Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

As a successful politically incensed band, The (International) Noise Conspiracy walk a thin line between delivering a valid message and coming off as hypocrites. More

Cotton Jones

Paranoid Cocoon

Suicide Squeeze

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Michael Nau returns with Paranoid Cocoon, his first full-length as Cotton Jones (formerly The Cotton Jones Basket Ride for a few shorter releases on Quite Scientific and St. Ives). More

Sep 15, 2007 Live Web Exclusive

Treasure Island. There it sits in the middle of San Francisco bay. To most of us it's rarely set foot upon, simply driven through, the halfway point on the Bay Bridge. It was built and pirate- and/or Stevenson-named in 1939 as the site of the World's Fair-esque “Golden Gate International Exposition." Since then it's been a lot of things, among them a naval base and site of the Battlebots television show, in which machines battled to a fiery death. Apparently, people live there, too. More

Aug 30, 2007 Live Web Exclusive

Lowlights are a six-piece rock band that give off a folk/country vibe with a slight psychedelic tinge. I would compare them to contemporaries Oakley Hall, but with more of a haunting, low-key Western feel than the Brooklyn band. More

Jul 24, 2007 Live Web Exclusive

Tegan and Sara packed Amoeba Records’ Hollywood store to capacity and then some, with a line of fans stretching down Sunset Blvd. and around the corner, for their in-store on Tuesday night. More

Jul 03, 2007 Live Web Exclusive

It seems like Built to Spill has been on the road forever. After canceling the initial round of live dates in support of 2006’s You In Reverse due to frontman Doug Martsch’s emergency surgery to repair a detached retina, the band has been making up for lost time. More

Jun 27, 2007 Live Web Exclusive

Now, I got into Battles because of drummer John Stanier, who was a hero to me in Helmet when I was first starting to play in bands in the early ’90s. Little did I know that I was about to walk into a drumfest at theLaunchpad. I got there quite a bit early to hang out alone and have a few beers—alone time being at a premium with a new son. After several PBRs and a few games of Ms. Pacman, Ponytail took the stage. More

Once

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Written and Directed by John Carney; Starring: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

May 17, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

Writer-director John Carney, a former bassist for The Frames, has said that, while being a fan of the Hollywood musical, he wanted to modernize the genre in such a way that the YouTube generation would not recognize Once as a musical. Whether or not this film is a musical is debatable, but what Carney has kept intact, sans lavish production numbers, is the sweet romantic spirit of people and community banding together for a shared cause. More

Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea

Studio:
Directed and Photographed by Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer; Narrated by John Waters; Music by Friends of Dean Martinez

Apr 27, 2007 Cinema Web Exclusive

Picture the biggest, most rundown waterfront trailer park retirement community imaginable, fill it with elderly eccentrics, slap on some Vegas-style kitsch and you’ve got a good idea of the Salton Sea, the Imperial Valley, Calif. locale outside of San Diego and Palm Springs that once was a booming resort town.  More