The oil crisis has been an easy target for the media, so now it's our turn to get in on the hype. No matter what your political views are (left, right, or center), the rising price of oil is a concern for everyone. Even the most patriotic gas-guzzlers out there are beginning to question their driving habits. Now, if you ask the R&B star Rihanna, she'll tell you to "shut up and drive," but we think (and hope) that she's making a sexual reference.
While we wait for gas prices to drop, let'… Read more
The numbers are in for Bluetooth headset sales in California, and the retail hype around the new hands-free-driving law seems to have paid off. The law boosted device sales to four times the national average, according to a report by retail market researcher The NPD Group.
NPD said California's four largest markets--San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego--saw a major Bluetooth boost in the months before the law went into effect effect July 1.
In March, San Francisco sold two times more Bluetooth headsets than the national average. By May that number had risen to four times the … Read more
You're on stage, in the middle of your first song. The band's tight. The sound's dialed in. The audience is grooving. But you--idiot guitarist--forgot to do the Stevie Ray Vaughan trick of tucking your cable up through your strap, so instead it's running straight down to the floor, next to your feet. Excited, you take a step forward to pose for your friends in the front row and step right on your cord. It comes out with an ear-splitting pop and buzz. The bass player rolls his eyes as you get down on the stage, pick … Read more
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Stumbling bleary-eyed out of a dank Philadelphia basement, Dr. Dog is ready to take on the world. With a universally appealing sound that combines joyful pop with ramshackle roots rock, Dr. Dog is the rare band that elicits Beatles and Neil Young comparisons yet sounds completely and refreshingly original.
First place contenders at the math-rock science fair, iForward, Russia! sputters and jerks frantically beneath emotive vocals using erratically staccato guitar phrases. Weaving '80s-inspired synth elements into their arsenal, this post-rock outfit seamlessly blends punk, screamo, and new wave influences for a sound that's at once jarring, inviting, and romantic.