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Music, Hear This Handsome Furs

Handsome Furs

Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry aren't the only married couple to embrace synths and an '80s sound lately — Grand Duchy sees the Pixies' Frank Black doing the same with Violet Clark. But there's a twitchy sense of…
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Music, Reviewed Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon

Over the course of three albums, Kings of Leon have worn their undigested influences on their rangy, sleeveless arms. Sure, this is partly born of a supremely unambitious approach, but the result is a rare, uncomplicated rock pleasure. 2005's Aha…
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Music, Reviewed Black Francis

Black Francis

Frank Black's solo material has failed to find the mega-audience the Pixies enjoyed, but his last two countrified albums at least demonstrated the songwriter's faculty to move beyond all the screaming and post-punk noise. While that versatility is great and…
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Music, All Shook Down CD Review: Black Francis -- Blue Finger

CD Review: Black Francis -- Blue Finger

Black Francis Blue Finger (Cooking Vinyl). What's in a name? Attitude. Under the Black Francis moniker, Frank Black returns with a gritty performance reminiscent of his earliest Pixies days. Angular guitars thrash against embattled basses, angry drums, spacey harmonies…
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Music, Reviewed Frank Black

Frank Black

Anyone hoping Frank Black would revisit the quirky frenzy of the Pixies or the power-pop of his solo debut, Teenager of the Year, will be nonplussed by his rootsy Honeycomb. But Black isn't going altcountry on us, even though this…
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Music, Reviewed Frank Black

Frank Black

Frank Black may be the godfather of quirk rock, but everyone would agree that much of the luster has been lacking since the Pixies originally disbanded, which is why Frank Black Francis comes as such a pleasant surprise. The record…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Live-Music Venue

When the Justice League closed more than a year ago, a lot of us gave up hope that the space at 628 Divisadero -- which has played home to a never-ending parade of doomed concert halls over the last two…
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Music, OK Then

Gone to Heaven

When the rumors of a Pixies reunion began circulating last summer, many of us simply didn't believe them. To a certain generation, the Pixies are the Rosetta stone of modern alternative rock; the group is the prism through which the…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night +Day

Wednesday November 11 Memento Mori Those red paper poppies people wear and sell in honor of this century's veterans began as a symbol of World War I vets, after the vivid flowers bloomed across the desecrated fields of the Western…
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The House of Tudor

Don't let the angelic photo lull you into a false sense of security. If Reid Paley turned his sunken eyeholes toward the camera, you would see, recorded there in the dark folds that cushion his glowering peepers, a life of…
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Maya Angelou Miss Calypso (Scamp) Robert Mitchum Calypso Is -- Like So ... (Scamp) Proud race man that he was, Harry Belafonte certainly intended nothing of the kind, but it's hard not to think of the late-1950s calypso craze as…
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