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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Bieber Buns, Grande Donuts, and Tyga Penis

This Week: Bieber Buns, Grande Donuts, and Tyga Penis

This week is mostly about over-exposure. We've got Bieber Bora Bora buns, we've got John Legend somebody-move-that-chair buns, and we've got Tyga's penis in all its glory (not on this page though, for obvious reasons...) Then there's Ariana Grande, finally…
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Music, All Shook Down Kim Gordon Is Effortlessly Cool, and Continuously Annoyed, As She Kicks Off a National Book Tour

Kim Gordon Is Effortlessly Cool, and Continuously Annoyed, As She Kicks Off a National Book Tour

Yesterday, Kim Gordon's revealing new memoir, Girl In a Band, was released, and to coincide with the event, the ex-Sonic Youth bassist, vocalist, and post-punk feminist icon appeared at The Strand bookstore in New York City — the second appointment…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Ice Cube Turns Into His Son, Drake Gets a New Cousin, and Lorde Hoardes Acne Cream

This Week: Ice Cube Turns Into His Son, Drake Gets a New Cousin, and Lorde Hoardes Acne Cream

"My son is in it, he plays me in the movie, so I'm extremely proud of that, that's cool... He was born to play the part... He's 22 now. He can handle it." Ice Cube's son is playing Ice Cube…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Pharrell Was Robbed, Lorde Was Covered, and New Order Squabbled

This Week: Pharrell Was Robbed, Lorde Was Covered, and New Order Squabbled

"Tonight was amazing. Thank you to everyone who participated in my journey to the Oscars. Dream come true."Pharrell, being significantly less annoyed than the rest of us about his not winning the Oscar for Best Original Song (Twitter)"PHARRELL WAS ROBBED…
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Music, All Shook Down Richard Hell at City Lights: "To Me, S.F. Is Where Sex Is Everywhere"

Richard Hell at City Lights: "To Me, S.F. Is Where Sex Is Everywhere"

Richard Hell City Lights Bookstore Monday, March 25, 2013 Better than: Everything else happening in North Beach last night. The walls of City Lights Bookstore are littered with relics of past literary events, and it's difficult to scan the posters…
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Music, All Shook Down Divorces Galore: Eight Musical Couples We Wish Were Still Together

Divorces Galore: Eight Musical Couples We Wish Were Still Together

Since Monday, media everywhere has been agog at the news that Kim Kardashian and her husband of just 72 days are getting divorced. If you ask us, that union was doomed from the get-go. Anyone who watches Keeping Up With…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Thurston Moore Is Kind of a Dweeb, Chelsea Wolfe Has Demonic Tendencies, and More

In Print: Thurston Moore Is Kind of a Dweeb, Chelsea Wolfe Has Demonic Tendencies, and More

Thurston Moore: Last summer, we were standing in line at a bookstore. Okay, that's not a promising start to a rock feature. We're aware of this. It's always best to begin these things with a bold declaration. Something like: "Mr.…
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Music, Art Rocker vs. Dweeb: Sorting Out Thurston Moore

Art Rocker vs. Dweeb: Sorting Out Thurston Moore

Last summer, we were standing in line at a bookstore. Okay, that's not a promising start to a rock feature. We're aware of this. It's always best to begin these things with a bold declaration. Something like: "Mr. Big is…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 6 Most Self-Conscious TV Show Appearances By Musicians

The Top 6 Most Self-Conscious TV Show Appearances By Musicians

This past weekend, with the release of The Social Network movie, Justin Timberlake proved to the world, yet again, that he is just as good at acting as he is at making really high-pitched noises, moving his body in a…
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Music, Hear This Prurient Noise

Prurient Noise

Prurient's Dominick Fernow uses a microphone, an amp, and old distortion pedals to produce soundtracks to unforgettably horrific nightmares. He punches and roars at his equipment until an evil, abstract din erupts, expressing what he calls "the feeling of dread…
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Music, Reviewed Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore

It's too bad that the position of "America's Oldest Teenager" is already occupied by Dick Clark, as Thurston Moore could give him a serious run at the throne. Granted, Moore's band Sonic Youth has always suggested an evergreen state tucked…
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Music, Noise Sorcery

Noise Sorcery

"You were right to give the record a shitty review," Magik Markers' Elisa Ambrogio says via cell. She's referring to my scathing write-up (appearing last summer in this very paper) of the Markers' I Trust My Guitar, etc. LP. "But,"…
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Music, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

The year is 1981. Guitarists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo are immersed in New York's No Wave scene (Lydia Lunch, Talking Heads), the fluid postpunk dance of ESG, the multilayered guitar orchestras of Glenn Branca, minimalist art, and the cleansing…
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Music, Reviewed Magik Markers

Magik Markers

Magik Markers are this seminoisy, lo-fi indie-rock trio from New England incessantly championed in print by the grand dragon of all things indie, Thurston Moore (i.e., the tall dude in Sonic Youth). In fact, Moore released this LP on his…
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Review

DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid Subliminal Minded -- The EP (Outpost/Bar None) DJ Spooky exploded onto the hot lists of edgy music and digital culture magazines (and soon after, their mastheads -- as a contributing writer) with his 1996 album…
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Riff Raff

We Didn't Think It Was Bad -- We Thought It Was Terrible Last week, when CBS Radio executives marched into Live 105's Harrison Street offices and revved up their corporate WeedWacker, morning DJ Johnny Steele was one of the first…
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The House of Tudor

Here it is, Christmastime. There's a chill in the air. Friends and co-workers have flown off to their hometowns. Your family is tucked away safely in some far-off prison compound. You've got a few days off of work. It's an…
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Suburban Renewal

I'm sitting there in the dark of the movie theater, slightly confused, wondering what's wrong in Suburbia. Richard Linklater's new film captures hauntingly well the sick-of-it-all restlessness and cruelty of bored post-adolescents trapped in a world of strip malls and…
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Hear This

Thurston Moore Back during SST's golden era in the early '80s, Sonic Youth poster boy Thurston Moore likely never envisioned his current role as the hard rock link to the loud improv (aka jazz) underground. But, along with Henry Rollins…
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Double Fantasy

There aren't many 62-year-old female voices in rock; for that reason alone, Yoko Ono is unique. Male rockers rarely age gracefully, perhaps because many of them refuse to mature. The Rolling Stones strut like studs, even as their skin sags…
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