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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Taylor Swift vs. Apple Music, Diddy vs. Sports Teachers, and Kanye vs. Termites

This Week: Taylor Swift vs. Apple Music, Diddy vs. Sports Teachers, and Kanye vs. Termites

This week was just full of surprises... Taylor Swift managed what all manner of smaller artists couldn't, and prompted Apple to reverse its policy of not paying any musicians for the first three months of its new streaming service. (Swift…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye's a Cartoon, Lorde's a Waxwork, and Iggy and Britney are Plastic

This Week: Kanye's a Cartoon, Lorde's a Waxwork, and Iggy and Britney are Plastic

This week, there's a whole wealth of campaigning going on: Bill O'Reilly is against hip-hop, Anthony Kiedis and Moby are pro-bear, Miley Cyrus is speaking up for her vagina, Pink is anti-bullying, and Iggy Azalea and Britney Spears are clearly…
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Music, All Shook Down RIP Wayne Static: The Metal World Mourns

RIP Wayne Static: The Metal World Mourns

Expressions of shock and sadness flooded social media over the weekend, as the rock world learned of the sudden passing of Wayne Wells, a.k.a. Wayne Static, best known for his work with popular L.A. metal outfit, Static-X. The news…
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Music, All Shook Down Uncle Acid’s Kevin Starrs on Touring with Black Sabbath

Uncle Acid’s Kevin Starrs on Touring with Black Sabbath

In the space of five short years, British psychedelic doomsayers Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats have risen from a fledgling project to become one of the more celebrated modern metal exports from the U.K. Founded by principle songwriter Kevin…
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Music, All Shook Down Urine Big Trouble! 5 Public Pissers and the Messes They've Made

Urine Big Trouble! 5 Public Pissers and the Messes They've Made

There are few things in life that truly unite us all as human beings. No matter what else in the world separates us, there is no race or gender or class when it comes to the most important aspects of…
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Music, Riff Lord Tony Iommi Talks Black Sabbath's Reunion

Riff Lord Tony Iommi Talks Black Sabbath's Reunion

You may be skeptical of a new album from a bunch of sixtysomethings best known for eating bats, not getting along, and tarnishing their singular reputation as heavy metal's inventors with reality TV and butt-rock. But we hereby testify that…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist This Exhibition Goes to 11 -- Art Inspired by Metal Bands, Satan

This Exhibition Goes to 11 -- Art Inspired by Metal Bands, Satan

Modern Eden Galley will be hosting the group exhibition "Dark Art: A Tribute to Metal" featuring works inspired by heavy metal music and classic cover art illustrations starting August 11.…
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Music, All Shook Down Metallica Turns 30 with Ozzy, Danzig, Rob Halford, and a Roomful of Fanatics

Metallica Turns 30 with Ozzy, Danzig, Rob Halford, and a Roomful of Fanatics

Metallica (plus guests) Dec. 9 and 10, 2011 The Fillmore Better than: Turning 30 alone, we're assuming. The birthday party for the biggest metal band in the world came to its finale this weekend with classic songs and surprise…
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Music, All Shook Down Beavis and Butt-Head Return Tonight. Here Are Six of Their Greatest Musical Insights

Beavis and Butt-Head Return Tonight. Here Are Six of Their Greatest Musical Insights

The world-at-large is bound to associate a few things with Beavis and Butt-Head: the '90s, a ballsier MTV, low-grade animation, juvenile delinquency, crude sex talk, and two idiots who loved fire, cappuccinos, and causing mayhem. Another major B&B element that…
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Music, All Shook Down Six Musicians Who'd Make a Better President Than Donald Trump

Six Musicians Who'd Make a Better President Than Donald Trump

So, it turns out that angling to be a presidential nominee turns you into a massive racist. At least, that's all we've been able to glean so far from Donald Trump's ill-informed and bafflingly ignorant behavior over the last few…
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Music, All Shook Down Musicians On Reality Shows: Top 6 Gross Moments

Musicians On Reality Shows: Top 6 Gross Moments

Remember Toni Braxton? Well, the We tv network is hoping you still do, because it's about to launch Braxton Family Values on April 12 -- a reality show about Toni and her sisters. From what we've seen of it so…
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Music, All Shook Down Ozzy Osbourne Makes Us Wonder: Is He Actually Human?

Ozzy Osbourne Makes Us Wonder: Is He Actually Human?

Ozzy OsbourneFebruary 2, 2011HP PavilionBetter than: Merely mortal metal.Is Ozzy Osbourne actually human?Seriously. Is he?Onstage at HP Pavilion last night, the Force of Ozzy seemed again to flaunt the rules of mortal life: 62 years in, 43 years of professional rock…
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Music, All Shook Down Top Six Songs About Muni That We'd Love to Play on Muni

Top Six Songs About Muni That We'd Love to Play on Muni

Okay, so none of these songs -- with the possible exception of one -- are technically about our transit system here in San Francisco. But this post on Muni Diaries got us thinking: What music would we play if we…
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Music, All Shook Down Local Tech Will Help Sequence Ozzy's Amazingly Vice-Resistant Genome

Local Tech Will Help Sequence Ozzy's Amazingly Vice-Resistant Genome

Ozzy Osbourne, who is now -- wait for it -- a health columnist for the Sunday Times of London, wants to know exactly how it is he's so (relatively) well survived illegal drugs, booze, legal drugs, more illegal drugs, his…
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Music, All Shook Down Scientists: Why Are Ozzy Osbourne and Keith Richards Still Alive?

Scientists: Why Are Ozzy Osbourne and Keith Richards Still Alive?

Neil Young's fictional Northern California town, "Greendale," depicted in new graphic novel.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sharonnn!

Sharonnn!

If you think you’re quick with the cutting riposte, take a moment with this phrase: Ozzy Osbourne wrote a book. Okay? Go! How’d you do? If the best you came up with was “Ozzy knows how to write?” then shake…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Price Is Fright

The Price Is Fright

Local heavyish shreddin' indie-rock band Citay lists Black Sabbath as an influence on its MySpace page, so the group's Halloween tribute to Ozzy and the boys isn't coming out of nowhere. Two things make the project more complicated, though: The…
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Music, Hear This The World According to Danzig

The World According to Danzig

Might Glenn Danzig claim the fearmonger-turned-celebrity throne vacated when Ozzy Osbourne's TV show ended? Seems possible. The brooding singer, formerly of the Misfits, Samhain, and, uh, Danzig, has lurched along the dark end of rock street for three decades, and…
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Ozzy Coming to Oakland With Rob Zombie in November

Did anyone catch Ozzfest 2007, the most laughable metal tour in America? Was it any good? More importantly, who is actually going to attend this concet, other than a bunch of douchebags? Either way, Rob Zombie should be headlining and…
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Misc. Reviews

Rock Medicine has been tending to rock 'n' roll's side effects for 31 years. The all-volunteer outfit, an arm of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, initially formed to minister to acid casualties at Dead shows, and today includes several hundred Bay…
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