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Music, All Shook Down Franz Ferdinand Plays to the Faithful at the Fox Oakland, 4/28/14

Franz Ferdinand Plays to the Faithful at the Fox Oakland, 4/28/14

Franz Ferdinand April 28, 2014 Fox Theater, Oakland By JORDANNAH ELIZABETH Better than: Spending your Monday night eating bad Chinese, drinking whiskey, and stumbling to the Knockout. An eclectic crowd of fans patiently waited for the Scottish indie rock band…
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Music, All Shook Down Franz Ferdinand Played a Secret Show in a San Francisco Basement Last Night

Franz Ferdinand Played a Secret Show in a San Francisco Basement Last Night

Franz Ferdinand Thursday, April 11, 2013 The basement of Vacation Better than: Any basement show we've been to. By 10 p.m. the line stretched all the way down the block. Word of an secret Franz Ferdinand show in a city…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Searches for Authentic Caffeination at Philz

Bouncer Searches for Authentic Caffeination at Philz

You might not have noticed, but the anniversary of the Constitution just passed. Lately I have become absorbed by the idea of "originalists," those conservatives who claim to take the document at face value. They take great pride in interpreting…
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Music, All Shook Down Metronomy's Top Five Remixes of Other Bands

Metronomy's Top Five Remixes of Other Bands

British electronic ensemble Metronomy plays the Rickshaw Stop tonight. Back in its home country, Metronomy scored a coveted Mercury Music Prize nomination for its last album, The English Riviera, which dropped earlier this year. That project's second single, "The Look,"…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Monday's Pick: The Yummy Fur

What To Do? Monday's Pick: The Yummy Fur

The Yummy Fur @ Cafe du Nord Named after an underground comic strip, the Yummy Fur was an underground band from 1990s Glasgow, two of whose many members went on to form Franz Ferdinand. Mainstay John McKeown now fronts a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fuzz Munchers

Fuzz Munchers

Named after an underground comic strip, the Yummy Fur was an underground band from 1990s Glasgow, two of whose many members went on to form Franz Ferdinand. Mainstay John McKeown now fronts a band called — what else? — 1990s,…
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Music, Reviewed Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut was a ball of witty postpunk energy and dancefloor savvy. Its follow-up, You Could Have It So Much Better, tried to keep the hot streak going with the stomping glam-rock single "Do You Want To," but…
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Music, Hear This Franz Ferdinand Breaks the Silence

Franz Ferdinand Breaks the Silence

Live 105's annual holiday bash, Not So Silent Night, is always crammed with radio staples, but this year it provides a real treat with one of 2009's biggest sneak peeks. Franz Ferdinand managed to hole up away from the spotlight…
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Music, Reviewed Lindstrøm

Lindstrøm

Norway's Hans-Peter Lindstrøm has steadily built his reputation on a handful of neo-disco 12-inches and remixes for the likes of Franz Ferdinand and LCD Soundsystem. His 2005 single, "I Feel Space," was a geeky homage not only to the Donna…
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Music, Take Me Out

Take Me Out

Access to behind-the-scenes band life has become increasingly banal. Between "reality" television and coverage of performers hoping to lower the bar on self destruction (dudes, anything you'd dream of trashing Led Zeppelin has already destroyed twice as monumentally), it's tough…
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Music, Reviewed Fire Engines

Fire Engines

In 1980, the Fire Engines were one of Scotland's most thrilling bands, prone to playing 20-minute sets in which spasmodic guitars and hyperactive drums circled each other like wild, hungry beasts. Combined with Davy Henderson's hypercaffeinated, yelping vocals, the quartet…
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Music, Reviewed Tom Vek

Tom Vek

The current round of '80s dance-punk redux has been going on long enough that it's only a matter of time before some bandwagon-jumping latecomers become the chart-topping equivalent of Creed for the skinny-tie set. Happily, 24-year-old Brit Tom Vek shows…
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Music, Reviewed Orange Juice

Orange Juice

Without Orange Juice, Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, and Teenage Fanclub wouldn't exist. Hyperbole? Sure. But those later bands would certainly sound markedly less exciting if it weren't for the genre- (and gender-) bending post-punk soul of this seminal Scottish…
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Music, Fookin'-A

Fookin'-A

In addition to the ever-popular "bloody wankers" and "daft cunts," there are two somewhat more charitable insults that Britons hating on their nation's dominant rock bands like to sling. "Bedwetters" is directed at overly earnest, sensitive swoon merchants like Keane,…
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Music, Bouncer

Amber-jacked

It is a truth universally acknowledged that two single women out by themselves should be in want of the approach of every greaseball in the bar with the understanding that sexual favors could be traded. At least, that is what…
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Year End, Marrying the Mainstream

Marrying the Mainstream

In 2004, the line between indie and mainstream rock disintegrated even faster than Britney Spears's quickie Vegas marriage. Vinyl obsessives mingled with white-hat-wearing fratheads at Modest Mouse shows, Taking Back Sunday debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts, and…
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Music, Reviewed The Futureheads

The Futureheads

Tired of Franz Ferdinand's melodic dance-punk? Of course you're not, which is why the Scottish group has been the ubiquitous indie-cred conversation topic for the better part of the year. So it's no surprise that genre-mates and countrymen the Futureheads…
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Music, OK Then

Too Sexy for Their Rock

I went on vacation three weeks ago. It was a spontaneous trip. My best friend, Kevin, was about to head off to England for a year, and so on a Friday morning I decided to hop a plane to Southern…
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Music, Boogie for Bush!

Boogie for Bush!

It all seems so clear now. Ninety years ago, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated -- tripping off the guns of August and the start of World War I. Doesn't that shit just make you want to dance? Well it did…
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