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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Charlie XCX's "F Word", Adele's B-Word and Pearl Jam's Virginity

Last Week: Charlie XCX's "F Word", Adele's B-Word and Pearl Jam's Virginity

Everyone's gone super-political this week (except Courtney Love, naturally). We saw Killer Mike biggin' up Bernie Sanders and RZA backing Hillary Clinton. We heard Thom Yorke talking shit about Tony Blair and watched MIA's refugee-focused video, as well as…
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Music, All Shook Down Why Musicians (And Everyone Who Parties) Should Be Careful About Visiting Dubai

Why Musicians (And Everyone Who Parties) Should Be Careful About Visiting Dubai

Dumbassery prevailed this week when Scorpions drummer James Kottak reportedly thought it a good idea to wander around Dubai airport drunk out of his mind, pants falling down and making obscene gestures. Sure, we've all lingered in airport bars too long…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Pet Shop Boys at the Warfield

Last Night: Pet Shop Boys at the Warfield

Pet Shop Boys September 22, 2009 The Warfield TheaterBy Steven GdulaBetter than: listening to the remixes at home. For a band that has invested a lot in presenting an image that says "We don't care," - remember Neil Tennant's yawn…
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Music, Hear This Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys

In March, the Pet Shop Boys released Yes, the British duo's 10th full-length studio album (not including soundtracks, live shows, and compilations). The cover sports a check mark assembled from 11 enlarged, brightly hued pixels, one for each track on…
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West End Boys

In March, the Pet Shop Boys released Yes, the British duo's 10th full-length studio album (not including soundtracks, live shows, and compilations). The cover sports a check mark assembled from 11 enlarged, brightly hued pixels, one for each track on…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

In a city like Los Angeles, a gimmick is often all a band needs to snag a record deal. Mixing rap with metal? Great. The Beach Boys with the Pet Shop Boys? Even better, you're hired, kids! The problem for…
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Indy Messengers Love ILWU! We won't steal their clients, even: As co-owners of Docket Rocket, an independent legal messenger service in San Francisco, we take exception to your characterization of independent couriers as a headache for the International Longshore and…
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Music, Taken Seriously

Taken Seriously

In 1994, after they had finished a tour of South America, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys came upon a relatively novel idea: Surely, they figured, listeners in America and their native England would be ready…
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Suspicious Minds

There are two adjoining rooms I've grown to love in a house in another city where friendship and music cannot be separated from each other. A table greedily takes up most of the space in one, and I've spent many…
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Edited by Eric Weisbard with Craig Marks SPIN Alternative Record Guide (Vintage) Like any art form, rock music has carved for itself a canon of influential reference points. A "canon," fittingly, is a code often set by religious authorities; as…
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