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Music Awards: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Stay • Smaller is better. Less competition means more space for creativity and collaboration. Identifying the key players and then networking is fairly easy. • San Francisco remains riddled with misfits. You and your band can get as weird as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Free Sex: Offer or Imperative?

Free Sex: Offer or Imperative?

Full disclosure: Dan Strachota writes for this paper. He was once our beloved music editor. Also, we like him and attend the events he organizes and DJs for, like the incredibly awesome "Bardot A Go-Go" 1960s French music dance nights.…
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Music, Reviewed Pernice Brothers

Pernice Brothers

On this Western Massachusetts band's fifth LP, the group finally cements its status as the American Teenage Fanclub. Like that Scottish act, Joe Pernice and pals have released a disc that sounds pretty much like all their other ones, with…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Last winter, in a review of the Futureheads ' debut, Rolling Stone proclaimed that the British quartet had "reclaim pop punk." But don't let that sway you, the band is actually good, a rare breed in fact: a new-wave-influenced group…
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Low-Power Cat Fight Thanks, you irresponsible mistake-makers: I am a supporter of low-power FM in San Francisco and often wish there was more coverage in the local media of these stations -- before they are in crisis. So kudos for…
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Hear This

You love natural disasters, admit it. If you could, you'd stand in the eye of a hurricane, a six-pack and a bong in hand. You'd walk on stilts along the San Andreas fault during an 8.6 quake. You'd fry wieners…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Bob: "Look, son, by the time I was your age I had already released a ton of records and toured the world a million times." Jakob: "Yeah, Dad, but things are different now. I tried to follow in your footsteps,…
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Music, BeatBox

BeatBox

!!! is the rare and thoughtful band that leaves the pronunciation of its name up to the individual (with a suggestion of "chick-chick-chick"). Having garnered international attention last year with the single "Me & Giuliani Down by the School Yard,"…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature The Self-Loathing Hipster's Guide to [the Universe] S.F. Night Life

The Self-Loathing Hipster's Guide to [the Universe] S.F. Night Life

There's a particular, self-inflicted torture of participating in hipster night life -- the elephantine dichotomy in the tiny scene that no one seems all that eager to acknowledge: You always go out, and going out always sucks. Anyone who employs…
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Calling all Poindexters Don't try this at home, kids; try it at work!: After reading Matt Smith's column "Calling All Yahoos" , I think it crosses the line to harass people at home on work-related issues. A better approach…
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The Silent Minority Come now, everyone's motivated by possible shags: I could not tell whether Dan Strachota's article on the "dying" S.F. music scene was geared to get musicians and audiences motivated off their…
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Fish Story Caught in the net: I want to thank you for the incisive article you did on the state of the city Housing Authority and its relationship to my wife's federal bribery conviction ("The Great Minnow Hunt," Dec. 6).…
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In Praise of Pop Philosophy Thanks. Now he'll want a bigger office: Dan Strachota's Pop Philosophy column is succinct, informative, and often quite witty, a nice contrast from the prevailing cynicism and dour prose that imbues the writing of most…
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