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Music, Hear This Stepdad: Show Preview

Stepdad: Show Preview

The Warped Tour launched in 1995 as the skate-punk counterpart to Lollapalooza's increasingly commercialized "alternative" acts. Seventeen years later, it's the premiere summer showcase for Hot Topic fashion and MySpace relevancy. This annual cattle yard of suburban rebellion features dozens…
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News, Feature Offline: Teacher Booted for Alleged Pervy Contact with Girl Students in Class and Online

Offline: Teacher Booted for Alleged Pervy Contact with Girl Students in Class and Online

Design by Andrew J. Nilsen. Photos from PhotoObject.net A day after he deleted his Facebook account last month, Terry Braye — exiled public school teacher — called SF Weekly in a panic. "I'm in trouble," he said. "They may…
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Music, After "Portlandia", Washed Out Trades Sampling for Songwriting

After "Portlandia", Washed Out Trades Sampling for Songwriting

Washed Out might be the most perfect band name ever conceived: It captures the gist of Ernest Greene's music in two simple words. Bright, explosive hues could have easily ruled his synth-driven pop, but he takes a different tack, toning…
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Music, Hear This The Sword: Show Preview

The Sword: Show Preview

Austin's The Sword makes the case for a more inclusive interpretation of the term "stoner metal." Unlike most of the genre's, uh, torchbearers, it doesn't trade in slow, lumbering dirges; its doom is swift, merciless, and impeccably executed. (Not for…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Kick-Ass</i>

Kick-Ass

Tired of being mugged by high school thugs in a Manhattan that's notably scummier than the real thing, the teen hero of Kick-Ass wonders, in a hilariously put-on and intermittent Brit's New Yawk accent, "How come nobaddy's eva tried to…
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Calendar, Night&Day El Presidente

El Presidente

During the last American presidential election, a group called Amigos de Obama encouraged Latinos to vote — shaking the sleeping giant's shoulder, so to speak. One of the group's projects was musical, resulting in several new Obama-themed songs. One, "Viva…
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Music, For hundreds of nostalgic fans and bands, cassettes are back

For hundreds of nostalgic fans and bands, cassettes are back

T.V. Coahran finds great satisfaction in the way old car stereos grab cassette tapes right out of your hand. "It's comparable to putting the needle down on a record and you hear the little scratch," says the founder of Seattle's…
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Music, Washed Out's dancefloor bliss

Washed Out's dancefloor bliss

"A bed every night would certainly make for a more pleasant experience," Ernest Greene grumbles in an unusually unguarded moment from his nationwide tour. You can assume that artists who make their names via laptop and MySpace aren't easy about…
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Calendar, Night&Day Whaling Vessel

Whaling Vessel

Australia’s Chris Hearn has long made music as Alps, although he’s currently going by Alps of New South Whales. The name is a play on the Aussie state of New South Wales, where he’s based, and is also the name…
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Music, Hear This The Morning Benders

The Morning Benders

Following last year's much-loved Talking Through Tin Cans, Berkeley pop hopefuls the Morning Benders have just wrapped Big Echo, their second album. Due in March on Rough Trade, it was produced with Grizzly Bear's visionary Chris Taylor. An acoustic MySpace…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Artists and tech geeks debated the future of the industry at SF MusicTech

Artists and tech geeks debated the future of the industry at SF MusicTech

The fifth annual SF MusicTech Summit was only on its second round of panels last week when cellist Zoe Keating aptly summed up a major goal for the event. She was a panelist in a discussion concerning the ways musicians…
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Music, Hear This Hightower

Hightower

The members of Hightower are just as likely to be found on skateboards as they are to be found onstage. The S.F. trio's Thrasher-sanctioned, hardcore-infused, and frequently instrumental brand of metal picks up right where predecessor skate punks left off.…
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SF Weekly Letters

To Cast a Predator Just plane offensive: Come on now, guys! Were all of the editor-types asleep at the wheel when dreaming up the composition of the "Predators Are Free to Move About the Cabin" cover ?…
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Music, Researcher says white folks are fleeing MySpace for Facebook

Researcher says white folks are fleeing MySpace for Facebook

Last week, a study showing that older folks have flocked to Facebook was all over the news. But word of an even more provocative trend waits in the wings: white flight from MySpace to Facebook. That's according to self-styled social…
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Music, Parker Day: Queen promoter

Parker Day: Queen promoter

At the prime age of 24, seasoned party photographer Parker Day has climbed the ranks via 222 Club's former DJ night Lights Down Low to become a promoter herself. If you're a club scene regular, you've likely seen the borderline-pornographic…
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Music, Bouncer

Yielding to Facebook reunions at Yield

After my initial Friendster addiction, which was, naturally, closely followed by a MySpace obsession, I was none-too-excited to join Facebook. But now, naturally, it's the only site I ever check, and I am very much enamored of it. Nothing ever…
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Music, Let's Get Killed The Cataracs have the fans, lack the lyrics

The Cataracs have the fans, lack the lyrics

Last Wednesday evening might have looked like your typical foggy summer night outside, but inside the Rickshaw Stop things heated up into a muggy spring break atmosphere. Loud packs of girls with cocktails tipping in their hands teetered into bathroom…
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Music, Bouncer

Cougars, Paul Robeson, and PMS Pepper Bouncer's Trip to Kilowatt

So I went off Prozac a few months back, and my brain is just starting to stabilize. At first I fell into a really gnarly depression, the usual dark matter that sucks you into the void. But that has dissipated,…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Vallejo Rapper Soldier Hard Brings Home Iraq's Harsh Realities

Vallejo Rapper Soldier Hard Brings Home Iraq's Harsh Realities

It's no secret that mainstream rap is unapologetically bravado-based: The big stars get their street cred, get their shawties, and get themselves a record deal. Vallejo rapper Soldier Hard is no less passionate about offering tough testimonials (and seducing females),…
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Culture, Art Queen's Nails Annex Hires Tony Labat for a 'BULK' Perpetual Art Opening

Queen's Nails Annex Hires Tony Labat for a 'BULK' Perpetual Art Opening

It's Friday night. Where Valencia meets Mission, the sidewalks are full of people, and the storefronts glow. One store in particular looks new and mysterious, its frosted window lit from within, its door wide open. But what is it? A…
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