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Music, All Shook Down Lana Del Rey Arrives, Shaky and a Little Grim

Lana Del Rey Arrives, Shaky and a Little Grim

From the latest edition of SF Weekly: No Pleasure in the Spotlight: "Feet don't fail me now," Lana Del Rey groans as her debut album, Born to Die, ushers itself in with a flourish of strings and sampled moans.…
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Music, Hear This Social Distortion: Show Preview

Social Distortion: Show Preview

Mike Ness has been leading different editions of Social Distortion since the late 1970s, and in the three-plus decades since blazing forth from the SoCal hardcore scene, the band has transitioned from scrappy to increasingly slick. Last year's Hard Times…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: The Sweet Explorations of Tennis, and the Church Reinvents Its Past

In Print: The Sweet Explorations of Tennis, and the Church Reinvents Its Past

The Salty Tales of Tennis: Their saga is like some kind of 21st-century fairy tale, and Tennis' work ably carries on a sense of wonder. Cape Dory, their debut released in January, is summery, genial indie-pop, rich with doe-eyed memories…
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Music, Hear This Social Distortion: Show Preview

Social Distortion: Show Preview

Granted, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes might be an awful title for an album, Social Distortion may have grown decently up into pack of tame daddies, and the whole cuffed-jean punk era is probably completely over. But damn if Mike…
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Music, Hear This Rock Ness Monster

Rock Ness Monster

Social Distortion rocketed out of Los Angeles 30 years ago, building a following by mashing together hardcore punk and roots-rockabilly with frontman Mike Ness' snarled tales of hard livin'. Purists hold up Social D's influential 1983 debut, Mommy's Little Monster,…
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Music, All Shook Down Social Distortion Reschedules SF Shows

Social Distortion Reschedules SF Shows

I know, it feels like Mike Ness's heart will explode of old age any minute now and you're worried you might have missed Social D for good. Fear not, for the geriatric OC punkers have rescheduled all their shows…
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Music, Hear This Underwater sirens stir local act Kitka to song

Underwater sirens stir local act Kitka to song

In Slavic folklore, rusalki are mythological female creatures of the sea who, after suffering untimely deaths as humans, become ghosts whose mesmerizing songs lead unsuspecting men to their demise. The San Francisco–based group Kitka traveled to Ukraine to learn about…
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Music, All Shook Down Put On This Ball and Chain For Three Nights of Social D in SF

Put On This Ball and Chain For Three Nights of Social D in SF

Head out to see Social Distortion next month and witness the only time and place it's even remotely acceptable for a middle-aged man to wear eyeliner. A few years from now and both Mike Ness and Robert Smith have…
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LastNight: Social D, Interpol and the Faint Duke It Out at BFD 2007

BFD 2007 June 9, 2007 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA. Better Than: Losing your virginity at your friend's house while passed out on tequila. Download: a link to an Interpol stream. Skin cancer was, like, totally worth it. ...…
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BFD Tonight Muthafuckazzzz!

Firreal: Bloc Party, Social Distortion, Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, Kaiser Chiefs, The Faint, Silversun Pickups, The Bravery, Cold War Kids, CSS, Sum 41, Shiny Toy Guns, Tiger Army, The Lovemakers, Street To Nowhere, Scissors For Lefty, The Matches,…
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Wednesday, July 24 Cameo is not just about big glasses and gold lame. Don't get me wrong, funny shades have a lot to do with it, but there's still that "Freaky Dancin' " and the "Single Life," which lets you…
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