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Music, All Shook Down Weird Al Gets "Tacky," Eddie Vedder Gets Angry, and Conor Oberst Gets Vindicated

Weird Al Gets "Tacky," Eddie Vedder Gets Angry, and Conor Oberst Gets Vindicated

"43 Bumper Stickers and a "YOLO" license plate, Bring along my coupon book whenever I'm on a date."Lyrics from "Tacky", Weird Al Yankovic's parody of Pharrell's "Happy". The video features Margaret Cho in yellow lederhosen -- yay! "At some point…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Tupac's Last Words, a Triumphant Timberlake, and a Clueless Macklemore

This Week: Tupac's Last Words, a Triumphant Timberlake, and a Clueless Macklemore

"@macklemore, first you trick people into thinking you're a rapper, now you trick them into thinking you're Jewish?"Seth Rogen, along with many other people, found Macklemore's on-stage "disguise" this week pretty anti-Semitic. (Twitter)"A fake witches nose, wig, and beard…
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Music, All Shook Down Miley Cyrus' Five Most Memorable Cover Attempts

Miley Cyrus' Five Most Memorable Cover Attempts

In between licking things, talking about her "fat dick," and finding new leotards to perform in, Miley Cyrus has been busy doing a whole heap of new covers. She's actually been dabbling in playing other people's songs for years now,…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Miley's Fat Dick, Jay Z's Fat Lip, and the Christian Kindness of Ms. Dolly Parton

This Week: Miley's Fat Dick, Jay Z's Fat Lip, and the Christian Kindness of Ms. Dolly Parton

"As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has…
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Calendar, Night&Day Peaches Parton

Peaches Parton

Most of us have fantasized about sticking it to the boss, but the ladies in 9 to 5 actually went and did it. The 1980 comedy follows three secretaries at a large corporation who are fed up with their…
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Music, All Shook Down

Five of Whitney Houston's Greatest Musical Moments

As the music world continues to reel after the shocking, sudden death of Whitney Houston on Saturday afternoon, at just age 48, we wanted to take a moment to remember her true legacy and pay tribute to a gigantic talent,…
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Film, "Joyful Noise": Nothing Is Sacred in This Gaudy Mess

"Joyful Noise": Nothing Is Sacred in This Gaudy Mess

A holy hot mess of the sacred and the inane, Joyful Noise, about a gospel choir in Pacashau, Ga., is Jesus for Gleeks. Less Bible-thumping than, say, a Tyler Perry project, writer-director Todd Graff's movie is still on an ecumenical…
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Music, Hear This David Lindley: Show Preview

David Lindley: Show Preview

David Lindley doesn't have the name value of Dolly Parton, Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, or Warren Zevon, but seeing as his résumé features stints playing alongside those heavyweights (plus many others), there's gotta be something special about the man. Since…
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Music, All Shook Down

Six Extremely Weird Cover Songs, Featuring Bill Shatner, Dolly Parton, and ... Pat Boone?

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Culture, The Exhibitionist LeMay Watches the Grammys

LeMay Watches the Grammys

It's All Drag ... Here it is, my third post and I already feel like Carrie Bradshaw! Except my column would be called "Third Sex in the City."…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 8 Songs To Listen To While Punching Yourself in the Face

The Top 8 Songs To Listen To While Punching Yourself in the Face

Dear everyone, it looks like we owe you all a huge apology. There we were last week, thinking that having a sense of humor about the fact that we live on a gigantic fault line was infinitely better than stressing…
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Calendar, Night&Day Spit It Ou

Spit It Ou

Tours are like living organisms: disparate entities with something in common come together for moments to form a cohesive whole, percolate, and part. The Sister Spit Tour is rolling resolutely through several cities, scooping up performers and dropping them off…
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Music, Donna Summer relaces her dancing shoes

Donna Summer relaces her dancing shoes

It takes a versatile artist to write a No. 1 country hit (1980's "Starting Over Again," for Dolly Parton), simulate an orgasm on a 17-minute disco record (1976's "Love to Love You Baby"), and win a Grammy for an inspirational…
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Music, Dolly Parton, Free Agent

Dolly Parton, Free Agent

There are myriad options today for the mature country star no longer welcomed by the major labels of Music Row. Johnny Cash found new fans by retrofitting Danzig and Depeche Mode songs. Loretta Lynn teamed up with Jack White. A…
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Music, Reviewed Kelly Willis

Kelly Willis

Kelly Willis started out singing rockabilly at age 16, and despite growing into a Texas-style honky-tonk sound, she retains the feisty twang of that initial genre. But even with the strong conviction in her delivery, she's made some frustratingly erratic…
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Music, Reviewed Mekons

Mekons

The Mekons are one of the few surviving bands from the "glory days" of punk rock — indeed, '07 marks their 30th anniversary. The reason for their longevity — aside from the members' engagement with an assortment of musical activities…
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Music, Solitary Refinement

Solitary Refinement

Artists in established bands make solo records for different reasons: to sate a massive ego desperately craving media attention; to cash in on near-hysterical popularity; to shake off the limitations of working in a musical democracy. Sometimes, though, they simply…
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Culture, Stage

Southern Baptist Sissies

Del Shores' tragicomedy mixes what New Conservatory productions tend to do best (camp) with what they tend to stumble over (sentiment). Four teenage choirboys in a Southern Baptist church experiment with their changeable, fickle desires under the inattentive but feverish…
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Music, Reviewed Norah Jones

Norah Jones

You can imagine the collective outcry of jazz snobs when they hear Feels Like Home: "Well, Norah Jones sold out -- we knew she wasn't really one of us." Most of what's left of the jazz component on Jones' latest…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Costume Shop

In other cities, a costume store can be a seasonal proposition, with a lot of downtime between Halloween, Christmas, and Easter. But San Francisco is not your average city: Its denizens like to party, and party in costume. Whether you're…
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