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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting with Tom Hiddleston about Hank Williams in <i>I Saw the Light</i>

Chatting with Tom Hiddleston about Hank Williams in I Saw the Light

Adam inhabits a large, dilapidated house in the suburbs of Detroit with only a variety of guitars and recording equipment to keep him company. A collection of portraits hangs on his living room wall: Nikola Tesla; Isaac Newton; Christopher…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows From the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle There are no cynics at music festivals when Paul McCartney unfurls Beatles classics like "Hey Jude," "Daytripper," and "Helter Skelter." There are only fans. Macca's headlining set Friday reconnected thousands with the most important rock band of all time,…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Soaks in the Celebratory Vibes at Martuni's

Bouncer Soaks in the Celebratory Vibes at Martuni's

It's hard to write about bars after your friend dies from alcoholism at age 48, but just as many folks die from heart disease, and that doesn't stop us from getting the chorizo at El Farolito. Still, I can't stop…
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Music, All Shook Down Hank Williams Jr. Declares Himself Too Ballsy for Fox News, Republicans, Reality

Hank Williams Jr. Declares Himself Too Ballsy for Fox News, Republicans, Reality

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Hank Williams, Jr. -- son of the original country music godhead, former Monday Night Football house singer, and official neck-beard of Nashville -- reminds us all just how big his freedom-loving balls are.…
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Music, Hear This Unknown Hinson: Show Preview

Unknown Hinson: Show Preview

Looking like the hillbilly cousin of Bela Lugosi-era Dracula and sounding like the infernal love child of Hank Williams and comedian Larry the Cable Guy, Unknown Hinson has been serving up his unrepentantly redneck brand of honky-tonk for two decades.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Undead Outlaw Country

Undead Outlaw Country

Looking like the hillbilly cousin of Bela Lugosi-era Dracula and sounding like the infernal love child of Hank Williams and comedian Larry the Cable Guy, Unknown Hinson has been serving up his unrepentantly redneck brand of honky-tonk for two decades.…
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Music, All Shook Down Hank Williams, Jr., Dares to State Outright What Fox News Only Implies

Hank Williams, Jr., Dares to State Outright What Fox News Only Implies

So, it seems some suits someplace are all worked up at the political opinions of Mr. Hank Williams, Jr. Good for him. Moments like this are why we need a Hank Williams, Jr. Just to be clear, he's the middle…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

The Residents are legend. In the early 1970s they sent a demo tape to Warner Bros., which promptly sent it back in an envelope marked, merely, "Residents." They took it as a sign: The helpful executive had chosen a name…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Crazy Heart</i>

Crazy Heart

Yesterday's honky-tonk hero, Bad Blake, arrives at a Clovis, New Mexico, bowling alley. It's another in a string of low-pay, low-turnout gigs with pickup bands half his age, grinding the Greatest Hits out of an old Fender Tremolux, including his…
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Calendar, Night&Day Folk + Metal = ?

Folk + Metal = ?

It’s goth, yes. Church bells, rain sounds, moaning, drone. But Chelsea Wolfe’s music manages to avoid the pitfalls of her particularly cliché-ridden genre, making her sonically more kindred to Bat for Lashes than Sisters of Mercy. As influences, she claims…
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Calendar, Night&Day Storms Never Last

Storms Never Last

Yesterday's honky-tonk hero, Bad Blake, arrives at a Clovis, New Mexico, bowling alley. It's another in a string of low-pay, low-turnout gigs with pickup bands half his age, grinding the Greatest Hits out of an old Fender Tremolux, including his…
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Calendar, Night&Day Earle-y to Rise

Earle-y to Rise

Needing to prove himself simply on account of being Steve Earle’s son, Justin Townes Earle did just that with his old-soul sparker of a debut album, The Good Life. He bypassed his father’s rebel streak with nary a glance over…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Crazy Heart</i>

Crazy Heart

Yesterday's honky-tonk hero, Bad Blake, arrives at a Clovis, New Mexico, bowling alley. It's another in a string of low-pay, low-turnout gigs with pickup bands half his age, grinding the Greatest Hits out of an old Fender Tremolux, including his…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Toshio Hirano, the Tokyo yodeler

Toshio Hirano, the Tokyo yodeler

There are two types of trouble country singers tend to get into in song: either they lose their heart, or they lose their job. That's how 58-year-old Japanese singer and guitarist Toshio Hirano explained the range in his repertoire last…
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Music, Reviewed Silver Jews

Silver Jews

From Hank Williams to Toby Keith, country music hangs its Stetson on clever wordplay. Quirky turns of phrase like the Statler Brothers' "You Can't Have Your Kate and Edith Too" and Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue" rendered heartache in…
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Music, Sifting through Thee Oh Sees' rehearsal space

Sifting through Thee Oh Sees' rehearsal space

Title be damned, Thee Oh Sees' new album, The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In, finds the band bursting out of the boudoir. All but gone are the folky, lo-fi lullabies that defined past incarnations of this musical…
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Music, Cat Power Under the Covers: A Listening Party with <i>Jukebox</i> Muses

Cat Power Under the Covers: A Listening Party with Jukebox Muses

"Hey, Andy, do me a favor. Move the phone away from the speaker, turn it down a little bit, and play it for me one more time." Daryl Brown sits quietly as I re-cue "Lost Someone" on my iTunes. The…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Hank-ering

A long time ago, in a Canada far, far away, a teenage Neko Case wrote a song called "Very Missionary." These days, Case is a great and relatively famous musician, but back then, she was just a weird kid in…
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Music, To Be Real

To Be Real

The idea of a musician struggling against the tides of pop culture, summoning sounds from an earlier era of Americana to recapture a sense of authenticity, borders on the territory of cliché. The notion feels fresh, however, when Lee Bob…
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Music, Reviewed Peter Case

Peter Case

What a long, strange trip it's been for Peter Case. He's gone from the proto-power pop of the Nerves and Plimsouls to several solo albums of reflective, spunky folk rock. Then it was back to the Plimsouls, and now he's…
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