Music Features

Milo grows up

The Descendents' Milo Aukerman on dead rock stars, caffeine addiction, and biochemistry

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arts@sfbg.com

MUSIC The Descendents have been around since the early 1980s, writing fast, coffee-driven punk music with lyrics about trashy, tongue-in-cheek rebellion in songs like "My Dad Sucks" and "I'm Not a Loser." The group has undergone various lineup changes, losing drummer Bill Stevenson to Black Flag for a while, and periodically losing lead singer Milo Aukerman to his pursuit of higher education and biochemistry (which the band named its most popular record after).Read more »

Damaged goods

MUSIC: Jello Biafra on the 'Dot Com Holocaust' and 'White People and the Damage Done.' Plus, new band Yassou Benedict delivers shoegaze dreampop.

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

TOFU AND WHISKEY Jello Biafra could be your theatrical political science professor. The still-charismatic frontperson and song-composer has long spewed knowledge deep from the underbelly of political theater, from his influential early 1980s Bay Area punk band Dead Kennedys, and projects like the band Lard, through his nine dense spoken word albums, and up to his newest musical endeavor, louder than ever in his 50s, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine.Read more »

Soul-savers

Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote gets some love from Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, and Questlove

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arts@sfbg.com

MUSIC "That's it, I'm done. In love." This is what Erykah Badu had to say, late last year, upon discovering Hiatus Kaiyote: an unsigned "future soul" ensemble from Melbourne, Australia, with a Bandcamp page, a single EP to its name, no marketing budget, and everything to prove.

Now, less than a year later, the band has found itself reissuing its self-released debut LP via Sony (with a newly added guest spot from Q-Tip, no less) and co-headlining a highly anticipated bill with D'Angelo and Badu herself, in Detroit later this summer.Read more »

Rise and snack

Live shots from Burger Boogaloo, plus new Terry Malts, and deep sea nightlife 

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

TOFU AND WHISKEY Listening to infectious Terry Malts track "I Do" on a blissed-out drive across the bridge to Oakland last weekend, I was struck by how the song has grown so ingrained in my psyche.Read more »

So fresh, so clean

Is laptop-produced, hi-fi music the punk rock of the Internet age?

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MUSIC In 1992, when Pavement released its seminally crusty, DIY masterstroke Slanted and Enchanted, tape hiss and low fidelity were inherent, unavoidable side-effects of recording on the cheap. As much as that fuzzy production sound complemented the band's shambolic, punk sensibility, clean recording techniques were only attainable through studios, spendy gear, and other resources unavailable to most garage slackers in Stockton.Read more »

Summer ghouls

A breezy chat with newish SF garage rockers Cool Ghouls, playing Phono Del Sol this weekend

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

TOFU AND WHISKEY In these past three years, Phono Del Sol has built itself up into a tastemaker midsummer's indie music fest — and it's one to watch. It makes sense: the one-day fest is curated by on-the-pulse local blog, the Bay Bridged.Read more »

Get trashed

Back together for Burger Boogaloo, raunchy surf-punks the Trashwomen reflect on SF's garage heyday

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

MUSIC During high school one day in a sleepy Marin County enclave, Tina "Boom Boom" Lucchesi went to a local record shop where Erik Meade of Jackson Saints and the Pukes worked, and he put on a Redd Kross album. "Total obsession," Lucchesi says now, a few decades later, from her punky, vintage-filled Peewee's Playhouse home in Oakland. "He was playing the Teen Babes from Monsanto record, and I was like, I'm going to buy that — and I did."Read more »

Mood music

Baths brings Houses along on his 'Obsidian' victory lap

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Devil may care

Austra and Magic Mouth both make it to SF in time for Pride week, plus a band vs band chili cook-off at Bender's

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

TOFU AND WHISKEY Unlike most anticipated albums these days, Austra's sophomore LP, Olympia (June 18, Domino Records), came out in gleaming little drops. There were no leaked full downloads — at least, nothing massively widespread. But the sparkly bits that did trickle out, namely first single "Home" and its follow-up, "Painful Like," were enough to build interest.Read more »

Hot mess

This weekend's music: Triple release party for Battlehooch and friends, lady drummers for Tom Tom Mag benefit, more

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

TOFU AND WHISKEY Battlehooch might be a tad ridiculous. The San Francisco six-piece has said it simply focuses on "colorful sounds and heavy rhythm" but that's like saying a mud run might get you a little dirty. Or, a gooey glazed donut burger being listed on a low-cal menu.Read more »