Joshua Rotter

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Joshua Rotter is a contributing writer for 48 Hills. He’s also written for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, SF Examiner, SF Chronicle, and CNET.

Red, red wine—and a still red-hot UB40

40 years in, a smoldering feud, a crazy Brett Kavanaugh connection, and some smoking reggae tunes keep the band in headlines.

There’s a ‘Mad God’ at the Drunken Film Fest

30 years in the making, visual effects wizard Phil Tippett's short movie finally screens. (Yes there are cocktails.)

Ben Folds illuminates the music biz with ‘Lightning Bugs’

The singer and arts education advocate shares his life's 'cheap lessons' in new book and at JCC—sprinkled with hits.

It’s the time of the season for the Zombies

Fresh from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the groundbreaking '60s act maintains its edge with celebrated classics and new material.

Charo chooses life!

'San Francisco is like a lucky charm,' says beloved performer and guitar virtuoso, who returns to perform after devastating personal tragedy.

Still obsessed with ’80s sensation Animotion

Singer Astrid Plane—she of the famous side-ponytail—talks the ups and downs of synthpop success, before the big Lost '80s Live show.

‘American Factory’ a tale of two blue collars: US and Chinese

Obamas' project for Netflix yields an eye-opening doc that shows how one innovative solution to a factory closing went awry.

A tale of 10,000 Maniacs

The folk-rock favorites return, with more jamming and their signature dreamy (and wide-ranging) sound.

Who’s up for some Drunk Drag Dizney Broadway?

Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, and Elsa walk into a SoMa party .... You won't guess what happens next in this hilarious, queered-up deconstruction.

The B-52s at 40, still dancing that mess around

Singer Fred Schneider on duct tape, disco shoplifting, phallic MTV hot dogs, and the beloved band's latest tour.