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You want awards? We got awards. SF Weekly staff writers have been honored recently in competitions sponsored by the some of the nation's most prestigious journalism organizations. The California awards are rolling in, too. Last week, staff writer George Cothran…
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Stage Fright When the Fillmore first opened in the '60s, San Francisco bands like Santana and the Dead were a crucial part of the booking, which helped put the city on the musical map. But since the venue reopened about…
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Space Oddity: Von Lmo's Fire Just in time for the full moon, space alien-cum-industrial noise progenitor Von Lmo is returning to his one-time stomping grounds to blast "bubble-gum metal with neutron rock." The Von Lmo legend is a complex one,…
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Spider Men KUSF radio is interrupting its normally scheduled programming to bring you ... Spiders' games? Some KUSF volunteers are in an uproar after General Manager Steve Runyon, one of the few paid employees and USF's director of media studies,…
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The Magnetic Fields Get Lost (Merge) Get Lost is the perfect title for this record, fusing Stephin Merritt's cranky, introverted persona with his trademark use of travel as metaphor for escape from failed affairs. Still the best lyricist in pop…
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Raspberry Beret Readers of the Chronicle and the Sunday pink pages may have noticed the absence of a certain byline recently, that of pop music critic Michael Snyder, who has been writing there in some capacity since 1980. Rumors were…
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Barefoot in the Park Last week's Samples item about William "Upski" Wimsatt and his hip-hop polemic Bomb the Suburbs generated more reader response than anything we've printed in this space over the past year. But as Upski was to discover…
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Tour of Duty Not only are the suburbs a symbol of all that is whitewashed in America, they're a "metaphor for anyone who makes a problem worse by running away from it," according to William "Upski" Wimsatt. In Bomb the…
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Street Sounds The crowds at local clubs will look a little different this weekend, with music bizzers from across the country flying in for Gavin's SF02, the second round of the annual music convention. Headquar-tered in the Press Club, SF02…
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PJ Harvey To Bring You My Love (Island) Posing like mad Ophelia in her murky drowning pool on the cover of To Bring You My Love, PJ Harvey gets medieval on your ass. It's not just the timelessness of troubadour-esque…
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