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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: The Oakland East Bay Symphony's Season Opener Stolen By a French Accordion Player at the Paramount

Live Review: The Oakland East Bay Symphony's Season Opener Stolen By a French Accordion Player at the Paramount

You wouldn’t expect an accordion player from France to nearly steal the thunder of the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s season-opening concert on Nov. 7, but he did. The venerable Oakland institution began its 26th season performing Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.…
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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 • After an uneven start on Friday, Live 105's Not So Silent Night redeemed itself on Saturday with winning sets from M83, Passion Pit, and (especially) the Killers. The Vegas quartet makes soaring, arena-ready songs that sounded perfectly huge…
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Music, All Shook Down Dave Brubeck: The Genius Who Made Experimental Jazz Accessible

Dave Brubeck: The Genius Who Made Experimental Jazz Accessible

For a lot of people, jazz is just a stereotype -- a nebulous free-form art that comedians (or any of us, really) will parody without ever knowing what it's really about. Just hit some keys and scat a few syllables:…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Dave Brubeck, Legendary Bay Area Jazzman

R.I.P. Dave Brubeck, Legendary Bay Area Jazzman

Dave Brubeck, the Bay Area-born jazz pianist who left an indelible artistic and commercial mark on the music, has died. He was 91. Brubeck passed away Wednesday morning in Norwalk, Conn., of heart failure, according to news reports. He was…
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Music, All Shook Down Concord, Calif., Named One of Country's 10 Best Music Scenes

Concord, Calif., Named One of Country's 10 Best Music Scenes

The website Livability today compiled a list of the top 10 cities with the best music scenes that aren't New York, L.A., or Nashville. The results were in some ways predictable (Minneapolis, Athens, Ga., and Portland all made it),…
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Music, All Shook Down Follow Pavement's Example and Support Stockton

Follow Pavement's Example and Support Stockton

Pavement, the beloved slacker indie rock band, recently added a show in its hometown of Stockton to this year's headline-grabbing reunion tour. Stephen Malkmus, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg, and co. will play the Bob Hope Theatre on Thursday, June 24,…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Jazz Vinyl

Groove Yard 5555 Claremont (at Forest), Oakland, (510) 655-8400 Though there are plenty of good rationalizations -- aesthetic and auditory -- for collecting jazz on vinyl, the pursuit often gets vilified as inherently pretentious, like knowing how to fox…
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Music, Reviewed Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck

Though dissed by jazz's critical establishment for the unforgivable crime of popularity, pianist/composer Dave Brubeck's Quartet remains one of the pivotal bands in the music's history. The DBQ is the most famous and successful exponent of one of the most…
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