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Music, All Shook Down All Viracocha Wants for Christmas Is Jolie Holland

All Viracocha Wants for Christmas Is Jolie Holland

Holidays are always better when they last longer, right? Eight nights of Chanukah, 12 days of Christmas; Kwanzaa also lasts a full seven days.  We're not entirely sure this is what Jolie Holland was thinking when she booked a…
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Music, Mission Venue Viracocha Wagers Its Survival on Going Legit

Mission Venue Viracocha Wagers Its Survival on Going Legit

It's Saturday afternoon in the Mission, and on Valencia, the strollers are out in full force. Young families linger in front of shiny store-window displays; manicured couples fill the tables outside every bustling cafe. On the corner of 21st and…
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Music, All Shook Down We Review One of Jolie Holland's Secret S.F. Shows

We Review One of Jolie Holland's Secret S.F. Shows

The only silent room in San Francisco is a secret venue.…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 2/24/12: Jolie Holland Channels a Haunting Past at the Swedish

Live Review, 2/24/12: Jolie Holland Channels a Haunting Past at the Swedish

Jolie Holland Will Sprott DRMS Emily Jane White Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 Swedish American Hall Better than: Every show I've been to in the last 12 months. Among those who work there, it's common knowledge that the Swedish American…
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Calendar, Night&Day Angel-Headed


The local Ornette Coleman–inspired free jazz scene is full of young, sharp-dressed musicians who in their nonjazz moments play on records by Jolie Holland, Tom Waits, Joanna Newsom, and Sean Hayes. At the Mercury Falls and Dave Mihaly show, some…
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Music, All Shook Down Jolie Holland Goes On Tour

Jolie Holland Goes On Tour

Admit it, San Francisco: Singer-songwriter Jolie Holland is like your ex-girlfriend who you never really got over. You haven't seen her in years, since the two of you broke up and she moved on to greener pastures and richer,…
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Music, Jolie Holland's storytelling grows in scope

Jolie Holland's storytelling grows in scope

Say you wandered into the Rite Spot at 17th and Mission streets sometime in 1999. There's a crowd of dot-com cubicle monkeys unwinding at the bar, and a few couples lit by candlelight at a handful of tables. In front…
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Music, All Shook Down Nick Drake's Sister and Jolie Holland 'Talking Music' Today at Herbst

Nick Drake's Sister and Jolie Holland 'Talking Music' Today at Herbst

The people that brought us the Microachella -- The Treasure Island Music Festival -- now bring us the lovely, talented local Jolie Holland talking shop about famed, dead singer-songwriter Nick Drake. From the PR: EVENT REMINDER: TALKING MUSIC SERIES…
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Music, Home Alone

Home Alone

These days there are so many musical sub-genres one needs a degree in cultural genealogy to keep track of them all. Magazines like The Wire and numerous blogs have been abuzz for a while with news of a specific grassroots…
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Music, Reviewed Laura Gibson

Laura Gibson

There's a sound I like to think of as "back porch folk." It's similar to garage rock in that it probably isn't recorded on a porch, but it seems like it could've been. It's made by a bunch of unassuming…
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Music, Noise Pop Tip Sheet

Noise Pop Tip Sheet

If it seems that indie kids' wallets are slimmer than usual this week, it's because the annual Noise Pop fest is upon us. Now in its 15th year, the event — which includes art openings and film screenings along with…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Holland of Milk and Honey Jolie good show: Nate Cavalieri's take on Jolie Holland was singular and dead-on. It is a beautifully done piece and captures exactly what was taking place onstage at the concert in…
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News, Feature Song Bird

Song Bird

There's not much of a view from the back row of the Central Presbyterian Church balcony in Austin, Texas, but it's clear that Jolie Holland, the figure onstage under the huge cross, is plainly dying. The room — easily 90…
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Music, OK Then

Marathon Man

I'm sitting in JFK airport, hungover from four days of nonstop gallivanting, unshaven, smelly, trying to piece it all back together amid the buzz and bustle of travelers and the stink of overheated food. Blame the CMJ Music Marathon, a…
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Calendar, Performance <i>Holiday</i> -- Celebrate

Holiday -- Celebrate

ONGOING 9/15-10/10 Duke Ellington wrote more than 200 songs during his 75 years, but he wrote the score to only three musicals, one of which was Beggar's Holiday. No doubt this ticket was one hot paper stub back in 1946,…
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Music, Sonny's Days

Sonny's Days

We're in a stark, cheap motel room with a view of the desert, a place with faded blue plaster walls and a vibrating bed with a quarter slot. The scratchy soundtrack -- a Bakersfield-country guitar waltz -- seems inappropriately chipper…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Nouveau Old-Timey Musician

Ever get in one of those moods, the kind where people all seem the same, busy going to the gym and buying groceries, while you wonder if there isn't something more to life? If you're lucky, at about that time…
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Music, Reviewed Jolie Holland

Jolie Holland

San Francisco singer/songwriter Jolie Holland's 2003 debut album, Catalpa, was a collection of hazy demos that nevertheless won the acclaim of critics worldwide. Now we have her first proper studio recording, Escondida, and while the intriguing murk and mumbled inscrutability…
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Calendar, Night&Day Uke Till Ya Puke

Uke Till Ya Puke

The award for sexiest ukulele player in history was once an obvious choice: Clara Bow in It, hands down. That's right -- the "It" girl played ukulele. But time marches on, tastes evolve, and the fact is, punk rock changed…
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News, Night Crawler To Hell and Back

To Hell and Back

As with the previously touted "scene," I am exasperated and beleaguered by the mention of "community." The word as a title does not imply a group with common interests or origins living in one place and considered as a whole;…
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