Music Reviews

How Denis Leary Honored David Bowie on Last Night’s ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’

How Denis Leary Honored David Bowie on Last Night’s ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’

Warning: This article contains major plot points from the most recent episode of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” “Rebel Rebel.” At first glance, Thursday’s episode of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” seemed preoccupied with blithe plotlines involving Johnny Rock ...

Monkey

July 8th, 2016

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Behind the scenes of Blood Orange with Iggy Pop

Behind the scenes of Blood Orange with Iggy Pop

I am sitting in the waiting room of a Spanish vet with a sick cat and Iggy Pop. It feels like the strangest dream. We are in Ibiza making a feature film, a noir thriller called Blood Orange. Iggy is playing the lead, an ageing rock star married to a beautiful seductress, and

Monkey

July 7th, 2016

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BIG BOY PETE AND THE OFFBEATS Winklepickin CD

BIG BOY PETE AND THE OFFBEATS / Winklepickin CD / 22 Records / 2010 More than 50 years after the heyday of Skiffle music in jolly olde England, an original voice from that era is still reminding the world why that style of music was so incredibly popular and influential in ...

Monkey

August 26th, 2010

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DONT’S Those Delicate Chemicals CD

DONT’S / Those Delicate Chemicals CD / Self-Released / 2010 These local indie rock heroes are all over the place in a good way.  Sometimes they’re in updated techno/disco territory, sometimes in ‘90s alt-rock land, sometimes in Arty Quirksville.  It’s all done with a light ...

Monkey

August 26th, 2010

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THUNDER BUFFALO s/t CD

THUNDER BUFFALO / s/t CD / Sarathan Records / 2010 Familiar doesn’t necessarily mean boring.  The sounds here have all been lovingly “borrowed” from many more famous garage/psych/skronk bands, but they still pack a potent punch to the eardrums.  A hint of darkness and danger

Monkey

August 25th, 2010

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WHITE NOISE SOUND s/t CD

WHITE NOISE SOUND / s/t CD / Alive! Records / 2010 This aptly named band manages to get all kinds of drone going, and then revs into a full-on pop song when you least expect it.  A world of music is created here that exists at the corner of Krautrock and Shoegaze, with field

Monkey

August 25th, 2010

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PAUL COLLINS King Of Power Pop CD

PAUL COLLINS / King Of Power Pop CD / Alive! Records / 2010 I’m old enough to remember the first wave of power pop, championed by L.A. radio great RODNEY BINGENHEIMER and Bomp Records.  Bands like the SHOES, the ROMANTICS, the REZILLOS, the RUBINOOS, DRAMARAMA and countless ...

Monkey

August 24th, 2010

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UNITS History Of The Units CD

UNITS / History Of The Units CD / Community Library Records / 2009 Some consider San Francisco legends the UNITS the first synth-punk band to be represented on 7” (“High Pressure Days” in 1979), but whether they were indeed the first they were one of the best.  With the ...

Monkey

August 24th, 2010

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DEBORA IYALL Stay Strong CD

DEBORA IYALL / Stay Strong CD / Dottie Records / 2010 The mighty voice between SF’s greatest New Wave band ROMEO VOID is back with songs that go in many different directions musically and lyrically, sounding familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.  She’s definitely no ...

Monkey

August 22nd, 2010

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BROTHERS COMATOSE Songs From The Stoop CD

BROTHERS COMATOSE / Songs From The Stoop CD / Self-Released / 2010 It’s a familiar sound, but a friendly one.  Bluegrass is the nerdy hipster music of the day, and these guys churn it out with plenty of good cheer and tunefulness.  Generally bluegrass seems to work better ...

Monkey

August 22nd, 2010

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