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Music, Feature Music Awards intro

Music Awards intro

One of the toughest aspects of compiling an annual music awards package is working the nominees into 10 distinct ballot categories, which readers then use to vote for their favorite acts. It's a reductive action that goes against the nature…
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Music, Feature

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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Music, Music Awards Program Guide Intro

Music Awards Program Guide Intro

We spend the whole year, every year, obsessing about local music. Between our pop culture blog All Shook Down and the old-school printed paper, we tackle the Bay Area from as many angles as possible — interviewing and reviewing artists,…
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Music, Aphrodesia spreads Afrobeat cross-country

Aphrodesia spreads Afrobeat cross-country

The 11 Afrobeat enthusiasts who comprise Aphrodesia always have good anecdotes to share. There was the tour they took through the United States in a bus powered by vegetable oil. Or the time they sang to Ghanaian audiences in their…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

On late '60s albums like Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way, Miles Davis moved away from his trademark "cool jazz" sound, combining funk and rock rhythms with extended improvisation and eschewing acoustic instruments for a large electric band. To…
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The Finer Points of Water Balloons Like Jojo, I, too, have found it rewarding to take personal actions against the drug dealers that congregate below my window all night ("Tender Box," July 21). I prefer water balloons, however, for a…
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