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Music, All Shook Down Sonic Triggers: Led Zeppelin's "Fool In The Rain"

Sonic Triggers: Led Zeppelin's "Fool In The Rain"

Like everyone else who has been changed unalterably by the spell of music, there are songs in my past that are indelibly attached to specific moments in my life. I remember being 16 years old and picking up my…
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Music, All Shook Down Tonight: The Human Condition Throws Album Release Party at Great American Music Hall

Tonight: The Human Condition Throws Album Release Party at Great American Music Hall

The Human Condition, a San Francisco-based acoustic band which describes its sound as "purplegrass," releases a new album tonight, Oct. 8, at Great American Music Hall. The band consists of Mark Joseph, 32, Nathan Harris, 31, David McEnulty, 33, and Dan…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Bieber's Racism, Cops' Sexism, and Andrew W.K. Seeing Ghosts

This Week: Bieber's Racism, Cops' Sexism, and Andrew W.K. Seeing Ghosts

"I saw Courtney walking past, and I just tapped her on the shoulder and we looked at each other in the eyes and that was it -- we're just family. We've had a rocky road. We've had a bumpy past,…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch: Dutch Artist Sings "Stairway to Heaven" Backward, We Can't Look Away

Watch: Dutch Artist Sings "Stairway to Heaven" Backward, We Can't Look Away

If you ever need proof that the Internet can be educational, expand our horizons, and make us more culturally aware global citizens, this video from Dutch artist Jeroen Offerman should do the trick. Offerman, a visual artist living in…
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Music, All Shook Down Kanye West Thinks He's God -- Here Are Four Other Musicians Who Think They Are, Too

Kanye West Thinks He's God -- Here Are Four Other Musicians Who Think They Are, Too

We all know that story about how mad people got when John Lennon said the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." There was uproar! There were banners! There were protests! But these days, musicians have the audacity to compare themselves…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Shocking Claims About Bill Graham From Rock Promoter Barry Fey's New Memoir, <i>Backstage Past</i>

Five Shocking Claims About Bill Graham From Rock Promoter Barry Fey's New Memoir, Backstage Past

In the late '60s, Barry Fey became of one of America's biggest rock music promoters. He says he was the first to book Led Zeppelin in this country, and claims to have sold more concert tickets than any other independent…
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Music, All Shook Down Long Live the Triptych: Five Great Series of Three Rock Songs

Long Live the Triptych: Five Great Series of Three Rock Songs

In visual art, it's called a triptych -- a piece divided into three connected sections or panels. The individual panels could, in theory, stand on their own, but each adds meaning and significance to the other two, creating a single…
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Six Extremely Weird Cover Songs, Featuring Bill Shatner, Dolly Parton, and ... Pat Boone?

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Music, All Shook Down Groupies, Piss, and Penises: Five Shocking Music Memoirs

Groupies, Piss, and Penises: Five Shocking Music Memoirs

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Music, All Shook Down Pardon Jim Morrison, But Penalize Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin

Pardon Jim Morrison, But Penalize Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin

Jim Morrison performing in Miami, March 1, 1969​At the time of his death in a Paris bathtub in the summer of 1971, James Douglas Morrison, singer and lyricist for epochal L.A. band The Doors, was looking at six months'…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's a Trip

It's a Trip

Erik Davis is one of those West Coast mystical intellectuals trading in technology, myth, mysticism, magik, spirituality, and Wired -- he also has a fondness for Philip K. Dick. His most iconic book, at least for us, is Led Zeppelin's…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Would <i>So</i> Die

You Would So Die

We put a lot of our private selves out there on the interwebs. We share our existential fears on LiveJournal, we publicize our breakups (and then divide up friends) on Facebook, we circulate last night's drunken experiment on YouTube. But…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bettye Reign O&#146;er Me

Bettye Reign O’er Me

Oftentimes, the problem with tribute albums is that they sound far too reverent of the original songs. If you're not going to do anything special with the tunes, why even bother covering them at all, since the originals are usually…
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Music, Bouncer The smell of fear, beer, and sausages at Gestalt

The smell of fear, beer, and sausages at Gestalt

There's something about naming your bar after a social or psychological term that strikes people's fancy in this town. We've got Amnesia, Zeitgeist, and Gestalt. Amnesia I totally get as a nod to drinking. Ditto with Zeitgeist, since bars tend…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Them Crooked Vultures at the Fox

Last Night: Them Crooked Vultures at the Fox

Them Crooked VulturesNovember 19, 2009Fox Theater Better Than: Listening to Robert Plant shy away from the high notes at Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show. It's no accident that the supergroup has, in recent years, gone the way of New Coke,…
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Music, Hear This Marco Benevento

Marco Benevento

Keyboardist Marco Benevento comes on like a postmodern Vince Guaraldi on Me Not Me, a concept CD of 70 percent covers (Led Zeppelin, Deerhoof) done up to sound both familiar and utterly original. Like Guaraldi, the jazz composer of Peanuts…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Les Paul (1915-2009)

R.I.P. Les Paul (1915-2009)

The Associated Press has reported  that guitar innovator Les Paul  died today at the age of 94, from pneumonia-related complications. Paul helped to popularize the electric guitar in the 1940s, and his use of multitracking, overdubbing, phasing, and effects…
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Music, All Shook Down Best Rock Movie Ever?

Best Rock Movie Ever?

I had a chance to see a sneak preview of the documentary It Might Get Loud yesterday. First impressions? Best. Rock. Movie. Ever. The film, scheduled to open in Bay Area theaters August 28, takes three guitar gods from…
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3300 ways to make friends

It's hard to tell whether bars foster phony relationships. When you feel a certain fealty to your fellow man sitting next to you, is that genuine bonhomie, or just the booze talking? Or how about that cute bartender who always…
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Calendar, Night&Day They Wanna Touch You

They Wanna Touch You

Local all-woman band Dolorata grew from the roots of the Shelley Doty X-tet, the Hail Marys, and 4 Non Blondes, so, yeah, it's a rock band. Or a rawk band, maybe. Whatever; your devil horns are destined for the air.…
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