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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 Chuck Prophet took over Great American Music Hall with an eight-piece string section for a "reimagining" of Temple Beautiful, his 2012 love letter to San Francisco in record form. We checked in to hear how that came about and…
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Music, Kid Koala reimagines heavy rock with the Slew

Kid Koala reimagines heavy rock with the Slew

When discussing the intertwining of hip-hop and hard rock, it's much easier to dwell on the past two decades of embarrassments (three words: Limp Bizkit reunion) than on the successes. However, quality hybrids of spit lyrics and monster riffs didn't…
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Film, John Travolta plays the ringleader in <i>The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3</i>

John Travolta plays the ringleader in The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Want to know how a city works? Start by watching 1974's The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, a primer in which subway hijackers test how long it'll take a million bucks to pass through Gotham's plumbing. Turns out an…
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Music, BeatBox Club Six Celebrates 10 Years

Club Six Celebrates 10 Years

In its 10 years, Club Six has given a platform to international artists as well as budding locals in a number of genres ranging from reggae and hip-hop to house and techno. It has helped to clean up Sixth Street,…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week:

The Amicus Collection (Dark Sky) Angel: Complete Series Collector's Set (Fox) Beastie Boys: The Complete Story (Video Music) Benny Hill: The Complete Megaset (A&E) A Christmas Story (Warner Bros.) CSI Miami: The Fifth Season (Paramount) The Cup (Festival Media) Day…
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Music, Instrumentally Challenged

Instrumentally Challenged

Over much of the last quarter-century, the Beastie Boys have pulled off enough stylistic reinvention to qualify for hip hop's David Bowie Lifetime Achievement Award. The threesome of Michael Diamond (Mike D), Adam Yauch (MCA), and Adam Horowitz (King Ad-Rock)…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fresno? Fres Yes!

Fresno? Fres Yes!

For many years, Fresno's greatest claim to musical fame was providing the Beastie Boys a rhyme for "get over on your girlie because you know she never says no." But no more! It would seem that the influence of other…
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Film, Ch-Ch-Check It Out

Ch-Ch-Check It Out

To this point, the Beastie Boys' concert movie Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! has screened in only a handful of places: at the Sundance and SXSW film festivals and, last week, at multiplexes across the country during one-time-only whoop-dee-doo screenings…
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Music, Reviewed Beck


The marketplace is cluttered with remixes that play like glorified covers, lazily pasted-together retreads exhibiting little imagination. That's not the case with Guerolito, the remixed companion piece to Beck's latest gem, largely because the rich, interwoven ingredients in the artist's…
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Music, Bouncer


Mount Everest stands like a colossal ice cream sundae jutting out of Tibet, its surface sprinkled with all the nuts who perished in their attempt at mounting it. Everest is second only to Better Off Dead's infamous K12 in all-around…
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Music, Pawns in the Sun

Pawns in the Sun

The sun does not appeal to me. I prefer the cool shelter and safety of nightfall. Darkness tends to hide imperfections and veil appearance; it offers me great comfort. So when my grandfather found me alone in my dark bedroom…
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Music, Reviewed Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys

After a six-year hiatus, the Beastie Boys return with To the 5 Boroughs and alternately position themselves as pop-culture bottom feeders and political pedants. While anti-Bush screeds "That's It That's All" and "Time to Build" come across as heavy-handed, the…
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Music, Reviewed Northern State

Northern State

Girls are different from boys, example No. 926: all-gal rappers Northern State vs. old-school fools the Beastie Boys. Both groups come from New York (although the State hails from the mall-ridden sprawl of Long Island, while the Boys are from…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

War, What Is It Good For?

War, brought to you by Clear Channel War sure is depressing. And I'm not even talking about the fact that we're slaughtering people so that Georgie B. can sleep easily at night, happy that his campaign donors' coffers will remain…
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Music, Record Kid Koala

Kid Koala

Kid Koala Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Ninja Tune) Coldcut titled the publishing company for its Ninja Tune label Just Isn't Music. Thankfully, this just isn't music, either. We can go even further and say also that this just isn't DJ music…
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Hear This

Mix Master Mike In the past year local DJ Mix Master Mike secured a record contract with Asphodel in New York, put out his first solo album, and most recently became the Beastie Boys' new DJ. With all of these…
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For the Love of Cheese

First, there was silence. There were no chilling, icy-perfect opening chords of electric guitar, no explosions of rock-your-fillings, churn-your-stomach drumbeats, no sudden earthquakes of deeeep, throobbbbing bass in your face. In the beginning, there was silence -- even before you…
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The Beastie Connection

When Erin Potts recently brought her friend and colleague hip-hopper Adam Yauch to a quiet cafe a few blocks from the bustle of Fisherman's Wharf, the teen-ager tending the espresso and day-old muffins behind the counter was star-struck. "She seriously…
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Tour of Duty Not only are the suburbs a symbol of all that is whitewashed in America, they're a "metaphor for anyone who makes a problem worse by running away from it," according to William "Upski" Wimsatt. In Bomb the…
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Schools of Thought

Hip hop has passed through a dazzling number of movements over the past 15 years, from old school to new school, from Afrocentrism to gangsta rap, from true school to the next school. As such, the current hip-hop climate is…
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