Whims is in need of dreams. Your dreams. The young Oakland-based comic artist has been illustrating dreams as told by the dreamers and she wants to bring more dreams a little closer to life. It's a chance to physically see in watercolor your most privately ludicrous dream experiences. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not a dreamer? Whims put out a call for submissions for her occasional zine, Come Find Out. Plus, look out for her band, Secret Snacks, which debuts on April 22 at Oakland Showga (that's a portmanteaux of live show and yoga), but “have no recording plans or anything like that.” It was billed as The Mystery Band before settling on Secret Snacks. I'm for it. — Alex Taitague
Björk, the Icelandic "swan" singer, is coming to Richmond (yes, the East Bay's very own Richmond). She's playing Craneway Pavilion on Wednesday, May 22, Saturday May 25, and Tuesday, May 28 and general admission tickets are not yet sold out. At $89.90, it's not cheap, but Björk hasn't played the Bay since 2003 — plus the $170 and up Rolling Stones' tickets make it look like a bargain. See you there wearing something sparkly and freaking out when this song comes on:
— Whitney Phaneuf
Picked up Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life this weekend and remembered why it should be required reading for every music fan. In simple, engaging stories, Azerrad profiles thirteen seminal underground bands from 1981—1991 and creates a context for "what it really means to be indie." — W.P.