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Music, All Shook Down Jonathan Richman to Appear on Radio Valencia, Discuss Lou Reed, the Velvet Underground

Jonathan Richman to Appear on Radio Valencia, Discuss Lou Reed, the Velvet Underground

This Sunday, March 2, would have been Lou Reed's 72nd birthday. To honor him, the great local singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman will appear on Radio Valencia's Wax! Crackle! Pop! show to talk about his hero Reed and his most famous musical…
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Music, All Shook Down The Five Best Live Shows in S.F. This Week

The Five Best Live Shows in S.F. This Week

Jonathan Richman @ Great American Music Hall, Thursday, Dec. 12 Jonathan Richman created the Modern Lovers, a band inspired by the Velvet Underground, in 1970. Before their long-awaited album (produced by John Cale) was released, Richman had already moved on.…
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Music, Hear This Jonathan Richman: Show Preview

Jonathan Richman: Show Preview

Jonathan Richman created the Modern Lovers, a band inspired by the Velvet Underground, in 1970. Before their long-awaited album (produced by John Cale) was released, Richman had already moved on. Disillusioned by the negativity he heard in rock music, he…
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Music, Rock 'n' Roll Is Garbage: How Total Trash Grew from Warehouses to Festivals

Rock 'n' Roll Is Garbage: How Total Trash Grew from Warehouses to Festivals

On a rickety table behind Eli's Mile High Club in Oakland, Marcos Ribak displays a trio of bizarre objects. He has arrived with a candle bearing the patron saint of death, a deck of true-crime playing cards, and a tattered…
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Music, Hear This Tijuana Panthers: Show Preview

Tijuana Panthers: Show Preview

Semi-Sweet is an exquisitely apropos name for Tijuana Panthers' second and latest record. First, the sugary: The Los Angeles-based trio generates surfy garage-pop that's heavy on the tender melodies and doe-eyed, doo-woppy charms — enough to make you think that…
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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 • Wicked Sound System celebrated its 22-year anniversary with an all-night party at Mighty. The old-school S.F. rave crowd kept the energy high past dawn, and we're still kicking ourselves for missing DJ Markie's 5 a.m. set. "Thanks for…
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Music, Hear This The Oblivians: Show Preview

The Oblivians: Show Preview

You see them at shows, thrift stores, and fast food joints, worn by people in vintage rocker apparel: Bright yellow buttons three inches in diameter that read "Burger Records." A new contingent in rock has been united under the circular…
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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 • We went to Avicii's sold-out party at Bill Graham, and came away understanding why electronic dance music is blowing up in America: It's more fun, more consistent, and more all-consuming as a live experience than anything else right…
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Music, All Shook Down Rare Interview: Jonathan Richman Corresponds With Us About the Internet, Air Conditioning, and Being a Punk Godfather

Rare Interview: Jonathan Richman Corresponds With Us About the Internet, Air Conditioning, and Being a Punk Godfather

Like so many Jonathan Richman devotees, we first fell for the lanky singer-songwriter after hearing the Modern Lovers' homage to the Velvet Underground, "Roadrunner." From the nasally, gleeful count-off to the plaintive "Come on you girls of modern rock…
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Music, All Shook Down Jonathan Richman Plays the Worldly Eccentric at Great American Music Hall

Jonathan Richman Plays the Worldly Eccentric at Great American Music Hall

Jonathan Richman Rad Cloud Dec. 7, 2011 Great American Music Hall Better than: Seu Jorge's Portuguese covers of David Bowie songs in The Life Aquatic. With a gently weathered face, a nylon string guitar without a strap, awkwardly fitting…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not For Stars

Not For Stars

In 2004, local indie rock band For Stars released its fourth LP, It Falls Apart, a daring combination of arty Radiohead-ish rock and achingly pretty folk. But just when the band seemed destined for a major breakthrough, it broke up…
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Music, Sonny Smith: Rock 'n' Roll Poet, with Qualms

Sonny Smith: Rock 'n' Roll Poet, with Qualms

It's an immaculate summer day, and we are interrupting Sonny Smith. He's sitting under an umbrella at Dolores Park Cafe, eating a cup of yogurt he'd been carrying in his pocket, trying to answer a question about whether being signed…
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Music, All Shook Down Sonny Smith Wishes Jonathan Richman a Happy (Belated) 60th Birthday

Sonny Smith Wishes Jonathan Richman a Happy (Belated) 60th Birthday

Yesterday was the 60th Birthday of one Jonathan Richman, protopunk pioneer, genius songwriter, all-around nice guy, and San Francisco resident. In honor of the occasion, we asked another local songwriter -- Sonny Smith of Sonny & the Sunsets -- to…
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Music, All Shook Down Happy Birthday to Jonathan Richman, Who Turns 60 Today

Happy Birthday to Jonathan Richman, Who Turns 60 Today

We're all fortunate to share an existence with Jonathan Richman, the songwriter/savant/funny guy best known for that song about being in love with Massachusetts and being in love with rock 'n' roll and being in the car with the…
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Music, All Shook Down Children's Artists Smile Way Too Fucking Much

Children's Artists Smile Way Too Fucking Much

For me, seeing children's artists perform live is akin to watching footage of horrific sports injuries (like Shaun Livingston). I am tormented, yet equally transfixed. So behold "I Gotta Go Potty!" by Moey's Music Party. The song's video features a…
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Music, All Shook Down A Merry Crew of Jonathan Richman, Mark Eitzel, and Carletta Sue Kay sing for the Boozy at the Make-Out Room's Christmas Craptacular

A Merry Crew of Jonathan Richman, Mark Eitzel, and Carletta Sue Kay sing for the Boozy at the Make-Out Room's Christmas Craptacular

Parker Gibbs' Christmas Craptacular w/ Jonathan Richman, Mark Eitzel, Marc and the Casuals, Carletta Sue Kay, Los Cenzontles, and othersDecember 22, 2010@ The Make-Out RoomBetter than: Face down in Burl Ives' swimming pool. This benefit for the San Francisco Food…
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Music, All Shook Down Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands You Should Not Miss

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands You Should Not Miss

San Francisco's annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. You could pick any number of themes to select the acts you want to see -- old punk pioneers, roots music up-and-comers, etc.-- and follow one…
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Music, Hear This Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman is one of the most enigmatic American performers of the rock 'n' roll era, both in spite of and because of his devotion to simplicity. Even when Richman was bashing out three-minute proto-punk with the Modern Lovers, there…
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Music, Jonathan Richman finds more dry humor in the simplest situations

Jonathan Richman finds more dry humor in the simplest situations

Jonathan Richman's musical importance is generally understated, despite his having released nearly two dozen records over the past three decades. While he has been heralded as something like the godfather of offbeat singer-songwriting, it's easy for his reported eccentricities (such…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Film School has found its niche preserving the shoegazer aesthetic. The band recognizes that great pop songs sound much better when obscured by a mess of ear-splitting guitars. While the group has weathered frequent lineup changes, gear theft, and other…
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