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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Macklemore on <i>Sesame Street</i>, 2 Chainz on <i>Nancy Grace</i>, and Everyone Else on Sleater-Kinney

This Week: Macklemore on Sesame Street, 2 Chainz on Nancy Grace, and Everyone Else on Sleater-Kinney

"I have two beautiful little girls and I'm a great father. I just feel like, basically, everyone should take care of their own. It's about governing your own household and taking care of your own property. It's about having…
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Music, All Shook Down Grading Last Night's Nirvana Reunion

Grading Last Night's Nirvana Reunion

By RYAN RITCHIE Sans Kurt Cobain, the surviving members of Nirvana (bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl, and guitarist Pat Smear) swore they'd never reunite to play songs from their former group. Except they did. Last night. Twice. The…
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Music, Hear This Dinosaur Jr.: Show Preview

Dinosaur Jr.: Show Preview

Even Dinosaur Jr. singer/guitarist J Mascis will admit that 1988's Bug isn't his favorite of the band's original albums — he prefers You're Living All Over Me, and for good reason. But if Bug did arrive just after the Amherst,…
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Music, All Shook Down A Cold-Stricken J Mascis Talks About Dinosaur Jr. Playing Loud, SF Hippies, and the Relative Inferiority of <i>Bug</i>

A Cold-Stricken J Mascis Talks About Dinosaur Jr. Playing Loud, SF Hippies, and the Relative Inferiority of Bug

The person whose job it is to get musicians to say interesting things over the phone already faces something of a challenge when interviewing J Mascis, singer-guitarist of Dinosaur Jr., and O.G. slacker of legendary proportions. Since the '80s,…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 10 Hottest Men in Grunge

The Top 10 Hottest Men in Grunge

Sure, it was the era of long, dirty hair and wearing long johns to the bar -- but '90s grunge sure did throw up some eye candy. Here, to honor the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind, as well as Cameron…
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Music, All Shook Down Fruit Bats, J. Mascis, Sonny and the Sunsets Play at Huichica Festival in Sonoma Next Weekend

Fruit Bats, J. Mascis, Sonny and the Sunsets Play at Huichica Festival in Sonoma Next Weekend

In this weeks issue of SF Weekly, we ran a story about music festivals in Northern California, but unfortunately, there was (hopefully no more than) one glaring omission: the second annual Huichica Music Festival, which takes place on Saturday, June…
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Music, All Shook Down A Stoned Moan with J Mascis and <i>Several Shades of Why</i>

A Stoned Moan with J Mascis and Several Shades of Why

Behind the Buzz: To Dinosaur Jr. fans, the idea of a J Mascis acoustic album fails to spring unbidden into the mind's ear. On blunderbuss masterpieces like 1987's You're Living…
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Music, All Shook Down Helpful Advice: How To Survive NOT Going To SXSW

Helpful Advice: How To Survive NOT Going To SXSW

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Music, Reviewed Witch

Witch

There are concept albums, and then there are concept bands. Witch is the latter, a leftfield side project formed by Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis and old friend Dave Sweetapple and filled out by Feathers' Kyle Thomas and Asa Irons. The…
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Music, Reviewed Mew

Mew

The fourth release from Danish alt-pop stars Mew seems ripe for success in an American market currently embracing Coldplay/Keane epics and its indie flipside of slacker lullabies by the Shins and Rogue Wave. Mew and the Glass Handed Kites opener…
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Music, Hear This Let's get Sic; Riding the Gravy Train!!!

Let's get Sic; Riding the Gravy Train!!!

Pretty Girls Make Graves takes your basic melodic indie rock template and bathes it in a wash of moody textures. On its latest disc, Élan Vital, the Seattle act releases some of the anxious tension found on past records to…
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Music, Department of What The Fuck? Department of What the Fuck?

Department of What the Fuck?

Renting separate tour vans so you don't have to talk to the old bandmates you detest: $27,764 Printing up T-shirts, hoodies, stickers, buttons, mugs, key chains, barf bags, and other merch you hope to sell (at a 900 percent markup)…
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Music, Reviewed Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr.

One great thing about history is examining why something happened and how it continues to impact more recent developments. Take Dinosaur Jr., which is generally acknowledged as one of the American indie-rock bands of the mid-1980s -- but why? Now…
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Calendar, Performance Ms. Sterious

Ms. Sterious

From Rocker to Roots WED 6/2 Many things are known about Sara Jaffe -- her trademark glasses are white-framed and octagonal, and she plays guitar in the amazing no-wave rock band Erase Errata -- but much remains a mystery. How…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night & Day

Wednesday May 26 Trouble in Mind Never say Mike Johnson doesn't have a sense of humor. Following the breakup of his marriage to Juned bassist Leslie Hardy, the dissolution of his musical partnership with Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis, and the…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday may 21 System Failure Experimental English performance sextet Forced Entertainment is relying on our familiarity with electronic-age overload, cultural alienation, and terrorism for the local success of Club of No Regrets, an uneasy theatrical liaison of all three. In…
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Ui Sidelong (Southern) Ui Unlike (Lunamoth) Sasha Frere-Jones is a New York rock critic who likes to put his theories of hybridity into practice: His band, Ui (rhymes with gooey), genre-splices dub, fusion, funk, no wave, deep house, even bluegrass.…
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