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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: Whose “Sexual Healing” Is It Anyway?

Earworm Weekly: Whose “Sexual Healing” Is It Anyway?

I love the music of Marvin Gaye as much as I love the music of any musician. Not just the widely acknowledged genius of the album What's Going On or his definitively menacing version of “I Heard It Through the…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Justin Bieber Cries in a Car, Henry Rollins Never Dies, and Kanye is an Insult to Music Fans

This Week: Justin Bieber Cries in a Car, Henry Rollins Never Dies, and Kanye is an Insult to Music Fans

"All babies contain a soul however they come to this earth and their families. There is nothing synthetic about a soul!! So how can we dismiss IVF and surrogacy?" Madonna, responding to Dolce & Gabbana's assertion that babies born…
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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 Iggy Doesn't Want a Grammy, Bjork Doesn't Want Spotify, and Antemasque Don't Want Their Onstage Kettle

Iggy Doesn't Want a Grammy, Bjork Doesn't Want Spotify, and Antemasque Don't Want Their Onstage Kettle

"I did not want to win that award. My speech would have been like, 'Fuck this. I don’t want it, take it. Get it away from me'. People already hate me enough. I do not need to be hated…
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Music, All Shook Down T.I. Previews His New Album <em>Trouble Man</em> in San Francisco

T.I. Previews His New Album Trouble Man in San Francisco

When T.I. took a seat on a couch at S.F.'s Studio Trilogy last night to show guests the short film that accompanies his forthcoming album Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head (due Dec. 18), he had no idea that he…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings February 15-21, 2012

Balboa Theater. $7.50-$10. Granito: How To Nail a Dictator: Pamela Yates' documentary about the Guatemalan Civil War, and the justice that still hasn't been served. San Francisco-based prosecutor Almedena Bernebeu, who has worked the Guatemalan genocide cases since 6, will…
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Music, All Shook Down Before Lil B's <i>I'm Gay</i>: Five Great Hip-Hop Homages to Marvin Gaye

Before Lil B's I'm Gay: Five Great Hip-Hop Homages to Marvin Gaye

When it comes to creative career moves, the rapper Lil B usually blazes his own distinct and often quirky path. But his decision to re-up the cover art of Marvin Gaye's I Want You album for his own I'm Gay…
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Music, All Shook Down Lil B Goes Gaye (Happy!) with New Album Art

Lil B Goes Gaye (Happy!) with New Album Art

Inciting outrage, death threats, and -- at least for us -- wry chuckles, the controversial Berkeley rapper Lil B has named his upcoming album I'm Gay. Despite his past threat to rape Kanye West and jokes that he was…
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Music, Lonely holiday: Grillade finds soul in a Christmas song

Lonely holiday: Grillade finds soul in a Christmas song

Christmas music has soul. Sure, you could dismiss the festive genre as a cloying mix of schmaltzy lyrics, tired references to comically named reindeer, and saccharine sentiments about returning to one's place of origin. And sure, Mariah Carey's recently rekindled…
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Music, All Shook Down Never Can Say Goodbye

Never Can Say Goodbye

I'm not trying to be cynical or morbid here, but Michael Jackson's death was the best thing to happen to him in years. In death, Michael lives on forever. He has now joined the ancestors, among them musical icons…
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Music, Rap and Bullshit

Rap and Bullshit

As one of contemporary R&B's brightest stars, John Legend possesses Grammys and hits galore. But could he be any blander? His twinkling tunes about love and relationships are at best serviceable, and lyrically he treads the same ground as a…
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Music, BeatBox Bunny and Soul

Bunny and Soul

It might be a surprise to learn that, in the case of Dimitri from Paris, the Playboy empire has displayed some sound judgment. Dimitri has released three DJ mix collections related to the almighty bunny brand since 2000, including the…
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Music, Children&#146;s music aims for the sophisticated tykes

Children’s music aims for the sophisticated tykes

The stigma that children's music is pure sonic piffle is going the way of Barney the purple dinosaur. The industry that once proffered artists like Raffi Cavoukian, who would shake his sillies out — and make parents tear their hair…
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Music, Reviewed Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

The genesis of Kelly Rowland's sophomore album is a sad commentary on the aesthetic currently choking R&B. The singer and member of Destiny's Child allegedly recorded an earlier version of the disc, a meditation on the end of a serious…
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Music, The Call of Katrina

The Call of Katrina

Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall more than 21 months ago and decimated New Orleans, that city's music community has been almost solely focused on chronicling the psychological and physical fallout of the storm. Rapper Lil Wayne released his acerbic polemic…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of December 13

Bad News Bears (2005) (Paramount) The Beautiful Country (Sony) Death Race 2000: Special Edition (Buena Vista) F.I.S.T. (Columbia/Tristar) Gallipoli: Special Edition (Paramount) Gilmore Girls: The Complete Fifth Season (Warner Bros.) The Island (Universal) Kiss: Rock the Nation Live! (Image) The…
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Calendar, Urban Experience In Verse

In Verse

THURS 3/31 Is there really a town called Camus, Idaho? In Ali Liebegott's new novel in verse, The Beautifully Worthless, not only does such a town exist, but so do a New York waitress and her trusty Dalmatian, Rorschach, as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Once More Again

Once More Again

Forever Changes, the seminal 1967 album by the tragically underappreciated band Love, is one of those "Why the hell didn't this make them famous?" records. It is one of those discs you want to listen to all the way through…
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Music, Reviewed Terence Trent D'Arby

Terence Trent D'Arby

The son of a preacher man, who made his first promotional appearances costumed as the Messiah and once dreamt of Marvin Gaye transmitting unheard music from beyond the grave, Terence Trent D'Arby is no stranger to the spiritual. Until legally…
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What Does Your Soul Look Like

In the world of pop music, reincarnation is an everyday thing. We're always either hoping that our favorite dead artists have been credibly reborn in the bodies of fresh new stars, or delighted when worn-out hacks get revived as of-the-moment…
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