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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Transgender Spiderman, Mayor Kanye, and "Naughty" Pharrell

This Week: Transgender Spiderman, Mayor Kanye, and "Naughty" Pharrell

"I want to make it a normality because this is a non-issue. People wouldn't ask a straight person these questions. I've tried to be clever with this album, because it's also important to me that my music reaches everybody."Sam…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Deadmau5 vs. Arcade Fire, Morrissey vs. Canada, and Avril Lavigne vs. the World

This Week: Deadmau5 vs. Arcade Fire, Morrissey vs. Canada, and Avril Lavigne vs. the World

"Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together, blending genres to capture our attention and ignite our imaginations. He was a trailblazer in his field and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

Sizzle This year's Coachella festival features Outkast, Arcade Fire, Muse, and almost every other band someone said was cool in the last year. Fortunately, a bunch of them have already announced Bay Area shows — and more will in the…
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Music, All Shook Down The Coachella 2014 Lineup Is Here

The Coachella 2014 Lineup Is Here

Coachella is only months away, and the lineup for the massive gathering April 11-13 and 18-20 hit the Internet last night. This year's festival billing features the expected Outkast reunion, Arcade Fire, Muse, the Knife, Queens of the Stone Age,…
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Music, All Shook Down Now Arcade Fire Has Joined the Bridge School Benefit Lineup

Now Arcade Fire Has Joined the Bridge School Benefit Lineup

After announcing a solid-but-not-eyeball-popping lineup for this year's Bridge School Benefit concert, Neil and Pegi Young have continued adding to it -- most notably bringing in Tom Waits for the Sunday, Oct. 27, edition, marking the man's first full live…
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Music, Hear This Ava Luna: Show Preview

Ava Luna: Show Preview

You know that business about not judging a book by its cover — or, in the music equivalent, an indie-rock-looking band by its press photos? Ava Luna proves the truth of the old sentiment. At first glance, the New York…
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Music, All Shook Down The Hunger Games Soundtrack: Five Things You Need to Know

The Hunger Games Soundtrack: Five Things You Need to Know

As you may have gathered from all the relentless hype and advertising and media anticipation, The Hunger Games movie is finally out today. And, yes, despite our vaguely dismissive tone, we're actually thoroughly excited about the whole thing. Especially since…
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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 President Barack Obama Likes Arcade Fire and the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, Really.

President Barack Obama Likes Arcade Fire and the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, Really.

Yesterday, we found out from a British music news website that, like Santa Claus, Barack Obama keeps a "Nice" list -- or rather a list of people he wants to have supporting him in his re-election campaign. We've seen the…
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Music, All Shook Down Here Is Video of Arcade Fire's Entire Set from the Bridge School Benefit

Here Is Video of Arcade Fire's Entire Set from the Bridge School Benefit

Missed Bridge School? We did, too. But now, instead of sighing deeply and conjuring overly rosy daydreams of what we missed by skipping the trek down to Mountain View this past weekend, we have YouTube to actually show it…
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Music, All Shook Down Your Post-Bridge School Comedown Party: Watch a Film About the Benefit's First 25 Years

Your Post-Bridge School Comedown Party: Watch a Film About the Benefit's First 25 Years

We already told you about the plans to release a new, three-DVD, two-CD box set celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the now-legendary Bridge School Benefit concerts. The set will feature some stunning performances from over the years by the…
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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 • Rancid led a Bay Area punk revival at Saturday's sold-out show at the Warfield. We got fast, precise performances, a parade of great songs from all of the group's releases, and a sweaty moshpit to lose ourselves in.…
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Music, All Shook Down Bridge School Benefit 2011 Lineup: Dave Matthews, Arcade Fire, Eddie Vedder, and More

Bridge School Benefit 2011 Lineup: Dave Matthews, Arcade Fire, Eddie Vedder, and More

The lineup for this year's Bridge School Benefit is out, and it's as solid as ever. No big reunions -- we got Buffalo Springfield last year, sigh -- but the acoustic shows Neil Young and his wife, Pegi, put…
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Music, All Shook Down Grammy-Winning Arcade Fire Singer Win Butler Thinks S.F. Is Too Expensive

Grammy-Winning Arcade Fire Singer Win Butler Thinks S.F. Is Too Expensive

About halfway through Arcade Fire's set at Outside Lands on Sunday, frontman Win Butler paused to regard the evening: The massive crowd, the rising moon, the immaculate weather (although it had turned a bit crisp by then), and the…
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Music, All Shook Down Outside Lands Day 3: Arcade Fire, Mavis Staples, Major Lazer, and tUnE-yArDs Deliver the Magic One Moment at a Time

Outside Lands Day 3: Arcade Fire, Mavis Staples, Major Lazer, and tUnE-yArDs Deliver the Magic One Moment at a Time

Outside Lands Day 3 August 14, 2011 Golden Gate Park Better than: Just another big concert. There's something almost magical about an unambiguously sunny summer day in the western reaches of Golden Gate Park, and on Sunday, for the…
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Music, All Shook Down Arcade Fire's Grammy Upset: Indie Kids Win the Big Award

Arcade Fire's Grammy Upset: Indie Kids Win the Big Award

When Arcade Fire, led by gregarious frontman Win Butler, won Album Of The Year at the 53rd Grammys in an upset last night, it sparked a firestorm of online discussion and sent the indie community, led by tastemaker publication Pitchfork,…
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The 2011 Grammys, A Timeline: Lady Gaga's Boob Armor, Who Is Lady Antebellum, and What the Hell is Cee-Lo Wearing?

In which we sit through three and a half hours of Grammys twaddle, so you don't have to: 8:01 p.m.: Show opens with an Aretha Franklin montage. Okay... 8:03 p.m.: Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams, and…
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Music, All Shook Down My Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2010, Starring Ty Segall, Flying Lotus, and Some Dude They Call Yeezy

My Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2010, Starring Ty Segall, Flying Lotus, and Some Dude They Call Yeezy

The tussle of 2010, for me, was wrestling with albums that I loved, but which lacked that elusive quality of "importance," and records that felt fresh and ambitious and exciting, but weren't the kind of thing you want to listen…
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Music, Sound and Vision Stopping piracy: How ultracheap downloads could save the music industry

Stopping piracy: How ultracheap downloads could save the music industry

Justin Timberlake made news last month by stating the obvious. When the multiplatinum-selling recording artist was asked about the irony of his playing Napster founder Sean Parker in The Social Network, he spoke a truth about illegal downloading that, apparently,…
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Music, Music-based dating site Tastebuds doesn't work for the iPod generation

Music-based dating site Tastebuds doesn't work for the iPod generation

"I just have trouble finding sane guys into my music," says Marissa Daywood, a Philadelphia-based student I can practically hear shrugging over AOL Instant Messenger. JupiterResearch may have predicted that the American online dating market will bring in $931 million…
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