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Sympathy Shouldn't Equal Sanctuary No vacancy: San Francisco: a sanctuary city . America: a sanctuary country. Where is this getting us? Is quality of life better for the legal inhabitants of the city (and country)…
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Music, Feature Music Awards intro

Music Awards intro

One of the toughest aspects of compiling an annual music awards package is working the nominees into 10 distinct ballot categories, which readers then use to vote for their favorite acts. It's a reductive action that goes against the nature…
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Music, Feature Music Awards: Lazer Sword

Music Awards: Lazer Sword

No one would ever describe the fun-loving boys of Lazer Sword as dour, but Antaeus Roy and Bryant Rutledge become downright giddy at the mere mention of a still-in-the-works marijuana strain that is set to bear their band's name. The…
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Music, Feature Music Awards: Crown City Rockers

Music Awards: Crown City Rockers

The ability to not just party-hop but also to genre-hop is why the Crown City Rockers (then known as Mission) moved to the Bay Area from Boston in 1999. It's also exactly what has kept the Rockers here as their…
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Music, Feature Music Awards: Jukebox Roundtable by Dan Strachota

Music Awards: Jukebox Roundtable by Dan Strachota

Since it's the time of year when the SF Weekly Awards celebrate the regional music scene, we decided to invite local artists to celebrate the local scene as well. It's sort of like the animals running the zoo — or,…
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Music Awards: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Stay • Smaller is better. Less competition means more space for creativity and collaboration. Identifying the key players and then networking is fairly easy. • San Francisco remains riddled with misfits. You and your band can get as weird as…
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Music, Music Awards Program Guide Intro

Music Awards Program Guide Intro

We spend the whole year, every year, obsessing about local music. Between our pop culture blog All Shook Down and the old-school printed paper, we tackle the Bay Area from as many angles as possible — interviewing and reviewing artists,…
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Music, Music Awards Program Guide

Music Awards Program Guide

Rap/Hip-Hop 40Love 40Love's latest album, Bangerang, is a solid, well-crafted effort with hot beats and tight flows that stands as one of the best hip-hop releases of 2009. Streetwise but not thuggish, clever but never nerdy, the four-member group is…
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140 Characters of Acclaim for Tweet He's engaged: Consider me bowled over. That was an incredible piece Jennifer Maerz wrote on Wallpaper. . So well reported and well told. Not a dull moment and it moves…
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Malking It Worn-out pavement: I enjoyed reading Jennifer Maerz's article "The Noise Pop Network" . Her critiques are right on. However, I was pretty surprised by her statement regarding Pavement: "Instead of Malkmus, for example, why not…
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Tommy Hall Mail Call Short praise for "Long": Thanks for the article . It was a very interesting read. It seemed like Maerz thought Tommy Hall was pretty out there, but also went…
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Music, Reviewed The Dutchess and the Duke

The Dutchess and the Duke

She and Him isn't the only country-folk duo out there pining for the simpler highs, lows, and harmonies of the olden days. Seattle's the Dutchess and the Duke pairs a young guy (Jesse Lortz of the Fe Fi Fo Fums)…
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Carter Chimes in On Indie Fest Unrest The best things in life are free: SF Weekly ran a story about last year's Bay Area Indie Music Festival in Martinez . The story is…
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News, The Snitch SF Weekly Staffers Take Home Awards

SF Weekly Staffers Take Home Awards

It's time for the soothing sensation of a nice, firm pat on the back. The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies announced the winners of their annual AltWeekly Awards and we're proud to announce that two of the winners are among…
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Van Halen Riff The gentlemen of arena rock: What's wrong with Sammy Hagar? He was part of the first two real American hard-rock bands, Montrose and Mountain. Yes, Van Halen is better with…
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Music, Reviewed Jay Reatard

Jay Reatard

Remember the first time you heard the Pixies classic "Where Is My Mind?" It condensed the euphoria of cutting anchor and sailing into the abyss into a four-minute pop song. Now Jay Reatard (that Memphis garage punker from the Lost…
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Music, Reviewed Danava

Danava

While purists continue splitting hairs over "true" heavy-metal style, Danava combs the genre into a weave of fantastic art-rock wizardry that leaves the stick-straight by the wayside. For its full-length debut, Kemado Records' dark horse moves between kohl-cloaked glam and…
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Confectionary Danish pop vs. making a Mark Bolan entrance

I first heard Danish band Mew at the Spot Festival in Ã…rhus, Denmark, when it headlined over a sea of Scandinavian talent (including fellow countrymen the Figurines, who have since become a breakout act in the United States). Live and…
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Music, BeatBox Viva la France dance

Viva la France dance

Small Sails don't just create ambient electronic soundtracks; they perform them with correlating cinematic footage for the full audio-visual experience. The Portland four-piece dreams up twee laptop pop, incorporating computers, vibraphones, keyboards, and finger-picked guitars with live film loop mixes.…
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Music, Hear This Flowing bodily fluids and a surreal sort of evil

Flowing bodily fluids and a surreal sort of evil

Vancouver’s metal czar 3 Inches of Blood employs two vocalists for double the theatrical impact. Cam Pipes goes for the operatic histrionics, allowing his voice to alternately soar to the Rob Halford heavens and gnash tales of beasts with distain.…
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