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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Sam Smith Loses to Tom Petty, Hackers Lose to Taylor Swift and Politics Wins 2 Chainz

This Week: Sam Smith Loses to Tom Petty, Hackers Lose to Taylor Swift and Politics Wins 2 Chainz

“PS any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING.” Taylor Swift got hacked, but the hackers got NOTHIN’! (Twitter) “I’m a musician, not a politician. I’m supposed to…
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Music, All Shook Down Outside Lands, Day 2: "Release Your Wiggle"

Outside Lands, Day 2: "Release Your Wiggle"

Dum Dum Girls: Despite their criminally early noon-ish set time,…
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Music, All Shook Down Weird Al Gets "Tacky," Eddie Vedder Gets Angry, and Conor Oberst Gets Vindicated

Weird Al Gets "Tacky," Eddie Vedder Gets Angry, and Conor Oberst Gets Vindicated

"43 Bumper Stickers and a "YOLO" license plate, Bring along my coupon book whenever I'm on a date."Lyrics from "Tacky", Weird Al Yankovic's parody of Pharrell's "Happy". The video features Margaret Cho in yellow lederhosen -- yay! "At some point…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Quick Thoughts on the Outside Lands 2014 Lineup

Five Quick Thoughts on the Outside Lands 2014 Lineup

1. Plenty of Trans-Am and Budweiser music. Tom Petty may be second-gen classic rock, but he's certainly classic enough. Meanwhile the Killers are nu-classic rock, with their pretensions to Springsteenian epic-ness and that old-school radio dominance. So basically, there's…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Seeks Interesting Stories at the Chieftain

Bouncer Seeks Interesting Stories at the Chieftain

CBS News once had what seemed like a cool idea for a segment. With the idea that "everyone has a story to tell," they threw a dart at a map of the U.S., then headed to whatever town it landed…
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Music, Hear This Petty Fest: Show Preview

Petty Fest: Show Preview

Is there an American classic rocker so uniformly beloved as Tom Petty? We'd argue that there isn't — songs like "American Girl" and "Free Fallin'" are touchstones of U.S. culture, and his Greatest Hits may be the best road-trip record…
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Music, All Shook Down The Strokes Go <i>Donkey Kong</i> With "One Way Trigger"

The Strokes Go Donkey Kong With "One Way Trigger"

Before we play you the new Strokes single, "One Way Trigger," we feel like we should warm you up a little bit. We don't want to rush this. We want to get you in just the right mood. So, before…
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Music, All Shook Down The 5 Worst Appearances by Musicians in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films

The 5 Worst Appearances by Musicians in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films

Apparently, someone behind the scenes at Game of Thrones has really bland taste in music. Now, in addition to Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody making a cameo in Season 2, Coldplay drummer Will Champion is going to be joining the HBO…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 10 Best Big Concerts I Saw in 2010, with Gaga, Green Day, Sir Paul, Pavement, and LCD Soundsystem

The Top 10 Best Big Concerts I Saw in 2010, with Gaga, Green Day, Sir Paul, Pavement, and LCD Soundsystem

It just didn't seem right to lump in Oracle Arena and HP Pavilion fare with the cozy goings-on at S.F. dens like Bottom of the Hill and even Great American Music Hall. So, in search of an even comparison, I'm…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Covers of Outside Lands 2010

The Top Five Covers of Outside Lands 2010

Of all the things we'll remember about this year's Outside Lands festival -- the sun breaking through the fog during Al Green's set, the gaudy costumes of Empire of the Sun, and the incessant oonce oonce from the Heineken tent…
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Music, Sound and Vision

Sound and Vision: The year Outside Lands stumbled

Kings of Leon — really? Unfortunately, yes. This year, Kings of Leon — a jejune, idle impression of a Southern rock band — headline the second day of the Outside Lands music and arts festival, which runs this Saturday and…
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Music, All Shook Down The Ghosts of Outside Lands Past

The Ghosts of Outside Lands Past

Now that this year's Outside Lands lineup has been released in full and stayed true to its lil-bit-hippie-lil-bit-hip-hop roots and the folk vs. funk vibe, will you be forking over some coin when the tickets go on sale tomorrow? How…
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Music, All Shook Down Beck, Primus, Ben Harper Added to Outside Lands Lineup

Beck, Primus, Ben Harper Added to Outside Lands Lineup

The Outside Lands Festival, SF's own version of Coachella, is getting mightier by adding Beck, Primus, Ben Harper, and many more acts to a lineup that already boasts Radiohead, Tom Petty, and Jack Johnson. For $225.50 (for all three…
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Music, Reviewed Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

Altcountry singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams often requires listeners to give her work the benefit of the doubt; on her seventh album, World Without Tears, she practically demands it. On this raspy outing, Williams masks her trademark high-quality songsmithing behind a veil…
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Music, Reviewed Johnny Cash|Various Artists

Johnny Cash|Various Artists

Perhaps more than any other living country singer, Johnny Cash is a veritable American icon. Like Willie Nelson, Cash bridged the hippie-era generation gap by admitting he was a druggie (in his case, a pill popper) even as he clung…
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Music, Reviewed Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet

Somewhere, somebody must have kicked Chuck Prophet around some. Stung, perhaps, by the frequent insinuation that he's just "a poor man's Tom Petty," the San Francisco roots rocker recently retooled his sound to show greater melodic depth and a stronger…
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