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Music, All Shook Down Christmas Comes Early at Aimee Mann's Holiday Show at Bimbo's

Christmas Comes Early at Aimee Mann's Holiday Show at Bimbo's

Aimee Mann with Ted Leo, Liz Phair, Jonathan Coulton, and John Roderick Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco Dec. 6 Better than: drinking egg nog that isn't spiked with anything. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Bieber's Racism, Cops' Sexism, and Andrew W.K. Seeing Ghosts

This Week: Bieber's Racism, Cops' Sexism, and Andrew W.K. Seeing Ghosts

"I saw Courtney walking past, and I just tapped her on the shoulder and we looked at each other in the eyes and that was it -- we're just family. We've had a rocky road. We've had a bumpy past,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Memorable Songs from Movie Soundtracks

Five Memorable Songs from Movie Soundtracks

Because it can either fine-tune or drastically alter our feelings without a word, music is the universal language. So it's no wonder movie makers need only choose the right song to sweeten a scene, introduce the bad guy (Jaws, anyone?),…
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Flight of the Conchords Dudes, Aimee Mann Launch SF Sketchfest at Mezzanine 1/10

Hurray! The SF Sketchfest is back to tickle all y'all mutherfuckers pink with a month-long celebration of all things funny. The whole shebang-a-bang starts this Thursday at the Mezzanine with Rhys Darby and Kristen Shaal from Flight of the…
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Music, Singer-Songwriter Joe Henry Captures <i>Civilians</i> at GAMH

Singer-Songwriter Joe Henry Captures Civilians at GAMH

Singer-songwriter Joe Henry — the literate purveyor of a kind of folk-imbued, smokily jazzified, contemporary "adult music" that in a far better world would reside at the top of the pop charts — has been making solo albums since the…
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Music, Reviewed John Doe

John Doe

Despite the volume and punky posture, L.A. punks X always had a rootsy side. Bassist John Doe's solo work since the band's demise has emphasized that traditional singer-songwriter attitude, with every album sounding increasingly rawer. His latest, A Year in…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

If there were such a thing as Indie Rock PR Photo of the Year, Giant Drag would win it. The band is a two-piece from L.A. -- Annie Hardy on guitar, Micah Calabrese on drums and synths -- with little…
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Music, Reviewed Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann structured her new album around a single, pulp fiction- like story starring a washed-up boxer and a girl from the fair. But where you'd expect a concept album to be overblown, the story actually makes the record leaner:…
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Hear This

Less a musician than a sound researcher, veteran avant-gardist Ellen Fullman plays a peculiar contrivance of her own design, simply called the "Long String Instrument." Appearing like a luminescent force field out of a sci-fi flick, the LSI is basically…
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Music, Reviewed Kinnie Starr

Kinnie Starr

Viewers of the first season of The L Word got a sneak preview of the third album by trip-hop diva Kinnie Starr, as six songs from Sun Again -- released in Starr's native Canada in '03, out in the United…
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Hear This

Maybe it's because of her borrowed handle, but songwriter Sam Phillips always seems to require a little too much explanation. Fans inevitably have to qualify themselves with "Sam Phillips the singer," so as not to mix her up with the…
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Calendar, Performance Cliff Notes

Cliff Notes

WED 8/18 "With a piece in his hand, he takes on the Man." That's the tag line from the 1973 cult film The Harder They Come, starring reggae giant Jimmy Cliff. Cliff's appearance tonight will no doubt draw the predictably…
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Music, Reviewed Kathleen Edwards

Kathleen Edwards

It's pretty easy to nail Kathleen Edwards as "the next Lucinda Williams," since the frequent comparison is hardly unfair. On the opening tracks of Edwards' debut album, Failer, the Canadian roots-rocker strains to mimic Williams' raspy vocal style, while the…
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Music, Record Various Artists

Various Artists

Various Artists Music From the Motion Picture Magnolia (Reprise) The soundtrack to Magnolia is essentially the long-awaited new album by diva of the underdogs Aimee Mann; nine of the album's 13 songs are hers. Director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights,…
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wednesday february 14 Blondes Have More Fun? When Marilyn Monroe starred in Some Like It Hot, she was still playing breathy blondes. But Sugar Kane -- her character in the film -- has a sadness and vulnerability absent from gold…
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