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Music, All Shook Down This Week: NWA Are Muppets, Patti Smith Is an Aqua Teen, and Calvin Harris Is the Hulk

This Week: NWA Are Muppets, Patti Smith Is an Aqua Teen, and Calvin Harris Is the Hulk

This week, the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton made bank at the box office and garnered rave reviews from critics. The unexpected knock-on effect of this has been a shocking combination of real-life reports of how NWA conducted themselves at…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Madonna Channels Picasso, Ghostface Burns Beards, and Backstreet Boys Murder Cinema

This Week: Madonna Channels Picasso, Ghostface Burns Beards, and Backstreet Boys Murder Cinema

Sometimes, creative decisions that seem great within someone's mind don't always translate well when they're thrust upon the rest of the world. This week, it's one probable artistic disaster after another: James Franco writing about Lana Del Rey, Backstreet Boys…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Lady Gaga in Disguise, Dave Grohl in a Cast, and Courtney Love on the Defensive

This Week: Lady Gaga in Disguise, Dave Grohl in a Cast, and Courtney Love on the Defensive

This week has played out a bit like an action-drama movie. On the action side, we've got Justin Bieber doing parkour, Dave Grohl receiving medical treatment onstage, and a boyband dude setting his own face on fire. Bringing the drama…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Pharrell Extinguishes Kim K, Taylor Swift Walks Backwards, and Florence Welch Gets Witchy

This Week: Pharrell Extinguishes Kim K, Taylor Swift Walks Backwards, and Florence Welch Gets Witchy

This week has been a particularly hazardous one for women's health. Between Annie Clark falling off a speaker stack, Florence Welch dabbling in witchcraft, Taylor Swift climbing down a mountain backwards, and Kim Kardashian setting herself on fire, it's been…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Ferguson Goes to Hell, Gucci Mane Goes to Prison and Dave Grohl Goes to Prom

This Week: Ferguson Goes to Hell, Gucci Mane Goes to Prison and Dave Grohl Goes to Prom

"Seems to me, we don't hear of many incidents of young unarmed white males being gunned down for running away from police, or even for resisting arrest... How many tragic losses of this nature must we endure before we're…
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Music, All Shook Down Dude Looks Like a Lady: A Look Back at Rockers in Drag

Dude Looks Like a Lady: A Look Back at Rockers in Drag

Here in San Francisco, seeing a man dressed as a woman is about as shocking someone wearing orange and black inside AT&T Park. There are few cities on earth with the quantity and quality of drag queens as S.F., and…
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Music, All Shook Down Alice Cooper: Rock Bands Need More Testosterone and Fewer Beards

Alice Cooper: Rock Bands Need More Testosterone and Fewer Beards

Alice Cooper is arguably the original shock-rocker. The career of the rock 'n' roller born Vincent Furnier spans from the late '60s -- when he was drinking nightly with John Lennon and Jim Morrison in L.A. -- to the very…
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Music, All Shook Down Remembering Tony Sly: Bands, Fans, and Friends Mourn No Use For a Name Singer's Passing

Remembering Tony Sly: Bands, Fans, and Friends Mourn No Use For a Name Singer's Passing

Outpourings of grief and gratitude flooded the Internet yesterday after news broke that No Use For A Name frontman and underground Bay Area hero, Tony Sly, had passed away suddenly at the age of 41. As a key member of…
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Music, All Shook Down The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards happened yesterday. Which we're sure you know already. If you missed it, however, you may have missed some of the weirdest details. So here, for your convenience, is a timeline of events. Get comfortable, 'cause…
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Music, All Shook Down Is Courtney Love Mentally Ill?

Is Courtney Love Mentally Ill?

In case you missed it, last Saturday, while performing at Brazil's SWU festival, Courtney Love had a minor meltdown after an audience member repeatedly held up a photo of Kurt Cobain. "I don't need to see a picture of Kurt,…
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Music, All Shook Down Bridge School Benefit 2011 Lineup: Dave Matthews, Arcade Fire, Eddie Vedder, and More

Bridge School Benefit 2011 Lineup: Dave Matthews, Arcade Fire, Eddie Vedder, and More

The lineup for this year's Bridge School Benefit is out, and it's as solid as ever. No big reunions -- we got Buffalo Springfield last year, sigh -- but the acoustic shows Neil Young and his wife, Pegi, put…
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Music, All Shook Down The Foo Fighters and Their Hilarious Ice Preferences Are Coming to Oakland This Fall

The Foo Fighters and Their Hilarious Ice Preferences Are Coming to Oakland This Fall

We can honestly say that, until a few moments ago, we never gave any thought to the shape of the ice cubes in our drinks, much less the company that made the machine that created them. The peak of…
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Top Six Movie Parodies in Music Videos (Thanks, Foo Fighters)

Remember the quietly xenophobic, right-wing propaganda movie that was Falling Down? The one where Michael Douglas has a meltdown in Los Angeles and goes on a minirampage against mostly immigrants in his white shirt and horn-rimmed specs? The movie…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 5 Dave Grohl Smackdowns

The Top 5 Dave Grohl Smackdowns

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Music, All Shook Down SXSW Music 2011: Hi Austin, Are You Sure This Isn't SXSF?

SXSW Music 2011: Hi Austin, Are You Sure This Isn't SXSF?

SF Weekly music editor Ian Port is in Austin this week covering the sun-glazed sound orgy that is South By Southwest. He will try to keep his reports free from from unnecessary personal details, talk of tacos, the phrase "killed…
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Music, All Shook Down Ten Places We're Tired of Seeing Bands Pose For Photos

Ten Places We're Tired of Seeing Bands Pose For Photos

Rarely are bands' press photos shot on a stage, at a bar, in front of a microphone, or at a stuffy wedding reception. Though these places would seem the most logical place to plaster on a smile -- given that, …
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SNL Digital Short: Eating On The Run, Zombies Dancing And Celeb Cameos

Admittedly, this SNL Digital Short entitled "People Getting Punched Before Eating" has very little to do with food, per se, and a lot more to do with Andy Samberg punching people and zombies dancing, but it's great all the…
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Music, All Shook Down Foo Fighters at Oracle Arena 2/2, Tickets on Sale Sunday

Foo Fighters at Oracle Arena 2/2, Tickets on Sale Sunday

Good news! The Foo Fighters are coming to the Bay in February, and tickets go on sale this Sunday. Better news! Dave Grohl grew his hair back! Whew. I'm so glad he got rid of that damn Tegan and…
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Film, <i>Session</i> Obsession

Session Obsession

OK, are you sitting down? Here's the pitch: We're going to make a horror movie, but there aren't going to be any kids from the WB network in it. Hell, there won't be anyone under 30 in it -- except…
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Smile Girl Crushes Boy (Headhunter/Cargo) Like the Beach Boys before them, Smile sings of the prosaic and the traumatic with the same glazed, melancholic pleasantness that characterizes the feel-good attitude of the band's Southern California home. Every song is wrapped…
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