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No, Not Me, Never

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

ABC News says this about the Denver band that hit Popscene last Thursday: "Sharp-edged post-punk a la Franz Ferdinand and The Rapture is at its most vulnerable in The Photo Atlas." The group's new album, No, Not Me, Never, came out last month.


Bambino Watch reaches final days, Spork Opens, Cosentino v. Batali


Spork is open for business.

I’m happy to report that a host of new restaurants are flipping their signs to open. Finally! They’re all a short walk from my home in the Mission, meaning I’ll get in the door soon to give you the full scoop.

England's Muse

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Voted "Best Live Act" at this year's Brit Awards (the U.K.'s Grammys), alterna-rockers Muse were true to form, pulling out all the stops at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium last week. SF indie-rock band Immigrant, which came out with its first album just last month, did a fine job lathering up the crowds for the three Brits.

MUSE

Legend Has It

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Grammy-award winning R&B singer/songwriter John Legend, who started playing the piano when he was just four years old (he's 28 now), got the blood flowing at Berkeley's Greek Theater as part of his U.S. tour with soul, jazz and R&B singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae.

JOHN LEGEND

Melissa's Playlist 04.18.07


courtesy of spin.com


Due to copyright issues some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.

Holy Moley


Burgers. Fries. Fulfillment. Open until 9pm.

Root Beer and Rings



Enough about Texas--it feels good to be back in the place I really love.

Now, perhaps my future as a drinks writer was predictable given my childhood love of root beer. I loved it so much as a 10-year-old that I was consistently able to taste the root beer blind at restaurants and accurately guess the producer--Fanta, A&W, Mug, whatever it may be. That deep love lives on, so it's hard to convey how pleasantly surprised I was to find homemade root beer at the Magnolia Brewery and Pub. Creamy and delicious, one of its best attributes is that it's not too sweet.

Beer and Bar-B-Que



No doubt, there is some very good barbecue in San Francisco. I'm a fan of Memphis Minnie's on Haight Street, as well as Lily's (formerly Brother-in-Law's) on Divisidero. But, in my opinion, you can't get better barbecue than in Texas, specifically in the Austin area. Texas Monthly magazine has consistently rated three bbq joints in central Texas among the top four in the state. So with my, yes, brother-in-law, sister and niece (all visiting from Seattle), mom and wife, we made the hour-long pilgrimage from Austin to Llano to eat at the venerated Cooper's BBQ.

The Margarita Way of Life



I went back to Austin, Texas last week for Passover. It's the town I grew up in, and thus naturally where I learned to drink. I'm going to follow with a couple of posts about my visit--my first in two years--and reflections on the drinking I did then versus what I do now.

Ouroboros: Fashion and Design

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer
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