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Music, All Shook Down New Kid in Town: Rockabilly Artist Justin Townes Earle Moves From Nashville to Northern California

New Kid in Town: Rockabilly Artist Justin Townes Earle Moves From Nashville to Northern California

For good reason, Justin Townes Earle has had one thing on his mind lately: family. At 33-years-old, the folk-rock son of alt-country renegade Steve Earle has been seriously considering his musical legacy (as evidenced by his two autobiographical companion…
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Music, All Shook Down Special Guests Announced For Tom Morello's Slim's Show

Special Guests Announced For Tom Morello's Slim's Show

Back in the pre-Obama days, Tom Morello was like, the only guitar god with a conscience. While Slash and Jack White were doing bumps off of stripper tits, Morello was playing demonstrations outside the Democratic National Convention (with Rage…
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Music, Hardly Strictly's outlaws hold a S.F. roundtable

Hardly Strictly's outlaws hold a S.F. roundtable

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass wins a special spot in history for being the first festival to put Will Oldham and MC Hammer on the same bill. That's almost as good as Jimi Hendrix opening for the Monkees. But between those extremes…
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Calendar, Night&Day Justin Time

Justin Time

One of the most poignant scenes in The Godfather Part II is brothers Michael and Fredo Corleone drinking at an outdoor Cuban cafe. Fredo wistfully confides to Michael that he wishes he'd followed a life path closer to his and…
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Music, Hear This The Devil and Doctor Octagon: Kool Keith returns

The Devil and Doctor Octagon: Kool Keith returns

From his 1988 landmark album Critical Beatdown with Ultramagnetic MCs to the groundbreaking collaboration with S.F. producer Dan the Automator as Dr. Octagon, the rapper Kool Keith has covered new, strange ground at almost every turn. He is known for…
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Music, Carolina Chocolate Drops: A Treat from S.F.'s  Bluegrass & Old-Time Fest

Carolina Chocolate Drops: A Treat from S.F.'s Bluegrass & Old-Time Fest

Bluegrass music was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, but it has found a home away from home in San Francisco. Each October, zillionaire financier Warren Hellman hosts 100,000 of his closest friends in Golden Gate Park at…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Unease runs deep in the waters of Saddle Creek Records, whether it's the diaryland fatalism of Bright Eyes, the booze-sodden heartache documented by the Good Life, or the skree-punk'd, unhappy-hour dance party propagated by Omaha foursome Beep Beep on its…
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Music, Reviewed Steve Earle

Steve Earle

It's almost as if Steve Earle's 12th studio recording has been issued as an antidote to this season's abundance of carefully worded stumping. All but two of the 11 songs were recorded within 24 hours of conception, in a frenzied…
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This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, January 7, 2004 There aren't many brother-and-sister improvised comedy acts. Is it because siblings of differing genders usually hate each other, being likely to punch one another in the face, hawk loogies, and participate in high-drama screaming matches? (Not…
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Wedding Albums

"Hey Julie, I'm on that interview we have and I'll buzz you up for your portion in a minute 'cause that's what I'm doin'," says guitarist and singer/songwriter Buddy Miller to his wife Julie Miller, singer/songwriter and occasional guitarist. "We…
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Bad Religion The Gray Race (Atlantic) In light of two decades of pithy punk sloganeering, in which the naked expression of rage is usually regarded as a viable substitute for well-reasoned logic, the eloquence of Greg Graffin has often been…
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