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Year End, Smells Like Indie Spirit

Smells Like Indie Spirit

Ever find yourself missing the word "alternative" as a concept, a signifier, a lifestyle? Nowadays, any dudes-with-guitars collective either has to do the Creed butt-rock thing, the whine-incessantly-about-your-ex-girlfriends emo thing, or the get-beat-up-incessantly-by-your-ex-girlfriends indie-rock thing. It's harder and harder to…
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Music, Reviewed Cake


OK, we get it: Cake isn't just a novelty act with an irony-spewing, speak-singing frontman. That title went to Soul Coughing, which promptly disappeared in the late '90s as Cake went on to record a string of albums full of…
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Music, OK Then

The Musical is Political

The other day I was talking to a writer friend of mine about the fact that Matt Gonzalez has rallied what seems to be every last member of S.F.'s local music scene behind him, as evidenced by the half-dozen or…
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The House of Tudor

It was apparent, almost from the very beginning, that Cake was too nice to rock. As early as 1994, the band's shows had become overrun by the type of collegiate cattle whom "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle" -- Cake's surreptitious hit…
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Riff Raff

And Now a Word From the Billboard 200, as of May 24, 1997 No. 1: Spice Girls, Spice. Hot Shot Debut: Hanson, Middle of Nowhere. Greatest Gainer: Yanni, In the Mirror. Pacesetter: the Evita soundtrack. Heatseeker Impacts: Bob Carlisle's Butterfly…
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