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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 2/19/12: Warren Hellman Public Celebration Brings Emmylou Harris, Old Crow Medicine Show and More to Ocean Beach

Live Review, 2/19/12: Warren Hellman Public Celebration Brings Emmylou Harris, Old Crow Medicine Show and More to Ocean Beach

Warren Hellman Public Celebration February 19, 2012 Ocean Beach Better than: Watching the live stream at home on your laptop. Some of the nation's top roots musicians gathered together yesterday with Bay Area music fans to celebrate Warren Hellman,…
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News, The Snitch Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Merle Haggard Rocks! (Slideshow)

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Merle Haggard Rocks! (Slideshow)

I'm not one for festivals of any sort -- or any event that requires sharing a Porta-Potty with 5,000 other people for the day. Unless of course, Merle Haggard is performing. Add in Gillian Welch, Broken Social Scene, and some…
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Music, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands to See for Free

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands to See for Free

Illustration by Adam McCauley For its 11th year, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass got even bigger, adding a full Friday lineup and pushing the usual pre-weekend festivities back to Thursday. That means you'll face an even more difficult time deciding whom…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gillian Welch New Album Holy Shit

Gillian Welch New Album Holy Shit

You've waited your eight years, child. You've been good. And now you are rewarded. Gillian Welch, who really should be known as Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, made you a present for the ages. It's called The Harrow and the…
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Music, All Shook Down Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Day 1: This Is About Coming Together

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Day 1: This Is About Coming Together

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Day 1Oct. 2, 2010 @ Golden Gate ParkBetter than: chasing a fox out the hen house.  San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
festival sings America. The annual outdoor concert is about coming together:
scores of rootsy musicians, a half-million or more…
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Calendar, Night&Day All Weare Is All We Are

All Weare Is All We Are

New York contemporary-dance maven Kate Weare has choreographed to Gillian Welch before. Bits of “I’ll Fly Away” found their way into Weare’s Bridge of Sighs — Welch’s music is an unusual choice for any dancer, really. But the collusion prefigured…
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Calendar, Night&Day Women of DIVAfest

Women of DIVAfest

The murder ballad “The Wind and Rain” first appeared on a broadside during the mid-17th century with the title “The Twa Sisters.” Since then, there have been dozens of variations under many names, but the essence of the grisly tale…
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Music, Let's Get Killed December's best holiday music events

December's best holiday music events

For some folks, December is insufferable, a month packed with blinking, twinkling reminders of just how commercially focused, environmentally callous, and falsely cheerful this country can get. But I'll admit it — I love every last bit of Christmas crap.…
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Calendar, Night&Day In the Beginning

In the Beginning

Sluggo’s was a workers’ collective. This tiny restaurant, situated on the late-’80s-early-’90s UC Santa Cruz campus, pops up in the collective memory every once in a while as the first place Gillian Welch played folk music. Camper van Beethoven played…
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Music, Hear This Hitchcock's <i>Dreams</i> Come to Life

Hitchcock's Dreams Come to Life

Sometime in 1983 — that is, after the Soft Boys, but before the Egyptians, and long before albums with Gillian Welch and half of R.E.M.'s touring band — Robyn Hitchcock sat down to write an album for himself alone. Imagine:…
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Music, Hear This Howl at the Moondoggies

Howl at the Moondoggies

Seattle's Moondoggies have been wooing crowds with their country-rock musings for more than a year now. Picked up by Hardly Art, the band just released its debut Don't Be a Stranger, which offers traces of Little Feat, Linda Ronstadt's Heart…
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Music, Tift Merritt Faces the Unknown Overseas

Tift Merritt Faces the Unknown Overseas

In late 2005, North Carolina native Tift Merritt needed a break. She wanted to escape from her comfort zone. So she holed up in Paris for several months — not exactly a hotbed for country musicians such as herself, but…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cock of the Walk

Cock of the Walk

Old Crow Medicine Show defines the in sound of 21st-century bluegrass. A li'l bit country, a whole lotta rock ´n' roll, the Nashville-based quintet is all about the American roots tradition. Lyrically, this translates into smart, political tunes that are…
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Music, Shades of Bluegrass

Shades of Bluegrass

Bluegrass is one of those slippery genres born in the rich, dark loam of Rural Americana. You could call it the bastard child of the Grand Ole Opry, the white man's backwoods blues, or even country jazz. But however you…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Given bluegrass' fondness for quick-fingered chops on acoustic string instruments like fiddle, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, and gee-tar, one could argue that the genre is a kind of backwoods jazz that raced down from the hill country to romp in…
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Music, Reviewed Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

It's been two years since Gillian Welch's last album, the dense, masterful Time (The Revelator), floored fans and recent converts, and three years since her cameos in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and its accompanying soundtrack, road show, and concert…
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Calendar, Night&Day Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

Roots revivalist Gillian Welch celebrates the lonesome highway of American memory with slow, sad, yet hopeful songs that evoke both myth and dream. On four albums in the past seven years, including the soon-to-be-released Soul Journey, Welch and longtime songwriting…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

No other contemporary artists do downtempo Americana better than Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. On last year's Grammy-nominated CD Time (The Revelator) -- as well as the pair's first two albums -- their extreme slow-motion style draws listeners into a…
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Music, Hear This

Hear This

Starting out 30-odd years ago in no less an all-American town than Hollywood, Calif., where selves are invented and dreams made real, Gillian Welch grew up the daughter of a professional minstrel who scored sounds for The Carol Burnett Show.…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night + Day

Wednesday July 29 Get on the Bus Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty parodies small-town small-mindedness in her short story "Lily Daw and the Three Ladies," in which three Southern dowagers try to ship a slow-witted young girl off to a…
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