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Music, All Shook Down Remembering Hal David, Whose Pop Lyrics Portrayed a Very Different 1960s

Remembering Hal David, Whose Pop Lyrics Portrayed a Very Different 1960s

Mom and Dad are baby boomers. Though they're not just any kind of boomers. They are an underrepresented type, a minority voice within their generation. My parents never liked Bob Dylan and thought the White Album was too weird. So…
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Music, Reviewed Bart Davenport

Bart Davenport

Bart Davenport's electro-funk side project Honeycut earned Gnarls Barkley comparisons in 2006, but his latest solo outing isn't so easy to pin down. Nor should it be, considering how the Oakland mainstay has dug wholeheartedly into everything from growling mod-garage…
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Music, Hear This Every Year's Model

Every Year's Model

Okay, so perhaps Elvis Costello has become a bit precious over the years, preferring to dabble in "grown-up" genres of jazz, standards, and classical music rather than to churn out rock 'n' roll. His dalliances with pretense are part of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Every Year’s Model

Every Year’s Model

Okay, so perhaps Elvis Costello has become a bit precious over the years, preferring to dabble in “grownup” genres of jazz, standards, and classical music rather than to churn out rock ’n’ roll. His dalliances with pretense are part of…
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News, The Snitch

Walter The Singing Concerned Citizen Returns To City Hall

Compliments of the California Urban Issues Project comes this recent footage of the infamous Walter, the man who frequently adds his singing commentary to Board of Supervisors meetings on issues as diverse as the Ed Jew controversy (to the…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Ballyhooed British quartet the Magic Numbers — comprising two brother-sister sets — has devised a winning musical formula by adding together the sounds of yacht rock, twee-indie, and the killer B's of '60s pop (Burt Bacharach, the Beach Boys, the…
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Music, Worshiping St. Vincent

Worshiping St. Vincent

It is the summer of 1988, as far as she can recall now, and Annie Clark is in the backseat of the car, on a family trip from Minnesota back to Oklahoma. Everyone is sick, and frequent pit stops are…
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Music, Reviewed Paula Frazer

Paula Frazer

Melancholia comes easier to some than others -- but like most any state of mind, it's what one does with it that counts. S.F.'s Paula Frazer (who fronted altcountry locals Tarnation in the '90s) channels lingering, heart-rending images and stories…
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Music, Reviewed Stereo Total

Stereo Total

If Euro-chic is your thing, Do the Bambi is your record. "Babystritch," for example, is imbued with the chilled, cosmopolitan marble of a train station, its bits of frosty German speech coming at you like announcements over a staticky intercom,…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Concept Band

San Franciscans love a good cover act. Over the years, we've witnessed local bands pay tribute to Metallica, AC/DC, the Fall, Echo & the Bunnymen, the Smiths, Herb Alpert, Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach, and Devo. Now, from the creators of…
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Music, Reviewed Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

There aren't many artists who can go through as many stylistic changes as Elvis Costello and still maintain a sizable and loyal following. Since Costello emerged during the great New Wave Explosion of 1977, he's been (to name just a…
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Calendar, Night&Day "May I kiss you on the ass, Miss Sandra?"

"May I kiss you on the ass, Miss Sandra?"

One of the main reasons to see comedian/ actress/songstress Sandra Bernhard perform live is to find out whom she might single out from the audience. The last time I caught her act, a couple of rather crunchy Goddess-is-afoot types in…
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Music, Record Review

Review

The Aluminum Group's publicist informs us, "They're gay! They make sweet music!" Luckily for Frank and John Navin, the brotherly duo at the core of the Chicago-based group, there's more to it than that. In fact, Pedals, their third release,…
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Music,

The House of Tudor

I'm thinking Grammy-nominated Nashville Pussy should get down on their collective kneepads and kiss the skanky seats of all the Toilet Boys, starting, of course, with the dainty derriere of platinum-blond beauty Miss Guy. That is not to say Nashville…
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Music,

The House of Tudor

Awaiting Ghosts of Hallelujah -- the third CD in the Gourds' Comfort, Texas, trilogy -- I listened to last year's treasure, Stadium Blitzer, over and over again while my saliva rose like sour mash. My nighttime hours were spent in…
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Music,

Baby, It's Him

In person, Burt Bacharach seems smaller than he does when you see him on television or in old photos, standing next to ex-wives Angie Dickinson and Carole Bayer-Sager. His arms are twig-thin, and his face is a little more gaunt…
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Music,

Heavy on the Lite

Ultra Lounge: The Lexicon of Easy Listening By Dylan Jones Universe Publishing 144 pages, $19.95 "Easycore" is what he calls it -- see him there, present day, still staggering around in last night's rumpled sharkskin. Another lukewarm martini, one more…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday june 7 Throw a Brick at Your TV American teens face media saturation daily, with little or no education on how to criticize the nonstop barrage of materialism and stereotypes. Race, Representation, and Youth -- a recent creative program…
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Music,

Samples

Houses of the Holy The gods of typecasting are growing angry: First former Monkee Davy Jones hit the boards in a touring production of Grease, then former Partridge kid David Cassidy blew into town with the godawful musical Blood Brothers.…
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