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Music Awards,

The 16th Annual SF Weekly Music Awards

Performances by Hieroglyphics Rogue Wave Federation featuring the Animaniakz Parchman Farm Bing Ji Ling and Tommy Guerrero Mitch Marcus Quintet The El Cerrito High School Marching Band MCs: Killing My Lobster Presenters Bing Ji Ling, ice cream pimp J Boogie,…
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Music, Thinking Big

Thinking Big

Big-band jazz at its best slaps you upside the head: a driving beat, rockslide-inducing horn sections, mesmerizing harmonies, soloists who rise above the fray to deliver searing statements of purpose. When the band is cooking and the arrangements are tight,…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Despite its ubiquitous use of all kinds of improv strategies, which carry the hope of fire and surprise, jazz is a dogmatic genre with its own brand of partisan restrictions. Mainstream players are expected to stick conservatively with the conventions…
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Music, Brave  New Whirl

Brave New Whirl

It's a chilly, inhospitable Monday night in North Beach. Tourists, yuppies, and transfixed listeners dot the plush couches and faux-fancy Holstein chairs of the Black Cat's Blue Bar lounge. On the cramped stage an imposing, shaven-headed guitarist leads his band…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

On late '60s albums like Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way, Miles Davis moved away from his trademark "cool jazz" sound, combining funk and rock rhythms with extended improvisation and eschewing acoustic instruments for a large electric band. To…
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