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Music, All Shook Down Madonna Bashes <i>50 Shades,</i> Kim Gordon Slams Lana Del Rey, and Vanilla Ice Lands a Pool Heater

Madonna Bashes 50 Shades, Kim Gordon Slams Lana Del Rey, and Vanilla Ice Lands a Pool Heater

“It's not very sexy, maybe for someone who has never had sex before. I kept waiting for something exciting and crazy to happen in that red room thing, and I was like, ‘Hmm, a lot of spanking.’ I also…
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Music, All Shook Down See This Tomorrow: "Sound and Chaos," Documentary on '80s NYC Downtown Music Scene, With Afterparty Featuring Film's Stars

See This Tomorrow: "Sound and Chaos," Documentary on '80s NYC Downtown Music Scene, With Afterparty Featuring Film's Stars

Calling all art-rock geeks, original B-boys and MCs, fans of experimental and industrial music, and generally anyone who cares to learn more about the rich history of American music: For one night only (Tuesday night, Oct. 21), a new documentary…
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Music, All Shook Down Win Tickets to See Lee Ranaldo at the Chapel

Win Tickets to See Lee Ranaldo at the Chapel

Lee Ranaldo! He was a co-founder and guitarist of Sonic Youth, of course, and thus a musician of immortal repute. Mr. Jazzmaster is currently out on the road in support of his latest solo album, Last Night on Earth, bravely…
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Music, Hear This Sic Alps: Show Preview

Sic Alps: Show Preview

There's a reason that the latest album from San Francisco rock band Sic Alps is self-titled: It's meant to follow in the great tradition of bands issuing eponymous records as a way of hitting the reset button. For Sic Alps,…
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Music, All Shook Down Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Is Selling Her Clothes at an Oakland Boutique

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Is Selling Her Clothes at an Oakland Boutique

Ladies: Have you ever wanted to own a piece of clothing formerly worn by Sonic Youth bassist, style queen, and art-punk figurehead Kim Gordon? Here's your chance: For the week or so, Mercy Vintage Now, a boutique on Piedmont Avenue…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Cover Songs That Are Better Than the Originals

Five Cover Songs That Are Better Than the Originals

As musical pairings go, they don't come much more oddball than Mastodon with Feist. But -- we can't quite believe it either -- on Record Store Day (April 21st), the unlikely collaborators are releasing Feistodon: a split single that will…
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Music, The Wizard of Wilco: A Conversation with Guitarist Nels Cline

The Wizard of Wilco: A Conversation with Guitarist Nels Cline

Nels Cline is extremely lucky, and he knows it. Widely regarded as one of the world's finest living guitarists, Cline came up playing styles of music whose audience is sadly shrinking: jazz, improvisatory, and avant-garde. If those were the beginning…
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Music, All Shook Down Divorces Galore: Eight Musical Couples We Wish Were Still Together

Divorces Galore: Eight Musical Couples We Wish Were Still Together

Since Monday, media everywhere has been agog at the news that Kim Kardashian and her husband of just 72 days are getting divorced. If you ask us, that union was doomed from the get-go. Anyone who watches Keeping Up With…
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Music, Art Rocker vs. Dweeb: Sorting Out Thurston Moore

Art Rocker vs. Dweeb: Sorting Out Thurston Moore

Last summer, we were standing in line at a bookstore. Okay, that's not a promising start to a rock feature. We're aware of this. It's always best to begin these things with a bold declaration. Something like: "Mr. Big is…
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Music, All Shook Down Tune-Yards, Citay Among DIY Artists Who Celebrate <em>Our Band Could Be Your Life</em> Anniversary: Listen

Tune-Yards, Citay Among DIY Artists Who Celebrate Our Band Could Be Your Life Anniversary: Listen

Local DIY acts tUnE-yArDs and Citay joined up with other indie acts at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on Sunday to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of indie/punk bible Our Band Could Be Your Life. In order to…
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Six Extremely Weird Cover Songs, Featuring Bill Shatner, Dolly Parton, and ... Pat Boone?

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Music, Hear This Sic Alps: Show Preview

Sic Alps: Show Preview

Sic Alps may seem like the perennial also-rans of the local garage-rock scene, but this nearly-decade-old trio deserves higher esteem. And if earning the approval of indie headmasters like Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo hasn't been enough to yank…
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Calendar, Night&Day Audiovisual Hallucination

Audiovisual Hallucination

Anyone, anywhere can pop a champagne cork to usher in 2011, but supplementing this bubbly act with cutting-edge art and music is not so easy. Lucky for you, we found New Year's Eve at the Lab, programmed by local artist…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Sonic Youth at the Fillmore

Last Night: Sonic Youth at the Fillmore

Sonic Youth, Sic AlpsThe FillmoreSunday, Jan. 10, 2010Better than: Retaining your hearing. The cumulus cloud of pot smoke may have been hanging pretty thick over The Fillmore last night, but being stoned wasn't a requirement to enjoy Sonic Youth's third…
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Calendar, Night&Day What What-ers?

What What-ers?

From the damaged grind of 1987’s classic album Locust Abortion Technician to 1996’s Beck-like fluke single “Pepper,” Butthole Surfers have veered from snotty underdogs to accidental hitmakers and back again. In fact, despite a brush here and there with the…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Sonic Youth and Sic Alps at the Independent

Last Night: Sonic Youth and Sic Alps at the Independent

Sonic Youth Monday, August 3rd The IndependentBetter Than: The Year Punk BrokeBy Brian Moss Perhaps the quintessential indie rock band, for nearly three decades Sonic Youth has been demolishing genre conventions and redefining the sound of subculture. The band's…
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Music, Sonic Youth massages the past

Sonic Youth massages the past

The cover of 1995's Washing Machine is a good metaphor for famous people given shout-outs in Sonic Youth songs: The band simultaneously grants Importance to the titular appliance and reduces it to a T-shirt figment. Think of these guys as…
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Music, Hear This <i>Neptune</i>'s Gravitational Pull

Neptune's Gravitational Pull

The Duke Spirit's excellent second album, Neptune, swaggers with the confidence of a group that has extracted the best of its influences — think Sonic Youth and PJ Harvey — into a bluesy grind all its own. The taut energy…
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Music, Reviewed The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs

We're only halfway through 2008, but Philadelphia's The War on Drugs claims one of this year's most exciting debuts. On Wagonwheel Blues, songwriter Adam Granduciel precisely fuses together the best elements of rollicking folk and classic rock with experimental ambience…
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Calendar, Night&Day High School Grotesque

High School Grotesque

In 2005, artist Mike Kelley -- the guy behind the stuffed animals on Sonic Youth's Dirty -- made the New York art world tremble with his groundbreaking exhibit "Day Is Done." As part of an emerging art scene that threw…
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