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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: Kate Bush's "Army Dreamers"

Earworm Weekly: Kate Bush's "Army Dreamers"

A recent group conversation about boot camp, the draft, drill sergeant fathers, and weekend special forces training prompted my column this week. I didn't really have anything to contribute except my internal soundtrack, which clicked — almost instantly —…
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Music, All Shook Down "All The Beauty" is Lila Rose's Most Cathartic Song Yet

"All The Beauty" is Lila Rose's Most Cathartic Song Yet

Lila Rose was born with a form of hyperacusis, a health condition characterized by an increased sensitivity to certain sound frequencies and volume ranges, which can make certain natural sounds unbearable and some music incredibly intense.  Despite this, the Toronto-born,…
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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: "Wuthering Heights”

Earworm Weekly: "Wuthering Heights”

Why hasn't anyone published a book-length study of Kate Bush's music yet? We've seen a couple of biographies come and go, and if we're lucky, Ann Powers' book-length examination of Bush's album The Dreaming will be published sometime before the…
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Music, All Shook Down Music's Best and Worst April Fool's Day Pranks

Music's Best and Worst April Fool's Day Pranks

Yesterday, as we're sure you all noticed, was that annual day of tomfoolery and japing, known as April Fool's Day. It's a chance for the world to take a step back, take itself less seriously and then annoy the crap…
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Music, Hear This Niki and The Dove: Show Preview

Niki and The Dove: Show Preview

There's a moon-goddess mysticism in the electro-pop of Niki and The Dove, something that brings a primal warmth to the icy pop sensibilities they share with similar Nordic acts (The Knife, Robyn). Their underrated 2012 release, Instinct, harnesses these humanizing…
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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 • Marina and the Diamonds crammed The Fillmore full of elated fans, then promptly demonstrated why this Welsh pop group has such an adoring following: Marina's appeal is like Madonna meets Kate Bush — but without the pretension and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Get Into the Escape

Get Into the Escape

Those of us of a certain age and musical inclination might remember the cover of Kate Bush's 1982 album The Dreaming. On it, the singer is dressed as Harry Houdini's wife and co-conspirator Bess, depicted in the act of passing…
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Top 10 Awful Songs That Are Awesome for Karaoke

Not sure if you've noticed yet, but this fair city of ours is awash with karaoke. All the way from the traditional joints in Japantown to the dive bars of the Mission (Sunday afternoons in The 500 Club are…
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The Top 6 Weirdest Actor Cameos in Music Videos

What did we do on Christmas after we'd eaten a mountain of food and watched a giant stack of movies? Looked for actors in music videos, of course! Here are six of the weirdest cameos big-name actors have made in…
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Music, Hear This Bat for Lashes

Bat for Lashes

Now that she's released two albums under the Bat for Lashes moniker, Natasha Khan has distinguished herself as one of indie's most willfully eccentric voices. On her 2006 debut, Fur and Gold, she combined goth and girl group styles with…
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Music, Reviewed Kate Bush

Kate Bush

Aerial is the reason Kate Bush's fans have clung to her through a 12-year recording break -- not because it's the best disc in her catalog, but because only Bush could have made an album as serene yet strange as…
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Music, Reviewed Various

Various

In the decade before Nirvana made it safe (and commercially viable) to rock alternatively, the underground music world sporadically coughed up "quirky" bands like R.E.M. or the Cure into a mainstream bewitched by Madonna, Don Henley, and Bon Jovi, while…
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Music, Reviewed Vienna Teng

Vienna Teng

Let's put this out on the table right off the bat: Local singer/songwriter Vienna Teng sounds like everyone else. Warm Strangers, her second album, opens with the rolling, offbeat accents of vintage Tori Amos piano on the pensive "Feather Moon."…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Recipe for Jelly Bean Soup: Wait for a morning when you wake up in an irrationally cheerful mood. Put on the clothes you'd wear if a fairy godmother had given you the power of flight and…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY for an unreal world

Aries (March 21-April 19): Because of your extraordinary talent for pleasure, you've been hand-picked by the Committee on Cross-Cultural Ecstasy to celebrate the pagan holiday of Lammas this week -- even if you're not a pagan. Coming halfway between the…
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