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Sammy Hagar Has a Posse Aerosmith sucks: Apparently Sam Prestianni doesn't remember Aerosmith from the '80s when they were all so wasted they couldn't tie their own shoes or show up for a performance . Yep,…
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Music, Reviewed Kayhan Kalhor/Erdal Erzincan

Kayhan Kalhor/Erdal Erzincan

Iranian kamancheh (spike fiddle) player Kayhan Kalhor and Turkish baglama (lute) instrumentalist Erdal Erzincan are arguably their respective country's greatest cultural ambassadors. While infamous President Ahmadinejad continues to flex his nuclear ambitions and the authorities in Turkey dare to prosecute…
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The beauty of Boredoms is that they're anything but. This 20-year-old experimental brainchild of madcap Japanese vocalist Yamatsuka Eye -- who earned considerable avant-garde cred early on from his work with John Zorn's Naked City -- is a veritable freak…
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The Bay Area and New York City could have quite the tug o' war between their respective freaky rock acts. On our side you've got bands like Comets on Fire, Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and Six Organs of Admittance, and…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen In Memoriam

In Memoriam

SAT-SUN 5/1-2 In Mountain Views: Still/Life With Dancing, local choreographer Nina Haft explores the concept of sanctuary -- communing with the land, history, and spirits of the living and the dead -- with a performance set in the Bay Area's…
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Music, Reviewed Lou Reed

Lou Reed

Maybe it's wrong to suggest that Lou Reed isn't much of a musician. After all, he's successfully played the role of an attitudinal rock star since founding cult band the Velvet Underground in 1965, and has written some of the…
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I Am, I Am, I Am Superman Hello Ms. Bites: When I arrived in San Francisco in 1989 a writer friend told me the only columnist worth reading in the local papers was Jon Carroll. The first JC column I…
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Zakir Hussain Top 10 Reasons to See Percussionist/Composer Zakir Hussain at Yoshi's World Music Festival: 10) He comes from a deep musical family: His father is Ustad Alla Rakha, the original master tabla player in sitarist Ravi Shankar's groundbreaking '60s…
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Mr. Bungle If Mr. Bungle's 1991 eponymous debut was the madcap group's over-the-top coming-of-age opus, and 1995's Disco Volante their deep-end dive into more sophisticated experimentation, then California, the Bay Area cult band's third Warner Bros. disc, is a mature…
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Matt Ingalls Clarinetist, composer, theorist, and software designer Matt Ingalls foresees a brave new world in which advanced digital sound reproduction systems will obliterate the way we currently experience music -- a future where "no sound coming out of loudspeakers…
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John Bischoff Tired of warm and fuzzy music, electronics wiz John Bischoff set out 25 years ago to invent a compositional language based on a sonic reality nearly devoid of human emotion. A pioneer in the concept of computer-network bands,…
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Huun-Huur Tu When Shanachie issued Huun-Huur Tu's debut album, 60 Horses in My Herd, in 1993, few industry insiders could have predicted that these cultural ambassadors from the remote Siberian republic of Tuva would hook the ears of world-music fans…
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Mark Growden After years of behind-the-scenes collaboration with choreographers and filmmakers, multi-instrumentalist Mark Growden steps into the spotlight as an extraordinary songwriter and bandleader on Downstairs Karaoke, his debut full-length CD of warped pop balladry and evocative folk-based storytelling. Released…
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Hellworms Far below the earth, beyond the fiery gates of eternal damnation, the Hellworms pound out tuneful noise that's about as underground as it gets. Not unlike the San Francisco band's previous incarnation as Victim's Family -- one of punk…
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The Wags On inspired nights, the Wags' good-time country blues and rags may make you want to holler in your pitcher of homebrew, drop your drawers on the barroom floor, and prance around like a sailor on shore leave in…
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Mudhoney I last saw proto-grunge doomsayers Mudhoney about six years back at the old Kennel Club (now the Justice League). On the street as I was heading for the show, I met a fresh-faced young woman with ratty hair, rattier…
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Pamela Z Vocalist Pamela Z knows more about the complex music of language than a lecture hall full of Shakespearean scholars. She's a singer with a poet's ear, a composer with a director's eye, and a performer with a…
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Peter Whitehead Without formal training, composer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Whitehead makes sense of the vast world of music by finding harmony in the most unlikely places. He free-associates between the arts as both a principal collaborator in Oliver DiCicco's musical-theater…
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Suckers Normally we don't fall for cheap publicity stunts. But every once in a while some band -- well, it's usually the Gun & Doll Show -- manages to impress us with clever, if sometimes poorly executed, promotional gimmicks. (They…
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Anonymous 4 Anonymous 4 is one of a handful of peculiar a cappella groups to top the Billboard classical chart in the past decade by making the church palatable for the spiritually bereft masses. Scholarly explorers of medieval chant and…
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