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Calendar, Night&Day We all will be received

We all will be received

Even those who sneer at cover bands must admit a great cover can be the gotcha track on any album because, at their best, cover songs are like love letters, not impersonations. Since 2010, the UnderCover collective has consistently…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Falls in Love With Lolinda

Bouncer Falls in Love With Lolinda

Certain words set off mnemonics in my head, and "linda" is one of them. But strangely, what comes to mind is "Rosalinda's Eyes" by Billy Joel, a song I don't really know by a guy I don't really like. I'm…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Tuxedos, Cool Dresses -- Must Be the Black and White Ball

Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Tuxedos, Cool Dresses -- Must Be the Black and White Ball

If it's June and after dark, and you see women tottering around Civic Center in gowns with color palettes from silent films and their dates' tuxedo jackets on their shoulders, you've probably wandered upon the San Francisco Symphony's biannual Black…
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Music, All Shook Down

Before Rufus Wainwright's "Out of the Game": Top Five Music Videos Where Celebrities Lip-Synch

Rufus Wainwright, dapper dandy and San Francisco favorite, just released a music video for the title track of his forthcoming album, Out of the Game, which is slated for release April 23. The video features a prim and surprisingly ordinary…
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Music, All Shook Down Paul Simon Will Headline This Year's Black and White Ball

Paul Simon Will Headline This Year's Black and White Ball

Paul Simon is the marquee name leading the 2012 Black and White Ball at Davies Symphony Hall on June 2. Whether he'll perform career-spanning hits, selections from his recent Songwriter album, or both, hasn't been confirmed. But regardless of the…
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Music, Hear This Lights Down Low: Show Preview

Lights Down Low: Show Preview

Washington, D.C., might not be the first place that comes to mind when dance music is mentioned. Yet in just two short years, D.C.-based production outfit Benoit & Sergio has risen to international prominence with a sound that combines aspects…
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News, The Snitch Say It Ain't So, Joe: Chron Story Defames DiMaggio's Style

Say It Ain't So, Joe: Chron Story Defames DiMaggio's Style

Don't get us wrong, we enjoyed the hell out of Aaron Britt's Sunday Chronicle story about Giants ace Tim Lincecum's sense of style (or lack thereof). Britt made a lot of phone calls and it's an entertaining read. But we…
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Music, Hear This Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is a labor of love for pianist and bandleader Oscar Hernández, a salsa veteran who has worked with Ruben Blades and was the musical director for Paul Simon's ill-fated Broadway show The Capeman. (Simon repaid him…
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Music, Ladysmith Black Mambazo Views South Africa Through a Complicated Icon

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Views South Africa Through a Complicated Icon

In 1987, Ladysmith Black Mambazo released an album, Shaka Zulu, named after the 19th-century founder of the Zulu empire. The record was both the group's proper international debut (it was produced by Paul Simon, who worked with Mambazo for his…
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Music, Reviewed Islands

Islands

After releasing one silly-pop masterpiece in 2003, Montreal's short-lived indie stars the Unicorns vanished in a deluge of gushy critical slobber. From beneath this gooey sea, former Unicorns J'aime Tambeur and Nick Diamond have raised Islands, a new band whose…
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Film,

Second Time Around

High School Every year for the past 30, it seems, documentarian Fred Wiseman has flung another deceptively shapeless film profile of one major institution or another onto the PBS screen, where it has stuck like taffy for three hours one…
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