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Film, "Twenty Feet from Stardom": Life in the Shadows for Background Singers

"Twenty Feet from Stardom": Life in the Shadows for Background Singers

Morgan Neville's Twenty Feet from Stardom — which is a documentary, but should nonetheless be played at maximum volume — looks at several highly accomplished background singers, including but not limited to Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, and the Waters Family.…
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Music, All Shook Down Bury the Muse: Let's Stop Denying Women Full Credit For Their Music

Bury the Muse: Let's Stop Denying Women Full Credit For Their Music

If I had to pick one story in all the history of music to illustrate everything I love and hate about pop, I would choose the one about Veronica Bennett and her one-time partner, Phil Spector. What's great about Bennett…
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Music, All Shook Down Taking Stoned Delight in Phil Spector's Wall of Sound

Taking Stoned Delight in Phil Spector's Wall of Sound

Behind the buzz: News from the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is usually weird enough sans dope, but the fact that the Hall took…
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Music, How to 'Ruin Xmas': Shannon & the Clams issue a punky take on the holiday classics

How to 'Ruin Xmas': Shannon & the Clams issue a punky take on the holiday classics

Shannon and the Clams are the gaudy red tinsel of Christmas spirit. The members of this Oakland garage-pop trio are discussing kitschy holiday music in their van on the long drive between New Orleans and Austin — a timely topic,…
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Music, Hear This Clinic: Show Preview

Clinic: Show Preview

"Dig e dig e/me no me no," Clinic vocalist Abe Blackburn babbles in "The Second Line." His infantile gobbledygook is crucial to fully understanding the Clinic aesthetic. The Liverpudlian outfit engages listeners on its own terms and on their own…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Eucalyptus: Friend or Foe? The exotic weeds need to be cut: I get that the eucalyptus are pretty . But you just can't make an ecosystem something it's not. If they're exotics, then they'll do…
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Music, All Shook Down Tuesday's Pick: 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector'

Tuesday's Pick: 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector'

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil SpectorRoxie Theater$6-$10With the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers, and the Ramones, producer Phil Spector swathed dozens of hit singles in a layered sheen. His signature Wall of Sound, a lush, full style that made…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wall of Sound, Bars of Steel

Wall of Sound, Bars of Steel

With the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers, and the Ramones, producer Phil Spector swathed dozens of hit singles in a layered sheen. His signature Wall of Sound, a lush, full style that made other early-'60s records sound thin and pallid, was…
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Film, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector" lives up to its title

"The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector" lives up to its title

A feature-length portrait of a pop music genius as (pre-)convicted murderer, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector lives up to its grandiose title, taken from the old Michelangelo potboiler. Vikram Jayanti's BBC production is certainly a scoop, culled…
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Music, Hear This The Paper Route

The Paper Route

Over the past decade, Jason Quever has proven adept at spinning gorgeously murky pop with his Papercuts ensemble. His fourth disc, You Can Have What You Want, is no different, in that it probably shouldn't be ingested around heavy machinery.…
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Calendar, Night&Day She's A Rebel

She's A Rebel

At "Moore Love for the Holidays," it's diva city. Not difficult diva, or late diva, or disaster diva, just a couple of massively talented ladies. Between them, Darlene Love and Melba Moore have many chart-topping rock and R&B hits, stage…
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Calendar, Night&Day All You Need Is Lovers

All You Need Is Lovers

In our dreams, David Bowie introduces Dusty Springfield and the Kinks to Morrissey, and the air erupts in song from the sheer creative force: This is the sound of the Music Lovers. Anchored by a team of experts purveying indie…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Ph.D.s Aplenty

Aging — it's no picnic. Fortunately there's stuff like Talk Soup, alcopop, and Phil Spector to make you forget what's going on with the ol' face. But morning always comes, as does the trip to the bathroom mirror, which is…
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News, The Snitch Separated at Birth?  -- World's Ugliest Dog and... Stripe?

Separated at Birth? -- World's Ugliest Dog and... Stripe?

The Snitch has already pointed out the unsettling resemblance between Phil Spector, who murdered Paul McCartney's "The Long and Winding Road" with cheesy strings (and may have murdered a onetime Hollywood bombshell) and Carole Migden, a State Senator and…
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News, The Snitch Separated at Birth?

Separated at Birth?

Okay, this is apropos of nothing, but seeing these two people in the news made me think they must go to the same hair stylist. Or wig stylist. First, take a look at Phil Spector, the notorious music producer accused…
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Music, Bouncer

Christmas for in-betweeners at the Black Magic Voodoo Lounge

This year I have been listening to KOIT-FM (96.5) during the holidays. Maybe it's because the station is playing more old stuff -- Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Phil Spector joints -- or maybe it's because Bay Area radio sucks…
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Music, Reviewed Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet

For years, the Bay Area's Chuck Prophet has been "utility guitarist" to the alternastars: Aside from membership in Green on Red in the '80s, his credits include Penelope Houston, Cake, and Warren Zevon. His solo career began in 1990, and…
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Music, Reviewed Starsailor

Starsailor

Starsailor's second album, Silence Is Easy, suffers from the dreaded sophomore slump phenomenon. The band members, particularly vocalist James Walsh, spent years contemplating -- and were under virtually no pressure to create -- their wonderfully tormented debut, Love Is Here.…
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Music, Reviewed The Beatles

The Beatles

The common wisdom regarding the Beatles' final record, Let It Be -- which was released in 1970 to a dispirited public and critical response -- is that it was tarted up and defiled by the evil pop producer Phil Spector,…
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Music,

Riff Raff

Back to Mono! A couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles, San Francisco Neil Diamond cover group Super Diamond played their third sold-out House of Blues show this year. Reason for frontman Randy Cordeiro's tight black satin pants to fill…
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