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Music, All Shook Down President Barack Obama Likes Arcade Fire and the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, Really.

President Barack Obama Likes Arcade Fire and the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, Really.

Yesterday, we found out from a British music news website that, like Santa Claus, Barack Obama keeps a "Nice" list -- or rather a list of people he wants to have supporting him in his re-election campaign. We've seen the…
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Music, All Shook Down The Ghosts of Outside Lands Past

The Ghosts of Outside Lands Past

Now that this year's Outside Lands lineup has been released in full and stayed true to its lil-bit-hippie-lil-bit-hip-hop roots and the folk vs. funk vibe, will you be forking over some coin when the tickets go on sale tomorrow? How…
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Calendar, Night&Day Song Stories

Song Stories

Warm, honest vocals à la Jack Johnson, a honeyed acoustic guitar, and philosophical lyrics characterize the songs of Goodfeather. Fans of Dave Matthews, this is the up-and-coming artist you dream of: the folky, Indian John Mayer; the one-man Bay Area…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: ALO at the Fillmore

Last Night: ALO at the Fillmore

​ALO Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 The Fillmore Better Than: A Deadheads Anonymous meeting I don't know how many animals local gents Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) have liberated lately, but they sure did liberate some butts at the Fillmore last night. Those moving…
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Music, All Shook Down ALO: Buddies with Jack Johnson and Old English Teachers

ALO: Buddies with Jack Johnson and Old English Teachers

​The members of Animal Liberation Orchestra, better known as ALO, are more than just friends with Jack Johnson. The local guys are also employees of and musical collaborators with the surfer-songwriter, who co-produced ALO's new Man Of The World and…
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Music, All Shook Down The Weekend Hitlist: Mountain Goats, Exotic Erotics and A Big Benefit

The Weekend Hitlist: Mountain Goats, Exotic Erotics and A Big Benefit

It's another beautiful San Francisco weekend, and as usual there are lots of great things to do around the city after you've gotten your High School Musical 3 fix: Friday night join me at the Fillmore to see the Mountain…
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Music, Schedule Outside Lands trip with playlists of our favorite artists

Schedule Outside Lands trip with playlists of our favorite artists

Golden Gate Park has seen its share of Human Be-Ins since it was reclaimed from the dunes in the late 19th century. Now add to those events the first Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, bringing almost 70 acts to…
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Music, All Shook Down Beck, Primus, Ben Harper Added to Outside Lands Lineup

Beck, Primus, Ben Harper Added to Outside Lands Lineup

The Outside Lands Festival, SF's own version of Coachella, is getting mightier by adding Beck, Primus, Ben Harper, and many more acts to a lineup that already boasts Radiohead, Tom Petty, and Jack Johnson. For $225.50 (for all three…
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Music, All Shook Down

Kids in the Hall, Liars, and Steve Martin -- Your Monday Morning Hangover

It's Monday, January 28, as we bid adieu to all the gutbusting laughs incurred from SFSketchfest. The Kids in the Hall tribute was a proper way to send it off, but more on that later. The laughs don't have to…
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Kids in the Hall, Liars, and Steve Martin — Your Monday Morning Hangover

It's Monday, January 28, as we bid adieu to all the gutbusting laughs incurred from SFSketchfest. The Kids in the Hall tribute was a proper way to send it off, but more on that later. The laughs don't have to…
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Music, Fanatical Traction

Fanatical Traction

Ask most rock stars what they dig about playing Japan and you'll get similar answers: the status artists are afforded, the reverence their talents inspire, the respect their music is given. As usual, Tommy Guerrero is an exception. "First of…
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Music, Reviewed Cake

Cake

OK, we get it: Cake isn't just a novelty act with an irony-spewing, speak-singing frontman. That title went to Soul Coughing, which promptly disappeared in the late '90s as Cake went on to record a string of albums full of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Brooklyn Prophet

Brooklyn Prophet

If hip hop's obsession with the unholy trinity of guns, loot, and hos has made millions for record companies and given many of its affluent consumers a voyeuristic look at a life they'll never know, this focus also highlights hip…
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Culture, Stage

Blackballin'

This new play by Rickerby Hinds treats modern American athletics as an outgrowth of slavery. Four black men, with emblematic sports-names -- Hoop, Down, Stick, and Jab -- ply careers in basketball, football, baseball, and boxing, respectively, only to run…
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