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Music, David Byrne and Brian Eno pay homage to higher powers

David Byrne and Brian Eno pay homage to higher powers

David Byrne's new album, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, did more than just reunite the Talking Heads singer with legendary U.K. producer Brian Eno. It also updated their nuanced take on the spiritual, both the realm and the genre.…
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Music, Jonathan Richman finds more dry humor in the simplest situations

Jonathan Richman finds more dry humor in the simplest situations

Jonathan Richman's musical importance is generally understated, despite his having released nearly two dozen records over the past three decades. While he has been heralded as something like the godfather of offbeat singer-songwriting, it's easy for his reported eccentricities (such…
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Music, Reviewed Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Why isn't anyone bringing up the Violent Femmes? It's because the Violent Femmes aren't cool. The Talking Heads are cool, which is why anyone who wants to knight a new band Artful and Cool reaches for the Talking Heads mantle.…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Hang It All

Hang It All

THURS 9/1 It's "First Thursday" time again. This particular installation of the monthly gang-gallery-opening won't be as populous as some, due to the draining off of creative people bound for Burning Man. But it's a chance to take the whole…
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Music, OK Then

Sunshine, Lollipops

Three weekends ago a friend named Nate hosted a barbecue at his house. It was a bold move: As you'll recall, three weeks ago it was raining like a sonofabitch, and had been for what felt like 40 days and…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

The Talking Heads in their heyday (from, say, "Psycho Killer" to "Once in a Lifetime") would have been exactly the sort of band to thrill the Noise Poppers flooding the city this week. But today's more mature David Byrne is…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Reagan-Era Road Trip Tapes

Sure, the advent of the 10-CD changer was probably a godsend to long-haul truckers, but there's a certain old-school charm to day-tripping with cassette tapes. If you're getting ready to hit the road, the motley selection of highway-ready cassettes at…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Pop Philosophy

If we could only get a machine to write about music Brian Eno has been at the crossroads of music and technology for 30 years, from his days as a founding member of Roxy Music to his production work with…
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Jonathan Demme's First Talking Heads Interview

In February 1984, I went to Los Angeles partly to interview Jonathan Demme about the trouble he'd run into on Swing Shift, a dream project that, after star-dictated re-shoots, had turned into a nightmare. (Demme's own cut had been sublime,…
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