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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Judges Bartenders at Cafe Du Nord

Bouncer Judges Bartenders at Cafe Du Nord

Bartending jobs in this city are a coveted commodity, especially after the rise of so-called "mixology," which attempts to elevate drink-makers to the vaunted place occupied by master chefs. But even a gig at the grittiest beer hole is a…
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Music, Bouncer

Chances Are? Questioning coincidence at Edinburgh Castle

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who believe in coincidence, and those who don't. I'm not sure which category I fall into yet. The folks who don't believe in fate claim we're much more likely to…
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Music, Bouncer

Feeling a little bit country at Pissed Off Pete's

My friend who works at Rhapsody.com was compiling a list of the most depressing albums of all time and asked for my input. On its face, this seems fairly easy. But once I started actually thinking about it, I realized…
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Music, Bluegrass Buddies

Bluegrass Buddies

Seated at the Riptide, way the fuck out by Ocean Beach — just one block from the end of America — banjo picker and vocalist Eric Embry and I shoot the shit going pint for pint around a lacquered tree…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Country Band

Don't dare label Red Meat altcountry or Americana. It is, first and foremost, a country band, drawing primarily from the sparkling, twang-laden, whiskey-spiked well of the Bakersfield sound (cf Buck Owens, Merle Haggard), as well as from iconic honky-tonker George…
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Music, Reviewed Ian McCulloch

Ian McCulloch

Anyone tuning in to Ian McCulloch's latest solo album expecting to hear another Echo & the Bunnymen release will likely be a tad disappointed. Though McCulloch, that group's singer, is only in his mid-40s, Slideling could be seen as his…
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Music, Reviewed John Hammond

John Hammond

Though it may sound ridiculous to suggest that veteran bluesman John Hammond has begun to hit his stride after four decades on the scene, his new album, Ready for Love, presents a convincing case. Following up the success of 2001's…
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Music, Johnny Cash; Merle Haggard

Johnny Cash; Merle Haggard

In rock and R&B, there's an obvious premium paid on youthfulness, and an almost reflexive disdain for old coots who keep in the game too long. Country music, by contrast, pays tribute to its elders and legends -- up to…
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Music, Riff Raff Riff Raff

Riff Raff

Fear and Loathing in Ballroom A "Are any of those Gavin chumps around tonight?" asked National Joy Band guitarist John Bello from the Paradise Lounge stage, as the fog machine started breathing its last. "You just heard a rock band,"…
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Dining, Eat

Way Down South

Moonshine 498 Broadway (at Kearny), 982-6666. Open Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday through Thursday 6 to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to midnight. The restaurant is wheelchair accessible. Parking: This is North Beach; use…
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