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Music, All Shook Down We Review One of Jolie Holland's Secret S.F. Shows

We Review One of Jolie Holland's Secret S.F. Shows

The only silent room in San Francisco is a secret venue.…
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Music, All Shook Down Blow Gage with Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project's <i>Seriously</i>

Blow Gage with Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project's Seriously

Behind the buzz: The subject line of the publicist's email mentioned something about Tom Waits' saxophonist, but the magic name of Ralph Carney dispelled any incipient attack of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist

Ralph Carney Gets UpRock: Super Cool Video

San Francisco loves Ralph Carney, as you probably know. He's a Tom Waits sideman, uncle to a Black Key, and a frequent collaborator with le jazz hot cult leaders Gaucho and therefore totally a municipal treasure. He makes his…
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Music, All Shook Down Crunk's Not Dead, the Haberdash, Kelley Stoltz,  Godwaffle Noise Pancakes and More

Crunk's Not Dead, the Haberdash, Kelley Stoltz, Godwaffle Noise Pancakes and More

Let's get cultured, San Francisco. Put on your leopard-skin pill-box hat and paint the town red. But before you brave those cruel streets, check our list of cheap things to do this weekend for less than the cost of a…
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Calendar, Night&Day High Times

High Times

Local multi-instrumentalist Ralph Carney is well-versed in countless styles, from pop to jazz to experimental, but he can make beautiful music out of pretty much anything that makes sound. Though his primary axes are saxophones and clarinets, he also plays…
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Music, Reviewed Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello's King of America (1986) was in many ways a pivotal album in the singer's career. For it, he switched out the Attractions for a phalanx of players, including Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and legendary jazz bassist Ray Brown;…
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Calendar, Performance Fiery Architecture

Fiery Architecture

WED 5/25 It took a live show by the Fiery Furnaces to break my obsession with the band. Something had to give, and seeing FF play its unexpectedly punked-out set last month did the trick. Well, that and the new…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

As San Francisco's quintessential session man -- for artists such as Tom Waits, Jonathan Richman, the B-52's, Bill Laswell, Pere Ubu's David Thomas, William Burroughs, Elvis Costello, Galaxie 500, Marc Ribot, and Allen Ginsberg -- and the impetus behind Ohio's…
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Music, Perfectly Weird

Perfectly Weird

At a pair of shows the last weekend in January, local quintet Zmrzlina demonstrated an unusual -- some might say downright weird -- versatility that few bands can convincingly pull off. At a punk-oriented show at the Mission's Tip Top…
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The House of Tudor

Fifteen years ago, an unquenchable passion for quirky Europop, a fascination with the Macedonian language, and a willingness to live in war-torn Yugoslavia made Alexander Bailey a bit of a freak. Today, it makes his Oakland-based indie label, Radio Khartoum,…
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The House of Tudor

A genius on anything you blow, Ralph Carney has bestowed his humor and exceptional talent on countless local projects -- among them Oranj Symphonette, Rubber City, and Pluto -- all of whom have managed to subvert common musical constructs by…
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Notes From Underground Here today, gone tomorrow. The 16th Note record store on 16th Street near Guerrero lasted just over a year, but owner Karen Carney was not sad to see it go. "I was a silent partner in 16th…
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Orange Crush

There are few things more entertaining than watching the Oranj Mancinis throw themselves to the ground possessed by the spirit of Pharaoh Sanders during "March of the Cue Balls." For those fortunate enough to have caught one of the Oranj…
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