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Music, All Shook Down Sonny Smith Curates Mellow West Coast Rock Comp, <i>I Need You Bad</i>

Sonny Smith Curates Mellow West Coast Rock Comp, I Need You Bad

Compilations documenting San Francisco's ever-fertile underground rock scene are nothing new, but they're always welcome, right? Especially when the person curating them is Sonny Smith, dean of S.F. freaks, unpredictable performance artist, and leader of Sonny of the Sunsets. Smith…
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Music, All Shook Down Sonny and the Sunsets' Sonny Smith Interviews a Psychic About Death and the Afterlife

Sonny and the Sunsets' Sonny Smith Interviews a Psychic About Death and the Afterlife

By SONNY SMITH [Editor's note: Perhaps you noticed that the new album from Sonny and the Sunsets, which we wrote about in print last week and comes out today, is called Antenna to the Afterworld. Given that the afterlife, aliens,…
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About the Cover: Noise Pop Artists Are Ready to Play

Photos by Amanda Lopez. To illustrate this package of stories about the 20th Anniversary of Noise Pop, SF Weekly photographed some of the local artists headlining shows at this year’s festival. The music of Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Sonny…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday: Sonny Smith Debuts New Live Show 'Sees All Knows All' at the Lost Church

Saturday: Sonny Smith Debuts New Live Show 'Sees All Knows All' at the Lost Church

Sonny Smith Alexi Glickman Jan. 14, 2012 The Lost Church Better than: That paranoid monologue that finally convinces the man to lock you up forever. Between issuing unadorned pop-rock with his band, Sonny & the Sunsets, assigning himself sprawling…
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Music, All Shook Down Sonny Smith's 'Sees All Knows All' Project: Live Storytelling, With a Band

Sonny Smith's 'Sees All Knows All' Project: Live Storytelling, With a Band

It often seems that San Francisco's Sonny Smith is on a quest to leave his creative mark on as many different mediums as possible. Best known as the leader of Fat Possum-signed rock band Sonny and the Sunsets, Smith is…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Sonny Smith, Rock 'n' Roll Poet with Qualms, and More

In Print: Sonny Smith, Rock 'n' Roll Poet with Qualms, and More

Sonny and the Sunsets: It's an immaculate summer day, and we are interrupting Sonny Smith. He's sitting under an umbrella at Dolores Park Cafe, eating a cup of yogurt he'd been carrying in his pocket, trying to answer a question…
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Music, Sonny Smith: Rock 'n' Roll Poet, with Qualms

Sonny Smith: Rock 'n' Roll Poet, with Qualms

It's an immaculate summer day, and we are interrupting Sonny Smith. He's sitting under an umbrella at Dolores Park Cafe, eating a cup of yogurt he'd been carrying in his pocket, trying to answer a question about whether being signed…
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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 Local musician, artist, and writer Sonny Smith invented 100 bands with songs and cover art for a project last year. On Saturday, two of them, Earth Girl Helen Brown and the Fuckaroos, came to life onstage at Amnesia, populated…
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Music, All Shook Down Check Out A Sample From the Latest Installment of Sonny Smith's 100 Records Project

Check Out A Sample From the Latest Installment of Sonny Smith's 100 Records Project

Last year, local songwriter/cool guy Sonny Smith started an art project you may have heard a thing or two about: He invented 100 fake bands, wrote 100 different singles from each one (with an A side and B side!), and…
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Video of the Day: Sonny and the Sunsets Live on an Airplane

Sonny and the Sunsets - Heart of Sadness from Yours Truly on Vimeo. We're pretty damn excited about Sonny's Smith's "100 Records" project, where the jack-of-all-arts-trades created fictional bands and had real artists create the album covers (and real local…
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Music, All Shook Down Track of the Day Pt. 2: Sonny Smith Gets Hypnotized

Track of the Day Pt. 2: Sonny Smith Gets Hypnotized

Local artist Sonny Smith has long been more than just a songwriter. Over the years he's written and shot a short film, a CD of one-act plays, and elegant works of fiction for both the page and the recording studio.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Chuck <i>Y</i> Cheese

Chuck Y Cheese

Chuck Prophet's music covers rock and blues, and then veers unexpectedly into dance-pop with vintage keyboards. There's Warren Zevon, Lee Hazlewood, Lou Reed, and Tom Petty in his voice, but he thinks he's Alex Chilton. The man on the recordings…
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Music, Fruitvale's Mayor Emeritus

Fruitvale's Mayor Emeritus

Throughout history, greatness has arisen from downright crappy situations. Ludwig von Beethoven was losing his hearing while he composed incredible string quartets. Neil Young's friends overdosed, inspiring his iconic bummer Tonight's the Night. Sonny Smith was rent-exiled from San Francisco,…
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Music, Sonny's Days

Sonny's Days

We're in a stark, cheap motel room with a view of the desert, a place with faded blue plaster walls and a vibrating bed with a quarter slot. The scratchy soundtrack -- a Bakersfield-country guitar waltz -- seems inappropriately chipper…
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Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Maker Who Also Plays Bass

There's not much to a grilled cheese: A couple of pieces of bread and a slice of cheese are all it takes. But making a good one -- that's another deal altogether. You don't want the cheese too thick, or…
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Music, Record Sonny Smith

Sonny Smith

Sonny Smith Who's the Monster...You or Me? (Self-released) There's a moment in every Sonny Smith performance when a strange hush falls over the crowd and suddenly -- when everyone's' faces are lax from laughing at some particularly funny line --…
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