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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: When Awful Isn't Such a Bad Thing

Earworm Weekly: When Awful Isn't Such a Bad Thing

I suffer from stereotype threat as much as the next person. After lighting the fuse of last week's column and weathering the social media firecrackers I touched off, I found that I'd become a hard act to follow. More…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Billy Corgan Likes Donald Trump, Liam Payne is Down With the Gayness, and Rita Ora is Clickbait

This Week: Billy Corgan Likes Donald Trump, Liam Payne is Down With the Gayness, and Rita Ora is Clickbait

Everyone's gone next-level this week. Whether its FKA Twigs incorporating a dance routine into a radio show, Motorhead taking their song "Vibrator" to a literal level, or REM's Mike Mills tweeting private quotes from Michael Stipe, no one's keeping it…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye's Boring, Iggy's Disappointed, and Ed Sheeran's a Hobbit

This Week: Kanye's Boring, Iggy's Disappointed, and Ed Sheeran's a Hobbit

If the quotes are anything to go by, this week has been defined by rage, disappointment, loss, boredom, and abject misery. We've got very justifiable anger and frustration from Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga, rants from Corey Slipknot and Buzz…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Stephen Hawking Says There's a Universe Where Zayn Is Still in One Direction

This Week: Stephen Hawking Says There's a Universe Where Zayn Is Still in One Direction

It's a war between old-school and new-tech this week. Whether it's Roger Waters complaining that musicians don't get paid anymore, Stephen Hawking engaging in popular culture to a degree that's uncomfortable for all of us, or Miley Cyrus and Zoe…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Nicki Minaj's Magic Boobs, Kurt Cobain's Ghost, and Marilyn Manson's Black Eye

This Week: Nicki Minaj's Magic Boobs, Kurt Cobain's Ghost, and Marilyn Manson's Black Eye

The overriding theme of this week's music happenings is quite clearly the supernatural — what with the ghost of Kurt Cobain living on in his daughter's face, murdered legend Selena being resurrected via hologram, Nicki Minaj curing the sick with…
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Music, All Shook Down Will.i.am Fears the 3D Apocalypse, Madonna Dates Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg Fixes Your Finances

Will.i.am Fears the 3D Apocalypse, Madonna Dates Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg Fixes Your Finances

"We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand… This jury didn’t listen to any music, which is rather surprising to me … The fact is that the harmonies are different, the chords are…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Courtney Changes Kurt's Story, Kesha Breaks Free, and Troubles at an Avicii Show

This Week: Courtney Changes Kurt's Story, Kesha Breaks Free, and Troubles at an Avicii Show

"In the early Eighties, as a 22-year-old queer man living during the Reagan-Bush administration, I was afraid to get tested for HIV for fear of quarantine, the threat of internment camps, and having my basic civil rights stripped away... I…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Lewinsky Calls Out Beyoncé, Reznor Calls Out Rock 'n' Roll, and Ben Folds Plays a Storm Trooper

This Week: Lewinsky Calls Out Beyoncé, Reznor Calls Out Rock 'n' Roll, and Ben Folds Plays a Storm Trooper

"Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we're verbing, I think you meant 'Bill Clinton'd all on my gown,' not 'Monica Lewinsky'd.'"Monica Lewinsky totally has a point about that awful lyric in Beyoncé's "Partition" (Vanity Fair)."Several witnesses claimed to have witnessed Cyrus trying…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Stern Grove announced its 2014 series of free Sunday concerts — and this year's is among the best we can remember. The lovely forest on the city's west side will host Rufus Wainwright, the Zombies, the Funky Meters, Andrew…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kurt vs. Courtney, Jay Z vs. Drake, and Everyone vs. Donald Sterling

This Week: Kurt vs. Courtney, Jay Z vs. Drake, and Everyone vs. Donald Sterling

"Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife even when she's a b**ch with zits and siphoning all yr money for Doping and whoring"Seattle Police have released a note they found in Kurt Cobain's…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: Tim Cohen Lives Here Again, and the New Cobain Statue Is Hideous

Music Links: Tim Cohen Lives Here Again, and the New Cobain Statue Is Hideous

To the asshole at the Thermals show last night (who said S.F.…
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Music, All Shook Down Kanye West Says He's Like Picasso. Here Are 5 Equally Egomaniacal Musicians

Kanye West Says He's Like Picasso. Here Are 5 Equally Egomaniacal Musicians

Well, it's been a few months, so we shouldn't be all that surprised but Kanye West's ego has been running amok again. This time the behemoth emerged while West was onstage in Paris last Saturday, and said: "No matter how…
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Music, All Shook Down 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Is the Stunningly Original Title of a New CBS Comedy

'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Is the Stunningly Original Title of a New CBS Comedy

Hope no one has any emotional attachment to the phrase "Smells Like Teen Spirit" -- either the song, its mystique, or the band that played it -- 'cause if so, they're about to get quite a mindfuck. "Smells Like Teen…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Musical Couples That Should Collaborate

Five Musical Couples That Should Collaborate

Yesterday, we sighed and felt warm and fuzzy inside when angel-faced pixie Brit Ellie Goulding revealed that she'd love to make an album with her boyfriend, Skrillex, with whom she shares a hairstyle. Adorable! We'd like to take a…
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Music, Hear This Garbage: Show Preview

Garbage: Show Preview

The most disappointing — but apparently necessary — stipulation for becoming a mega-sized rock band is that your sound must grow poppier and less identifiable to older fans as time rolls on. But once in a while an album like…
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Music, Van Halen's Reunion Tour Runs Aground on Reality

Van Halen's Reunion Tour Runs Aground on Reality

The young generation fetishizes realness in entertainment, and that's partly Van Halen's fault. The '80s were about mystery and wonder: How do people like Dee Snider or Madonna or the Beastie Boys spring up from nowhere in cone bras and…
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Music, All Shook Down The Melvins' Old Van Is for Sale, But Here Are Five Tour Vehicles We'd Much Prefer

The Melvins' Old Van Is for Sale, But Here Are Five Tour Vehicles We'd Much Prefer

Remember when you were 12 years old and you'd draw the logos of your favorite bands all over your school books? Well, one time, Kurt Cobain did that to The Melvins' van, leaving behind a little portrait of Kiss (plus…
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Music, All Shook Down Is Courtney Love Mentally Ill?

Is Courtney Love Mentally Ill?

In case you missed it, last Saturday, while performing at Brazil's SWU festival, Courtney Love had a minor meltdown after an audience member repeatedly held up a photo of Kurt Cobain. "I don't need to see a picture of Kurt,…
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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 • "Weird Al" Yankovic brought three decades' worth of musical parodies to the Fox Theater, skewering pop artists' air-headed detachment and scoring a victory for nerds in the process. Switching costumes more often than Lady Gaga, Yankovic played Kurt…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 10 Hottest Men in Grunge

The Top 10 Hottest Men in Grunge

Sure, it was the era of long, dirty hair and wearing long johns to the bar -- but '90s grunge sure did throw up some eye candy. Here, to honor the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind, as well as Cameron…
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