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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Night: Barbara Manning and the Sleaze Tax at the Hemlock Tavern

Saturday Night: Barbara Manning and the Sleaze Tax at the Hemlock Tavern

Barbara Manning and the Sleaze Tax Hemlock Tavern, Saturday, August 8, 2009 Electric folkie, indie-rock goddess, and baseball nut Barbara Manning must have been in the witness protection program. Or maybe she was farming alpacas in New Zealand. In any…
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Music, Listen Up Producer, Label Honcho, Performer, Journalist

Producer, Label Honcho, Performer, Journalist

Over the past decade, Pat Thomas has done more for Bay Area music than nearly anyone whose name is not Tom Donahue, Ralph J. Gleason, or Bill Graham. Steve Wynn, founding member of epochal L.A. guitar-rockers Dream Syndicate and an…
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Music, Happy Go Lucky

Happy Go Lucky

"We're surrounded by Americans," says a slightly disoriented Fabrizio Steinbach, who's taking some time away from his native Germany to visit San Francisco. "There's a good vibe here. I like the people, though a few look crazy." So maybe he's…
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Music, Riff Raff Riff Raff

Riff Raff

In the Ballpark Of all the pleasant surprises that attended Yo La Tengo's recent four-show stint at the Great American Music Hall, one of the most pleasant was seeing songstress Barbara Manning, clad in a Barry Bonds jersey, leaping onstage…
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Riff Raff

Confidential to the Lastnameless and Lowercased essence We're hurt. You know that Riff Raff cares about you and your ongoing romps through the strange confluence of music and fashion. We've reported almost every significant development of your blossoming career. We…
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Hear This

Yo La Tengo Yo La Tengo's decade of material has been an anomaly in the rock world -- music that actually gets stronger, more refined, more precise, with each record. Ever since the Hoboken, N.J., band quit acting like they…
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The Dark Shadow

Barbara Manning is standing in a public phone booth in Atlanta, outside a club where she and the S.F. Seals are scheduled to perform. Her nose feels like it's about to freeze off. She is groggy and road-ragged. "We slept…
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Samples

Return to Sender Inevitably, musicians who release CDs are bound to stumble across sold-back copies of their hard-wrought artistic statements languishing in some record store (we hope not in the clearance section). But what if you're a musician who works…
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