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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 We went to an underground Oakland party in search of gabber, arguably the most violent form of dance music. We found it in a dead part of town where — despite warnings of violence — the young, ravey, druggy…
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Music, All Shook Down Mickey Hart Is Playing His Brain as a Musical Instrument and it Sounds Weeeiiirrddd

Mickey Hart Is Playing His Brain as a Musical Instrument and it Sounds Weeeiiirrddd

So how's this for trippy: Mickey Hart, former drummer for legendary cranium-rearrangers the Grateful Dead, is now actually playing the arrangement of his cranium. Mostly as a light show, but partly as a musical instrument. Hart, who turned 70 yesterday,…
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News, Feature The Psychic World of Stanley Krippner: A quest to document ESP

The Psychic World of Stanley Krippner: A quest to document ESP

Illustration by MEAR ONE. June, 1970: an interesting time. Behind the scenes at the Grateful Dead Festival Express tour: an interesting place. But if you want to see something really interesting, stroll past the roadies, the groupies, the freaks.…
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News, The Snitch Kazoo Record Attempt at Tonight's Jerry Garcia-Themed Giants Game

Kazoo Record Attempt at Tonight's Jerry Garcia-Themed Giants Game

Sorry folks, the Jerry Garcia bobblehead is no longer available. But fans can keep on truckin' with a Guinness Record attempt for largest kazoo ensemble during tonight's festivities honoring the fallen Grateful Dead musician at the San Francisco Giants game.Tonight's…
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Music, All Shook Down Global Drum Project Snags World Music Grammy

Global Drum Project Snags World Music Grammy

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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

Last week, if you told me I'd be writing about a member of the Grateful Dead I would have laughed out loud and taken bets. Alas, even one sworn to the anti-Deadhead alliance Hate the Haight (founded in part by…
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Music, Tool(s) of the Man

Tool(s) of the Man

The two are rarely thought of together, but Sammy Hagar actually played a significant role in bringing Mickey Hart's latest book and CD Spirit Into Sound into existence. Hart -- Grateful Dead drummer, solo artist, and rhythm scholar -- had…
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Hear This

Mickey Hart's Planet Drum Regardless of what you think about the Grateful Dead, you have to give props to drummer Mickey Hart for his legitimate ethnomusicological enterprises. It seems a youth full of doses has paid off by expanding Hart's…
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The House of Tudor

Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olatunji was the first person to turn the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart onto drums. He has also done some things worthy of note in the course of his 40-year career. In 1959, he released Drums of Passion,…
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