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Music, All Shook Down Go Do This Thing Tonight: One of S.F. Country Legend Toshio Hirano's Final Shows

Go Do This Thing Tonight: One of S.F. Country Legend Toshio Hirano's Final Shows

In a city where country music usually means twenty-something urbanites in thrift-store cowboy boots adding a little twang to a drinking song, Toshio Hirano is a reliable breath of fresh air. For the last two decades, the 64-year-old Tokyo-born…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Night: Michael Musika Casts <i>Spells</i> on Rickshaw Stop

Friday Night: Michael Musika Casts Spells on Rickshaw Stop

Michael Musika, Brass Menazerie, Toshio Hirano & DJ Zeljko March 18, 2011 @ Rickshaw Stop Better than: Motor-boating a witch's bosom. The tale goes that Michael Musika was wandering the roads of a far-away land known as Colorado. Suddenly, a…
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The Toshio Hirano Story: Watch the Trailer for 'Waiting for a Train'

San Francisco's Japanese-born country-bluegrass artist Toshio Hirano hasn't been much of a secret for some time, but he's now getting more exposure than even we've given him. Oscar Bucher's Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story tells about Hirano's epiphanic…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Toshio Hirano, the Tokyo yodeler

Toshio Hirano, the Tokyo yodeler

There are two types of trouble country singers tend to get into in song: either they lose their heart, or they lose their job. That's how 58-year-old Japanese singer and guitarist Toshio Hirano explained the range in his repertoire last…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, November 9, 2005 We're very much in favor of "large and lovely." Bigger is, so much of the time, better, and we're not talking only about human attributes. At "Mayhem," a juried exhibition that doesn't charge an entry fee,…
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