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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 4/11/12: fIREHOSE Relaunches Itself at Slim's

Live Review, 4/11/12: fIREHOSE Relaunches Itself at Slim's

By KIERNAN REED fIREHOSE Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Slim's 333 Club Better than: One Reporter's Opinion, or whatever it was Dylan meant. After 18 years away, fIREHOSE took the stage in front of a sold-out crowd at Slim's on…
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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 • Friday night at Bottom of the Hill, Mike Watt reminded us what a natural talent he is on the bass. Between bringing up a former member of the Stooges onstage and reprising some material from his years with…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Night: Mike Watt Plays the Grizzled Natural at Bottom of the Hill

Friday Night: Mike Watt Plays the Grizzled Natural at Bottom of the Hill

Mike Watt April 29, 2011 @ Bottom of the Hill Better than: Listening to the words without the face. If such a thing were possible, I'd believe, without hyperbole or winking wit, that Mike Watt was born to play…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: TV on the Radio's Apocalyptic Love, Mike Watt's World, and More

In Print: TV on the Radio's Apocalyptic Love, Mike Watt's World, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print music section:  TV on the Radio: Nine Types of Light is also the first TV on the Radio album to be recorded away from the band's comfy boho surroundings in north Brooklyn. And then some:…
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Music, Catching Up with Mike Watt, Former Minuteman and Writer of Punk Operas

Catching Up with Mike Watt, Former Minuteman and Writer of Punk Operas

When Mike Watt speaks, he screws his face upward, darts his eyes away, and raises his forearm to his face, as if he's about to close a flannel cloak around him. We see him do this throughout We Jam Econo,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Oh, Rickie, You're So Fine

Oh, Rickie, You're So Fine

Part of the genius of Rickie Lee Jones is erratic behavior. Not boring, drug-related, custody-battle erratic behavior, either. Instead, the singer and songwriter goes through bouts of experimental noise, quits recording when she doesn't feel inspired, and got famous in…
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Music, Hear This The big-band jams of the Realistic Orchestra, and the twisted sounds of fusion supergroup Banyan

The big-band jams of the Realistic Orchestra, and the twisted sounds of fusion supergroup Banyan

In the swing era -- the years following the Depression (1935) through the World War II victory (1945) -- big bands were the dominant force in American popular music. Some were more jazz-leaning, some more pop/dance-oriented, and many incubated vocal…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pedro Rocks

Pedro Rocks

We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen is a lot of things: a manual for upstart bands, a chance to see old punks in their living rooms, and a stern reminder that punk is a way to live and…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

If you thought sanitized, mall-friendly "screamo" was a phenomenon limited to Orange County, think again. Much to the delight of angsty altteens across the pond, the U.K. has spawned its very own mediocre emo scene, starring a Welsh quintet known…
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Ball Hog

Mike Watt Transmission Theater Wednesday, Dec. 31 Mike Watt's got a story to tell. It starts with three kids who meet in a small sailor's town. (Actually, it starts with Watt's dad, but we'll get to that later.) Anyway, these…
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The House of Tudor

Aah, New Year's Eve ... that delightful night when corner bars string up a few balloons, serve Cheez Doodles and Cook's, and collect a $20 cover. Still, every dive in town will be packed beyond the fire code because this…
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