Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>
"We thought, 'why don't we do something that involves the most work possible?' And the most rehearsal, trying to figure out how to do these damn songs that we kinda gave up on a long time ago," says X singer/guitarist John Doe with a laugh. See also: A Complete Guide to Which X Show You Should Atte ... More >>
In these uncertain times, it's natural for one's thoughts to turn towards the inevitable nuclear war/pandemic/act of bioterrorism that will finally doom us as a species. Most of us will be wiped out, of course, and most of the ones who remain will be drooling, shuffling, hollow-eyed wraiths, subsist ... More >>
Multi-course degustation journeys have proliferated in this city over the years, and while an hours-long feast can make for a unique dining experience, the expense can take a toll. Lately, some niche restaurants have offered a solution: four- to five-course menus that don't break the bank and change ... More >>
We pause now from our usual duties to acknowledge the passing of legendary Village Voice art director George Delmerico, who died of a heart attack at the age of 67 on Sunday, Aug. 11 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Delmerico, born in 1945, was an award-winning, innovative art director here from 1976 until ... More >>
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. Killinger!: The Turquoise/Yellow Case Author: P.K. Palmer Date: 1974 Publisher: Pinnacle Books The Cover Promises: "He's ruggedly virile, he's karate-quick, he' ... More >>
Brasserie Pushkin, that splashy midtown restaurant with gilded walls and an over-the-top Russian menu, didn't exactly get a lot of love from the critics (exhibit A and exhibit B, the latter of which calls the restaurant exhibit D in support for the argument that there's no correlation between wealth ... More >>
Theatrical rocker Kenyon Phillips asked me to guest star at his Joe's Pub show last Saturday, and I was thrilled--even after learning I was going to play his mother. But what to wear as a Santa Barbara socialite? I picked through my things and came up with the above eye-popping ensemble.
Eight years in, Mountains albums arrive with certain expectations attached. There will be gently melancholy expanses of sound. There will be lapping-wave dissolves and cross fades caulked with spectral drone. There will be reed-rustling whispers and dry-heaving synthesizers. There will be the illusi ... More >>
Santa Barbara native Parry Gripp is a writer of satirical songs about popular culture, probably most famous for the video, "Hamster on a Piano (Eating Popcorn)." Indeed, many of his songs concern food, and the tunes are so catchy, you'll find yourself humming them days later. Here are a few more of ... More >>
My last memory of drinking boxed wine is from a college football game. A friend duct-taped a Franzia Chardonnay bladder under khaki pants like a wino's version of a flask. During the game, he would roll up his pant leg, flick the spigot and fill-up nearby students' cups with the plonk. Given this w ... More >>
And is Spanglish something to celebrate?
In 1973, PBS aired An American Family, a revolutionary look at a Santa Barbara clan's collapsing under the weight of infidelity, deceit, and the son announcing he's gay. It was basically the original reality show and it's just been revived on PBS as well as forming the subject of HBO's Cinem ... More >>
Street kids! Monks! Aszure Barton & artists bring Busk to BAC
Way before Snooki, there was An American Family--the original reality show, documenting the dissolution of the Louds, a well-to-do, charismatic Santa Barbara family at war with itself. Well, HBO is shooting a TV movie called Cinema Verite, a behind-the-scenes look at that 1973 show, with Dia ... More >>
Regional slurs, as promised!
Do your chores, Chollo
Nancy Meyers can't keep making the same movie over and over again
Emo's finest are still plenty caustic and mercurial though, don't worry
We shouldn't have to tell you this, but we'll try
The latest New American spot buzzes with life
A Mormon female-bonding fantasy
Sheriff Joe Action Taken in Solidarity with Phoenix New Times Via AAN Member papers of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) this week are providing links on their websites that direct their readers to the many places on the Internet where the home address of Maricopa County Sheriff J ... More >>
A hero of do-it-yourself aesthetic rabble-rousing
Angry brutes and tattoo artists whip you with the grease chain
Pocket rockets on parade at the annual sex toy convention
Tristan talks to a unique mother-daughter team of pornographers
Filmmaker-sommelier Jonathan Nossiter uncorks a vintage wine-industry exposé
There was garbage on the street and people were lying on the ground
Hey Get Ya Mom a Crazy Milkshake in Da Club
Is Michael Jackson guilty of more than dysfunction?
Novelist Pico Iyer Navigates the Spirit Level
Consumers Complain, Party, Riot, Look for Answers, and Crack Wise