From Growing Up Idolizing the Beatles to Becoming the Lemon Twigs: Q&A with Brian D’Addario

From Growing Up Idolizing the Beatles to Becoming the Lemon Twigs: Q&A with Brian D’Addario

Note: “A previous edit of this article referred to The Lemon Twigs’ as ‘The Twigs’ on two occasions, but has since been edited to avoid any confusion with The Twigs.”  Upon hearing The Lemon Twigs‘ spectacular debut album, Do Hollywood, the band — brothers and creative wunderkinds, Brian and Michael D’Addario, bassist Megan Zeankowski and keyboardist […]

Chris Hillman Steps Out Front with ‘Bidin’ My Time’

Chris Hillman Steps Out Front with ‘Bidin’ My Time’

The former Byrd and Burrito Brother delivers an instant classic, with help from his famous friends “Well, we got it right,” Tom Petty told the L.A. Times’ Randy Lewis in the final interview with the legendary rocker, just days before his death on October 2, when Lewis congratulated him on the success of the album he’d […]

We’re All Right: An Interview with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen

We’re All Right: An Interview with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen

A sample question from the TV show Jeopardy would read… “Two heartthrobs, two weirdos and a pulverizing sound mining Beatles-esque melodic magic affixed to Who/Yardbirds/Kinks muscle. The answer… “What is Cheap Trick?” Since storming the scene in the late ‘70s, Cheap Trick have weathered Mount Olympus commercial highs, devastating commercial misfortune, band lineup changes and […]

The Wonders of Vinyl, Guitar Solos and ‘The Simpsons’: Q&A with Matthew Sweet 

The Wonders of Vinyl, Guitar Solos and ‘The Simpsons’: Q&A with Matthew Sweet 

Modern technology, a major relocation and personal loss all influenced Tomorrow Forever, Matthew Sweet’s first studio album in nearly six years. Among the veteran rock musician and Nebraska native’s strongest solo efforts to date, it features guest appearances from Rod Argent (The Zombies), Gary Louris (Jayhawks), Debbi Peterson (The Bangles), Ric Menck and Paul Chastain […]

San Francisco Musicians (Marty Balin, Peter Albin, David Freiberg and David Nelson) Recall Their First Encounters with Jerry Garcia

San Francisco Musicians (Marty Balin, Peter Albin, David Freiberg and David Nelson) Recall Their First Encounters with Jerry Garcia

The free-form jams of the Grateful Dead provided the soundtrack for San Francisco’s 1967 Summer of Love. Led by singer, songwriter and guitarist Jerry Garcia, the band regularly performed at venues such as the Fillmore, Winterland and the Family Dog. The Dead’s original run lasted from 1965 until 1995, when Garcia died at 53. Garcia […]

Outside Lands 2017: The Highs, Lows and In-Between from San Francisco Fest’s 10th Anniversary with the Who, Metallica and Gorillaz

Outside Lands 2017: The Highs, Lows and In-Between from San Francisco Fest’s 10th Anniversary with the Who, Metallica and Gorillaz

Review by Grace John and Nick Wachs San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park was once again flooded with hipsters, foodies, and music fans from metalheads, ravers, alt-rock addicts, hip hop habitués, and everyone in between for a festival equal in diversity.  This year marked the tenth anniversary of Outside Lands, a festival of art, music, and […]