960s- and '70s-era women singer-songwriters who came, sang, and seemingly disappeared in the wake of Joni, Judy, and Joan. Singular among Judee Sill, Vashti Bunyan, Karen Dalton, and those other ladies of the canyon is Linda Perhacs, the maker of Parallelograms, an achingly beautiful ode to nature and an all-too-brief testament to one young woman's life, first released on Kapp in 1970 and most recently re-released in 2008 by Sunbeam. Read more »

Horns of plenty

Shaun O'Dell moves from sight to sound with Sword and Sandals and WR/DS

|
()

Life on the "A" list

Emma Stone's easy A star turn
|
()

FILM Take the sex out of a teen sex comedy and hone in on the heard-it-yesterday info overload of the highly social-networked '00s, and you get Easy A, a whip-smart striver looking to give a whole new definition to fast fiction. Read more »

Stimulating voltage

On and off the record with synth inventor and electronic design innovator Don Buchla

|
()

Don't ask synthesizer inventor and electronic instrument designer Don Buchla (appearing Thu/9 as part of the 11th Annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival) for a CD of his music. He's more interested in following his curious muse — in this case, through the oft-uncharted territory of performance — than documenting his many experiments.Read more »

Agony uncle

A new doc explores the spectrum of Spector

|
()

arts@sfbg.com

FILM Alternately slavish and critical, simultaneously buying into and subtly resisting the hype, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector is a bit like the renowned producer himself, who said this to biographer Mick Brown in 2007's Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: the Rise and Fall of Phil Spector: "I have a bipolar personality ... I have devils inside that fight me. And I'm my own worst enemy ... I would say I'm probably relatively insane."Read more »

Girlschool 2010

FALL ARTS: Fall is here, and women are ruling the Bay Area rock scene

|
()

arts@sfbg.com

FALL ARTS/MUSIC When I last looked at the state of all-female bands in 2006, Sleater-Kinney, Destiny's Child, and Le Tigre had hung up their guitars, mics, and samplers. Since then, the Bay Area has produced a motherlode of female-dominated rock outfits — including Grass Widow, the Splinters, Brilliant Colors, the Twinks, the Sandwitches, the Sarees, the Glassines, and Shannon and the Clams — while frontperson Dee Dee (née Kristin Gundred) of the Dum Dum Girls has moved back to SF, where she grew up.Read more »

Will they come?

Outside Lands takes over SF once again with acts like the Strokes and Further -- but is it possible to build a better music festival?

|
()

arts@sfbg.com

MUSIC As summer fades, the Bay grows warmer, and full-fledged adult music circuses — a mixture of marquee names, garlic fries, sideshow stilt-walkers, and questionable street art — begin to arrive, it's time to ask: how does one go about building a better festival?Read more »