Tag: San Francisco

  • Through Chess, Life of a King Hits Every Beat of the Inner-City School Genre

    Just when cities like San Francisco are banning public displays of chess, Jake Goldberger’s Life of a King tells the true story of a man who used the game to help disadvantaged kids, albeit in a way that’s almost too movie-ish to feel true. After 18 years in prison for robbing a bank, Eugene Brown […]

  • Weekend

    Oscillating between shoegaze and post-punk, San Francisco’s Weekend jumped from trio to quartet for their second album, Jinx. The additional bassline from Nick Ray helps the long stretches of unabridged guitar solos flicker with gloom while they lyrically mull over existence. Shaun Durkan has brought his band into a looser, slightly quieter iteration for their, […]


    Over four decades ago, warble-throated folkie Neil Young played a couple of nights at Carnegie Hall in support of his classic record, After the Gold Rush. Both nights sold out. Now he’s playing four nights at the same New York institution and at press time demand looked equally high. Although he’s not coming back specifically […]

  • Michael Feinstein

    Homeless since his Loews Regency room on Park Avenue shuttered and now operating out of new San Francisco base, Feinstein has here found a temporary perch for the yearly warbling of seasonal standards including Tom Lehrer’s “Chanukah in Santa Monica.” For those wondering whether he’ll put down permanent roots here, rumor has it there’ll be […]

  • Cass McCombs

    Cass McCombs has long been known for his oddities. Though he released a few albums before it, his breakout album, 2009’s Catacombs introduced the shadowy, winding craft that the singer/songwriter would quickly be known for. Unafraid to play with structure and tone, his latest record, Big Wheel and Others is shot through with the musings […]

  • The Institute Is an Engrossing First-person Account of an Absurdist Game

    A thrilling, absorbing, absurdist real-world alternate-reality game played out on the streets of San Francisco and Oakland gets souvenir-doc treatment in Spencer McCall’s The Institute—but complaints that there’s too little here about how the Jejune Institute was hatched or what it all may have meant matter little in the face of the one great thing […]

  • W. Kamau Bell’s Outrageously Funny Totally Biased Gets in Your Face About Race

    “I’ve had a strange career,” W. Kamau Bell says a few moments after hauling himself onto the stage at Caroline’s Comedy Club in late April. “I had to get a TV show to break into comedy clubs.” That stirs a warm laugh from his people, a 150-strong New York crowd of races so well and […]

  • Four-Color Revolution

    In his introduction to this superbly illustrated compendium of underground newspapers, editor Geoff Kaplan channels the 1960s’ exuberant ad-hoc vibe by referring to his book as “Power of the People,” despite the title on the cover—Power to the People. The more inclusive of offers insight into the cultural power exuded by the 700 color reproductions […]

  • The Mowgli’s

    They just released Waiting for the Dawn, but a quick listen to this peppy southern California band might misplace them among ’90s-era alternative rock circa 1997, when TRL seemed to have a strict no worrying policy. Maybe these Jungle Book-loving rockers didn’t get the memo about the pity party that followed, but it’s refreshing to […]

  • Uber App Gets Thumbs-Up to Hail Yellow Cabs

    On Friday, New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission approved the savvy, San Francisco-based Uber as the first app New Yorkers can use to hail yellow medallion taxi cabs. After nearly a year of delays, the announcement marks the start of a year-long pilot program, during which the TLC will be able to experiment with […]