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Music, All Shook Down Ke$ha Goes to Rehab for an Eating Disorder, Confirming the Wrongness of Our Body-Image Expectations

Ke$ha Goes to Rehab for an Eating Disorder, Confirming the Wrongness of Our Body-Image Expectations

Shock washed over the glitter-covered youth of America this week when news broke that Ke$ha was heading to rehab for an eating disorder. It was impossible not to notice that she'd lost a significant amount of weight last November, when…
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Calendar, Night&Day You’re Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond

You’re Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond

Have you ever had unclean thoughts about a tree? Yes you have. Yes you have. Yes you HAVE. Anyway, you’re in good company: The tree-mendous ent-ertainer Justin Vivian Bond is in town to celebrate a new record called Dendrophile, which,…
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Music, Bouncer Carpenters Nerds Unite

Carpenters Nerds Unite

It's hard to measure the esteem I hold for Karen Carpenter. She played the drums and sang at the same time, which is awesome — but, unfortunately, it's also a talent she shared with Phil Collins. Unlike Collins, however, Carpenter…
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Music, Sonic Youth massages the past

Sonic Youth massages the past

The cover of 1995's Washing Machine is a good metaphor for famous people given shout-outs in Sonic Youth songs: The band simultaneously grants Importance to the titular appliance and reduces it to a T-shirt figment. Think of these guys as…
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Music, Bouncer

Tempting fate at the Deco Lounge

The Aztecs were firm believers in predestination. It's probably helpful to think that everything is meant to be when you are about to have your heart cut out of your chest and presented to the gods; you can resign yourself…
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Music, Reviewed Ben Folds

Ben Folds

You know how Woody Allen keeps making the same movie over and over again, with no regard for the fact that people stopped buying tickets somewhere between Shadows and Fog and Soon-Yi? Same goes for Ben Folds, who hasn't wavered…
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Music, Reviewed Call and Response

Call and Response

S.F.'s Call and Response continues the California dreamin' the band started on its self-titled debut -- only this time the dream is more Grace Slick meets Astrud Gilberto than 2001's Karen Carpenter/Petula Clark tag team. Winds Take No Shape doesn't…
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Culture, Stage

Kinsey Sicks: Oy Vey in a Manger

The Kinsey Sicks' first holiday show joins the campy ranks of The Hard Nut, Christmas With the Crawfords, and A Karen Carpenter Christmas, and it's a brilliant, raunchy gem. (For those virgins out there, the Kinsey Sicks, "America's Favorite Dragapella…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hallowed Ground

Hallowed Ground

What many foodies and bar-hoppers seem to have overlooked in their weekend parades through the Mission are the small performance halls dotting the neighborhood. Emerging dancemakers are toying with form upstairs at Dance Mission and Dancer's Group Studio Theater, while…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Sharin' and Karen

Considering the awfully tempting material Tom Ross and Morey Goldstein had to work with, their parody of the Carpenters could have been ruthless. They had a goofy drummer in an evening gown, after all; a brother-sister duo whose wholesome image…
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