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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Miley Gets Mad, Rihanna Pulls a Prank and Ad-Rock Wants You to Blame Your Parents

This Week: Miley Gets Mad, Rihanna Pulls a Prank and Ad-Rock Wants You to Blame Your Parents

“They are dinosaurs, and they are dying off. We are the new generation, and with that will come so much. We are moving forward. As much as we get distracted by stupid laws that make us feel like we’re…
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Music, Riff Lord Tony Iommi Talks Black Sabbath's Reunion

Riff Lord Tony Iommi Talks Black Sabbath's Reunion

You may be skeptical of a new album from a bunch of sixtysomethings best known for eating bats, not getting along, and tarnishing their singular reputation as heavy metal's inventors with reality TV and butt-rock. But we hereby testify that…
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Music, All Shook Down Q&A: How Howlin' Rain Survived a Four-Year Hiatus, Worked with Rick Rubin, and Finished <i>The Russian Wilds</i>

Q&A: How Howlin' Rain Survived a Four-Year Hiatus, Worked with Rick Rubin, and Finished The Russian Wilds

By DAVE GIL DE RUBIO When Howlin' Rain's Ethan Miller answers the door of the Brooklyn flat he's borrowing from a friend, the disheveled hair and wildly scraggly beard he's sporting gives him the look of a modern-day Rip…
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Music, Hear This Howlin Rain: Show Preview

Howlin Rain: Show Preview

In the four years since its last full-length, 2008's Magnificent Fiend, Bay Area blooze-psych quintet Howlin Rain hooked up with famous admirer Rick Rubin, who helped midwife new album The Russian Wilds. While guitar-playing frontman Ethan Miller has the band's…
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Music, DJ Shadow Goes Shopping for Inspiration at Amoeba

DJ Shadow Goes Shopping for Inspiration at Amoeba

Two years ago, Josh Davis realized he had accumulated a whopping $800 of store credit for Amoeba Music. Davis had built up the bounty after managers at the chain of independent record stores insisted on giving him credit as a…
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Music, All Shook Down The Avett Brothers on Working with Rick Rubin and Finding Solace in Home Depot

The Avett Brothers on Working with Rick Rubin and Finding Solace in Home Depot

The Avett Brothers have been busy. Following the commercial success of their 2009 release, I and Love and You, the band has been touring nonstop through the U.S. and Europe, including a stop at the Grammys with fellow banjo…
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Music, All Shook Down Rick Rubin Says Metallica Is About to Record a New Album, Plans S.F. Show

Rick Rubin Says Metallica Is About to Record a New Album, Plans S.F. Show

UPDATE: In more local Metallica news, a posting on the band's websit​e today indicates the band will perform at the annual Salesforce.com convention at Moscone Center on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Turns out Kirk Hammett's next-door neighbor is Mark Benioff, founder…
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Music, Metallica: Metal heroes once more

Metallica: Metal heroes once more

"We will always be a Bay Area band till the day I die," Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett says with heartfelt emphasis. "We pride ourselves as being part of the musical history of the Bay Area." As the metal titans play…
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Music, Rick Rubin Digs Howlin Rain's Distorted View of the '70s

Rick Rubin Digs Howlin Rain's Distorted View of the '70s

The best artistic creations spring from dualities. There Will Be Blood's villainous oil baron vs. the naive preacher kid. The Road's barren apocalypse vs. the tender father-son kinship it inspires. Trident Splash gum's strawberry sugar juiciness vs. its tangy lime…
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Film, Radical Chick

Radical Chick

When one considers a red-blooded, macho, flag-waving, Bush-voting American country music fan looking at a gorgeous blonde who also happens to make his kind of music, one doesn't normally expect him to pay particular attention to the substance of her…
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Music, Reviewed Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

The title of A Hundred Highways, Johnny Cash's final recordings, actually understates the roads and mileage he traveled — literally, spiritually and musically — and their resonance throughout this disc. The larger-than-life Cash voice is ragged and wizened, yet it…
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Music, Misc. Reviews If it's kinda, sorta music-related, we'll review it. This week: Rick Rubin's moxie.

If it's kinda, sorta music-related, we'll review it. This week: Rick Rubin's moxie.

Neil Diamond hasn't touched a guitar in three decades. But for the surprisingly moving 12 Songs, released this week, the legendary songwriter and Caesar's Lake Tahoe veteran is completely dialed in, finger-picking his six-string and singing as if he actually…
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