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

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

Sizzle Some people on YouTube are making music with floppy drives. Yes, those old things you used to put disks into. Turns out you can program one to vibrate at a certain frequency — and make eight of them turn…
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Music, All Shook Down The Five Best Moments From Last Night's Grammy Awards

The Five Best Moments From Last Night's Grammy Awards

Last night was the 56th Annual Grammy Awards: Three and a half hours of back-slapping and ass-kissing and sparkly outfits and singing and stuff. We sat through the entire thing so you wouldn't have to. These were the most outstanding…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch: Which of These Pop Lyrics Did You Mishear in 2013?

Watch: Which of These Pop Lyrics Did You Mishear in 2013?

To be honest, 2013 didn't strike us as a year of particularly confusing pop songs. "Get Lucky?" Yeah, we got it. "Trouble?" We knew it. "Blurred Lines?" We didn't really want it, but Robin Thicke sure thought we did. Still,…
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Music, All Shook Down

Here's a Mashup of All the Pop Garbage* You Loved This Year

Fuck year-end lists; this is better. Every December, DJ Earworm makes a sonic collage of Billboard's Top 25 songs of the year, blending them together into a zombie mashup that works way better than you think it should. How…
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Music, All Shook Down The 2013 MTV VMAs: A Timeline of Egomania

The 2013 MTV VMAs: A Timeline of Egomania

MTV, the music video channel that doesn't play any music videos, held the 30th edition of its annual Video Music Awards last night, honoring many of pop music's biggest names. Here's our minute-by-minute recap of the 2013 VMAs:0:01: Close up…
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Dining, Eat Summer Guide 2013: Best Practices for Drinking in the Park...

Summer Guide 2013: Best Practices for Drinking in the Park...

Be subtle Besides the obvious benefits of drinking in a park rather than a bar (fresh air, nice views, cheaper prices, day-drinking without feeling like a degenerate), part of the fun of park-boozing is the middle school sense of glee…
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Music, All Shook Down Vinyl Copies of Daft Punk's <i>Random Access Memories</i> Are Nearly Sold Out in S.F.

Vinyl Copies of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories Are Nearly Sold Out in S.F.

Cross your robot fingers if you hope to get a vinyl copy of Daft Punk's new album Random Access Memories, which was released today: Many local stores are sold out, and the ones that aren't had only a handful of…
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Music, All Shook Down The 10 Worst Covers of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" on YouTube

The 10 Worst Covers of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" on YouTube

Daft Punk's latest single, "Get Lucky," from the upcoming album Random Access Memories, was heralded as the Song of the Summer weeks before it was even released. The Internet was salivating like a starving puppy awaiting a leak of the…
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Music, Hear This Slam: Show Preview

Slam: Show Preview

When it comes to contemporary dance music, it would be hard to overstate the influence of Glaswegian DJ duo Slam. As co-founders of Scottish dance music label Soma, they've been behind some of the most enduring releases of the past…
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Music, All Shook Down The 5 Worst Appearances by Musicians in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films

The 5 Worst Appearances by Musicians in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films

Apparently, someone behind the scenes at Game of Thrones has really bland taste in music. Now, in addition to Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody making a cameo in Season 2, Coldplay drummer Will Champion is going to be joining the HBO…
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Music, All Shook Down 10 Artists That Will Still Matter in 30 Years

10 Artists That Will Still Matter in 30 Years

One of the most interesting discussions we heard at the SF MusicTech Summit yesterday was about which artists of today will still matter -- will be remembered and talked about and referred to -- in 30 years. The question was…
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Music, Hear This DJs from Mars: Show Preview

DJs from Mars: Show Preview

In these days of electronic dance music ubiquity, you've gotta have a gimmick to succeed, and DJs from Mars fit right in with an arguably brilliant combination of silly costumes and mainstream mash-ups. The duo from Turin, Italy, disguises its…
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Music, All Shook Down Here's Duck Sauce's New, NSFW Video for "Big Bad Wolf," and Six Other Videos in Which the Human Face Is Absolutely Terrifying

Here's Duck Sauce's New, NSFW Video for "Big Bad Wolf," and Six Other Videos in Which the Human Face Is Absolutely Terrifying

Yesterday, Billboard.com asked its readers if they thought Duck Sauce's new video, for the track "Big Bad Wolf", was the most disturbing video of 2011. Well, we've just had a look -- and while it's definitely weird and it's definitely…
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Music, BeatBox Glitch Mob: Show Preview

Glitch Mob: Show Preview

L.A. laptop trio the Glitch Mob has risen fast in its five-year existence, from small clubs to ballrooms, from underground mixtapes to remixing the White Stripes and Daft Punk. Ed Ma, Justin Boreta, and Josh Mayer deserve props for explicitly…
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Music, All Shook Down The Twelves, Brazil's Daft Punk, On Remixing Indie Rock for the Dancefloor

The Twelves, Brazil's Daft Punk, On Remixing Indie Rock for the Dancefloor

Who doesn't love a Brazilian? The answer to that question might be "many people." But no matter your preference, you'll agree that even better than one Brazilian is a pair of Brazilians with immense musical talent. From Rio de Janiero,…
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Music, BeatBox DatA: Show Preview

DatA: Show Preview

The music of DatA, Parisian DJ and producer David Guillon, finds a meeting point among falsetto-rich '70s disco, '00s synth riffs à la Daft Punk, and timeless pop hooks. Last year's debut album, Skywriter, featured songs like "One in a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Screen Rock

Screen Rock

This week, Mogwai's Burning and Daft Punk's Electroma appear at big-screened venues. If we were to choose the better night out -- and there's no good reason we should do this -- let's focus on the negatives, such as they…
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Music, BeatBox Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez: Show Preview

Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez: Show Preview

Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez has truly lived the life eclectic. Since 1985, his music has zigzagged from house to hip-hop while soaking up Brooklyn's reggae flavors and incorporating his Nuyorican roots. The DJ and producer has seen commercial success remixing Janet…
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Music, BeatBox Etienne de Crecy DJ set

Etienne de Crecy DJ set

Etienne de Crécy became a leading DJ and producer on the French house/electro/techno circuit back when the robots of Daft Punk were still in diapers. He has built an extensive discography under several aliases, most notably Motorbass and Super Discount.…
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Music, Gui Boratto gives techno a tender '80s crush

Gui Boratto gives techno a tender '80s crush

German label Kompakt tends to release what nonfans call "IKEA techno" — pleasant, faceless music that's sort of ambient, sort of danceable, but never too demanding of your attention. Gui Boratto's second album, 2007's Chromophobia, was his first for the…
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