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Music, All Shook Down Musicians Pay Tribute to Scott Weiland (1967 - 2015)

Musicians Pay Tribute to Scott Weiland (1967 - 2015)

News broke last night that ex-Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman, Scott Weiland, died at the age of 48. A Facebook post on Weiland's personal profile appeared in the early hours of Friday morning, announcing his passing. It read simply:…
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Film, "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon": Mike Myers Makes a Doc About Another Big Personality

"Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon": Mike Myers Makes a Doc About Another Big Personality

In Mike Myers' directorial debut, he wisely keeps his onscreen presence to a minimum. The subject is Shep Gordon, who started out as a weed peddler in the 1960s for the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin before stumbling…
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Music, All Shook Down The Muppets' Five Weirdest Musical Collaborations

The Muppets' Five Weirdest Musical Collaborations

Rejoice, puppet freaks (and pretty much everyone over the age of 30, whose childhood memories are inevitably intertwined with The Muppet Show), for this Friday, the new Muppet movie comes out! Muppets Most Wanted has Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais,…
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Music, All Shook Down Vanilla Ice Shilling Mac & Cheese, and Musicians' Five Strangest Appearances in TV Commercials

Vanilla Ice Shilling Mac & Cheese, and Musicians' Five Strangest Appearances in TV Commercials

We know how it is. You're a musician, perhaps not at your peak, perhaps worried about the future, and some smart company recognizes your downward swing and comes along and makes you a lucrative offer too good to refuse. This…
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SF Weekly Letters

Cut the Music And the commercial crap: Rae Alexandra is partially right about the Coldplay effect . Except that it's that both bands released albums in which they tried to become late 1980s U2 (X&Y, Sam's…
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Music, All Shook Down Alice Cooper: Rock Bands Need More Testosterone and Fewer Beards

Alice Cooper: Rock Bands Need More Testosterone and Fewer Beards

Alice Cooper is arguably the original shock-rocker. The career of the rock 'n' roller born Vincent Furnier spans from the late '60s -- when he was drinking nightly with John Lennon and Jim Morrison in L.A. -- to the very…
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Music, All Shook Down Awkward! The Top Five Most Uncomfortable Grammy Moments

Awkward! The Top Five Most Uncomfortable Grammy Moments

This Sunday, Rihanna and Chris Brown are both going to be present at the always-prestigious Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. It's been just three years since they both were forced to drop out of the show last minute, due…
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Music, All Shook Down Halloween Laughs: The Top 5 Cheesiest Songs From Horror Movie Soundtracks

Halloween Laughs: The Top 5 Cheesiest Songs From Horror Movie Soundtracks

In a recent piece for the UK Guardian, Stephen Thrower discussed the dramatic function of a good horror movie soundtrack. Citing examples like the themes from Halloweenand The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" (memorably used…
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Music, All Shook Down Do the High Nightmare with Alice Cooper

Do the High Nightmare with Alice Cooper

Behind the buzz: The man called Alice is only now coming into his due-and-proper band that's about three decades tardy. This rowdy and star-crossed Original Goth never…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sugar Sugar

Sugar Sugar

One of our great public art forms is fashion, and San Francisco is eye candy no matter where you turn your face. Tonight’s featured man of fashion, Billy Bowers, has designed clothes for the Cockettes, Alice Cooper, the Rolling Stones,…
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Music, Reviewed Danava

Danava

While purists continue splitting hairs over "true" heavy-metal style, Danava combs the genre into a weave of fantastic art-rock wizardry that leaves the stick-straight by the wayside. For its full-length debut, Kemado Records' dark horse moves between kohl-cloaked glam and…
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Music, It's a Big Prog Party

It's a Big Prog Party

Something amazing happens when you get over being a music snob. You discover bands that you wouldn't have given a chance when self-image got in the way. If you asked me ten years ago about prog rock, I'd have laughed…
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Music, Reviewed Judy Henske & Jerry Yester

Judy Henske & Jerry Yester

In the late '60s, Warner Bros. formed this subsidiary, Straight Records, in order to release albums by that maestro of scatological art-rock Frank Zappa, as well as an assortment of visionaries and eccentrics Zappa was then digging: Tim Buckley, Captain…
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Music, Reviewed The Mother Hips

The Mother Hips

When too many artists are cookie-cutter predictable, the more cynical listener can discern all there is to know from the first strum of a song's intro. So blessed be the band with the creativity to throw a crafty curveball. Chico-to-Bay…
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Music, Reviewed Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

I mean, shit, the guy's prolific, you've got to give him that: He released almost 30 new songs in 2003. Reportedly, what happened is that Adams made a record titled Love Is Hell but scrapped it after he and his…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

After 47 years, we are still held in the alluring sway of Hank Williams' short four-year recording career. Everyone from Ray Charles to Don Ho to The The (not to mention the multitude of lo-fi neo-country acts that have…
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Music,

Oh, the Horror!

The Long Hard Road Out of Hell By Marilyn Manson, with Neil Strauss (Regan Books/HarperCollins) The 1970s were no doubt a particularly scary and bizarre period in American history, but even against the various horrors and oddities -- the Zodiac…
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