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The Mother Complex Unswayed in L.A.: I am really annoyed by Jennifer Maerz's column about the Mother Hips. Her cheap shots to Hips fans were uncalled for. I mean, say what you want about the album! That's the point of…
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Music, Reviewed The Fall

The Fall

For a world-class misanthrope who's been happily stewing in his own bile for 50 years, the Fall's frontman Mark E. Smith sounds pretty chill on Reformation Post T.L.C. He even pulls out a Muppet-y Fat Albert voice and channels your…
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Music, Reviewed Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

"It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive," Springsteen once told us, and the Arcade Fire took this credo to the bank with its debut Funeral, a spin of which makes any good indie rocker yell, "Oh! The humanity!"…
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Letters to the Editor

Better Haight Than Never Extreme measures: I read Eliza Strickland's article "Whose Haight?" and my heart went out to those poor street kids who were forced to overhear Opera in the Park. I attended that event and noticed…
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Music, Reviewed Miss Violetta Beauregarde

Miss Violetta Beauregarde

Imagine the ranting crack whore on your corner had an art degree and moonlighted as frontwoman for the Locust. That's Miss Violetta Beauregarde, a young Italian lady who delivers on the promise M.I.A. failed to fulfill: Girls make the best…
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Culture, Bookcap

The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice

By Greil Marcus Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September), $25 Anyone (me, for instance) who read and grokked Lipstick Traces at a tender age is predisposed to adore Greil Marcus, so please attach a grain of salt to this review. The…
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Music, Hear This 16 Brash Bitches

16 Brash Bitches

The Curtains were Chris Cohen's band back when he was just a fan of Deerhoof. Now that he's done his civic duty as guitarist for the Chamber of Commerce's "San Francisco is so weird and cute!" noise rock campaign, he's…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Intro

Readers, Writers, Arithmetic-ers,

When I started out as music editor at SF Weekly in June 2003, I thought the Listen Up supplement published three months prior had been sorta janky. Listen Up was supposed to be a shiver-inducing account of our fair burg's…
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