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Music, All Shook Down Five Reasons Courtney Love Is Wrong About Saxophones Not Belonging in Rock 'n' Roll

Five Reasons Courtney Love Is Wrong About Saxophones Not Belonging in Rock 'n' Roll

As we all know, in the 1980s, the coolest member of any band was always the sax player. It's why Rob Lowe played one (while wearing a beautiful headband) in St. Elmo's Fire, and it's why Tina Turner's sexy sax…
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Music, All Shook Down On the Shock, Confusion, and Horror of Liking a Coldplay Song

On the Shock, Confusion, and Horror of Liking a Coldplay Song

There are certain pivotal events in a person's life. Moments that force you to take a step back, re-evaluate everything that has happened in the years that led up to this day, and perhaps rethink how the future is going…
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Music, Change of Oldies: Shannon and the Clams Sharpen Vintage Pop to a Raw Edge

Change of Oldies: Shannon and the Clams Sharpen Vintage Pop to a Raw Edge

If there is a playbook of rock band moves, the plan to "go somewhere weird and faraway to write and record new songs" would be on one of its most weathered pages. The reasoning behind the move is simple —…
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Calendar, Night&Day Change of Oldies: Shannon and the Clams Sharpen Vintage Pop to a Raw Edge

Change of Oldies: Shannon and the Clams Sharpen Vintage Pop to a Raw Edge

If there is a playbook of rock band moves, the plan to "go somewhere weird and faraway to write and record new songs" would be on one of its most weathered pages. The reasoning behind the move is simple —…
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Dining, SFoodie Chocolate Cheez, Fried Pickles, and HSUS is the Devil (Says Pork Industry)

Chocolate Cheez, Fried Pickles, and HSUS is the Devil (Says Pork Industry)

Guys, I wasn't even kidding, Annie Oliverio made us vegan chocolate dessert cheese! Can you believe it? I, for one, cannot believe it. And I can't wait to try it! Provided I get my ass off the couch and…
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Music, All Shook Down A First Listen to <i>The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends</i>, Feat. Ke$ha, Erykah Badu, Bon Iver and More

A First Listen to The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, Feat. Ke$ha, Erykah Badu, Bon Iver and More

I loved, loved the Flaming Lips' Embryonic, and find The Soft Bulletin to be a pretty magical cornucopia. Pretty big fan of 1995's Clouds Taste Metallic as well. Yet I've never considered for even a second if the Lips…
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Music, All Shook Down The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards happened yesterday. Which we're sure you know already. If you missed it, however, you may have missed some of the weirdest details. So here, for your convenience, is a timeline of events. Get comfortable, 'cause…
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Music, All Shook Down Madonna Is Playing the Bay Area This Fall

Madonna Is Playing the Bay Area This Fall

Fresh off her headline-generating performance with M.I.A. and a few other people at the Super Bowl this past weekend, Madonna announced a huge run of tour dates today, including a Bay Area show. The Madge will of course be…
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Music, All Shook Down Album of the Year: Handicapping the Race for the Best Record of 2011

Album of the Year: Handicapping the Race for the Best Record of 2011

It's almost November -- the month when music scribes pull their ears out of whatever Sonic Youth/Public Enemy/Kate Bush playlist they normally exist to and begin cramming for that all-important professional exercise: The annual Best Of list. Picking the 10…
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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 Bon Iver brought its woozy falsetto magic to a sold-out Greek Theatre and proved entrancing, casting songs from both Justin Vernon's lauded debut and this year's follow-up in rousing volume and increased presence — aided greatly by a nine-piece…
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Music, All Shook Down Bon Iver Turns Up the Volume at the Greek Theatre

Bon Iver Turns Up the Volume at the Greek Theatre

Bon Iver Other Lives September 22, 2011 Greek Theatre Better than: Thursday night network TV premieres (but don't forget to set the DVR). See more pictures from Bon Iver at the Greek Theater. The Campanile bells of the University…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Jimmy Eat World Revisits <i>Bleed American</i>, and More

In Print: Jimmy Eat World Revisits Bleed American, and More

Jimmy Eat World: In 2001, four friends from Mesa, Ariz., made an album called Bleed American -- a set of sentimental, earnest, and immensely relatable pop-punk anthems. Teenagers everywhere shoved the CD into their car stereos as they snuck out…
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Music, All Shook Down Gayngs at the Independent: Sexier (and Obviously Weirder) Than Your Prom

Gayngs at the Independent: Sexier (and Obviously Weirder) Than Your Prom

Gayngs White Hinterland June 1, 2011 @ The Independent Better than: Your actual prom, including the hotel room afterparty Picture a prom night in the early 1990s, in a glittering hall with a live band that plays soulful, heart-thumping music,…
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Music, All Shook Down The Ghosts of Outside Lands Past

The Ghosts of Outside Lands Past

Now that this year's Outside Lands lineup has been released in full and stayed true to its lil-bit-hippie-lil-bit-hip-hop roots and the folk vs. funk vibe, will you be forking over some coin when the tickets go on sale tomorrow? How…
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Music, Hear This Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Now that his cabin-recorded debut has penetrated all corners of the globe, Justin Vernon is taking his onetime solo project Bon Iver on the road with his former DeYarmond Edison bandmates, who now comprise Megafaun. Earlier this year, he applied…
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Music, Reviewed Bon Iver

Bon Iver

The title track of Bon Iver's new EP is an example of mastermind Justin Vernon's songwriting at its best. The tune is a delicate ballad, rich in sentiment but completely schmaltz-free. Musically, it comprises layered vocals over a melancholy, descending…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Getting 'Touchy' in 2008

Getting 'Touchy' in 2008

Forget naughty and nice. The real lists to consider in December come from music fans. After sorting through hundreds (thousands? kabillions?) of CDs and MP3s, every media outlet from the biggies to the bloggers puts pop culture through the same…
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Music, Hear This Megafaun's Megaharmonies

Megafaun's Megaharmonies

This Independence Day weekend, celebrate the (mostly) olden days of music with Megafaun. The rootsy trio from Durham, North Carolina, specializes in stringed and fingerpicked instruments, from banjos to violins and guitars. Add some melancholy piano melodies, and you have…
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Music, Reviewed Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Bon Iver may mostly be just a dude and a guitar, but don't go thinking singer-songwriter. Justin Vernon's French-named one-man band is much more, thanks to cobwebs of hazy effects and home-recorded imperfections. That's because Bon Iver wasn't intended to…
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Music, Let's Get Killed SXSW highlights: David Banner, Bon Iva, MGMT, Clockcleaner, and Dark Meat

SXSW highlights: David Banner, Bon Iva, MGMT, Clockcleaner, and Dark Meat

After spending five days in Austin for SXSW, doing tasks one at a time seems odd. Why eat dinner at a table when you can be scarfing beans and tortillas by the taco truck while cross-checking club schedules until your…
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