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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye Vs. Beck, Taylor Vs. Trent and Will Smith Vs. Music

This Week: Kanye Vs. Beck, Taylor Vs. Trent and Will Smith Vs. Music

“Like books and black lives, albums still matter.” Prince at The Grammys. Smoothly done, oh orange one. (The Grammy's) “Beck knows Beyoncé should have won. I love Beck, but he didn't have the album of the year." Do you…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Midler Vs. Grande, Mitchell Vs. Swift, and RZA Vs. the Meat Industrial Complex

This Week: Midler Vs. Grande, Mitchell Vs. Swift, and RZA Vs. the Meat Industrial Complex

"It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch, looking so ridiculous. I mean, it’s silly beyond belief... whatever strictures there were have fallen apart.…
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Calendar, Night&Day I'm Your Man

I'm Your Man

Sylvie Simmons' marvelous biography I'm Your Man: the Life of Leonard Cohen is written like a love letter, not with the servile fawning of a young devotee but the worldly temper of one who knows what is at stake.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Redirecting Ophelia

Redirecting Ophelia

A girl in a long dress floats motionless in a forest pool, flowers drifting on the surface of the water around her. Her eyes are glassy in death, and she radiates tragic beauty: John Everett Millais' Ophelia is one of…
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Music, James Blake's Lonely Beginnings

James Blake's Lonely Beginnings

The time in James Blake's life we might call his long winter — from which he emerged this year with a phosphorescent debut album — began as far back as the early '90s with his first piano lesson. There, at…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wild and Woolly

Wild and Woolly

“Lyres and Lace” conjures an important fraction of what we think, in our more box-wine-y moments, heaven must hold in store. (The rest of our we’ve-been-good image is made of waterfalls, Joni Mitchell, and coconut water.) There are eyefuls of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not Girls. Women.

Not Girls. Women.

Rock film historian and music critic Richie Unterberger loves you, budding diva. He wants you to feel excited and inspired and up for anything. Why else would he set up a projector in the library basement so often, just to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Folk Sounds Like Fuck

Folk Sounds Like Fuck

Once upon a time, folk and folk-rock were played on mainstream radio. Try to imagine Live 105 playing Joni Mitchell. Yeah right! That could never happen now, because it would be very threatening to someone's penis. But back in the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Listen to Cassandra

Listen to Cassandra

Cassandra Wilson is the greatest modern jazz singer who doesn't sing jazz. Her signature sound tends to explore a unique combo of contemporary pop, all-dressed-up blues, and traditional ballads through a smoldering lens. She’s at her best on original tunes…
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Music, Reviewed Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

Noted jazz pianist records pop icon tribute, endures cries of 'sellout' from the jazz community, laughs all the way to the bank. You'd be forgiven for assuming Herbie Hancock's new River: The Joni Letters, a tribute to Joni Mitchell, fits…
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Music, Minnie Trooper

Minnie Trooper

With her latest disc, Seastories, actress-turned-singer Minnie Driver proves she's not just another actor — OK, I know, you're bored already. Every time some starlet gets a wild hair up her La Perla-clad butt to make a record, the publicity…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, October 8, 2003 The typical drag "tribute" is anything but. While impersonators may genuinely admire the icon they're aping, onstage that affection can be transformed into mockery, as the faux showgirl leers and mugs her way through the portrayal,…
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Music, The Love That Loves to Love

The Love That Loves to Love

Don't tell Thom Moore -- or my girlfriend -- but I'm going on a date with Nedelle (pronounced Neh-del). Besides being Moore's paramour, Nedelle is the finest soul-jazz-bossa nova singer/songwriter in the Bay Area. And she's cute. But that's not…
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Music, Reviewed Hank Dogs

Hank Dogs

Ah, the minor key. Folkies have been inhabiting its flattened thirds and darkened chords for generations, culling pathos from its ample stock of yearning, erecting careers in its shadowy glens. Without the minor key, Bob Dylan would still be a…
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Culture, Stage

Cockroach Infestation

The late-'90s tech boom is far enough behind us, it seems, to start writing plays about it. Berkeley playwright Steve Lyons has concocted a new comedy about two mismatched female roommates in San Francisco who compound the tension between them…
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Beth Orton Perhaps a few words from the liner notes to Beth Orton's beautiful Trailer Park contain the key to understanding the British folkie's work: "One more thing ...," the singer/guitarist writes. "Gender is just an excuse, relationships shouldn't be…
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