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Music, All Shook Down Ten of Prince's Most Memorable Bay Area Shows

Ten of Prince's Most Memorable Bay Area Shows

Though Prince started touring in 1979, it wasn’t until 1981 that the Purple Rain artist played his first show in the Bay Area at a now-defunct nightclub in S.F. called The Stone. From 1981 to 2016, he played a…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Prince Takes Oracle Arena to Church

Live Review: Prince Takes Oracle Arena to Church

Prince likes us. After scheduling a pair of sold-out shows on Feb. 28 at Oakland's Paramount Theater — wherein Prince appeared on stage alone, save for a piano and a microphone, bestowing upon two back-to-back audiences something close to…
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Music, All Shook Down Reporter's Notebook: Notes From Live 105's Not So Silent Night

Reporter's Notebook: Notes From Live 105's Not So Silent Night

After a long week including the El Nino hail storm of the century that every person in San Francisco can’t stop talking about, it was time for LIVE 105’s annual Not So Silent Night. Switching from two nights to…
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Music, All Shook Down Live 105's Not So Silent Night Lineup is Out And It Rocks

Live 105's Not So Silent Night Lineup is Out And It Rocks

Live 105 just dropped the lineup of its yearly Not So Silent Night concert at Oracle Arena and it's the best one yet. This year's lineup does a fine job of appealing to a slew of musical tastes as…
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Music, All Shook Down The 10 Best Things R. Kelly Said Friday Night at Oracle Arena

The 10 Best Things R. Kelly Said Friday Night at Oracle Arena

OK, I'll admit it: I'm not a raving R. Kelly fan. I don't know the name of every song in his expansive discography, except the obvious "I Believe I Can Fly," and "Ignition," but dammit if this guy didn't have…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Not So Silent Night Leads a Radio Rock Marathon at Oracle Arena

Live Review: Not So Silent Night Leads a Radio Rock Marathon at Oracle Arena

LIVE 105's Not So Silent Night 2014 Saturday, December 13 (Night 2) Oracle Arena Better than: Not saying "Merry Christmas" for religious reasons. LIVE 105's holiday party unwrapped at home court this weekend, showcasing, as usual, the local radio station's…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Stevie Wonder Takes Us to Church at Oracle Arena

Live Review: Stevie Wonder Takes Us to Church at Oracle Arena

Stevie Wonder With India Arie Friday, December 5, 2014 There’s an old tale in my family: Uncle Benny claims that when he was a kid growing up in Saginaw, Michigan, he played marbles with a young Stevie Wonder and would…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Fleetwood Mac Leads a Loaded Reunion at Oracle Arena

Live Review: Fleetwood Mac Leads a Loaded Reunion at Oracle Arena

Fleetwood Mac Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Oracle Arena Better than: listening to a cassette tape of Rumours on repeat on a long drive down I-5. Stevie Nicks is going for it. She's been dressed in all black all night — a…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Justin Timberlake Remains Awesome at the Oracle

Live Review: Justin Timberlake Remains Awesome at the Oracle

Justin Timberlake Saturday, November 22, 2014 Oracle Arena Better than: Watching Yogi Bear, Bad Teacher, or In Time To most people my age, gender, and level of self-esteem, Justin Timberlake is, and always will be, the embodiment of 21st century…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: The Black Keys Play It Safe at Oracle Arena

Live Review: The Black Keys Play It Safe at Oracle Arena

The Black Keys Jake Bugg November 3, 2014 Oracle Arena Better than: Two hours of Nissan commercials, I guess. In defense of The Black Keys, I will say that it’s not, causally speaking, their fault. Their brand of raggedly good-timey…
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Music, The Making of Our Monster: Why Kanye West Is the Perfect Pop Star for Right Now

The Making of Our Monster: Why Kanye West Is the Perfect Pop Star for Right Now

Yeezus could make a strong case for Kanye West as a full-fledged villain: a barking dog high on hubris, rampaging across the pop culture landscape in search of new trophies, young models to fuck, and a legit fashion house to…
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Music, Hear This Live 105 Spookfest: Show Preview

Live 105 Spookfest: Show Preview

If you can't get enough Halloween, you can celebrate the holiday a week early at Live 105's Spookfest: Subsonic Halloween Massive 2013. The radio station's electronic dance music program Subsonic has grown from a specialist weekend show to the inspiration…
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Music, Hate the Killers? Here's Why You Shouldn't

Hate the Killers? Here's Why You Shouldn't

Do you hate The Killers? If you're enthusiastically nodding right now, don't worry. You're not alone. This innocuous band inspires an astounding level of hatred in otherwise mild-mannered music fans — a hatred almost as surprising as the fact that…
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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 • Bruce Springsteen — "BRUUUUUCE!" to his fans — ruled a sold-out Oracle Arena. He played a lot of classics, including "Dancing in the Dark," "Thunder Road," and "Because the Night," but every song from Springsteen and his 16-piece…
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Music, Hear This Bruce Springsteen: Show Preview

Bruce Springsteen: Show Preview

We are almost sure that no one in the history of the world has ever uttered the phrase: "That Bruce Springsteen concert was terrible." The live prowess of the Boss is a thing of legend — you could even argue…
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News, The Snitch Katt Williams: Comedian Sued for Challenging Fans to Fight During Onstage Meltdown

Katt Williams: Comedian Sued for Challenging Fans to Fight During Onstage Meltdown

California comedian Katt Williams is in trouble again. The notorious rapper and professional funny person is being sued by disgruntled fans who aren't laughing about his most recent performance in Oakland. According to press reports, a fan who attended Williams'…
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Music, Hear This Orbital: Show Preview

Orbital: Show Preview

Known for a live show dappled with cheeky pop references and rapturous melodies, Orbital provided a "gateway drug" to electronic music for many indie music fans in the 1990s. Bobbling behind their consoles, wearing their signature penlight-equipped goggles, brothers Phil…
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Music, All Shook Down They Are Now Literally Giving Away Tickets to See Van Halen This Sunday [Updated]

They Are Now Literally Giving Away Tickets to See Van Halen This Sunday [Updated]

Update, 6/1/12, 3:45 p.m.: A Live Nation representative called us to say that the below offer was meant to go to out only a select group of folks with ties to Oracle, and was inadvertently sent out to an…
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Music, Van Halen's Reunion Tour Runs Aground on Reality

Van Halen's Reunion Tour Runs Aground on Reality

The young generation fetishizes realness in entertainment, and that's partly Van Halen's fault. The '80s were about mystery and wonder: How do people like Dee Snider or Madonna or the Beastie Boys spring up from nowhere in cone bras and…
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Music, Defenders of the Blues: Why We Still Need the Black Keys

Defenders of the Blues: Why We Still Need the Black Keys

White people can't play the blues. Granted, some black people can't play it, either. But most new blues these days is played by white people — talented Austin guitarist Gary Clark, Jr., is one obvious exception — and most blues…
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