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Music, All Shook Down Sam Smith Grabs His Balls, Katy Perry Buys Hillary a Necklace, and Ed Sheeran Doesn't Have a Vagina

Sam Smith Grabs His Balls, Katy Perry Buys Hillary a Necklace, and Ed Sheeran Doesn't Have a Vagina

There are influential women all over the place this week, with Katy Perry hanging with Hillary Clinton and Madonna, Alanis Morissette inspiring an unlikely song cover, Dave Navarro's mom's story getting told in a documentary, and Lionel Richie making an…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Justin Bieber Cries in a Car, Henry Rollins Never Dies, and Kanye is an Insult to Music Fans

This Week: Justin Bieber Cries in a Car, Henry Rollins Never Dies, and Kanye is an Insult to Music Fans

"All babies contain a soul however they come to this earth and their families. There is nothing synthetic about a soul!! So how can we dismiss IVF and surrogacy?" Madonna, responding to Dolce & Gabbana's assertion that babies born…
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Film, "Katy Perry: Part of Me": Meet the Real Gurl

"Katy Perry: Part of Me": Meet the Real Gurl

From bubblegum-bi-curious novelty "I Kissed a Girl" on, Katy Perry has built a career on glorious brain-dead-with-a-wink odes to playacting in a fantasy space of total acceptance and no consequences, sold to children with literal sugarcoating. Her hits are powerful…
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Music, The buzz, the truth, and the Mannequin Men

The buzz, the truth, and the Mannequin Men

A few words about that immovable object of the music biz, the industry hype machine. On the grassroots level, it is perpetrated by the entertainment writer, the most lazy and unimaginative of all cultural charlatans. Thus, the epithets that are…
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Music, All Shook Down Tickets Available for Matchbox Twenty/Alanis Morissette, Otherwise Known as 90s SuckFest 2008

Tickets Available for Matchbox Twenty/Alanis Morissette, Otherwise Known as 90s SuckFest 2008

If you are actually enthused to attend this shitty, overpriced concert, then may Jeebus himself have mercy on your boring and gullible soul. If it was any worse, the Goo Goo Dolls would also be playing. Hey, there's still…
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Music, Bouncer

Christmas for in-betweeners at the Black Magic Voodoo Lounge

This year I have been listening to KOIT-FM (96.5) during the holidays. Maybe it's because the station is playing more old stuff -- Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Phil Spector joints -- or maybe it's because Bay Area radio sucks…
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Dining, Social Grace

Social Grace

Dear Social Grace, You recently touched on the propriety of resting your arms and hands on the table during a meal (June 7). What is the final word on this habit? The writer of the letter spoke of hands in…
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Music,

Mediocre Sickness

"Wesley Willis Art Joyride" ArtRock Friday, Nov. 22 Yes, there was "art," and there was "music" -- punctuation essential -- and plenty of jaded smirking. But all of that was predestined. How unfortunate that, as a reaction to so many…
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Music,

Suspicious Minds

In the recent Tiananmen Square documentary The Gate of Heavenly Peace, student leader Chai Ling repeatedly -- without embarrassment or, for that matter, any sense of modesty whatsoever -- refers to herself as the movement's "commander in chief." As the…
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News, Feature

Heavy Rotation

Mark Kohr is really busy. As he fidgets in a deluxe, dimly lit editing suite decorated with framed posters of Robert Longo's iconographic 1980s "Men in the Cities" drawings, he supervises technicians making film-to-tape transfers, works with his producer on…
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Recordings

Tindersticks 2nd Album (This Way Up/London) This has to be the apotheosis of sadcore: In the Tindersticks' "My Sister," a girl goes blind at 5, burns down the family home at 10 (killing Mum and the cat), is paralyzed by…
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