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Totimoshi @ Annie’s Social Club, Saturday

Enigmatic but electrifying, Alameda's Totimoshi turned heads with 2006's Ladron (Crucial Blast/Volcom). Having released 2008's Milagrosa (Volcom), the trio teeter on the brink of something bigger, ready to take [...]

By |June 26, 2009|Comments Off on Totimoshi @ Annie’s Social Club, Saturday

Preview: Isis @ Great American

Isis has the dubious distinction of being too influential for their own good. Formed in Boston, the quintet picked up where Neurosis and The Melvins left off, crafting lengthy, [...]

By |June 22, 2009|Comments Off on Preview: Isis @ Great American

One night only at the Red Vic: American Artifact: The Rise of American Rock Poster Art

American Artifact world premieres tonight with two showings at the Red Vic Theatre on Haight Street, 5pm and 7pm.

If only everything about this movie were as cool as that [...]

Show Review: Tarrakian, Elk, Saros, Insanity @ Annie’s Social Club, 6/13

Annie's is constantly cementing their status as the best no-bullshit punk and metal venue in the city, and they pulled together a powerhouse weekend bill with a little something [...]

By |June 15, 2009|Comments Off on Show Review: Tarrakian, Elk, Saros, Insanity @ Annie’s Social Club, 6/13

My Metal Month of May

The shows cropped up fast as Memorial day approached, cascading on top of each other like the hairs of a vigorously headbanged coif. Instead of trying to keep pace, [...]

By |June 7, 2009|Comments Off on My Metal Month of May

Seoul Brothers: Go-Go 70’s at the SFIFF

When writer/director Ho Choi released his rollicking rock and roll picture in Korea in 2008, it debuted during trying economic times, not making the impact it perhaps deserved to [...]

Horny Goat Weed: Floating Goat at Annie’s Social Club

The crimson warmth of Annie's was a welcome respite from the bluster of Saturday night, with high winds pushing put-upon smokers into the nooks and crannies of the facade. [...]

By |April 29, 2009|Comments Off on Horny Goat Weed: Floating Goat at Annie’s Social Club

Rock and Kidney Pie: D Tour at the SFIFF

D Tour opens with the familiar trappings of a band-on-the-road movie--we meet drummer Pat Spurgeon in the practice space, tweaking his drumset as his band, SF indie-heroes Rogue Wave, [...]

By |April 27, 2009|Comments Off on Rock and Kidney Pie: D Tour at the SFIFF

Metal on Metal

Anvil! The Story of Anvil is the kind of movie people pregame for. I know because some dude blew chunks all over the floor at Slim's, hastily erected rows [...]

By |April 24, 2009|Comments Off on Metal on Metal

I Need That Record!: My final movie at Noise Pop Film Fest 2009

Words by: Ben Richardson

The uncertainty and unease that surrounds today's music business is hardly news. Decades of mismanagement and greed have exposed rotten timbers, deep down near the keel [...]

By |March 6, 2009|Comments Off on I Need That Record!: My final movie at Noise Pop Film Fest 2009

Soldiers Under Command: Stryper at ATA

Christian glam metal. These days, it seems almost impossible, but for much of the 80s, it was big business. California band Stryper were one of the first "contemporary Christian" [...]

By |March 5, 2009|Comments Off on Soldiers Under Command: Stryper at ATA

Seven Signs: Music, Myth, and The American South at ATA

An afternoon that starts with John Darnielle doing an Ace of Base cover can't be all bad. Back at ATA for my third and final Noise Pop Film Festival [...]

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