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Music, All Shook Down Charles Bradley Bared His Soul at The Fillmore

Charles Bradley Bared His Soul at The Fillmore

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires Mothxr The Fillmore May 17, 2016 Charles Bradley may not look like a priest, but on Tuesday night at the Fillmore, he delivered a sermon for the ages. He took the stage dressed in…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: James Brown Above Ground, Ariana Grande In Tron, and Justin Timberlake In Jamaica

This Week: James Brown Above Ground, Ariana Grande In Tron, and Justin Timberlake In Jamaica

"No, I don't do Twitter, I don't do Twatter, I don't do Facebook. I almost called it Bookface, I'm sorry. I feel very proud of the fact that I do emails. That is it. That, and I play cards." Mostly…
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Film, "The Rocket": An Unlucky Kid, a Large Explosive, James Brown, a Journey

"The Rocket": An Unlucky Kid, a Large Explosive, James Brown, a Journey

The Rocket Australian writer-director Kim Mordaunt's previous film was the documentary Bomb Harvest, about an Aussie bomb disposal specialist combing through the perennially war-ravaged Laotian countryside and trying to keep undetonated explosives out of children's hands. Arguably that project continues…
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Dining, Distillations Distillations: Savoring the Sound of Silence at Fireside Bar

Distillations: Savoring the Sound of Silence at Fireside Bar

The sound system was playing "Carry on my Wayward Son" as I stepped through the wooden door and out of the cold night. It's easy to feel like a lost soul this time of year, when we are told to…
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Music, Hear This Black Joe Lewis: Show Preview

Black Joe Lewis: Show Preview

Austin outfit Black Joe Lewis has been refining its pugilistic mix of horn-heavy soul and vintage garage-rock for the better part of the past decade. Gruff-voiced guitar-slinger Joe Lewis nodded more to the Otis Redding/James Brown school of retro-soul on…
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Music, Hear This Lee Fields and the Expressions: Show Preview

Lee Fields and the Expressions: Show Preview

Given that he's been doing this since 1969, you'd expect Lee Fields to have a pretty solid grasp on his classic brand of James Brown-indebted soul-funk. And as decades of releases, including two most recent albums with the Expressions, My…
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Culture, Stage From Fringe to Center: Four Shows to See at the Exit's Annual Festival

From Fringe to Center: Four Shows to See at the Exit's Annual Festival

Playwright and longtime San Francisco Fringe Festival participant Lee Brady is well known in the Bay Area for her staunch feminism, both because of the content of her work and because she's a co-founder of 3Girls Theatre, which is dedicated…
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Calendar, Night&Day Prequel With Party

Prequel With Party

Don Reed's new solo theater show takes us back to the days before his father became a pimp, before his stepfather forced him into an uncomfortable religious faith, and before his struggles as a live-in waiter studying at UCLA.…
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Music, All Shook Down Clyde Stubblefield, the "Funky Drummer," on Playing With James Brown and Getting Sampled By Hip-Hop Greats

Clyde Stubblefield, the "Funky Drummer," on Playing With James Brown and Getting Sampled By Hip-Hop Greats

There's a special show going down at Mezzanine this Saturday, Nov. 3, for the opening of S.F. Funk Fest: It's a mini-reunion of sorts for the musicians who used to play with soul godfather James Brown. Headlining is Fred Wesley,…
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Music, All Shook Down Friends of Nicki?: Five Black Musicians Who Supported Republicans

Friends of Nicki?: Five Black Musicians Who Supported Republicans

You've probably already heard about Nicki Minaj's Mitt Romney-related lyrics, in which she claimed she was going to vote for the Republican presidential candidate. So, did she mean it? Was she being ironic? Is this a publicity stunt? The only…
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Music, All Shook Down Fourth of July: Five Excellent Pro-America Songs to Soundtrack Your Party Today

Fourth of July: Five Excellent Pro-America Songs to Soundtrack Your Party Today

Happy Fourth, everybody! As we all know, patriotism in this fine land of ours often sounds frickin' terrible when presented in song form. But feeling happy to be American doesn't -- we repeat, doesn't -- have to involve Toby Keith.…
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Music, All Shook Down Celebrate James Brown's Birthday at These Two S.F. Parties

Celebrate James Brown's Birthday at These Two S.F. Parties

The next two weekends in San Francisco feature parties in tribute to the late James Brown, who would have turned 79 on May 3. The entertainer had a long history performing for multiple generations in the Bay Area, perhaps most…
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Calendar, Night&Day African-Amazing

African-Amazing

People get funny about Meklit Hadero. The local singer is outrageously charming, devastatingly soulful, and she does this kind of breathy percussion-singing thing no one’s ever done before. The signature flower in the hair and excellent fashion choices are just…
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Music, All Shook Down Tonight: Lyrics Born and Live Band Play a Tribute to James Brown and Curtis Mayfield

Tonight: Lyrics Born and Live Band Play a Tribute to James Brown and Curtis Mayfield

Last-minute change to your Saturday night schedule? This evening, Bay Area hip-hopper extraordinaire and surprisingly capable singer* Lyrics Born plays a tribute to James Brown and Curtis Mayfield at Yoshi's S.F. For this show, called "Continuum," he'll have his…
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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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Music, Lonely holiday: Grillade finds soul in a Christmas song

Lonely holiday: Grillade finds soul in a Christmas song

Christmas music has soul. Sure, you could dismiss the festive genre as a cloying mix of schmaltzy lyrics, tired references to comically named reindeer, and saccharine sentiments about returning to one's place of origin. And sure, Mariah Carey's recently rekindled…
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Music, All Shook Down Eight Great Moments In Musical Punctuation History

Eight Great Moments In Musical Punctuation History

Courtesy nationalpunctuationday.com​September 24 is National Punctuation Day, at least according to a guy with a cape in Northern California. (He's still probably cooler than Lynne Truss.) Today is the day that we brittle purists may with impunity box the ears…
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Music, So Soulful

So Soulful

The Daptone House of Soul is a squat, two-story brick row house on an anonymous side street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Graffiti mars the entryway, and cars from the auto repair shop next door block the sidewalk in front. Only a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Make It Funky

Make It Funky

James Brown earned his title of the Godfather of Soul via his other title, the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business, and he ruled his funk empire like a Mafia don, exuding both discipline and generosity. In his five-decade career, Brown…
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Music, Jack Dangers is back with a new beat manifesto

Jack Dangers is back with a new beat manifesto

Jack Dangers is protective of sharing too many technical details about TapeLab, his Mill Valley music studio. The place is a tangle of cables, pins, and shiny knobs that evokes post–World War II films showing telephone operators making manual switchboard…
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