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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye Vs. Beck, Taylor Vs. Trent and Will Smith Vs. Music

This Week: Kanye Vs. Beck, Taylor Vs. Trent and Will Smith Vs. Music

“Like books and black lives, albums still matter.” Prince at The Grammys. Smoothly done, oh orange one. (The Grammy's) “Beck knows Beyoncé should have won. I love Beck, but he didn't have the album of the year." Do you…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle n At the Fox Theater for the first of two sold-out shows, Lorde convulsed to the energy of her beats, furiously shaking her arms and barking out notes while crouched onstage. Singles "Royals" and "Team" got the biggest cheers,…
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Music, Hear This Gary Numan: Show Preview

Gary Numan: Show Preview

One of the pioneering figures in synth-driven rock, British musician Gary Numan laid the groundwork for new wave, electro-pop, and industrial music with his chilly, futuristic sound. His original band, Tubeway Army, offered an edgy mix of distorted guitars and…
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Music, All Shook Down Peak '90s: Nine Inch Nails and Soungarden Are Touring Together

Peak '90s: Nine Inch Nails and Soungarden Are Touring Together

A few years ago, the Doc Martens store came to the Upper Haight. Shortly thereafter, flannel again became the preferred garment of musty music fans everywhere. Fast-forward a couple of years, and we now have a Bottle Rock Napa Valley…
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Music, All Shook Down The Most Embarrassing Mall-Metal Songs of 2013

The Most Embarrassing Mall-Metal Songs of 2013

There were a few wondrous metal albums released this year. But over on the histrionic Hot Topic side, there was just an unbelievable pile of twaddle. And we're not using the term 'unbelievable' lightly either -- some of this mall-metal…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist See, Hear, and Feel the Video Art of Bill Viola

See, Hear, and Feel the Video Art of Bill Viola

By definition, video art is a recent form. After all, video itself didn't really exist until the 1950s -- not to be confused with television, which appeared earlier but is still relatively recent in the history of art and technology…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Cover Songs That Are Better Than the Originals

Five Cover Songs That Are Better Than the Originals

As musical pairings go, they don't come much more oddball than Mastodon with Feist. But -- we can't quite believe it either -- on Record Store Day (April 21st), the unlikely collaborators are releasing Feistodon: a split single that will…
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Music, All Shook Down

The Top 5 Most Politically Incorrect Music Videos

Since yesterday's Super Bowl Half Time Show was so sorely lacking in wardrobe malfunctions -- frankly, we found the Black Eyed Peas' outfits a billion times more offensive than Janet Jackson's silver-plated nipple, but whatever -- we decided to provide…
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Music, All Shook Down

Trent Reznor: Nothing Can Stop Him Now (Because He Has A Golden Globe)

This week in surreal entertainment industry moments: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won a Golden Globe yesterday for their evocatively chilly score to David Fincher's The Social Network. Congratulations, Trent: you've come a long way since your last run-in with…
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Music, Hear This NIN/Jane's Addiction

NIN/Jane's Addiction

Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction enjoyed their heydays nearly 20 years back with debuts that blazed new paths in pop music that still resonate. NIN married the machine beats of Ministry's industrial grooves with accessible melodies, while Jane's fused…
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Music, Indie songwriters find success in wooing the superfan

Indie songwriters find success in wooing the superfan

While some rock stars have reacted poorly to major shifts in the recording industry (see: Metallica sues Napster and its own fans), others have adapted more shrewdly (see: Radiohead popularizes pay-what-you-can pricing, makes tidy profit). But far beneath the Spin…
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Music, All Shook Down The Dude Abides for Chocolate, Peace and Sarah Silverman - The Weekend Hitlist

The Dude Abides for Chocolate, Peace and Sarah Silverman - The Weekend Hitlist

This weekend promises to be full of festivities and fun. However, one festival trumps all others: Lebowski Fest. Hopefully you already purchased tickets to the concert and movie screening at the Mezzanine, if not, unfortunately it's already sold out. If…
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Music, Hear This Pretty cult machines: NIN and Deerhunter

Pretty cult machines: NIN and Deerhunter

Nine Inch Nails and Deerhunter are two ensembles operating in the eclipse of their shamanistic frontmen. For NIN, that singular personality is Trent Reznor, who has been dosing his cult's Kool-Aid since 1989. Some seriously heinous fashion has been committed…
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Music, All Shook Down Nine Inch Nails Release New Album for Free, Play Oakland in Sept.

Nine Inch Nails Release New Album for Free, Play Oakland in Sept.

Trent Reznor really loves you guys. He understood that sharing is caring when he produced Saul Williams' free Niggy Tardust album, and now he's carrying on the good will by offering Nine Inch Nails' new album, The Slip, available…
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Music, All Shook Down Lollapalooza Lineup Kicks Coachella and SF Outside Lands Lineups in the Balls

Lollapalooza Lineup Kicks Coachella and SF Outside Lands Lineups in the Balls

Just when you thought we were so cool by hosting the Outside Lands Festival, the Lollapalooza lineup in Chicago delivers a devastating blow to the family jewels of major music festivals everywhere. I know we've got Radiohead, Tom Petty,…
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Music, Saul Williams Teams with Trent Reznor, Bucks Industry

Saul Williams Teams with Trent Reznor, Bucks Industry

Ater the November digital release of Saul Williams' latest album, The Rise and Inevitable Liberation of NiggyTardust!, producer Trent Reznor was disheartened. Reznor had masterminded the Radiohead-esque plan of letting listeners choose between getting Williams' album for free or contributing…
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Culture, Stagecap

The Rogue El Gato

Last year playwright Shawn Ferreyra and his company, El Gato Del Diablo, produced a marvelous play called The Legendary and Fabulous Passion Play. It was a night filled with wine, sex, and half-naked nymphs. It had an immensely creative set…
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Culture, Stagecap

The Greek Play

The wine is plentiful and free for audience members at Elastic Future's new production, vaguely inspired by Aeschylus' "Oresteia Trilogy." Inventively set in the art gallery at Root Division (which co-produces), the play puts the crowd in the round on…
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Music, Industrial Strength

Industrial Strength

Chris Vrenna has many fond memories of being the original drummer in Nine Inch Nails. The band's 1994 show at the Warfield for its The Downward Spiral world tour is not one of them. "I got clocked in the head…
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Music,

Heat Stroke

The Reverend Horton Heat is rifling through his suitcase, looking for a little list he's stashed inside. Minutes pass by, the silence on the phone broken only by the sound of rustling papers, then -- hot diggity! -- pay dirt.…
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