Here Is Billie Joe Armstrong Performing With the Replacements at Coachella

So the Replacements did Coachella -- the Minneapolis underground rock titans played their first shows in California since 1991 at the massive Indio festival this year. Unfortunately, singer-guitarist Paul Westerberg was plagued with back problems, and had to bring in a ringer to help him sing through much of this past weekend's set. That ringer was Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day frontman and longtime Replacements devotee, who by all accounts appeared to be having the night of his life. "Dreams really do come true!" he told the crowd, according to Rolling Stone. Armstrong came onstage early in the set, and was wearing the same dorky khaki suit the rest of the members worse. Check the Replacements do "IOU" with their Oakland-dwelling fill-in-singer above.

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Mogwai Achieves Wordless Transcendence at Regency Ballroom, 4/18/14

Mogwai at the Regency Ballroom on Friday.

Friday, April 18, 2014
The Regency Ballroom

Better than: Whatever use you had in mind for those frequencies your hearing just lost.

"For the record, we are not Neo-Nazis"

The thought was far from our minds when one of the most personable, disarming bands in music performed at the Regency Ballroom on Friday. But the accent of Mogwai's lead distortionist and occasional singer Stuart Braithwaite can be just as impenetrable as it is charming. And given his own shiny scalp, what was most likely a very innocent question about understanding local skinhead fashion taught a valuable lesson in what subjects to avoid with a drunken San Francisco audience. (Also, perhaps band that claims to be ideal for listening while wasted should not ask about fascism an hour into the show.) And if you don't believe Braithwaite , feel free to look Mogwai's charitable, local-library supporting, Nazi-free career yourself.

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Five Songs to Help With Your 4/20-Easter Hangover

Categories: Holidays


Whoever scheduled Easter and 4/20 on the same day is a jerk who cares nothing about our physical and mental well-being. I mean, the average Easter is nothing more than a sprint to the chocolate bunny finish line, but add six joints, three bong loads, eight vapor rips and nine pipe tokes, and we're shutting down Cadbury, Hershey, and Ghirardelli.

Needless to say, today is going to be a slow one. Sadly, it's Monday, and Mondays aren't allowed to be slow. Just like some bearded dude in a robe who returned after three days to wherever he came from, we too need to rise again and enter that motherfucker known as the real world." Luckily, we have this thing called music to help get our lazy asses off the couch.

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Music Links: Two New Bay Area Festivals, Pandora's Legal Troubles, and a Museum Exhibit for Record Store Day


There's a slight chance that the public may get to hear Once Upon a Time in Shaolin after all. Though Wu-Tang Clan originally intended to release a single copy to the highest bidder, fans have created a Kickstarter in an effort to ensure it becomes more democratically available. [Pitchfork]

Feeling super amped for record store day? Head to the Oakland Museum's new exhibit Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records for a deep look at the long-lasting appeal of plastic discs. [EBX]

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Record Store Day 2014: Where to Go in San Francisco


By now you've probably heard an earful about the approaching Jesus freak vs. pothead showdown on Sunday. But did you know that Saturday is also a big day in its own right? Yes, that's right, Saturday, April 19 marks the passage of Record Store Day, an annual international celebration of brick-and-mortar music purveyors. In San Francisco, that means a lot of celebrating, as there are a lot of record shops scattered throughout the city. In fact, nearly every neighborhood has a spot worth digging through. It doesn't matter if you're a hardcore collector or just a casual fan, we've assembled a quick refresher on some of the places worth checking out this weekend.

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Queens of the Stone Age Joyfully Brutalize Bill Graham Civic, 4/17/14

Categories: Last Night

Richard Haick
Queens of the Stone Age at Bill Graham Civic last night.
Queens of the Stone Age
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Better than: Sanity, sobriety, composure, or decency.






This shit is peaking. We're eighteen songs into Queens of the Stone Age, have howled and head-banged and moshed through 80 minutes of pummeling from a rock band that sounds evil in the way only something sexy can be truly evil, and now the strobes are flashing and three guitars are chugging and some eight thousand people are shouting along to Josh Homme's list of preferred pharmaceuticals and it is The Moment of Total Release, right now. There's a pause and then the room erupts again: "CO-CAINE!"

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This Week: Coachella Sucks, Snoop Kills, and Damon Albarn Gets a Spoon Up The Butt


Tyler the Creator coming to terms with the fact that Coachella crowd stereotypes are 100% true (Twitter).

"When I see photos of bros at Coachella, I think: When I got into music, it was partially to not be in the same room/desert as these guys."
Pitchfork senior editor Brandon Stosuy also coming to terms with the fact that Coachella crowd stereotypes are 100% true (Twitter).

"I know it's fucking brutal outside. I'm schvitzing my balls off right now."
Este from Haim coming to terms with Coachella weather, mid-set.

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Rebel Music Author Hisham Aidi on the Relationship Between Hip-Hop and Islam

Categories: Books, Events

Hisham Aidi speaks on Saturday at the Fifth Annual Conference on Islamophobia


A decade or so ago, when Columbia University lecturer Hisham Aidi worked as a journalist covering youth culture in New York's Harlem and the Bronx, he discovered that Muslim kids from around the world were making pilgrimages to what Aidi calls "the Mecca of hip-hop": the Bronx, where the genre was arguably born. They would come in order to meet some of the genre's founders, including Afrika Bambaataa and DJ Kool Herc; to trace the pathways of the place where hip-hop and Islam first mingled; and to visit the grave of Malcolm X, whose Islam-inspired messages of black empowerment had found a new voice in the music.

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The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

Cut Hands plays at DNA Lounge on Sunday

Christ or cannabis -- which will it be? This weekend marks the passage of two important holidays: Sunday is both Easter, the celebration of Christ's resurrection, and 4/20, the celebration of...well, wait, uh, what were we talking about again? Chances are you probably don't care about either, which is a perfectly normal response. Instead, get your fill of nightlife on the days before, with some top talent poached from Coachella. Read on--your weekend awaits.

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Why It Matters If S.F. Loses Its Musicians

Categories: In Print

Photo illustration by Audrey Fukuman
The loss of a vibrant art scene threatens to turn the city into a museum piece.
From the latest SF Weekly:

Tour of Venice: As we debate the struggles of musicians and artists in San Francisco, one question frequently arises: Why does it matter if many of them leave for the East Bay? They'll still be more or less "here," as opposed to the bigger loss of them departing for L.A. or elsewhere. Is it really such a bad thing if working musicians can't afford to live in S.F. anymore, as long as they stay in the Bay Area? Does the city really lose? [continue reading]

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