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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Slash's Return, Rollins' Cleaver and Kanye's Audition

Last Week: Slash's Return, Rollins' Cleaver and Kanye's Audition

It's time to take cover San Francisco because we're pretty sure hell just froze over. Almost everything this week has been incredibly unlikely — from the length of Henry Rollins' kill list, through Guns N' Roses getting the old…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Janet Jackson Shows the Kids How It's Done at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Live Review: Janet Jackson Shows the Kids How It's Done at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Janet Jackson Oct. 13, 2015 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium  “Gimme a beat!,” Janet Jackson commands, as her eight-piece band rips into the minimal, steely, yet relentless groove of 1989’s “Nasty.” With an army of nine backup dancers in tow, the…
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Music, All Shook Down Boobylicious: Five Insanely Breast-Centric Stage Outfits

Boobylicious: Five Insanely Breast-Centric Stage Outfits

Boobs. Everyone loves 'em -- even gay men. So can we really blame pop starlets for coming up with outfits that push the appearance of their breasticles to cartoonish levels? The answer is: Yes. Yes we can. Not only are…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Most Bizarre Superbowl Halftime Shows

The Top Five Most Bizarre Superbowl Halftime Shows

Oh, the hallowed and hyped Superbowl halftime show. This Sunday, we will bear witness to the unholy alliance of Madonna, M.I.A., and Nicki Minaj performing together, which will be -- well, beyond interesting, we're not quite sure. Sometimes, though, the…
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Music, All Shook Down S.F. Trumpeter Bill Ortiz on Playing with Souls of Mischief, Covering Gil Scott-Heron, and Touring with Sheila E.

S.F. Trumpeter Bill Ortiz on Playing with Souls of Mischief, Covering Gil Scott-Heron, and Touring with Sheila E.

"Souls of Mischief brought me in initially to replace a sample that was going to cost them too much to clear!" So says San Francisco-born trumpeter Bill Ortiz with a laugh as he recalls his contribution to the Bay Area…
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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 • After playing all over Europe, Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth finally brought their Big Four Tour to the U.S., performing in Indio a week after Coachella. But when will they give American fans what they really want, and…
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Music, All Shook Down Janet Jackson Delivers the Hits -- All of Them? -- to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Janet Jackson Delivers the Hits -- All of Them? -- to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Janet Jackson April 19, 2011 @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Better than: What you probably remember of the late '80s and early '90s. Ladies and gentlemen, there is a Jackson in the house. Janet can sing (although her thinning…
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Music, BeatBox Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez: Show Preview

Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez: Show Preview

Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez has truly lived the life eclectic. Since 1985, his music has zigzagged from house to hip-hop while soaking up Brooklyn's reggae flavors and incorporating his Nuyorican roots. The DJ and producer has seen commercial success remixing Janet…
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Music, BeatBox DJ Dan and Steve Aoki

DJ Dan and Steve Aoki

For 20 years, Daniel Wherrett has answered to DJ Dan. He has been a popular fixture at house and techno events since his early days dominating the Los Angeles rave scene. After years of releasing mix CDs and singles that…
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Music, All Shook Down Never Can Say Goodbye

Never Can Say Goodbye

I'm not trying to be cynical or morbid here, but Michael Jackson's death was the best thing to happen to him in years. In death, Michael lives on forever. He has now joined the ancestors, among them musical icons…
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Calendar, Night&Day Josh Is a Verb

Josh Is a Verb

Josh Kornbluth and Sarah Vowell are not the same person, as so many people are not the same person (Michael and Janet Jackson, for example). They do explore similar topics: American history, civic duty, and the sometimes-beautiful experience that is…
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Music, All Shook Down Janet Jackson, Xiu Xiu and Margaret Cho: The Weekend Hitlist

Janet Jackson, Xiu Xiu and Margaret Cho: The Weekend Hitlist

With a rather somber September 11th under our belt, it's time to embark on the weekend. Here are some suggestions. Friday night venture to Underground SF on Haight Street for a Killswitch dance night with Broker/Dealer. "Featuring subterranean bass lines,…
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Music, Janet takes control: Ms. Nasty is back in PVC chic

Janet takes control: Ms. Nasty is back in PVC chic

Sure, Madonna repeatedly toyed with BDSM in her videos, but she never publicly admitted to breast and genital piercings like Janet Jackson did. So, in case you weren't tipped off from the Velvet Rope tour onward, Jackson's innocuous Dream Street…
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Music, Reviewed Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez has finally made an album that is as hot as she is. "Cherry Pie" is as lyrically inane as anything she's ever written ("Dear Ben," anyone?), but it's silly like a fox or, more accurately, like Janet Jackson,…
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Music, Reviewed Brandy, Brandy, Brandy, I Can Let You Go

Brandy, Brandy, Brandy, I Can Let You Go

It's tough being Brandy in a post-Beyoncé world of R&B. Ms. Bootylicious is the body and the voice; she's pop, she's hip hop, she's dance. Those few areas that Beyoncé hasn't got covered (soulful grit and the tease's whisper) are…
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News, Feature Of Love and Natalise

Of Love and Natalise

Anyone can write a boring artistic song. Pop music is the hardest shit to write. -- Britney Spears, as quoted in Rolling Stone. "Are you guys ready for finals?" asks the MC, looking out over 50 mostly Asian-American students from…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Attack and Counterattack Speak big and carry a soft stick: I can't tell you how saddened and upset I was viewing the horror Sept. 11 terrorist attacks ("Looking for Perspective," Sept. 19). However, the response of our national…
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News, Dog Bites

Dog Bites

Overpriced Sports Star Joins Local Team Skip Bayless' farewell sports column for the Chicago Tribune began with three paragraphs about his fourth-grade crush on a student teacher (to illustrate how much he hates goodbyes), segued through his greatest journalistic hits,…
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Culture, Stage

Aida

Leave it to Disney to take a perfectly compelling story with a strong central character and turn it into a trite bit of fluff. Still, if you don't mind turning your brain off for a couple of hours, Aida has…
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Reviews

Zen Guerrilla, Cash Money Bottom of the Hill Wednesday, Oct. 15 Even though they dropped out of Philadelphia three years ago, Zen Guerrilla are an S.F. band -- and that's a good thing. San Francisco mainstream bands are pathetic (Counting…
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