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Music, All Shook Down Switchblades Preferred: Happy 2016 from Patti Smith

Switchblades Preferred: Happy 2016 from Patti Smith

Although the anecdotal reactions on social media to her 69th birthday show the night before were rapturous to an almost unnerving extent, Patti Smith’s New Year’s Eve show at the Fillmore was the best possible way to usher out one…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: NWA Are Muppets, Patti Smith Is an Aqua Teen, and Calvin Harris Is the Hulk

This Week: NWA Are Muppets, Patti Smith Is an Aqua Teen, and Calvin Harris Is the Hulk

This week, the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton made bank at the box office and garnered rave reviews from critics. The unexpected knock-on effect of this has been a shocking combination of real-life reports of how NWA conducted themselves at…
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Music, Hear This Scout Niblett: Show Preview

Scout Niblett: Show Preview

There are certain albums whose content and ambience can be almost too palpable. Neil Young's Tonight's the Night is one. Scout Niblett's latest It's Up to Emma is another. Like Young's, it has a flinty quality of cathartic desolation that,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Blank Page Generation

Blank Page Generation

In 1974, the band Television had a weekly "residency" at a skuzzy biker bar called CBGBs, and Patti Smith wrote one of their first reviews. After rhapsodizing about Tom Verlaine's swanlike neck, she turned to Richard Hell — his look,…
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Music, All Shook Down How Music Draws Us Out of Ourselves

How Music Draws Us Out of Ourselves

This week, I'm your far-flung correspondent, reporting from the island of 3:58 am. I'm indulging in a favorite bad habit, one I've stumbled in and out of most my adult life. A little before midnight, I crawled into bed and…
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Music, All Shook Down 11 Artists to See at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

11 Artists to See at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

There are lots of great things about Hardly Strictly Bluegrass -- but one of them isn't having to make the difficult choices that the massive, free roots music festival presents. To help you sort through this year's massive lineup, we've…
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Music, All Shook Down Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2012: The Full, Final Lineup Is Gigantic

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2012: The Full, Final Lineup Is Gigantic

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is the music festival that just won't stop growing. We've posted pieces of the lineup as they've become public -- and thought we'd seen most of it -- but it turns out there have been even more…
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Music, All Shook Down Here's the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup, Or Most of It

Here's the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup, Or Most of It

The folks over at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass are such teases! They've been leaking the lineup for this year's free festival one song medley at a time since late July. And now, it looks like we've got the full lineup --…
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Music, All Shook Down First Aid Kit on Discovering Roots Music Through Bright Eyes, and Growing Up in a Punk Household

First Aid Kit on Discovering Roots Music Through Bright Eyes, and Growing Up in a Punk Household

Standing on the precipice of mainstream acclaim, the sisters comprising the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit are among an emerging generation of musical disciples of bands like Bright Eyes and Fleet Foxes, whose own sound is a modern…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Duel With Duality

A Duel With Duality

For the artist, the decision between making a living and following creative bliss -- the decision between eating and creating -- has always been a struggle. Patti Smith was homeless when she moved to New York City, and Vincent Van…
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Music, Art Rocker vs. Dweeb: Sorting Out Thurston Moore

Art Rocker vs. Dweeb: Sorting Out Thurston Moore

Last summer, we were standing in line at a bookstore. Okay, that's not a promising start to a rock feature. We're aware of this. It's always best to begin these things with a bold declaration. Something like: "Mr. Big is…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Plays Grown-Up at CyBelle's Front Room

Bouncer Plays Grown-Up at CyBelle's Front Room

I have been reading a bunch of memoirs lately, like Patti Smith's Just Kids and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. There is a reason autobiography is so popular; nothing stimulates me more than a well-written first-person account of someone's…
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Dining, Eat At Una Pizza Napoletana, Anthony Mangieri does pizza his way

At Una Pizza Napoletana, Anthony Mangieri does pizza his way

Anthony Mangieri is more punk rock than you and I will ever be. I'm not referring to the Una Pizza Napoletana owner's tattoos, which spread in from his knuckles to only-his-wife-knows. And I'm not hinting at some kind of unchecked…
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Music, All Shook Down Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands You Should Not Miss

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands You Should Not Miss

San Francisco's annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. You could pick any number of themes to select the acts you want to see -- old punk pioneers, roots music up-and-comers, etc.-- and follow one…
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Music, All Shook Down Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2010: A Sneak Peek at This Year's Lineup

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2010: A Sneak Peek at This Year's Lineup

The lineup for this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival -- the free, three-day mega-bash that brings great artists of all sorts to Golden Gate Park -- hasn't yet been announced. Rumors have been swooshing through the tubes about this year's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not Girls. Women.

Not Girls. Women.

Rock film historian and music critic Richie Unterberger loves you, budding diva. He wants you to feel excited and inspired and up for anything. Why else would he set up a projector in the library basement so often, just to…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Dream of Life</i>

Dream of Life

If Patti Smith's narration to Dream of Life was simplified into a stanza, it might go something like this: As long as I can remember I sought to be free/Bob Dylan once tuned this guitar for me/My mission is to…
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Patti Smith: Dream of Life

If Patti Smith's narration to Dream of Life were simplified into a stanza, it might go something like this: "As long as I can remember I sought to be free/Bob Dylan once tuned this guitar for me/My mission is to…
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Music, Hear This Wild Horses

Wild Horses

With the release of her revolutionary debut, Horses, Patti Smith solidified her place in the vibrant music scene of 1970s New York City. From then on, she has displayed talent in many roles; she's a soul sister to the singer,…
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Calendar, Night&Day I Love Rock &#146;n&#146; Roll

I Love Rock ’n’ Roll

Turned on (in more ways than one) by the brassy inspirations of Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, and, yes, Joan Jett, thousands of girls picked up electric guitars in the 1970s and ’80s. A few wanted to change the world; most…
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