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Culture, The Exhibitionist Contemporary Jewish Museum Recalls Bill Graham and The Summer of Love

Contemporary Jewish Museum Recalls Bill Graham and The Summer of Love

Bill Graham (1931-1991) was an impresario like no other.  Graham was the genius behind the legendary Fillmore, the venue that still operates at the corner of Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard. Graham's work as a concert promoter at The Fillmore was pivotal in…
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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 The Knife led a Viking bacchanal over two nights at the Fox Oakland, putting on what might have been one of the best shows of the year. The Swedish outfit expanded from a brother-and-sister duo to a nine-piece phalanx…
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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 Vallejo rap godfather E-40 has launched a wine business. Introducing Earl Steven Selections, a line of three fermented grape juices bearing the name of Uncle Earl himself. The Mangoscato sounds pretty tasty, but the regular Moscato, with its "cacophony…
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Music, Mr. Fillmore: The man behind the curtain of S.F.'s most iconic concert venue

Mr. Fillmore: The man behind the curtain of S.F.'s most iconic concert venue

Michael Bailey has one of the coolest jobs in the San Francisco music business. He books the Fillmore, the legendary club at Fillmore and Geary that cradled the city's revolutionary '60s acid rock scene, and that was recently named the…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Rufus Wainwright wore an awful, paint-splattered suit to Davies Symphony Hall, but dazzled the assembled mellow masses anyway. He toured through what was basically a greatest hits set with a little swagger, a splash of self-deprecating charm, and,…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Ain't No Disco

This Ain't No Disco

June 23, 2012, will likely leave an indelible mark on pop music history. On this day, Swedish House Mafia, one of the biggest electronic dance music acts in the world, decided to call it quits at the height of its…
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Music, This Ain't No Disco: How Swedish House Mafia Brought EDM to America

This Ain't No Disco: How Swedish House Mafia Brought EDM to America

June 23, 2012, will likely leave an indelible mark on pop music history. On this day, Swedish House Mafia, one of the biggest electronic dance music acts in the world, decided to call it quits at the height of its…
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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 • At Slim's, folk singer William Elliott Whitmore alternately tore out our heart with his songwriting and made us laugh out loud with his banter. After performing the painful "Pine Box," the singer shouted "Fuck you, robot tuner!" at…
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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 • Phish played two mammoth sets at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, delighting its loyal fans. As always, the band was better live than on its records; onstage, the basic structures of songs like "Tweezer" blossom into heartfelt, gorgeous jams.…
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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 • We went to Avicii's sold-out party at Bill Graham, and came away understanding why electronic dance music is blowing up in America: It's more fun, more consistent, and more all-consuming as a live experience than anything else right…
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Music, Coachella in Your Backyard: Nine Good Local Shows That Aren't Sold Out

Coachella in Your Backyard: Nine Good Local Shows That Aren't Sold Out

Who needs Coachella? If you live in the Bay Area, most of the best of this sprawling three-day music festival — which spans two consecutive weekends — comes to you. Call it "the Coachella effect," or "Fauxchella" — or just…
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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 • S.F.'s Icee Hot party brought in Muscovite DJ Nina Kraviz for one of its largest parties ever on Saturday, and the resulting crowd filled dancefloors upstairs and down. Not all the DJ sets were successful, but Kraviz's headlining…
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Music, All Shook Down In The Soul Kitchen's DJ Harry Duncan on Working With Bill Graham, His Show at Amoeba, and the Battle to Save KUSF

In The Soul Kitchen's DJ Harry Duncan on Working With Bill Graham, His Show at Amoeba, and the Battle to Save KUSF

Harry Duncan has filled a lot of roles in his 61 years: Independent producer of black music for Bill Graham Presents; manager of artists like the Meters and Ornette Coleman, to name just a couple; original talent buyer at…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Shocking Claims About Bill Graham From Rock Promoter Barry Fey's New Memoir, <i>Backstage Past</i>

Five Shocking Claims About Bill Graham From Rock Promoter Barry Fey's New Memoir, Backstage Past

In the late '60s, Barry Fey became of one of America's biggest rock music promoters. He says he was the first to book Led Zeppelin in this country, and claims to have sold more concert tickets than any other independent…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: The Night 20 Years Ago That Bill Graham Died, Tim Armstrong Working with Jimmy Cliff, and More

Music Links: The Night 20 Years Ago That Bill Graham Died, Tim Armstrong Working with Jimmy Cliff, and More

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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 • We got major '90s flashbacks when the Soundgarden reunion tour rolled through Bill Graham Civic. Flashes of gray hair aside — and despite Chris Cornell obviously taking it easy on his voice — the band rolled through grunge…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Is the S.F. Giants' Bill Graham Tribute Night

Friday Is the S.F. Giants' Bill Graham Tribute Night

Who's your baseball bobblehead collection missing? Well, how about Bill Graham, the legendary and controversial S.F. concert promoter and music executive? If you're scratching your head right now, don't worry. We kinda are, too. But you will really have a…
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Music, All Shook Down Learn Promoter Bill Graham's Surprising Story at a New Exhibit on His Life and Work

Learn Promoter Bill Graham's Surprising Story at a New Exhibit on His Life and Work

He was born to Jewish parents in 1930s Germany, escaped the Holocaust to New York City (his mother died at Auschwitz), and later moved to San Francisco, where he helped foster a historic and still-thriving rock 'n' roll scene.…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the <del>last</del> several weeks in S.F. music.

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last several weeks in S.F. music.

Sizzle • MTV trotted out rising Berkeley rapper Lil B for new show The Vice Guide To Life last week. Thankfully, it even got B to explain his obsession with Miley Cyrus. It was pretty funny. • S.F. troubadour John…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Night: Los Lobos Ring in Bill Graham's 80th Birthday at the Fillmore

Saturday Night: Los Lobos Ring in Bill Graham's 80th Birthday at the Fillmore

Bill Graham's 80th Birthday Party BenefitLos LobosJackie GreenePoor Man's WhiskeyJanuary 8, 2010@ The FillmoreAs much fun as: Two straws in a malted mushroom.Bill Graham was due to turn eighty the same day Elvis would've reached his 76th birthday. That this…
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