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The Duke Spirit

The Duke Spirit

For a Wednesday night at 9:00, Bottom of the Hill was already filling up, whether for the UK’s The Duke Spirit, or for the up and coming opener, Scene of Action, was yet to be seen. But it was certainly an unusually large number of hipsters for such a windy San Francisco evening, and a […]

Black Kids – Partie Traumatic

Black Kids – Partie Traumatic

My favorite comedians have never been all that funny. There are just certain people who, although not an ounce of genuine humor inhabits their awkward bodies, commit to their jokes so well that you can’t help but laugh. I feed off that energy, that total lack of caution. In the same manner, musically speaking, if […]

Forward, Russia!

Forward, Russia!

On the Life Processes album cover singer and vocalist Tom Woodhead presents his bare upper torso, thick chest hair prominent, with head turned to profile. Over the center of his chest we see an illustration of his beautiful innerds with his heart displayed. Yes, Forward, Russia! are evolving emo beyond the figurative “heart-on-the-sleeve” and showing […]

Gavin Rossdale

Gavin Rossdale

A magazine cover shot once had this to say about the alt-grunge band, Bush: “Don’t hate them because he’s beautiful.” The ‘he’ refers to Gavin Rossdale, who, much like his wife Gwen Stefani was with No Doubt, was the only visible member of his band. With so much focus on him, it was only a […]

My Milky Way Arms

My Milky Way Arms

There’s no denying that electronic keyboard music typically gets a bad rap. It just seems too easy to churn out, after all. Hit a few notes, press a few buttons, throw in a loop or two, give the finished product a quirky title, and you’re done. But easy shouldn’t be confused with bad. Nobody ever […]

Jay Brannan

Jay Brannan

I first discovered Jay Brannan early last year while watching the “New Now Next” show. After watching his video for “Body is a Temple,” I immediately got onto iTunes and purchased the four songs of his that were available. A little over a year and a half later, I was pleasantly surprised to hear he […]

Uh Huh Her

Uh Huh Her

You probably heard of Leisha Hailey from her involvement as an actress with the L Word on Showtime and, evidently, she’s got some pipes. Joining the plethora of actresses who’ve tried to make a go of it in the music industry (Juliette Lewis and Scarlet Johansson come to mind), Hailey lends her voice to Uh […]

Daft Punk: Electroma

Daft Punk: Electroma

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Chriso and Thomas Bangalter, collectively known as Daft Punk, make some of the best dance music around these days. But just appreciating the duo’s music may not fully prepare you for the weirdness that is Electroma, the act’s new film. There is no dialogue driving this unique work, and when there is any […]

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog have a sound and demeanor that is the musical equivalent of a micro-brewery, and their set had all the makings of a perfect club-level indie rock show: Interesting opening band, full but not too crowded club, $2 PBR’s, active but not obnoxious crowd, and a hard working Beatles-inspired melodic/rocking headliner. Too bad the […]

Chromeo

Chromeo

Sounding like the illegitimate love child of Prince and Daft Punk (imagine what those kids would look like), Montreal-based Chromeo makes music to seduce women to. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Dave 1 and P-Thugg weave stories of love lost, love found, and long-distance love by phone. This is an album that feels like […]