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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye's Boring, Iggy's Disappointed, and Ed Sheeran's a Hobbit

This Week: Kanye's Boring, Iggy's Disappointed, and Ed Sheeran's a Hobbit

If the quotes are anything to go by, this week has been defined by rage, disappointment, loss, boredom, and abject misery. We've got very justifiable anger and frustration from Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga, rants from Corey Slipknot and Buzz…
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Music, All Shook Down The Melvins Plow Through Slims, 8/22/13

The Melvins Plow Through Slims, 8/22/13

The Melvins Honky Thursdsay, Aug.22, 2013 Slim's Better than: Led Zeppelin cover bands... and occasionally, the real thing. After Melvins parted ways with their last full-time bassist Kevin Rutmanis, drummer Dale Crover and guitarist Buzz Osborne (the only original Melvin…
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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 • Once again, DJ Harvey showed a Public Works crowd how it's done. On Friday, he masterfully worked volume and EQ, ripping the music away and slamming it back in a thrilling demonstration of his skill. Running through house,…
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Music, All Shook Down Going for Guinness: Five Artists Into Breaking World Records

Going for Guinness: Five Artists Into Breaking World Records

If there was a chart depicting competitiveness in the world of music, there would be three levels on it. Stage 1: The Pearl Jam -- for artists who neither want nor need your stinking awards, and will merely shrug at…
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Music, All Shook Down The Melvins' Old Van Is for Sale, But Here Are Five Tour Vehicles We'd Much Prefer

The Melvins' Old Van Is for Sale, But Here Are Five Tour Vehicles We'd Much Prefer

Remember when you were 12 years old and you'd draw the logos of your favorite bands all over your school books? Well, one time, Kurt Cobain did that to The Melvins' van, leaving behind a little portrait of Kiss (plus…
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Music, Hear This Down/Melvins

Down/Melvins

On one level, this bill seems like a master class in thuggish heaviosity. Down's sludgy swamp doom is at the top of the pile, supported by the grungy stonerisms of the unsubtly named Weedeater. But what the hell are the…
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Music, Bouncer

We Try Harder to Abide

"You've seriously only ridden BART once?" my friend asked me as we boarded. "Seriously?" "Yep," I replied. I suppose this was a fib. I think I have actually ridden it twice before, but that was long ago, when I wore…
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Music, All Shook Down The Weekend Hitlist: Eddie Izzard, The Melvins, Zine Fest, Download

The Weekend Hitlist: Eddie Izzard, The Melvins, Zine Fest, Download

This weekend each person is forced to make a very important decision: Mamma Mia or the Dark Knight. I mean, both easily fit into the weekend but which will be the opening night selection? I cannot make that decision…
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Music, The Melvins continue to moon the music industry

The Melvins continue to moon the music industry

Despite its slick vinyl interior, the Cha Cha Lounge in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood is still a gum-under-the-table kind of joint. Dale Crover, drummer of the Melvins, sits in a corner booth. Guitarist Buzz Osborne appears in the doorway,…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Sonic Youth and the Melvins

Sonic Youth and the Melvins

This week, three different indie legends land in San Francisco to perform single albums recorded two decades ago. Sonic Youth gives 1988's Daydream Nation new life from Berkeley's Community Theater on July 19. Post-rockers Slint revisit 1991's Spiderland at Bimbo's…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Porn's seductive metal terrorism

Porn's seductive metal terrorism

For one night last week, the Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre and the Great American Music Hall boasted complimentary offerings. While the former enticed customers with promises of gyrating bootie, the latter kept its statement truncated. Under top billings for the…
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Music, Downtuned Apocalypse

Downtuned Apocalypse

"We're really good. People should just trust us," cracks Melvins guitarist/founder Buzz Osborne during a telephone interview with an audible smirk. "We know what we're doing." The average Nickelback fan might have problems with such bold statements — even if…
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Music, Reviewed Corrupted

Corrupted

Whereas 2006 has shown critics stuck on Japan's Boris' fine trick of gluing glam and shoegaze to lugubrious drone on the almost-bubblegum breakout Pink, fellow countrymen Corrupted keep creeping toward the blackest of tarpits at full bore. Corrupted distill the…
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Music, Reviewed Jello Biafra With the Melvins

Jello Biafra With the Melvins

When you combine former Dead Kennedys lead singer Jello Biafra with seminal sloth-rock monsters the Melvins, you get a) what the DKs might sound like today if Jello still sang with them, and b) the Melvins playing much faster than…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Since being founded by former Alternative Tentacles label manager Greg Werckman and avant-rock maverick Mike Patton in 1999, Ipecac Records has established itself as one of the most eclectic and fearless imprints in the business. In addition to serving as…
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Music, Smells Like Leif Garrett

Smells Like Leif Garrett

The Melvins, legendary innovators of brutal intelli-sludge heavy rock, like to challenge their audience as much as their drum heads and amplifier outputs. As vocalist and guitarist Buzz Osborne says, the band's modus operandi is to "screw with people. That's…
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Music,

Grope for Merit

Before that pasty altrock stew bubbled over into their arena, it seemed the Melvins could do no wrong. Not because their odd, abbreviated albums were ever perfect, but because they showed perfection (of a style, or at least a shtick)…
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Recordings

Various Artists Working Man (Magna Carta) Over a holiday family dinner, my older brother -- a computer engineer specializing in a field that eludes my comprehension -- sought to be my pal. "I saw the worst band open for Rush!"…
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