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Music, All Shook Down Uncle Acid’s Kevin Starrs on Touring with Black Sabbath

Uncle Acid’s Kevin Starrs on Touring with Black Sabbath

In the space of five short years, British psychedelic doomsayers Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats have risen from a fledgling project to become one of the more celebrated modern metal exports from the U.K. Founded by principle songwriter Kevin…
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Calendar, Night&Day We all will be received

We all will be received

Even those who sneer at cover bands must admit a great cover can be the gotcha track on any album because, at their best, cover songs are like love letters, not impersonations. Since 2010, the UnderCover collective has consistently…
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Music, Hunkered Down in the Witty Bunker: Stephen Malkmus Matches Smarts With Silliness

Hunkered Down in the Witty Bunker: Stephen Malkmus Matches Smarts With Silliness

Stephen Malkmus isn't very impressed with the current state of film. He's not reading or hearing anything that moves him too much, either, and he's baffled by the Internet's ubiquitous impact on modern life. It's safe to say that Malkmus,…
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Music, Hear This Budos Band: Show Preview

Budos Band: Show Preview

The Budos Band's sound is unmistakably its own: heavy bass lines repeat over aggressively funky drumbeats while horns play boisterous melodies and a West African shekere gourd instrument keeps steady time. In between songs, band members drink beer and curse…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle We were relieved to find at Shoreline that Black Sabbath can still do what you want it to: Inspire whole arenas to head-bang and fist-pound and nod emphatically along to massive, brutal riffage. After a 15-minute drum solo, the…
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Music, All Shook Down Black Sabbath Brings the Old Fury to Shoreline, 8/26/13

Black Sabbath Brings the Old Fury to Shoreline, 8/26/13

Black Sabbath Shoreline Amphitheatre Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 Better than: Most of the metal that came after. Ozzy looks like a worn-out scarecrow, shuffling slowly across the stage, or, when he wants to get you psyched up, hopping up and…
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Music, Riff Lord Tony Iommi Talks Black Sabbath's Reunion

Riff Lord Tony Iommi Talks Black Sabbath's Reunion

You may be skeptical of a new album from a bunch of sixtysomethings best known for eating bats, not getting along, and tarnishing their singular reputation as heavy metal's inventors with reality TV and butt-rock. But we hereby testify that…
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Music, All Shook Down Hella Weights: Slayer Fans Are Outraged, Bolt Thrower Is Amazing, and More

Hella Weights: Slayer Fans Are Outraged, Bolt Thrower Is Amazing, and More

Internet Reacts to Guy Getting Kicked Out of Band That Has Sucked Since the '90s Last week, super-influential…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 5/19/12: UnderCover's <i>Paranoid</i> Draws Sabbath Out, Softens It Up

Live Review, 5/19/12: UnderCover's Paranoid Draws Sabbath Out, Softens It Up

UnderCover Presents Black Sabbath's Paranoid Various Artists Saturday, May 19, 2012 The Independent Better than: Trying to hold a conversation with Ozzy Osbourne. There are a few reasons Ozzy Osbourne would bite the head off UnderCover Presents' live version…
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Music, All Shook Down A Handy Guide to the Best and Worst Bands With "Black" in Their Name

A Handy Guide to the Best and Worst Bands With "Black" in Their Name

Tonight, the Black Keys are playing the Oracle Arena in Oakland. Did you know they were that big now? We kind of thought they'd be a Fox Theater band forever. Especially since there are so many damn bands with "Black"…
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Music, All Shook Down Swedish Metal Sensation Ghost on Anonymity, the Coming Apocalypse, and Sounding Like a Million Bucks in 1978

Swedish Metal Sensation Ghost on Anonymity, the Coming Apocalypse, and Sounding Like a Million Bucks in 1978

Whether inspired by frigid temperatures, pre-Christian pagan mythology or brutally long winters, the Scandinavian nations of Northern Europe have produced more than their share of black-hearted metal bands singing the praises of Satan. The dark legacy stretches from the…
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Music, All Shook Down Metallica Turns 30 with Ozzy, Danzig, Rob Halford, and a Roomful of Fanatics

Metallica Turns 30 with Ozzy, Danzig, Rob Halford, and a Roomful of Fanatics

Metallica (plus guests) Dec. 9 and 10, 2011 The Fillmore Better than: Turning 30 alone, we're assuming. The birthday party for the biggest metal band in the world came to its finale this weekend with classic songs and surprise…
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Music, All Shook Down Beavis and Butt-Head Return Tonight. Here Are Six of Their Greatest Musical Insights

Beavis and Butt-Head Return Tonight. Here Are Six of Their Greatest Musical Insights

The world-at-large is bound to associate a few things with Beavis and Butt-Head: the '90s, a ballsier MTV, low-grade animation, juvenile delinquency, crude sex talk, and two idiots who loved fire, cappuccinos, and causing mayhem. Another major B&B element that…
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Music, All Shook Down Black Sabbath Is Maybe (Not!) Getting Back Together, Or Something

Black Sabbath Is Maybe (Not!) Getting Back Together, Or Something

We're not really sure what's going on here, but something stinks. Former Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi reportedly told the British Birmingham Mail that the original Black Sabbath lineup would be back for the first time since 1979 with a…
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Music, All Shook Down Six Musicians Who'd Make a Better President Than Donald Trump

Six Musicians Who'd Make a Better President Than Donald Trump

So, it turns out that angling to be a presidential nominee turns you into a massive racist. At least, that's all we've been able to glean so far from Donald Trump's ill-informed and bafflingly ignorant behavior over the last few…
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Calendar, Night&Day Chances Are ...

Chances Are ...

From the continuously inspired programming we’ve grown to love from the museum with the big glass cube comes an evening thrilling in its implications and specificity. “Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations” is the current exhibit, which…
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Music, Hear This The Sword: Show Preview

The Sword: Show Preview

Austin's The Sword makes the case for a more inclusive interpretation of the term "stoner metal." Unlike most of the genre's, uh, torchbearers, it doesn't trade in slow, lumbering dirges; its doom is swift, merciless, and impeccably executed. (Not for…
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Calendar, Night&Day Monster of Accordion

Monster of Accordion

Mark Growden strikes a precarious balance between charismatic stylist and pretentious artist. He belts out melodies as if proselytizing from the mountaintops, and rocks an accordion like he's channeling Black Sabbath; his soundtrack-moody music ricochets from hell to the stars…
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Music, Scott &#147;Wino&#148; Weinrich rides metal&#146;s sludgy resurgence

Scott “Wino” Weinrich rides metal’s sludgy resurgence

Black Sabbath's monolithic 1970 debut inspired legions of lumbering, down-tuned disciples, but few individuals have refined the ominous sonic template with as much creativity and dogged tenacity as Maryland doom legend Scott "Wino" Weinrich. From his early days confounding D.C.…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Price Is Fright

The Price Is Fright

Local heavyish shreddin' indie-rock band Citay lists Black Sabbath as an influence on its MySpace page, so the group's Halloween tribute to Ozzy and the boys isn't coming out of nowhere. Two things make the project more complicated, though: The…
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