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The Snatch: Special "Orgasmic Meditation" Edition

Over the weekend, people passed through the doors of the Oakland Scottish Rite Center and entered what is possibly America's most energetic conference this side of Comic-Con: OMXperience (OMX), a three-day orgasmic meditation (OM) conference that specializes in all things…
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Music, Hear This Chicano Batman: Show Preview

Chicano Batman: Show Preview

The history of Chicano rock is long, contested, and filled with psychedelic guitar solos. But you can easily trace a line from legends of yesteryear like L.A. staples Thee Midnighters and Nor-Cal faves Santana and Malo to Chicano Batman, a…
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Music, Smooth Pride: The Legacy of Malo's "Suavecito"

Smooth Pride: The Legacy of Malo's "Suavecito"

Little about the first few moments of "Suavecito" suggests that it's a cultural touchstone: The electric guitar drizzles watery chords over a basic conga rhythm, a trombone moans somberly, a chorus of male voices arrives to sing a few "Laaaah-aah-aahs"…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Bruce Springsteen — "BRUUUUUCE!" to his fans — ruled a sold-out Oracle Arena. He played a lot of classics, including "Dancing in the Dark," "Thunder Road," and "Because the Night," but every song from Springsteen and his 16-piece…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Finds a Hermitage of Sanity at Alembic

Bouncer Finds a Hermitage of Sanity at Alembic

During the Romantic period in the 19th century (if this opening sentence scares you, now's the time to move on to the sex ads), rich people tried to keep it real by hiring "hermits" to live on their property and…
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Music, Hear This "Cocaine" Dealer

"Cocaine" Dealer

Few American musicians embody "laid-back" as well as JJ Cale does. The Oklahoma-born guitarist seems incapable of playing at speeds more rushed than his signature loping shuffle-boogie. He sings in a dry whisper while licks roll lazily off his fretboard.…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

The iconically maudlin tune "Get Together" provides both the title of this comp and its bookending tracks. The first instance of the song is Dino Valenti's sweetly naive 1963 original, and the Youngbloods' well-known cover closes the four-disc set. Take…
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Music, Reviewed Ozomatli

Ozomatli

It's hard to talk about Ozomatli without coming off like some chai-drinking, dashiki-wearing boho hipster. To wit: Street Signs' socially conscious, knock-you-on-your-ass party grooves are a blend of hip hop, funk, Latin, and Middle Eastern flavors that compel earnest white…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

The early '70s were a golden age for the Bay Area music scene. Artists like Sly & the Family Stone, the Grateful Dead, Santana, and Joy of Cooking enjoyed tremendous critical and/or commercial success by blending disparate musical styles in…
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