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Music, All Shook Down 5 Rock Vocalists Whose Voices Have Completely Changed

5 Rock Vocalists Whose Voices Have Completely Changed

The goal for all successful artists is to have as long of a career as they can possibly muster. The downside to this is having the world watching your every move, as you grow, change and explore other avenues that…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Once again, DJ Harvey showed a Public Works crowd how it's done. On Friday, he masterfully worked volume and EQ, ripping the music away and slamming it back in a thrilling demonstration of his skill. Running through house,…
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Music, All Shook Down Aerosmith's <i>Music from Another Dimension!</i>: A First Listen

Aerosmith's Music from Another Dimension!: A First Listen

It's gonna suck. But contrary to popular belief, Aerosmith is new to sucking. At its best -- "Cryin'," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Dream On," "Love in an Elevator" -- American rock has never been better, bawdier, or more maximal. Aerosmith…
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Calendar, Night&Day Physics, Engineering, and Laughter

Physics, Engineering, and Laughter

There might be funnier comedians in the world, but none who has been written up in Chemical & Engineering News. By day, Pete Ludovice is a professor at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. By night,…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Ways That Newly-Engaged Steven Tyler Is Kinda Creepy

Five Ways That Newly-Engaged Steven Tyler Is Kinda Creepy

We were touched this past week to see both Aretha Franklin and Steven Tyler get engaged (not to each other, obviously). It stands as heart-warming proof that you're never too old or flamboyant to find love. In the midst of…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Warrant's Jani Lane: Top Five Sexist Rock Videos He'd Have Enjoyed

R.I.P. Warrant's Jani Lane: Top Five Sexist Rock Videos He'd Have Enjoyed

Like us, you are probably still reeling from the news that Warrant frontman Jani Lane, died last week. Okay, so maybe it's not a "probably" situation -- maybe it's more of a "maybe" kind of thing. Come to think of…
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Music, All Shook Down The Best Bay Area Concert Photos of 2010

The Best Bay Area Concert Photos of 2010

Given the dizzying array of musical acts that tramp through San Francisco every year, and the number of those shows our hard-working photographers attend, it was no easy feat to round up their best shots. What follows is a sampling…
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SF Weekly Letters

Sammy Hagar Has a Posse Aerosmith sucks: Apparently Sam Prestianni doesn't remember Aerosmith from the '80s when they were all so wasted they couldn't tie their own shoes or show up for a performance . Yep,…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Francis & the Lights' iPad Album, Sammy Hagar is a Joke, All Shook Down Fest

In Print: Francis & the Lights' iPad Album, Sammy Hagar is a Joke, All Shook Down Fest

Does the album matter anymore? Does anyone care? Do you know what a CD is? Okay, kidding on the last point (kinda), but clearly the music industry is looking for some new, marketable format to sell to music lovers. After…
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Music, Aerosmith vs. Sammy Hagar: One embodies arena-rock greatness, the other taints it

Aerosmith vs. Sammy Hagar: One embodies arena-rock greatness, the other taints it

Aerosmith has long been one of the great live rock bands. With a wide-mouthed androgyne on the mike and a deep setlist of decades-spanning tunes to pump listeners full of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll fantasies, these badasses outta…
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Music, Hear This Show preview: Stone Foxes

Show preview: Stone Foxes

Sunset District darlings the Stone Foxes affirm their devotion to blues-soaked monster rock on Bears & Bulls, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2008's self-titled debut. The gutbucket six-string riffs and soulful shout-singing on tracks like "Stomp," "I Killed Robert Johnson,"…
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Music, Bouncer The smell of fear, beer, and sausages at Gestalt

The smell of fear, beer, and sausages at Gestalt

There's something about naming your bar after a social or psychological term that strikes people's fancy in this town. We've got Amnesia, Zeitgeist, and Gestalt. Amnesia I totally get as a nod to drinking. Ditto with Zeitgeist, since bars tend…
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Music, All Shook Down Aerosmith Announces Bay Area Date

Aerosmith Announces Bay Area Date

Though "Boston's Bad Boys"--technically they're Grandpas by now--jumped the shark several years ago, probably around the time "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" was featured in the God-awful movie "Armageddon," they're no denying Aerosmith have more stamina and staying…
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Music, Still Flyin&#146; hosts the reggae pop party

Still Flyin’ hosts the reggae pop party

It's said that history repeats itself, a tenet to which music certainly isn't immune. This past decade bears striking similarities to the dawn of the DIY era, in the build of a serious music movement counterbalanced by bands bent on…
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Music, Reviewed Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Bach

Say what you will about his hair-metal pedigree. Talk dismissively about his being firmly ensconced in the reality TV wasteland (Supergroup, Celebrity Rap Superstar, I Married ... Sebastian Bach, etc.). The truth is Sebastian Bach has a great fucking voice,…
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News, The Snitch A Requiem for Dead Tree Tits, Ass and Gadgets

A Requiem for Dead Tree Tits, Ass and Gadgets

Snitch Ben Westhoff is having a hard time letting go of Stuff. No, not his material possessions, the once-redundant lad mag now reduced to aMaxim section. It’s creative destruction, Ben. The web will more than make up for the…
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Music, Reviewed Mary Weiss

Mary Weiss

Even by '60s girl group standards, the Shangri-Las' catalog was dark: Hearts were broken, families shattered, and everyone died. No wonder rumors have swirled ever since the "Leader of the Pack" ladies called it quits in 1969; save for a…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Flying Vs and fake cocaine at the U.S. Air Guitar Championships

Flying Vs and fake cocaine at the U.S. Air Guitar Championships

For a certain type of rock show, it's most vital that a guitarist bring to the stage the one thing no road tech can tune: a boss facial expression. You know the one I'm talking about — the mouth tightened…
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News, Infiltrator Getting Rich the American Way -- Quick

Getting Rich the American Way -- Quick

Wow, the cockroaches really came out from under the refrigerator with that last story ("My Dinner at Applebee's With White Supremacists!," Feb. 23). Props to the white supremacists. On their Web site, they took a picture of me from a…
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Music, OK Then Giving a Folk

Giving a Folk

Here in the world of music criticism, we altweekly writers have a reputation for being snide, snarky, and dismissive. Pick up the Chronicle and you'll find intelligent, respectable pop critics reviewing Lisa Marie's concert, the kind of show I'd rather…
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