Music Features

How to make it in rock'n'roll

Phil Manley's Life Coach, Anna Hillburg's solo album, King Khan and BBQ Show return

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TOFU AND WHISKEY "I felt like, if I don't put these songs out, they're just going to fade away," Phil Manley says from the enclosed playground in the Panhandle. He's doing double-duty as an artist on an interview and a father watching his 15-month-old daughter in the park. And he's prepping for a show at the Knockout later in the night.Read more »

Turn me on

Burger fever and mixed tape metaphors at Burgerama II

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MUSIC "You know how the Ramones made a bunch of people wanna start their own band?" I half-assed agree, not fully knowing the background of what sounds like legend, but it's obvious Sean Bohrman is about to go into a story. "I want Burger to be the Ramones of record labels."Read more »

Don't hold your breath

Johnny Marr sidesteps Smiths reunion rumors with solo debut, 'The Messenger'

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MUSIC Every passing year, the clamor gets louder; the rumors get more outlandish. An all-vegetarian Coachella. Fifty million dollars for five shows. Sixty-seven copies of the movie version of Moby Dick and a football helmet full of cottage cheese. While the rest of the world waits with baited breath for his old band to reunite, the perpetually unfussed Johnny Marr simply gets on with it, focusing on what's ahead instead of what's behind.Read more »

Two men, one spark

More than 40 years of Sparks, East Bay hip-hop royalty Glam.I.Rock, and UK goth-poppers Esben and the Witch

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Precious Metal

With the release of her dark, avant-pop sophomore album, Oakland's Metal Mother is free to pursue her primal side

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MUSIC A lot of elements needed to come together to inspire Metal Mother's new record, Ionika. You can almost picture the woman behind the sobriquet, crouching in some foggy wooded wonderland, scooping up soil and critters, ancient buried treasures of forgotten societies and precious metals. Before we get into specifics, let's slip off the mask. Metal Mother is really, mostly, the glossy coating of one delicate Oakland musician: Taara Tati.Read more »

Injured player in the game

After surgery, Saafir, the Saucee Nomad is left wondering whether he'll ever walk again

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MUSIC "I have a new respect for people with disabilities," Bay Area legend Saafir, the Saucee Nomad says, sitting in his wheelchair in the East Oakland living room where he's temporarily crashing. "I was aware of their plight, but I never imagined how much strength it took mentally to deal with every day, day to day. It's a cold strength."Read more »

Name droppers

When you're golden -- Golden Grrrrls -- monikers carry weight

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Vinyl addicts

Record shop timeline: Youngster store Stranded hosts a reading, 1-2-3-4 Go! celebrate five years

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TOFU AND WHISKEY "Rock and roll has never been remotely monolithic," early Rolling Stone columnist Greil Marcus writes in the introduction to the 1978 book he edited, Stranded: Rock and Roll for a Desert Island (Da Capo Press). "There have always been countless performers to pin your hopes on; though one may have found identity as a member of an audience, one also found it by staking a place in that audience, defining one's self against it."Read more »

Unexplored terrain

Composer Steve Reich draws out Radiohead's melodic fragments for new work, 'Radio Rewrite'

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MUSIC From David Bowie and Brian Eno's forays into ambience, to the unrelenting pulse of trance and house, minimalist icon Steve Reich's propulsive compositions have irreversibly shaped the pop world's development since the 1970s. Now, four decades into his career, Reich is reversing the formula with "Radio Rewrite:" a new piece adapted from and inspired by the recordings of alt-rock institution Radiohead.Read more »

It's Pony Time!

Seattle's Pony Time just wants to have fun -- LA punks the Bronx, and Dallas gospel-funk act the Relatives will melt faces. Plus: Rank/Xerox at El Rio!

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TOFU AND WHISKEY This week? It's Pony Time. No, that doesn't mean we're taking you to Ikea for meatballs. I'm talking about the band, which will be traveling here soon, and given its predilection toward weird news and pop culture, I feel like it might enjoy the above reference.Read more »