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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Prince's Fists of Fury, Miley's Golden Lady Legs, and Interpol's Snowstorm Nightmare

This Week: Prince's Fists of Fury, Miley's Golden Lady Legs, and Interpol's Snowstorm Nightmare

"I heard that Metallica needed a bass player, and brother, I was writing letters, made a tape of myself playing and sent it to their management company. Kept making calls trying to get through. I tried for two weeks…
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The Old Familiar Tale: Another Tiny, Beloved Bookstore Faces a Rent Spike and Uncertain Future

Melissa Richmond finds herself in the intersection of a Venn Diagram of San Francisco real estate stories. Since she's not a wealthy techie, or all that wealthy period, or apt to disrupt much of anything, this portends badly. Richmond, the…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kurt vs. Courtney, Jay Z vs. Drake, and Everyone vs. Donald Sterling

This Week: Kurt vs. Courtney, Jay Z vs. Drake, and Everyone vs. Donald Sterling

"Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife even when she's a b**ch with zits and siphoning all yr money for Doping and whoring"Seattle Police have released a note they found in Kurt Cobain's…
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Music, Hear This King Krule: Show Preview

King Krule: Show Preview

Archy Marshall is only 19 years old, but as King Krule, the singer-songwriter expresses a kind of cloud-ridden doom that sounds a decade or so beyond his age. Otherwise known as Zoo Kid and Edgar the Beatmaker, the extraordinarily promising…
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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 Hardly Strictly '13 was hot, crowded, and flush wtith good performances. Our favorites were Low's simmering gothic rock, Bonnie Raitt's husky voice and supernatural guitar work, the heartworn soul of hard-working Bettye LaVette, and Billy Bragg's unapologetic populism. See…
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Music, Hardly Strictly Surprises That Won't Be in the Park

Hardly Strictly Surprises That Won't Be in the Park

As Bush-era Secretary of Defense and aspiring Zen poet Donald Rumsfeld once said, there are known unknowns and unknown unknowns. That is, there are things we know we don't know, and things we don't know we don't know. This bit…
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Music, All Shook Down A Rich Kid is Born in England! Here Are 5 Anti-Royal Songs to Celebrate With

A Rich Kid is Born in England! Here Are 5 Anti-Royal Songs to Celebrate With

As you may have noticed over the last few days, every news station in the country seems to be laboring under the assumption that we give a shit about a disgustingly wealthy child being born in England. We know the…
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Music, Hear This Billy Bragg: Show Preview

Billy Bragg: Show Preview

Becoming the elder statesman of British agit-political musings doesn't seem to have aged Billy Bragg one bit. His ire and depth of feeling have remained unerring and exceedingly powerful, with his articulate disillusionment lying somewhere between that of Bob Dylan…
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Calendar, Night&Day Love Doesn't Actually Kill

Love Doesn't Actually Kill

Quick, name a zillion-selling white -guy rock musician who is and has always been a loudmouthed anti-racist? Bono doesn't count, because we don't like his music. And we realize that Billie Joe Armstrong is a stand-up guy, but … we…
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Calendar, Night&Day Medicine for Melancholy

Medicine for Melancholy

The scrappy rock of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists is 100 percent dependable, in a way that very little nothing else is these days. Audibly marked by Washington, D.C.'s low fidelity and political awareness, Leo could pass as a healthy…
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Music, Reviewed The Nightwatchman

The Nightwatchman

While he shows formidable skill with drop-D riffs and fuzzbox solos, Tom Morello clearly hasn't spent much time manipulating words on a page. The Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist takes a noble stab at Billy Bragg-esque proletariat folk…
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Music, Weapons of Mass Construction

Weapons of Mass Construction

In the five years since the release of the last Coup album, Party Music, there's been enough high-octane political scandals to power a space shuttle. The poorly reasoned Iraq War, illegal spying tactics, Valerie Plame-gate, the torture photos of Abu…
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News, Feature Song Bird

Song Bird

There's not much of a view from the back row of the Central Presbyterian Church balcony in Austin, Texas, but it's clear that Jolie Holland, the figure onstage under the huge cross, is plainly dying. The room — easily 90…
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Holiday, GIFTS

GIFTS

DVDs Giving a movie usually means one of two things: that the film is good enough for multiple viewings or that you want to expose someone to something you think is cool or educational. Tear-jerkers, surprise endings and light romantic…
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Film, Coop <i>D'&eacute;tat</i>

Coop D'état

About nine years ago, in a humble Redondo Beach nightclub, urbane British folk singer Billy Bragg reappraised 20th-century politics -- as is often his Socialist wont -- by means of an intriguing correlation. Might it be, he postulated, that contemporaries…
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Calendar, Night&Day

NIGHT & DAY

Wednesday December 2 Oh, You Beautiful Doll! Cartoon characters, chinoiserie, celebrities, and popular entertainments like Ballet Russe and Comedie Française influenced the Italian doll-making company LENCI, which did brisk business in the toy trade from the 1920s to the 1940s,…
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