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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Jack Black Defends Kanye, Deadmau5 Defends Equine Rights, and Eminem Draws a Picture

This Week: Jack Black Defends Kanye, Deadmau5 Defends Equine Rights, and Eminem Draws a Picture

Surprises all round this week! Louis from One Direction has unexpectedly knocked up a "friend," Katy Perry (who's never won a Grammy) is up for an Emmy, Sinead O'Connor probably hasn't looked at Rolling Stone for 15 years, and it turns out…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Songs That Explain Why Madonna Had to Remove That Thatcher Photo from Her Instagram

Five Songs That Explain Why Madonna Had to Remove That Thatcher Photo from Her Instagram

Earlier this week, Madonna received a tidal wave of criticism from her own fans after putting up an Instagram post that praised former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher — a woman so hated in the U.K. that after she died…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Prince's Fists of Fury, Miley's Golden Lady Legs, and Interpol's Snowstorm Nightmare

This Week: Prince's Fists of Fury, Miley's Golden Lady Legs, and Interpol's Snowstorm Nightmare

"I heard that Metallica needed a bass player, and brother, I was writing letters, made a tape of myself playing and sent it to their management company. Kept making calls trying to get through. I tried for two weeks…
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Music, All Shook Down Quotes of the Week: Farewell to Robin Williams, Killer Mike Stands Up For Ferguson and Too Many Kardashians on the Dancefloor

Quotes of the Week: Farewell to Robin Williams, Killer Mike Stands Up For Ferguson and Too Many Kardashians on the Dancefloor

"You have such an incredibly beautiful soul. I love you but you already knew that. Whenever wherever u need me, I'll be there". Frances Bean Cobain offers a shoulder to Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda, after his shocking suicide. (Twitter)…
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Music, All Shook Down Sinead O'Connor Was Right: The Irish Rocker Takes Controversial Stands For Good Reasons

Sinead O'Connor Was Right: The Irish Rocker Takes Controversial Stands For Good Reasons

From the latest SF Weekly: Sinead O'Connor: O'Connor wore white lace and tore the pope in half, in half again, and once more. Throwing eight papal scraps into the audience, she shouted, "Fight the real enemy!" Thundering silence followed,…
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Music, Sinead O'Connor Was Right: The Irish Rocker Takes Controversial Stands, Usually for Good Reason

Sinead O'Connor Was Right: The Irish Rocker Takes Controversial Stands, Usually for Good Reason

Sinéad O'Connor's website crashed. The error message was Internet-lyrical: "Resource Limit Is Reached." The musician's open letter to Miley Cyrus made O'Connor an Internet flavor of the moment, and with good reason. The letter was honestly written "in the spirit…
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Music, All Shook Down Why Sinead O'Connor's Letter to Miley Cyrus Was Sexist

Why Sinead O'Connor's Letter to Miley Cyrus Was Sexist

Yesterday, a hefty portion of the Internet exploded with support for Sinead O'Connor's "motherly" letter to Miley Cyrus regarding Miley's recent penchant for nudity and sledgehammer-licking. O'Connor's letter was lengthy and somewhat repetitive, but it essentially told Cyrus that: (a)…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Weirdest <i>Playboy</i> Appearances By Musicians

The Top Five Weirdest Playboy Appearances By Musicians

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Culture, The Exhibitionist So You're Famous and You're Single -- It's Still OK to Date Online

So You're Famous and You're Single -- It's Still OK to Date Online

I'm recently single. Given that I run a pretty successful website and I've got a pretty recognizable face around town, does it make sense for me to do online dating? It seems like that's what people are doing these days.…
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Music, All Shook Down Holcombe Waller Eloquently Overshares at Swedish American Hall

Holcombe Waller Eloquently Overshares at Swedish American Hall

Holcombe Waller @ Swedish American Hall Thursday, March 3, 2011 Better than: Waller's inevitable 2015 VH1 Storytellers episode Portland-via-Frisco troubadour Holcombe Waller's voice is his strongest asset -- it's a lithe, soaring, faraway thing that breathes equally convincing life…
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Calendar, Night&Day Long Time No See

Long Time No See

The recent Hope Sandoval show renewed our desire to rehear the epic, off-kilter women's voices that emerged in the early 1990s. Sandoval was even better than we had hoped — she didn't foreground her Mazzy Star hits, but she did…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cross It Out

Cross It Out

It must be real easy to become a cliché if you're a girl holding an acoustic guitar. (Easier than if you're a boy? Discuss.) San Franciscan by way of London Rebecca Cross takes up the challenge and wins it. While…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Beautiful Bald Head

The Beautiful Bald Head

Many remember Sinead O'Connor's infamous appearance on Saturday Night Live during which she ripped up a photo of the Pope. That performance inspired boycotts and stunts like the public destruction of her CDs by steamroller. Her career faltered, at least…
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Music, Great Moments in Popular Music

Great Moments in Popular Music

For her recently released Throw Down Your Arms, aging (and formerly retired) Irish songstress Sinéad O'Connor teamed up with legendary Jamaican reggae producers/musicians Sly & Robbie for what amounts to a surprisingly good collection of vintage one-drop reggae. Let's listen…
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News, Feature

Shotgun Players

Only five people were in the audience one night during the run of the Shotgun Players' first show, David Mamet's Edmund. But the lack of attendance didn't bother Artistic Director Patrick Dooley; the cast was fabulous. When Dooley talks about…
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Riff Raff

Soft-Boiled Riff Raff likes it when boomers try to be hip. Exposes them as poseurs. Take the new Lively Arts column in the Chron. News tidbits on the arts, compiled by feature writer Jerry Carroll. Who writes like this. With…
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The 12 Steps

Are you an alcoholic? Do you lose time from work due to drinking? A quavering apprehension creeps into the voice of Shane MacGowan's publicist: "You want to do a phoner? Well, I can try to set something up ... but…
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