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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Rhett Miller and a Slew of Others Performed at the Singer's Third Annual Wheels Off Show

Last Night: Rhett Miller and a Slew of Others Performed at the Singer's Third Annual Wheels Off Show

Rhett Miller Featuring Paul F. Tompkins, Michael Chabon, Janet Varney, and John Roderick Sunday, January 10th, 2016 Swedish American Hall Toward the end of Rhett Miller’s Third Annual Wheels Off show, John Roderick looked at his host, the indefatigable,…
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Music, All Shook Down The Old 97's Embrace Their Heartbreak at The Fillmore

The Old 97's Embrace Their Heartbreak at The Fillmore

The Old 97's Salim Nourallah September 17, 2015 The Fillmore, San Francisco Better Than: Trying to catch a Muni during Dreamforce. Big Brown Eyes. The Barrier Reef. Caroline Lee. Timebomb. Whatever they want to call it, the Old 97’s…
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Music, All Shook Down Tonight: Sketchfest + John Vanderslice + Rhett Miller of The Old 97's = Awesome

Tonight: Sketchfest + John Vanderslice + Rhett Miller of The Old 97's = Awesome

What's better than turning hordes of comedians loose on San Francisco? Why, watching what happens when you mix and match them with musicians, of course. This year's Sketchfest has already seen some great musical collaborations, like the Noise Pop night…
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Calendar, Night&Day Off Track

Off Track

SF Sketchfest is presenting a cool variety show this evening — Rhett Miller, of alt-country band the Old 97's, will host an evening of music, discussion, and jokes with noted comedian and raconteur Paul F. Tompkins as his guest.…
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Music, All Shook Down The Old 97's Rhett Miller Can Still Hit the High Notes on <i>Too Far To Care</i>, and He Loves Throwing a Frisbee Inside the Fillmore

The Old 97's Rhett Miller Can Still Hit the High Notes on Too Far To Care, and He Loves Throwing a Frisbee Inside the Fillmore

This Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Fillmore, Texas-bred alt-country heroes the Old 97's will perform one of their greatest and most beloved albums, 1997's Too Far to Care, in its entirety. (A second set of other songs will follow.) Many…
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Music, Hear This Show preview: Jonathan Lefler

Show preview: Jonathan Lefler

A quick scan of John Lefler's song titles reveals a serious sideman complex: "Hard Act to Follow," "Better Than You," "Afraid Anymore." But being the hired ax for uh-oh, Dashboard Confessional, is not as dire as it may seem: Dan…
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Music, Hear This Oldies and Goodies

Oldies and Goodies

With music that's equal parts bar rock, power-pop, and classic country, an Old 97's show defies you not to have a good time. The guitars are always just twangy enough, the lovelorn hooks irresistible. Hence, the Dallas act's long-held status…
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Music, Solitary Refinement

Solitary Refinement

Artists in established bands make solo records for different reasons: to sate a massive ego desperately craving media attention; to cash in on near-hysterical popularity; to shake off the limitations of working in a musical democracy. Sometimes, though, they simply…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

For alternarockers the world over, one of the most despised aspects of the pop/rock mainstream was the "singer/songwriter," as that signified despised sensitivos like James Taylor and Billy Joel. But as times changed (and James, Billy, Carly, et al. were…
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Music, Old 97's

Old 97's

Singer and guitarist Rhett Miller wants to ask us something. In track seven of the new Old 97's album, Satellite Rides, he drops the bomb: "Someday somebody's going to ask you/ A question that you should say yes to/ Maybe…
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The House of Tudor

I try not to use this space for grumbling. So what can I say about Mike Ness' solo album Cheating at Solitaire? Well, it is most definitely Mike Ness. Even with all those horns from Royal Crown Revue, and complementary…
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The House of Tudor

Down south, in the sprawling mall where A&R is king, mentioning your favorite country band still requires a 20-word disclaimer and a complimentary white wine spritzer if you are to avoid the slightly-distracted-cross-eyed-L.A. semistare. Otherwise, the music professional with whom…
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