Peter Hook & The Light ignite post-punk frenzy

A mop of messy hair flung back and forth across the dance floor. A bouncing man threw his arms up—you’d swear giant mattress springs were glued to his feet. Unapologetic and excited, the one-man whirlpool continued on among a sea of dancey diehards. Peter Hook and the Light at The Fillmore SF A sold-out crowd … Continue reading Peter Hook & The Light ignite post-punk frenzy

Burger Boogaloo celebrates 10 years in Oakland

All hail The Pope of Trash. Burger Boogaloo may be the only festival where fans are just as excited to see its host—cult director and author John Waters—as any band on the bill. The counterculture icon’s slender frame stood behind a podium on stage, his pencil-thin mustache outlined a grin as he welcomed each artist … Continue reading Burger Boogaloo celebrates 10 years in Oakland

Gang of Four awaken anarchist spirit at The Chapel

“Gang of Four” projected just atop the red arch that mounts The Chapel’s stage in San Francisco. It was the only light illuminating the small room just before the band drenched the crowd in radiating guitar noise. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, fans jerked their knees as the drums crept in to renowned opening track, “Anthrax.” “And I … Continue reading Gang of Four awaken anarchist spirit at The Chapel

Rockabilly reverend delivers signature Gretsch twang

Reverend Horton Heat exude classic rock ‘n’ roll — they’re a whole lot of rockabilly, and a little bit punk, country, surf, and jazz. They’ve been riling up fans with thundering guitar runs for decades. It’s no wonder a sold-out crowd packed Slim’s in San Francisco for a night of rockabilly gospel. Looking around you’d … Continue reading Rockabilly reverend delivers signature Gretsch twang

Andrew W.K. reveals the power of partying on New Year’s Eve

When Andrew W.K. says it’s time to party, you will party hard. If W.K. had one wish, it would be for all partygoers in all the land to throw caution to the wind and live their best life. The inspirational Party God gives you permission to be exactly who you are. He loves you, and he’s not … Continue reading Andrew W.K. reveals the power of partying on New Year’s Eve

Black Dahlia Murder & Power Trip Tear Through UC Theatre

Melodic death metal brethren of The Black Dahlia Murder descended upon Berkeley's UC Theatre — frontman Trevor Strnad threw up a sleeved arm, smirked at fans, and started screeching into his mic. An already amped up, sweaty crowd roared, a swirl of bodies furiously circled and swung and bounced from one shoulder to another. People came out … Continue reading Black Dahlia Murder & Power Trip Tear Through UC Theatre

Rancid rock out for recovery

Rancid celebrated nearly three decades of punk rock at an end-of-tour hometown gig, which benefited Ohlhoff Recovery Programs in San Francisco. An all-age, sold-out crowd filled The Regency Ballroom — old-timers donned studded leather and Mohawks while youngsters sat atop their parents’ shoulders for a better view. A massive sea started to pit as Rancid … Continue reading Rancid rock out for recovery

Prism Bitch packs a powerfully loving punch

Prism Bitch packs a powerful punch. Sporting a blue stripped track suit, vocalist Lilah Rose collapsed to her knees, her feet pressed against her back as she violently played guitar on the floor. Bassist Lauren Poole, in matching yellow joggers, screamed into the mic before kicking the air Chuck-Norris style. The energetic band dominated the … Continue reading Prism Bitch packs a powerfully loving punch

FIDLAR prove you don’t need to party to perform

A rebellious hoard of self-loathing FIDLAR fans split like the Red Sea. Suddenly, a wide aisle formed on the floor of Oakland’s Fox Theatre. Frontman Zac Carper ordered all the guys to make room for a “girls only” pit. Hundreds of ladies threw their hands in the air and started slamming, body surfing, and stage … Continue reading FIDLAR prove you don’t need to party to perform

Music is Worth Living For: Andrew W.K. rocks the stage where it all began

“Partying isn’t an action. It’s a state of mind.” It’s one of many spiritual bombs Andrew W.K. dropped on fans at The Fillmore Sept. 6. A pumped-up crowd began to shout as “The Power of Partying” started to play overhead — the sounds lured W.K. diehards closer to the stage, as if they were boarding … Continue reading Music is Worth Living For: Andrew W.K. rocks the stage where it all began