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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 • In a brilliant twist on the play-a-classic-album-live trend, They Might Be Giants performed Flood in reverse at the Fillmore, and it was fantastic — a reminder of just how spirited and funny this band can be, even when…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day Gold Sounds

Gold Sounds

It's a testament to the mysterious, haunting Nina Simone that the only one who dares approach her is the similarly haunting Antony (of the Johnsons). Plus, he's a man. For the first week we listened to Simone — enthralled, while…
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Music, All Shook Down Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige Play Oakland's Oracle in April

Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige Play Oakland's Oracle in April

Can't knock the hustle on Hov. Forget about the last two albums, the man's got a mad lovely catalog. The show will be worth a Blueprint cut alone. Catch Jigga and Mary J. Blige at the Oracle Arena April…
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Music, Reviewed Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli is one of the most compelling voices in hip hop, and it isn't because he's an oasis of high-minded political thought in a desert of materialism, misogyny, and PC boogeymen. Despite his billing as the of hip…
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Music, Reviewed Har Mar Superstar

Har Mar Superstar

Har Mar Superstar is a paunchy, balding indie rocker from Minnesota who creates bawdy R&B and hip hop that critiques the stereotypes of those genres by -- oh God, never mind. I'm bored just saying it. The point is, one…
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Jazz great Roy Ayers is one of those veteran cats whose music has reached far beyond his original milieu to inspire a new generation of sounds. His giddy and fuzzy vibraphone has been nicked by dozens of hip hop and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cinderella Gets Her Groove On

Cinderella Gets Her Groove On

You'd think that after a long day of cooking, cleaning, and dealing with the demands of a divalike stepmom and two domineering stepsisters, at the very least you'd be able to get your dance on. No, this isn't a reference…
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Music, Reviewed Emily Sparks

Emily Sparks

If there's one thing living in Oakland has made clear, it's that God invented car stereos in a tribute to Mary J. Blige. To hear "No More Drama" booming out of a crappy Continental on a Saturday at dusk is…
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Karp Self Titled LP (K) There are those who would say this country is in dire need of a presidential address on the State of Metal. So many unanswered questions linger: Whatever happened to White Lion? Witchfynde? Angel Witch? Death…
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Rrope Rrope (SMILEX) Cryptic and clamorous, San Francisco's Rrope joins the ever-growing phalanx of bands bent on creating seriously enigmatic sounds within the "rock" framework of guitars, bass and drums. On this debut CD, Rrope's four collaborators manage to assemble…
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