Amoeba Records

Rock-‘n’-roll sightseeing in San Francisco

With specialty coffee shops, artisanal cocktail bars, and the highest number of restaurants per capita in the USA — not to mention a great music scene — San Francisco practices a refined hedonism for fun-loving foodies. Make sure to hit these places by the Bay.

Mike Patton

Mike Patton’s San Fran favorites

Vocalist and composer Mike Patton’s credits are a mile long, and all extremely different from one another. His tastes in food, culture, and obscure hangouts are just as diverse.

Triumph America

Riding Route 66 on a Triumph America

After three days of desert debauchery (thank you, Coachella), ALARM editor and publisher Chris Force decided to ride back from California to Chicago via Route 66. Here’s what he figured out.

Fred Armisen

Fred Armisen’s five favorite Portland places

With a few seasons of Portlandia in the books, sketch master and former Trenchmouth drummer Fred Armisen has helped spawn a renewed interest in the The City of Roses (aided, of course, by the talents of ex-Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein).

Doug Fir Lounge

After-Party: Portland, OR

Though sometimes overshadowed by Pacific Northwest neighbors Seattle and Vancouver, Oregon’s cultural capital holds many distinctions of its own — including nicknames of “Brewtopia” and “Pornland” for its prevalence of coffee, beer, and strip clubs.

24 Hours in Zurich


Arguably the most beautiful city in Europe, Zurich is friendly, comfortable, and absolutely delicious. Ranked as the city with the highest quality of living in the world, with the highest density of bathing facilities  (that often turn into bars at night) and one restaurant for every 180 inhabitants, it’s a great (but likely expensive) stop on a European trip.