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Music, All Shook Down I'm Not Done: An Interview with the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano

I'm Not Done: An Interview with the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano

There’s dysfunction, and then there’s the Violent Femmes. Speaking with singer-guitarist Gordon Gano, he tells me that the only definite plan the band has ever had was that they would break-up at the end of the summer in 1981, they…
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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: Waiting for the Bus with the Violent Femmes

Earworm Weekly: Waiting for the Bus with the Violent Femmes

Not all earworms are top-40 hits. Some songs never catch fire with the general public, but nonetheless find just the right niche in your personal inner jukebox. Unlike the chart-toppers, it's hard to share the joy or despair of having…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Snapshots in time from the Nodzzz' phono album

Snapshots in time from the Nodzzz' phono album

Nodzzz' excellent self-titled 2008 debut is on the turntable, and the tunes by this basement pop trio are impatient. They expire at a minute and change. Blink to their beat, and the San Franciscans will rapidly convey you back in…
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Film, Maybe Another Teen Movie

Maybe Another Teen Movie

It seems fitting that a movie about debate competition should produce ambivalent feelings. As a master debater says early on in Jeffrey Blitz's Rocket Science, a strong opinion is a luxury the great ones don't allow themselves — it only…
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Music, Reviewed Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Why isn't anyone bringing up the Violent Femmes? It's because the Violent Femmes aren't cool. The Talking Heads are cool, which is why anyone who wants to knight a new band Artful and Cool reaches for the Talking Heads mantle.…
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Music, Hear This Sid Vicious-taught bassist Jah Wobble drops by; the Violent Femmes mark their 26th year of weirdo rock

Sid Vicious-taught bassist Jah Wobble drops by; the Violent Femmes mark their 26th year of weirdo rock

If Sid Vicious hadn't once loaned Jah Wobble a bass to tinker around with, the world would have been robbed of one of its most adventurous players. Wobble's first gig was with Vicious pal John "Rotten" Lydon's postSex Pistols group,…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Painted Ladies

Painted Ladies

ONGOING 6/9-8/10 Kelly Tunstall's whimsical, seductive paintings are all about what makes weird women hot. Upon checking out the plethora of leggy, pillow-lipped ladies on her Web site -- from pantyhose-wearing goddesses to conjoined twins with impeccable sartorial taste --…
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Music, Pawns in the Sun

Pawns in the Sun

The sun does not appeal to me. I prefer the cool shelter and safety of nightfall. Darkness tends to hide imperfections and veil appearance; it offers me great comfort. So when my grandfather found me alone in my dark bedroom…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

For me, as for so many kids transitioning from childhood to adolescence in the summer of 1983, the Violent Femmes' eponymous debut provided the soundtrack for my brewing rebellion and angst-riddled naiveté. The angular, post-punk fury of acoustic bassist Brian…
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Joaquina The Foam and the Mesh (Future Farmer) Joaquina's Jeff Klindt and Dennis Mitchell are rural refugees, and who can blame them? The bright lights of San Francisco certainly have more to offer than their former home of sleepy Visalia,…
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