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Music, All Shook Down Billy Joel Plays the Great San Francisco Songbook at AT&T Park

Billy Joel Plays the Great San Francisco Songbook at AT&T Park

The Giant's dugout at AT&T park has been converted into a bar. The players are replaced by kegs and coaches by bartenders. Gray-haired couples in expensive-looking outfits stand in a short, well-managed line to get their refreshments. To their left, the spot…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Gaga's Hoo-Ha, Britney's Toe, and Billy Joel's New Dancers

This Week: Gaga's Hoo-Ha, Britney's Toe, and Billy Joel's New Dancers

It's mostly about the ladies this week. There's Britney Spears who wants men to suck an unexpected body part of hers, and Jackie Fuchs who leapt to the defense of rape survivors everywhere after Chrissie Hynde said a bunch of…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Falls in Love With Lolinda

Bouncer Falls in Love With Lolinda

Certain words set off mnemonics in my head, and "linda" is one of them. But strangely, what comes to mind is "Rosalinda's Eyes" by Billy Joel, a song I don't really know by a guy I don't really like. I'm…
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Music, All Shook Down Happy New Year! Here Are Five Songs to Cure Your Hangover

Happy New Year! Here Are Five Songs to Cure Your Hangover

Happy New Year's Day, everyone! If you're anything like us, you're probably reading this via your phone or tablet, from your bed, still under the covers, still wearing last night's clothes and/or make-up. You've probably been awake for a while…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Memorable Songs from Movie Soundtracks

Five Memorable Songs from Movie Soundtracks

Because it can either fine-tune or drastically alter our feelings without a word, music is the universal language. So it's no wonder movie makers need only choose the right song to sweeten a scene, introduce the bad guy (Jaws, anyone?),…
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Music, All Shook Down Billy Joel's Roadmap to Success: Five Pieces of Advice He Never Gave, But Could Have

Billy Joel's Roadmap to Success: Five Pieces of Advice He Never Gave, But Could Have

Say what you want about Billy Joel. Just know that the man has your best interests at heart. Throughout his lengthy career, the singer-songwriter has held Q&A/cocktail sessions at intimate venues, offering folks the opportunity to ask him questions around…
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Music, Hear This New Spell: Show Preview

New Spell: Show Preview

There's a reason you haven't heard of New Spell — the local trio didn't even have a name until a few months ago — but no reason you shouldn't get in on the ground floor now that you have. March…
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Music, All Shook Down

Top 10 Awful Songs That Are Awesome for Karaoke

Not sure if you've noticed yet, but this fair city of ours is awash with karaoke. All the way from the traditional joints in Japantown to the dive bars of the Mission (Sunday afternoons in The 500 Club are…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Tender hospitality at Jonell’s Cocktail Lounge

Bouncer: Tender hospitality at Jonell’s Cocktail Lounge

I don't know why I continue to be taken aback by the strife, crime, and misery that confront me every time I visit the Tenderloin. Still, as John Cougar said, it hurts so good. I keep going back again and…
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Music, Bouncer The Irish and the Inventor

The Irish and the Inventor

At first I thought I'd come upon some sort of urban fishing experiment. I was in an alley off Grant Street, walking toward the Irish Bank, when I saw two men in suits flinging fishing rods and casting their lines.…
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Music, Bouncer

We Try Harder to Abide

"You've seriously only ridden BART once?" my friend asked me as we boarded. "Seriously?" "Yep," I replied. I suppose this was a fib. I think I have actually ridden it twice before, but that was long ago, when I wore…
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News, The Snitch

Just A City Boy, Looking For A Reasonably Priced Room

Well now, our friends over at Curbed SF are catching some righteous hell over their lighthearted ribbing -- nay, mere highlighting -- of a Craiglister ("22 year old straight male") who posted a (unintentionally?) hilarious ad outlining the sing-along…
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News, The Snitch Man, What Are You Doing Here? New Oil Spill Culprit: Billy Joel

Man, What Are You Doing Here? New Oil Spill Culprit: Billy Joel

The weathervane of blame allotting responsibility for the Cosco Busan oil spill has been spinning like…
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Music, All Shook Down

Plugged in -- ASD's music picks for Wednesday, May 30

Spoken Word: Bucky Sinister at The Hypnodrome "Fueled on a steady diet of Bukowski, illicit drugs, and San Francisco coffee, he learned to write from poets who dressed like bums but spoke like kings. His early influences are set in…
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Music, Bouncer

Christmas for in-betweeners at the Black Magic Voodoo Lounge

This year I have been listening to KOIT-FM (96.5) during the holidays. Maybe it's because the station is playing more old stuff -- Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Phil Spector joints -- or maybe it's because Bay Area radio sucks…
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Music, Reviewed Another Serene World

Another Serene World

Here’s a new band with a lot going against it. First, the name. Kind of clunky. Second, it hails from Ontario, is a cute boy/girl collective, and plays quixotic indie rock with a king’s arsenal of different instruments. These facts…
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Music, BeatBox BeatBox

BeatBox

In the words of Billy Joel (OK, not really): "Everybody talkin' 'bout the new sound/ Funny, but it's still just soul to me." And so it is to the Platinum Pied Pipers , pioneers in the genre oft referred to…
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Culture, Encore

Encore

The Caucasian Chalk Circle. In a lot of ways this outdoor Caucasian Chalk Circle feels like the Shotgun Players' raggedly successful Mother Courage last year. It has the same wild spirit, the same pots-and-pans percussion, the same feisty acting and…
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Culture, Stage

Movin' Out

Billy Joel is perfect for Broadway: big, dumb songs about love and pain. Choreographer and director Twyla Tharp has assembled a series of weirdly literal interpretive dances set to Joel songs that almost tell a story, starting with Brenda and…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

Jim Henson, Sesame Street's visionary founder and lead puppeteer, was famous for never looking back. Bursting with creativity, Henson moved so swiftly from one project to the next that little attention was given to curating the countless musical albums that…
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