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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Slash's Return, Rollins' Cleaver and Kanye's Audition

Last Week: Slash's Return, Rollins' Cleaver and Kanye's Audition

It's time to take cover San Francisco because we're pretty sure hell just froze over. Almost everything this week has been incredibly unlikely — from the length of Henry Rollins' kill list, through Guns N' Roses getting the old…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye's a Cartoon, Lorde's a Waxwork, and Iggy and Britney are Plastic

This Week: Kanye's a Cartoon, Lorde's a Waxwork, and Iggy and Britney are Plastic

This week, there's a whole wealth of campaigning going on: Bill O'Reilly is against hip-hop, Anthony Kiedis and Moby are pro-bear, Miley Cyrus is speaking up for her vagina, Pink is anti-bullying, and Iggy Azalea and Britney Spears are clearly…
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Music, All Shook Down The 10 Most Ridiculous Things About The Voice Finale Last Night

The 10 Most Ridiculous Things About The Voice Finale Last Night

The Voice might be the least terrible of television's singing competitions — but that in no way means that it isn't also its own special degree of terrible. Season 7 wrapped up last night after a competition that weeded out…
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Music, All Shook Down Harry Connick, Jr. Is the Greatest Thing That's Ever Happened to <i>American Idol</i>

Harry Connick, Jr. Is the Greatest Thing That's Ever Happened to American Idol

Just as the youngsters -- with all the twerking and the swag and the Instagram filters -- are apparently deserting Facebook in droves, American Idol no longer holds the appeal that it did five years ago. In fact, Wednesday's premiere…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Reasons Pink Is a Total Fucking Badass

Five Reasons Pink Is a Total Fucking Badass

Pink is hitting the Bay Area for two almost-sold-out shows this week, and we strongly suggest you consider attending. Why? Well, aside from the fact that -- judging from her last Bay Area performance -- lady knows how to put…
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Music, All Shook Down The Voice Recap: Relax Everybody -- Finalists Have Been Chosen

The Voice Recap: Relax Everybody -- Finalists Have Been Chosen

Last night, the finalists for NBC's The Voice were finally decided upon, and it was an odd show from the beginning. This thing started on a... really, really low note actually, with finalist from last year, Dia Frampton (should've won…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist American Idiots: <em>Idol</em> Producers Shame Contestant With Criminal Past

American Idiots: Idol Producers Shame Contestant With Criminal Past

American Idol is quickly becoming the dinosaur of reality singing competitions (pit against the flashier and more hip The Voice and The X-Factor), and it's revealing more of its true cornball sensibility with every episode. The show, perhaps, has reached…
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Music, All Shook Down ABC Announces New Singing Competition; World Sighs

ABC Announces New Singing Competition; World Sighs

The last few weeks, we've been DVRing the shit out of the second season of The Voice to ensure we wouldn't miss a second. There is something thoroughly riveting about that show -- partly because of the concept (waiting to…
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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 The X Factor Makes Its US Debut, Crazy People Get Humiliated

The X Factor Makes Its US Debut, Crazy People Get Humiliated

So, this week The X Factor -- Simon Cowell's new reality show/ singing competition -- arrived on U.S. screens for the first time, and we've already had two nights of occasionally exciting, often harrowing, auditions. In case you missed it…
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SF Weekly Letters

A School's Passing Grade An apple for the fundraiser: I am proud to know many of the teachers at Edison . I have seen them go above and beyond the call of duty, year in…
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Music, All Shook Down Tom Jones Appears on <i>American Idol</i> Finale to Zero Fanfare. We Call BS.

Tom Jones Appears on American Idol Finale to Zero Fanfare. We Call BS.

Last Wednesday, the masochists among you may have caught the American Idol grand finale, during which babyface baritone Scotty McCreery was crowned champion. The buildup to the announcement was nothing short of epic, featuring, as it did, performances from Lady…
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Music, All Shook Down Lady Gaga Continues War Against Boring, Puts Fear Of Christ Into "American Idol" Contestants

Lady Gaga Continues War Against Boring, Puts Fear Of Christ Into "American Idol" Contestants

This week, Lady Gaga proved she could take any old rotten lemons thrown at her and make delicious lemonade out of them, by appearing on American Idol as a guest mentor. Which, frankly, we thought was a tad beneath her.…
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News, Sucka Free City

List: Why cable-car drivers snubbed contest

Last week, for the first time, San Francisco's cable car operators refused to compete in the city's annual cable-car bell-ringing competition. Why wouldn't they participate? • They just want the constant ringing to stop • Palestine is not yet free…
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Music, All Shook Down American Idol Tryouts in S.F.: Too Bad You're Not Like Carrie Underwood

American Idol Tryouts in S.F.: Too Bad You're Not Like Carrie Underwood

More than 8,000 singers flocked to AT&T Park yesterday with enough ambition and dedication to wait up to nine hours in order to give a 30-second audition for American Idol. To manage their excitement, contestants gave public performances, sought last-minute…
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Music, All Shook Down Videos: We Audition Some of the Thousands Trying Out for American Idol at AT&T  Park This Week

Videos: We Audition Some of the Thousands Trying Out for American Idol at AT&T Park This Week

Late Monday night, people with sleeping bags and big dreams began congregating outside of AT&T Park, where American Idol is holding the final tryout for its 10th season. The singing hopefuls of every race, creed, shape, and size, ages 15…
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News, The Snitch Baylinks: American Idol, Haight, iSex

Baylinks: American Idol, Haight, iSex

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Music, All Shook Down

American Idol Breaks Some Hearts

Were you upset that Crystal Bowersox lost to Lee DeWyze on American Idol? I did not think so, but I've heard through the internet that some people become completely invested in the show, and this defeat might have stung…
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Music, Hear This Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson invites so many cooks into her kitchen that it's no surprise when her albums tend to be uneven affairs. But when American Idol's first winner is handed a gem, she knows exactly what to do with it, as…
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Film, FilmCap

Loins of Punjab Presents

The zany incomprehensibility of the title should serve as fair warning of the quirkfest to come in neophyte filmmaker Manish Acharya's Loins of Punjab Presents. Ready to rock the South Asian community over the course of one weekend in New…
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