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Music, All Shook Down Festival Recap: Superlatives and Field Notes from BottleRock 2016

Festival Recap: Superlatives and Field Notes from BottleRock 2016

For some, Memorial Day weekend is a time for backyard BBQs and the first beach trips of the season, while for others, it means three days of music and wine with a hundred-thousand of their closest friends at the…
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Music, All Shook Down BottleRock Napa Valley Reveals Their 2016 Lineup

BottleRock Napa Valley Reveals Their 2016 Lineup

It's a new year, which means there's a new round of music festivals for you to pencil into your calendar (although does anyone use a non-digital calendar anymore, let alone pencils?). BottleRock Napa Valley is a three-day festival of…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door Baby Makin' Music: Use Good Judgment When Crafting Your Sex Playlist

Baby Makin' Music: Use Good Judgment When Crafting Your Sex Playlist

I can't listen to Regina Spektor without thinking about handjobs. It's really unfortunate. I used to love the forlorn way she sings about cleavage and drug overdoses. But a year ago, I put Regina on my playlist for erotic massage…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Cloning John Lennon, Honoring Kurt Cobain, and Giving Dandruff to Country

This Week: Cloning John Lennon, Honoring Kurt Cobain, and Giving Dandruff to Country

"If he was here and you asked him to name five of my songs he wouldn't be able to do it. Recently he was like, 'How many albums have you sold?,' and I was like, 'Which album?,' and he was…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Quotes of the Week: Yeezy Gets Humble, Odd Future Gets Rejected, Madonna Gets Sick

Music Quotes of the Week: Yeezy Gets Humble, Odd Future Gets Rejected, Madonna Gets Sick

A summary of this week's news, via the mouths of musicians and media:"If we can raise $300,000 for Cancer For College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Quotes of the Week: Pussy Riot Schools Colbert While Flea Defends a Pre-Recorded Performance

Music Quotes of the Week: Pussy Riot Schools Colbert While Flea Defends a Pre-Recorded Performance

A summary of this week's news, via the mouths of musicians and media:"The photographer kept saying 'Pop your hip out. Try to look cute. Big smiles, now.' And I was like 'I'm Number One in this country, not because I…
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Music, All Shook Down Bruno Mars' Superbowl Halftime Show Was Nice, Fine, and Totally Un-Shocking

Bruno Mars' Superbowl Halftime Show Was Nice, Fine, and Totally Un-Shocking

There's no getting around it. Every year, those of us who don't even like football (and also aren't terribly interested in watching commercials, even if they are expensive) will still tune into the Superbowl, just like everybody else in America,…
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Music, Leaping Through Time at Outside Lands 2013

Leaping Through Time at Outside Lands 2013

Scan the big names of the Outside Lands lineup this year, and you could be forgiven for thinking you'd been transported back to 2003, or deposited in an MTV Buzz Bin circa 1993. (Hell, two of the three main-stage closers…
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Music, All Shook Down Springsteen Says Rockers Are Thieves: Five Songs You May Not Know Were Stolen

Springsteen Says Rockers Are Thieves: Five Songs You May Not Know Were Stolen

Last Thursday, Bruce Springsteen made the keynote speech at South By Southwest. He was funny, he was heartfelt, he was informative and -- dang, Boss! -- he was ridiculously honest. So honest in fact, that he picked up a guitar,…
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Music, All Shook Down Free Music Alert: A-Plus Gives It Away Now at Eve Lounge Tonight

Free Music Alert: A-Plus Gives It Away Now at Eve Lounge Tonight

A few weeks ago, we posted about Oakland rapper A-Plus's misguided new project, a Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute EP called Pepper Spray. We weren't big fans of the idea (at all), but if you disagree and want a copy…
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Music, All Shook Down Red Hot Chili Peppers' New Single Marks the Return of the Funk-Rock Masters

Red Hot Chili Peppers' New Single Marks the Return of the Funk-Rock Masters

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are back, finally, after a five-year hiatus. Their 10th album, I'm With You, will hit stores on August 30, but in the meantime, patient fans get a sneak peak with "The Adventures of Rain Dance…
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Music, All Shook Down Why Oh Why: Souls of Mischief's A-Plus Drops Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute EP

Why Oh Why: Souls of Mischief's A-Plus Drops Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute EP

Maybe there was something in his blunt. Otherwise, what the hell was A-Plus thinking? The Oakland rapper -- a member of the celebrated alternative hip-hop crews Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics -- just went and dropped a tribute EP…
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Music, All Shook Down

The Top 6 Most Ridiculous Examples Of Lyrical Censorship

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Music, All Shook Down The Artists Behind Michael Jackson, Sigur Ros and God of War -- A curated tour by Creep Machine's Josh

The Artists Behind Michael Jackson, Sigur Ros and God of War -- A curated tour by Creep Machine's Josh

1. Mark Ryden's "General Sherman" Trained at the Art Center in Pasadena. Mark Ryden is one of the top "Pop" artists. His work has been seen in movies such as Monkeybone and album covers for bands like Red Hot…
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Music, Let's Get Killed De-Lousing the Mars Volta

De-Lousing the Mars Volta

The first time I heard guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala's chemistry connect was in a closet-sized Austin shack. They'd partnered for a little post-hardcore outfit called At the Drive In, and their SXSW showcase melted the plastic off…
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Music, Reviewed John Frusciante

John Frusciante

Guitarist John Frusciante's second solo album since reuniting with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Will to Death, just might be one of the best rock 'n' roll discs this year. Recorded in less than a week on gloriously unrefined…
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The Christmas Jug Band When you start a band with the words "Christmas" and "Jug Band" in its name, wild ambition isn't your first priority -- it's commercial death by nomenclature, making you forever a subset of a musical subgenre.…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Out of Africa

Ralf Hildenbeutel is the missing link between the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Robert Plant, in whose works the German producer/composer had a hand; now Hildenbeutel has put music to Hommage a Noir, a silent, slow-motion documentary by Ralf Schmerberg…
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Dining, Eat

Dish

Phoenix on Montgomery Street From the (metaphorical) ashes of Ernie's rises the Essex Supper Club, which opened Aug. 3. The food is "neoclassical American," for you categorizers, although the new chef is English. (Ernie's menu was mainly French.) As for…
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