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2008-10-10 15:00:21

By Jim Harrington 1. Carlos Santana: Some years back, my colleague Tony Hicks and I came up with a list of the top 25 guitarists in Bay Area history. In retrospect, I'd make a few tweaks to it, but I wouldn't change our choice of Santana (pictured) for the top spot. Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View; 7 p.m. Sunday, Sleep Train Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord; $25-$75; 925-685-TIXS, 415-421-TIXS, 510- 625-TIXS,...

2008-10-07 21:00:26

By Jim Harrington One of the greatest partnerships to ever occur in the recording studio was the pairing of vocalist-songwriter David Byrne and producer Brian Eno. The dynamic duo, a meeting of eccentric rock masterminds, would deliver three consecutive masterpieces for Byrne's band, the Talking Heads: 1978's "More Songs About Buildings and Food," 1979's "Fear of Music" and 1980's "Remain in Light." Byrne and Eno also put out their own record in 1981, "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts,"...

2008-09-25 21:00:25

By Jim Harrington Despite the international flavor of the 26th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, American artists are still well-represented. Here are some of our picks for the best homegrown talents at this year's festival. -- Mavis Staples, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, $20-$60. Listen to Top 40 radio long enough and you might forget that the label "soul music" once meant something. Let Staples remind you. The highly decorated vocalist, a member of the Rock and Roll...

2008-09-22 21:00:21

By Jim Harrington Metallica is now officially in the running to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The Bay Area metal band leads a list of nominees that also includes Jeff Beck, Chic, Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Metallica, Run-D.M.C., the Stooges, War and Bobby Womack. Metallica seems as sure a bet as any in the field. The group is one of the most successful and influential rock bands in history. Plus, it's still on top, which is something none...

2008-09-19 12:00:22

By Jim Harrington There's nothing about Bart Davenport's Oakland apartment that screams "important indie-pop artist." It's a small, humble abode, located directly above a Chinese restaurant, and the most noticeable thing is the stacks of old LPs. The 38-year-old East Bay native has literally hundreds of records on display. His love for vinyl, he explains, is something passed down from his dad, who worked at a record store while Davenport was growing up. "He would get all these promo...

2008-09-08 21:00:18

By Jim Harrington Everyone knew it was going to an emotional night. It always is when it's the last concert of a lengthy tour. Yet, this closing night of the Dave Matthews Band's annual summer trek carried far more significance than usual. Sunday, you see, would've been LeRoi Moore's 47th birthday. The saxophonist didn't make it to the party. He died on Aug. 19 due to complications stemming from an ATV accident he suffered on his Virginia farm back in June. His fans, however, turned...

2008-09-06 21:00:09

By Jim Harrington It was one for the history books. Yet, Friday night's concert at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland may well be one that Brian Wilson will want to forget. Technical difficulties marred the first-ever complete live performance of Wilson's latest record, "That Lucky Old Sun," held in the U.S. That was a shame, especially since "Sun" ranks as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's finest solo offerings to date. The biggest disappointment of the night, however, was told by...

2008-09-05 06:00:13

By Jim Harrington Mere seconds into "That Lucky Old Sun," the title track from original Beach Boy Brian Wilson's new solo record, the listener can tell that there's something different going on. There's a sense of joy to the music, especially in the vocals, that has been missing from much of Wilson's recent studio output. "I had fun making it," Wilson remarks of the album during a recent telephone conversation from his home in Los Angeles. "The songs are all happy songs, so I had a good...

2008-09-04 06:00:14

By Jim harrington In the current musical climate, where performance spaces are closing and it's getting increasingly hard for local jazz musicians to find gigs, nonprofits and arts organizations are stepping up to the plate and helping out. Case in point, the Intersection for the Arts and the de Young Museum are set to kick off their third year of presenting live jazz. The series, dubbed "Jazz at Intersection at the de Young," begins Sunday and runs through Oct. 26. For the opener,...

2008-09-01 21:00:22

By Jim Harrington The Metal Masters concert was fun to watch. Among the curiosities seen during the nearly six-hour show Sunday at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View were: 1. A horse ridden onstage during Testament's set 2. Inflatable sheep, a life-size sex doll and go-go dancers that shared the spotlight with Motorhead 3. Heaven and Hell's gargoyle-dotted set, which seemed straight out of a B-grade horror movie 4. The line that separates Judas Priest from Spinal Tap-like...