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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 • Chelsea Wolfe and King Dude ruled Great American Music Hall, despite the lack of electric guitars. Their gloomy acoustic folk felt perfect inside the elegant venue, and showed that despite the artists' reliance on the studio, they're both…
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Music, All Shook Down Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" Is 45 Years Old Today

Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" Is 45 Years Old Today

It's the song that defines Otis Redding, and one of the most famous songs about San Francisco (or at least San Francisco Bay), ever. It was released 45 years ago today, on Jan. 8, 1968, on the great Stax/Volt label.…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Donald "Duck" Dunn: The Bass That Held Stax Soul Together

R.I.P. Donald "Duck" Dunn: The Bass That Held Stax Soul Together

There's a glorious sense of mystery, a rightfully rarefied air, reserved for the masters of American soul. It's not just that the genre is called "soul," although that's got to be part of it. The greats of the music…
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Music, All Shook Down Tonight: Psych-Soul Outfit Harry and the Hit Men Perform the 1967 Stax Revue Concert Live

Tonight: Psych-Soul Outfit Harry and the Hit Men Perform the 1967 Stax Revue Concert Live

In 1967, iconic Memphis soul label Stax took some of its best artists -- Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, and more -- on a tour of Europe. The trip put a racially integrated band and some…
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Top 6 Songs To Avoid If You Want To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Are you one of those hopelessly optimistic people who decides to transform yourself into a better human every time a New Year rolls around? You may have been brimming with enthusiasm for your resolution as the clock hit midnight last…
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Music, Taj Mahal's diversity through the decades

Taj Mahal's diversity through the decades

Rubies are the traditional gift for couples celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, the gemstone symbolizing the eternal flame that binds them together. When Taj Mahal celebrated the 40th anniversary of his self-titled 1967 debut, he wasn't fixated on precious stones,…
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Music, Reviewed Jamie Lidell

Jamie Lidell

This straightforward homage to Stax/Volt-era soul is a serious departure for Jamie Lidell, a genre-stretching British knob-twiddler whose previous solo work consisted of shadowy, artfully damaged downtempo and who's best known as one-half of the millennial cyberfunk duo Super_Collider. Older…
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Music, Reviewed Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke

One of the last remaining voices of the great 1960s Southern pantheon that included Otis Redding and James Carr, Solomon Burke produces a benevolently gritty blend of gospel, country, and rhythm and blues that was successful on both the pop…
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Calendar, Night&Day Film It Yourself

Film It Yourself

With the airwaves awash in "good news" about Iraq (never mind those pesky body counts) and the return of irrational exuberance about the economy (ignore all those depleted pension funds and outsourced jobs), a reminder of what's actually happening in…
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Eddie Hinton Hard Luck Guy (Capricorn) When Otis Redding died, Mrs. Redding asked Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section guitarist Eddie Hinton to teach the Redding children to play the instrument. She might as well have asked the session man to…
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Eddie Hinton Hard Luck Guy (Capricorn) When Otis Redding died, Mrs. Redding asked Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section guitarist Eddie Hinton to teach the Redding children to play the instrument. She might as well have asked the session man to…
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Smile Girl Crushes Boy (Headhunter/Cargo) Like the Beach Boys before them, Smile sings of the prosaic and the traumatic with the same glazed, melancholic pleasantness that characterizes the feel-good attitude of the band's Southern California home. Every song is wrapped…
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