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Music, Hear This Kid Cudi: Show Preview

Kid Cudi: Show Preview

Leave it to Kid Cudi to turn loneliness and pain into a party. On his debut mixtape, Cudi mined neuroses and drug-fueled escapism and came up with tracks like "Day 'N' Nite" — songs about sadness that are often set…
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Culture, Stage She-Wolf: Bay Area Native and Comedian Chelsea Peretti Talks Oakland vs. San Francisco

She-Wolf: Bay Area Native and Comedian Chelsea Peretti Talks Oakland vs. San Francisco

Full moons don't transform Chelsea Peretti into a wolf. Sometimes, all it takes is an annoying Twitter comment. Enter "Wolf Mode"— a highly intense state of spiritual unrest when Peretti assumes the perspective of the wild creature, posting all-caps tweets…
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Music, Hear This Beyonce: Show Preview

Beyonce: Show Preview

For anyone who's been cryogenically frozen for the past decade and is now rejoining us to wonder why that girl from Destiny's Child seems to be in every TV commercial they see, the way Beyoncé's current national tour is being…
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Calendar, Night&Day You can't spell "variety show" without "t" and "a"

You can't spell "variety show" without "t" and "a"

There are a lot of burlesque troupes in San Francisco, but few of them can claim to have opened for Guns N' Roses, feature a choreographer who worked with Beyonce, or to have performed at rock festivals throughout Europe…
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Calendar, Night&Day Many Single Ladies and Gentlemen

Many Single Ladies and Gentlemen

It's been five years since Beyonce's ubiquitous female anthem "Single Ladies" came out, but here in San Francisco we're still working our backsides to solidify its legacy. So much so that devotee dancers are celebrating B's birthday in the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hip hop ya don't stop

Hip hop ya don't stop

Les Twins manage a feat that is rare in hip-hop dance: they keep it real and pay the bills. Known for their intensity and unique ability to finish each other's moves on the spot, Les Twins have performed on…
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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 • Turns out there is nightlife in the Haight: We caught local producer Matrixxman spinning for a room of cool kids at Milk Bar, and were impressed with the way he filled out the dance floor. With a set…
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Music, All Shook Down Solange Kicks Off Her U.S. Tour at the Independent, 2/5/2013

Solange Kicks Off Her U.S. Tour at the Independent, 2/5/2013

KelelaTuesday, Feb. 4, 2013The IndependentBetter than: Sitting at home listening to early Janet Jackson records. All the cool kids came out of hiding last night to hear Solange play the hits off her new EP, True. The Independent's usual passive crowd…
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Music, Grass Widow: Post-Punk Innovation in Three Voices

Grass Widow: Post-Punk Innovation in Three Voices

These aren't good times for communitarian ideals, either in politics — with our sclerotic, shout-louder-than-the-next-asshole punditocracy — or in music, where the landscape is dominated by the indulgences of solo artists. In 2012, the individual is king: Prevailing ideals favor…
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Music, All Shook Down Jay-Z's 'Glory': The Start of a Sensitive New Era for the Former Hustler

Jay-Z's 'Glory': The Start of a Sensitive New Era for the Former Hustler

Jay-Z certainly spent much of his career trying to convince everyone he was a grownup. The metrics by which adulthood were measured seemed, ironically, a little juvenile. But it wouldn't be 'button downs' or investing in sports teams that would…
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Music, All Shook Down How To Be in Your Boyfriend or Girlfriend's Music Video (Without Looking Like an Idiot)

How To Be in Your Boyfriend or Girlfriend's Music Video (Without Looking Like an Idiot)

We've all been there. You're at home, doing the dishes or washing the dog, and in swans your famous partner and demands that you be in their latest music video. Nightmare, eh? We understand that this is a really common…
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Music, All Shook Down Bump & Grind: The Top Five Pregnant Performances

Bump & Grind: The Top Five Pregnant Performances

What the hell is up with the tabloids and pregnancies? Usually when a lady celebrity has so much as a big lunch, or gets photographed from a bad angle, they announce that an offspring is probably imminent. And here's Beyonce…
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Music, Why You Should Love Ke$ha

Why You Should Love Ke$ha

Here's a picture of Ke$ha. We know what you're thinking. It's either "Oh dear God, no!" or "Damn! Girl needs a wash!" And both of these are valid responses. Ke$ha is one of the most polarizing artists in pop music…
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Music, Hear This Pomplamoose: Show Preview

Pomplamoose: Show Preview

Call their songs whatever you want — covers, reinterpretations, rip-offs — but with their YouTubed recreations of pop hits like Beyoncé's "Single Ladies," Marin couple Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte of Pomplamoose have created a genuine Internet phenomenon. Working within…
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Music, BeatBox Onra: Show Preview

Onra: Show Preview

R&B in 2010 is a sprawling artistic field that includes music as diverse as Usher's raunchy radio fodder, Erykah Badu's cerebral funk, Beyoncé's saucy soul, Keyshia Cole's sweet ballads, and Dam-Funk's underground grooves. Frenchman Arnaud Bernard takes cues from all…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sacrilegious Satire Comes to Town

Sacrilegious Satire Comes to Town

It wouldn’t be Christmas 2009 in the deeply immoral Bay Area without some unholy drag spectacle rolling into town to satirize the Holy Trinity and the birth of Jesus et al. in a high flight of pop cultural and religious…
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Music, BeatBox Charlie Horse

Charlie Horse

So Polk Street is getting scrubbed? Not on Anna Conda's watch. The recently canonized "Protector of the Polk" keeps it raw and real at Charlie Horse, her weekly drag-show-cum-car-crash at the Cinch on Friday nights. If you like more than…
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Music, Reviewed Beyoncé

Beyoncé

From petulance ("Bills, Bills, Bills") to spite ("Survivor"), a large part of Destiny's Child's appeal was the ability to stamp a singular attitude over every nook and cranny of a four-minute single. So it should come as no surprise that…
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Music, Charo says "Cuchi Cuchi" to flamenco

Charo says "Cuchi Cuchi" to flamenco

How far would you go to achieve your dreams? Would you marry a man old enough to be your grandfather? Could you smile brightly as Johnny Carson lampooned your lack of fluency in a different language? Would you appear on…
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Music, Reviewed Renee Sebastian

Renee Sebastian

Not quite neo-soul and not quite old-school, Renee Sebastian dresses the sunny simplicity of classic soul in the slick new duds of radio R&B, not unlike a purer version of Ne-Yo or Beyoncé's approach. Though the California-born, Philippines-raised singer splits…
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