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Music, All Shook Down The Desert Trip: Coachella Promoters Assemble All-Star Roster of Old White Men

The Desert Trip: Coachella Promoters Assemble All-Star Roster of Old White Men

Apparently not content to transform the otherwise tranquil town of Indio, Calif. into utter chaos for only two weekends a year, Goldenvoice CEO and Coachella founder Paul Tollett will now give locals a third reason to run for cover…
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Music, All Shook Down At 84, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Teacher to Bob Dylan and Best Friend of Woody Guthrie, is Still Keeping Folk Music Alive

At 84, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Teacher to Bob Dylan and Best Friend of Woody Guthrie, is Still Keeping Folk Music Alive

About halfway through talking to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, I realized I’d stopped trying to ask him questions and just let him tell me stories. After all, they don’t call him “Ramblin’ Jack Elliott” for nothing. After 60 years in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New On Video: Down and Dirty Dylan in <i>Don’t Look Back</i>

New On Video: Down and Dirty Dylan in Don’t Look Back

My two oldest brothers were huge Bob Dylan fans when I was growing up. (They still are.) The first song I can remember identifying at a very young age was Dylan’s "Ballad of a Thin Man," probably due…
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Music, All Shook Down Jimmy Fallon's Top 5 Greatest Music Parodies

Jimmy Fallon's Top 5 Greatest Music Parodies

Earlier this week, Jimmy Fallon enlisted Jack Black to put together a frame-for-frame parody of Extreme's "More Than Words" video. Now, unless you're in the same age bracket as Jimmy 'n' Jack, you probably won't understand the sheer majesty of…
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Music, All Shook Down Chuck Prophet On Musicals, Mid-Market Development, and Not Using His Audience As an ATM

Chuck Prophet On Musicals, Mid-Market Development, and Not Using His Audience As an ATM

Chuck Prophet might not have known what a nerve he would hit with his most recent album, 2012's Temple Beautiful. It was an intimate-yet-raucous love letter to San Francisco in record form, and one that garnered critical praise from…
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Music, Hear This Marijuana Deathsquads: Show Preview

Marijuana Deathsquads: Show Preview

Minnesota has already left its imprint on music history by gifting the world Bob Dylan, Prince, the Andrews Sisters, and the Replacements. But over the last decade, an eventful, expansive, and awfully incestuous hip-hop/rock scene in Minneapolis has been pumping…
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Music, All Shook Down Stop Everything and Play With This New Music Video for "Like a Rolling Stone"

Stop Everything and Play With This New Music Video for "Like a Rolling Stone"

The words "new Bob Dylan music video" don't usually set our hearts a-flutter, especially after the upsetting fever dream that was "Must Be Santa" -- which, really, we're still hoping was the result of Dylan losing a bet, owing…
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Music, All Shook Down Elvis Perkins, Chuck Prophet, Sly & the Family Stone Members and More at Dylan Fest's S.F. Debut

Elvis Perkins, Chuck Prophet, Sly & the Family Stone Members and More at Dylan Fest's S.F. Debut

Are there any American songwriters out there who would say they haven't been influenced by Bob Dylan in some way? They probably won't be at the Great American Music Hall on Nov. 20, when the Best Fest, the…
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Calendar, Night&Day visions on the edge

visions on the edge

Charles Gatewood has spent a lifetime photographing the edges of his surroundings. Instead of Bob Dylan on stage in all his glory in the 1960s, Gatewood captured Dylan sitting down with a cigarette. Instead of Wall Street big-wigs showing…
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Music, Hear This Kronos Quartet: Show Preview

Kronos Quartet: Show Preview

The repertoire of San Francisco chamber ensemble Kronos Quartet is both large and staggeringly diverse. As likely to collaborate with minimalist composers like Philip Glass as to interpret the pop songs of Bob Dylan or Television, Kronos Quartet is a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Instabeat

Instabeat

Just as he was finding his voice, and as The Beat Generation was swelling up around him, Allen Ginsberg began to take photographs of his friends — portraits that attempted to contain the integrity of each subject as well as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Whiskey Gentry

Whiskey Gentry

While we don’t typically recommend a rainbowed handful of uppers, downers, laughers, and screamers, you might want to consider it for Bill Frisell’s musical adaptation of Hunter Thompson’s infamous story, The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved, the article which…
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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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Music, All Shook Down Five Great Neil Young Covers For His 67th Birthday

Five Great Neil Young Covers For His 67th Birthday

Today, November 12, is the birthday of one Neil Young, gifted songwriter, whiny singer, killer guitar player, and longtime Bay Area resident. In celebration of the man's 67th, we rounded up some of the best tributes to him available in…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Keep Our City Freaky Leave Market Street and the Tenderloin as-is: I am writing in response to the article "Black Market Street" in the most recent edition of SF Weekly . I am outraged by this article,…
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Music, All Shook Down Bob Dylan Croaks the Blues at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 10/18/12

Bob Dylan Croaks the Blues at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 10/18/12

Bob Dylan and His Band Mark Knopfler Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Better than: Cutting deep scratches in your CD copy of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, and then trying to enjoy it. Maybe the best part of…
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Music, Bob Dylan's Senile Sublime

Bob Dylan's Senile Sublime

Sure, his record collection is boss. His radio show, Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour, was a testament to that. His own albums back the boast up, too. And Dylan's latest, Tempest, is a flood of musicology frozen in black…
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Music, All Shook Down Bob Dylan's <i>Tempest</i>: A First Listen

Bob Dylan's Tempest: A First Listen

Bob Dylan is 71. Always-strong critical showings from such septuagenarian contemporaries as Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, and Tom Zé still don't even come close to his towering impact. After all, they weren't presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He's…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 10 Worst Music Biopics

The Top 10 Worst Music Biopics

A couple of weeks ago, you may recall we did a list of the Top Ten Music Biopics. The biopic debate raged again today, however, after we saw images of Andre 3000 dressed up as Jimi Hendrix, in the midst…
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Film, "Smugglers' Songs": A Glimpse down the Road to Freedom

"Smugglers' Songs": A Glimpse down the Road to Freedom

This episodic, easy-rolling saga of nomadic living and grassroots insurgency centers on a convivial band of armed traders in the French provinces in the 1850s. The monarchy finds them intolerable, for the Mandrins — named for their martyred leader —…
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