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Music, All Shook Down Five Songs That Explain Why Madonna Had to Remove That Thatcher Photo from Her Instagram

Five Songs That Explain Why Madonna Had to Remove That Thatcher Photo from Her Instagram

Earlier this week, Madonna received a tidal wave of criticism from her own fans after putting up an Instagram post that praised former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher — a woman so hated in the U.K. that after she died…
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Music, All Shook Down Elvis Costello, Lars Ulrich, Phil Lesh, Boz Scaggs, and Yo-Yo Ma Played Michael Tilson Thomas' Birthday Party Last Night

Elvis Costello, Lars Ulrich, Phil Lesh, Boz Scaggs, and Yo-Yo Ma Played Michael Tilson Thomas' Birthday Party Last Night

In the current issue of SF Weekly, we brought you an interview with Elvis Costello, who will join the San Francisco Symphony starting tonight for a three-performance run of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) at Davies Symphony Hall.…
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Music, Hear This The Phenomenauts: Show Preview

The Phenomenauts: Show Preview

If you're a sci-fi nerd who also happens to be passionate about Devo, Elvis Costello, the Clash, and men in uniform, The Phenomenauts are basically everything you love in the universe, fused together. For the rest of you, some suspension…
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Music, All Shook Down Five New Songs You Need to Hear, From Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and the Roots, and More

Five New Songs You Need to Hear, From Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and the Roots, and More

United in their sharpness and density, this week's selections are taut as well-set mousetraps. The tension comes in a few flavors: Paul McCartney's insistent momentum, The Blow's clean pluckiness, Son Lux's jam-packed orchestration. The genres vary, but each song is…
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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 • Jay Z and Justin Timberlake delivered a show at Candlestick Park that pretty much lived up to their "Legends of Summer" billing. Justin is a spirited performer, but sometimes seemed like he was playing to the judges on…
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Music, All Shook Down What's Up With Elvis Costello's Vocal Ticks on "Walk Us Uptown"?

What's Up With Elvis Costello's Vocal Ticks on "Walk Us Uptown"?

A few years ago, we went to see Bob Dylan play, and it was one of the most crushingly disappointing performances we've ever seen. Not because he'd rearranged songs, and not because he didn't play some classics -- the overriding…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Musicians Mocking Themselves in Movie Cameos

Five Musicians Mocking Themselves in Movie Cameos

So. Word on the street is that both Drake and Kanye West are filming cameos for the upcoming Anchorman 2 movie. We'd love to see both of them doing something self-deprecating and hilarious, but Kanye is involved, so we'll not…
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Music, All Shook Down Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2012: The Full, Final Lineup Is Gigantic

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2012: The Full, Final Lineup Is Gigantic

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is the music festival that just won't stop growing. We've posted pieces of the lineup as they've become public -- and thought we'd seen most of it -- but it turns out there have been even more…
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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 • Much of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass lineup for 2012 is finally out, and it looks good: Notable performers so far include Patti Smith, Elvis Costello (solo), Chuck Prophet, Todd Snider, Glen Hansard, and Les Claypool. The fest takes…
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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 • Elvis Costello brought his big spinning wheel to the Warfield on Sunday to determine which songs he and the Impostors would play. While that meant we didn't get to hear "Alison" or "Pump It Up," we did get…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 4/15/12: Elvis Costello and the Imposters Spin Their Wheel at the Warfield

Live Review, 4/15/12: Elvis Costello and the Imposters Spin Their Wheel at the Warfield

Elvis Costello and the Imposters Sunday, April 15, 2012 The Warfield Better than: Sunday night cartoons. You should know that your reviewer was not, at first, a fan: "So he sings with that voice on purpose?" Pretty rich coming from…
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Calendar, Night&Day Too Late Baby, Now, It's Too Late

Too Late Baby, Now, It's Too Late

Elvis Costello did not coin the phrase “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture,” but he repeated it, adding “It’s a really stupid thing to want to do.” You are mistaken, Costello, even if you are a genius: Dancing…
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Music, All Shook Down Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands You Should Not Miss

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands You Should Not Miss

San Francisco's annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. You could pick any number of themes to select the acts you want to see -- old punk pioneers, roots music up-and-comers, etc.-- and follow one…
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Music, All Shook Down Bridge School Benefit 2010: Buffalo Springfield, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse, More

Bridge School Benefit 2010: Buffalo Springfield, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse, More

LiveNation today announced the lineup for this year's Bridge School Benefit -- Neil Young's annual show for the school he helped found for his son -- and, well, wow: In addition to the regulars, the classic '60s outfit Buffalo Springfield is…
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Calendar, Night&Day Powerful Backup

Powerful Backup

Rarely has a great songwriter, a man who is an icon and a joy to behold, been very nearly outclassed by his backup singers. The only other example we know is the early work of Gram Parsons and his tiny…
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Music, Hear This Girls

Girls

Girls, the biggest S.F. indie band to blow up last year, are hyped for good reason. The band's jangly, sun-faded pop songs, which shine from the yearning soul of singer-songwriter Christopher Owens, pluck heartstrings as they please eardrums. His voice…
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More Budget Rock picks

This year's Budget Rock festival (Thu., Oct. 22–Sun., Oct. 25) once again ups the ante, offering its best lineup of trash-rock (formerly garage-rock) greatness. While punks pull their hair out about getting into the Mummies shows, here's a rundown of…
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Music, Reviewed Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis

It's a challenge calling Jenny Lewis a true solo artist. Her first outing without Rilo Kiley featured accompaniment by the Watson Twins. Her second foray, Acid Tongue, has so many collaborators it almost doesn't qualify as a Jenny Lewis disc…
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Music, Hear This Every Year's Model

Every Year's Model

Okay, so perhaps Elvis Costello has become a bit precious over the years, preferring to dabble in "grown-up" genres of jazz, standards, and classical music rather than to churn out rock 'n' roll. His dalliances with pretense are part of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Every Year’s Model

Every Year’s Model

Okay, so perhaps Elvis Costello has become a bit precious over the years, preferring to dabble in “grownup” genres of jazz, standards, and classical music rather than to churn out rock ’n’ roll. His dalliances with pretense are part of…
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