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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 • To help kick off Noise Pop's 20th Anniversary festival, we're throwing a free party on Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Noise Pop Pop-Up Shop at 34 Page (at Franklin). S.F. rappers the Jealous Guys will be performing a…
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SF Weekly Letters

A Woman Walks Into a Bar... Don't mind the owner sleeping in the corner: After reading the article, "Where the Motorcycle Lover Slumbers" , I was appalled and disgusted with the manner in which she portrayed…
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Music, M.I.A.'s diluted politics

M.I.A.'s diluted politics

M.I.A. thrives on misinterpretation. Her debut album, Arular, was named after her Tamil Tiger dad and released in the midst of the War on Terror with a lead track taunting, "I've got the bombs to make you blow." Her antagonistic…
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Music, Our picks for Spectrum, the weekend’s big dance party

Our picks for Spectrum, the weekend’s big dance party

Those who are weary of multigenre, multistage music events like the two-day Spectrum Festival might roll their eyes at its crowded bill, which will take over all three rooms of the Regency Ballroom this weekend. But give the organizers credit.…
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Music, BeatBox Club Collector

Club Collector

Since he hit the scene five years ago, Philly-based tastemaker Diplo has been instrumental in the rise of two of this decade's defining club trends: baile funk (a Brazilian reinterpretation of '80s New York electro) and the fusion of contemporary…
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Music, Santogold: pop's new Gwen Stefani

Santogold: pop's new Gwen Stefani

By now the buzz on Santi White, the 32-year-old Brooklyn singer making her debut as Santogold, has grown deafening. Her résumé gets particular play among the four-star accolades: She held an A&R gig at Epic, sang anonymously amid Lily Allen…
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Music, Rapper Dizzee Rascal Hopes Third Time Is the American Charm

Rapper Dizzee Rascal Hopes Third Time Is the American Charm

As huge as hip-hop has gotten in the U.S., mainstream America has yet to really embrace artists from overseas. Case in point: Dizzee Rascal, a savage MC from East London who is still mostly unknown here, despite years of generating…
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Music, BeatBox Motor and Guns 'n' Bombs: greasy hump-tech for your body-pumping pleasure

Motor and Guns 'n' Bombs: greasy hump-tech for your body-pumping pleasure

Audiofly is a relatively new, transnational duo (U.K.'s Anthony Middleton and Italy's Luca Saporito) offering original singles and imaginative remixes for a host of chic record labels (SAW, Get Physical) and bands (UNKLE, Deep Dish). Their efforts hone in on…
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Music, Hear This M.I.A. crams global jams into an intimate local venue

M.I.A. crams global jams into an intimate local venue

I wouldn't swear to it in court, but Sacramento's Jackpot may subscribe to the "Three B's" school of rock — namely, Beatles, Byrds, and Beck. Not that Jackpot sounds exactly like any of those acts specifically, but this fab four…
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Music, Reviewed Miss Violetta Beauregarde

Miss Violetta Beauregarde

Imagine the ranting crack whore on your corner had an art degree and moonlighted as frontwoman for the Locust. That's Miss Violetta Beauregarde, a young Italian lady who delivers on the promise M.I.A. failed to fulfill: Girls make the best…
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Music, Department of What The Fuck? What's in store for indie rock and prime time in a post-<i>O.C. </i> universe

What's in store for indie rock and prime time in a post-O.C. universe

Last Chrismukkah, an entire generation did a double take when The O.C. 's resident indie geek, Seth Cohen, uttered the words "Death Cab for Cutie" on network television during prime time. A year later, it's clear a new era has…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Music Promoter

Will Linn Blasthaus, www.blasthaus.com In this entertainment-saturated world, in which you have 500 choices for your amusement dollar every day, it helps to have someone to guide you. Someone who will be a consistent source of quality; someone who…
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Music, The United Colors of M.I.A.

The United Colors of M.I.A.

Dangling off the edge of a note, Maya Arulpragasam -- aka M.I.A. -- offers a seemingly innocent salutation on "Amazon," a track from her desperately anticipated debut release, Arular. "Hello/ This is M.I.A./ Could you please/ Come get me," she…
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