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Calendar, Night&Day Punk in  the Sun

Punk in the Sun

There's a bit of irony in San Francisco's inaugural effort to host an all-American version of the U.K.'s infamous Holidays in the Sun punk rock festival. The three-day extravaganza takes place on the high-school auditorium stage of Maritime Hall --…
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Calendar, Night&Day Illadephonic Sounds

Illadephonic Sounds

This year's Things Fall Apart might very well have been titled Things Come Together, as The Roots found their world taking shape in its aftermath. Forgoing earlier credos to avoid samples and previously recorded material, the album proved that the…
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Fast and Frightening

If it weren't for G.B.H., hair metal might still be around. Grievous Bodily Harm, better known as Charged G.B.H., was one of punk's first crossover bands. Its 1981 debut album, Leather, Bristles, Studs, and Acne, won the group an international…
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Riff Raff

Suckers Normally we don't fall for cheap publicity stunts. But every once in a while some band -- well, it's usually the Gun & Doll Show -- manages to impress us with clever, if sometimes poorly executed, promotional gimmicks. (They…
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Creatures From the Black Leather Lagoon

If the Cramps really wanted to give people a fright, they'd play under bright lights with no makeup, revealing the havoc 20 years in punk rock can wreak on a body. That won't happen when the band comes back for…
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Spooky Running Wild

DJ Spooky chooses his words methodically, with the same kind of care he uses to pick samples for his deeply atmos-pheric hip-hop records. Posed with a question, the young man also known as Paul Miller leans back in an old…
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Night Crawler

Good Clean Fun It looks like a typical fetish event at the Maritime Hall -- black leather, pale skin, young men on leashes -- but the night is young yet and the promoters of "Masquerade" have unusual indulgences planned. The…
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Hear This

The Creatures Siouxsie & the Banshees died a horrible death. Some might argue that the famous goth band is not really dead, but merely existing in a state of suspended animation resulting from the growing pains that produced the dismal…
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This, Too, Are 2-Tone

The national Ska Against Racism tour isn't just a good deal for ska fans -- admission works out to roughly $2 per band -- it's also a good deal for the groups tabling the tour, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center's…
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Riff Raff

Saturday Afternoon in the Park Static Faction drummer J. Shagawat says she's frustrated in the same way other rock musicians in San Francisco are: She's offended by crass commercialism and irritated by a shortage of viable venues. But while others…
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The House of Tudor

Even a simple Idiot Flesh performance would be well-worth a flag-waving testimonial -- but the Friday, Aug. 22, Idiot Flesh show at Maritime Hall is being headlined by Giant Robot and opened by !Tchkung!!! (the two additional exclamation marks are…
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Night Crawler

On Sunday, with the feds busy planning their raid on Flower Therapy -- a distributor of medicinal marijuana -- thousands of happy tokers find themselves able to gather worry-free at the 4:20 Festival, a shameless celebration of the wacky weed…
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Riff Raff

Ciao Catino After nearly a decade of promoting shows for Bill Graham Presents and its subsidiary club branch, AKG (responsible for the Fillmore and the Warfield), Jean Catino has resigned from her position as director of advertising. Says Catino of…
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Country Candor

Merle Haggard & the Strangers, The Bulls, The Geezers Maritime Hall Saturday, Feb. 22 "Pardon me," said the grinning cowboy as he slid past, a plastic cup of beer balanced in each hand. The happy bastard had fortitude, I'll give…
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Ponche

Los Van Van, Los Compas Maritime Hall Saturday, Jan. 18 With cries of "Viva Cuba," thousands packed Maritime Hall over two nights to greet the Cuban supergroup Los Van Van and savor a rare taste of Caribbean musical nirvana. (Their…
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Roots System

The Roots, Alphabet Soup, 75 Degrees Maritime Hall Saturday, Dec. 14 The Roots are one of those few rap groups who sound on record like they'd be good in concert. Their mainstream debut, Do You Want More, was an incredible…
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Hear This

Tish Hinojosa/Flaco Jimenez/Dr. Loco and His Rockin' Jalapeno Band Texas Chicanos first heard accordions through German and Czech immigrant neighbors, who played polkas and schottisches. Intrigued by the funky squeeze-boxes, they learned the forms and instrumentation; the results evolved into…
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Spokes of Destiny 12

You may look upon the bare, muscular, attractive, and sexy bodies of the SF Weekly Bike Messenger Dream Team and think that, because they're buff and trim and happy and greased down and naked, this elite group of supramessengers has…
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