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Music, All Shook Down The Billboard Music Awards' 5 Most Bizarre Moments

The Billboard Music Awards' 5 Most Bizarre Moments

Hosted by Ludacris ("I'm a hip-hop artist, a former radio personality, and I'm blessed to be in one of the biggest box office hits of the year") and Chrissy Teigen ("I bang a musician" - no, really, she actually said…
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Music, All Shook Down David Bowie Is Too Cool For Awards Shows

David Bowie Is Too Cool For Awards Shows

This week's music news, via the mouths of musicians: "I just watched Ellen Page come out! Wow! What a speech! Congrats! #HRC #TimeToThrive"Lance Bass, in the audience, as the actress came out at a Human Rights Campaign Event (Twitter)"Never underestimate…
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Modern Chain Gang There may not be paychecks, but there is still payment: Of course they are being paid have free room, board, and medical care because they…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 6/3/12: Van Halen Finger-Taps Its Way to Glory at Oracle Arena

Live Review, 6/3/12: Van Halen Finger-Taps Its Way to Glory at Oracle Arena

Van Halen Kool and the Gang Sunday, June 3, 2012 Oracle Arena Better than: Any of the still-touring Sunset Strip hair-farmers from the 1980s that Van Halen inspired. There aren't too many '70s-era hard-rock bands that can inspire the…
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Music, All Shook Down They Are Now Literally Giving Away Tickets to See Van Halen This Sunday [Updated]

They Are Now Literally Giving Away Tickets to See Van Halen This Sunday [Updated]

Update, 6/1/12, 3:45 p.m.: A Live Nation representative called us to say that the below offer was meant to go to out only a select group of folks with ties to Oracle, and was inadvertently sent out to an…
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Music, Van Halen's Reunion Tour Runs Aground on Reality

Van Halen's Reunion Tour Runs Aground on Reality

The young generation fetishizes realness in entertainment, and that's partly Van Halen's fault. The '80s were about mystery and wonder: How do people like Dee Snider or Madonna or the Beastie Boys spring up from nowhere in cone bras and…
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Music, All Shook Down Kool and The Gang's Robert "Kool" Bell on Opening for Van Halen

Kool and The Gang's Robert "Kool" Bell on Opening for Van Halen

It was shocking enough when Van Halen announced live dates with David Lee Roth this year. But the group's choice of pop-funk favorites Kool and the Gang as opening act only raised more eyebrows. Maybe it isn't that strange, though:…
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Music, All Shook Down Van Halen's <i>A Different Kind of Truth</i>: A First Listen

Van Halen's A Different Kind of Truth: A First Listen

Van Halen is about one thing: revenge. Eddie brought in Sammy to get rid of Dave, flirted with Dave again to get rid of Sammy, brought in Gary Cherone to clear out the building, trained his own son to replace…
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Music, All Shook Down Van Halen, Including David Lee Roth, Will Play Oracle Arena and HP Pavilion in June

Van Halen, Including David Lee Roth, Will Play Oracle Arena and HP Pavilion in June

The incomparable frontman David Lee Roth is on board both for Van Halen's 2012 North American tour -- which stops in the Bay Area in June -- as well as the band's forthcoming album A Different Kind of Truth, the…
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Music, All Shook Down Ke$ha's Top 10 Best Outfits Ever

Ke$ha's Top 10 Best Outfits Ever

Ke$ha plays Oakland's Fox Theater tonight, and if it's anything like her show at the Warfield earlier this year, everyone is in for a massive, glittery, fantastically chaotic treat. Aside from everything else, we can't wait to see what she's…
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Music, All Shook Down Van Halen Reinforces Irrelevance by Playing New Album to Even More Irrelevant Bands

Van Halen Reinforces Irrelevance by Playing New Album to Even More Irrelevant Bands

Apparently it's the mid-1980s again: Van Halen has finished recording its new album with David Lee Roth back on vocals for the first time since 1984's 1984, according to Metal Insider. Two lucky souls, selected for their enormous contributions…
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Music, All Shook Down Lose the Groupies: Glitter Wizard Explains How to Be a Rock God on a Budget

Lose the Groupies: Glitter Wizard Explains How to Be a Rock God on a Budget

As we all know, rock gods are a vital piece of the world's cultural fabric. Think of how much duller Earth would be if Iggy Pop hadn't developed a lust for life, David Lee Roth had never jumped, and Def…
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Music, All Shook Down Sammy Hagar: Rich on Booze and Business, Not Rock 'n' Roll

Sammy Hagar: Rich on Booze and Business, Not Rock 'n' Roll

Wait, so you think that being in Van Halen made Marin County's own Sammy Hagar wealthy? Not quite. Actually, it was the booze -- Hagar's famous Cabo Wabo tequila brand and Cabo San Lucas restaurant -- and various other business…
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Guest Playlist: Come Out & Play SF

This weekend marks the inaugural Bay Area iteration of New York's (and one time Amsterdam's) beloved Come Out & Play Festival, a weekend's worth of sportive mischief in and around the Panhandle and the Upper Haight. Full-contact location-based Scrabble? Check.…
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Metal God Worship: A How-To by Space Vacation

In memoriam to Dio, S.F. metal band Space Vacation dedicates their show tonight at the Hemlock to the beloved singer, saying he had "a voice so powerful, that I never realized I was maced when I saw him play at…
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Underwear Night at 440 Castro

When you travel on public transit every day, you begin to memorize all the advertising campaigns on the sides of the buses and streetcars. It's like a shitty top 40 song you can't escape. The first one I hate shows…
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Music, All Shook Down Correction: Van Halen Will Not Run to Oakland, The Devil Considers Solo Appearance

Correction: Van Halen Will Not Run to Oakland, The Devil Considers Solo Appearance

Don't live life like there's no tomorrow. Okay, go ahead, because things got a little weird with Van Halen and they're not playing at the Oracle in April anymore. Instead, make believe they're right in front of you while…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Van Halen live: Diamond Dave is back! As Dr. Teeth!

Van Halen live: Diamond Dave is back! As Dr. Teeth!

In the early '80s, Van Halen always seemed like the dudes you'd want cracking jokes at your house party. They made weekend-ready hard rock without all the tough meathead bullshit. They were equal parts David Lee Roth's Vegas vamping and…
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Music, All Shook Down Van Halen HellBeast Slouches Toward HP Pavilion

Van Halen HellBeast Slouches Toward HP Pavilion

David Lee Roth reuniting with Van Halen is long overdue. So much so, in fact, that nobody really even cares anymore. But if you still feel the burning desire to rock out to "Running with the Devil," be my…
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Music, All Shook Down Van Halen in San Jo: Oh, God, the monster stirs

Van Halen in San Jo: Oh, God, the monster stirs

This is a proud day for cougars everywhere. At first it seems unthinkable. Then entirely logical. Sting. Rage. Pumpkins. Now Van Halen. Crashing cd sales is getting the bands back together! -d2 VAN HALEN TOUR IMMEDIATELY SELLS OUT DATES,…
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