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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Weird Al Yankovic Needs to Work on His Live Shows

Live Review: Weird Al Yankovic Needs to Work on His Live Shows

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect out of Weird Al Yankovic's The Mandatory World Tour when it stopped at the City National Civic in San Jose Sunday night. Though I'm more of a casual Weird Al fan ("UHF" is…
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Calendar, Night&Day Merry Bitchmas

Merry Bitchmas

Well-respected, notoriously scathing drag "Grinch" Jackie Beat is appearing for one night only in SF to throw some shade in the direction of your most treasured holiday-related belief systems. The performer, who's been awarded countless drag-related and theatrical honors…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Good Start to the End of the World

A Good Start to the End of the World

Given our love of post-apocalyptic tales, from The Road Warrior to the The Road, and the swirl of doomsday scenarios attached to 2012, Apocalypse, Now? is a perfect theme for the opening edition of Bang Out. However, Amick Boone and…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • "Weird Al" Yankovic brought three decades' worth of musical parodies to the Fox Theater, skewering pop artists' air-headed detachment and scoring a victory for nerds in the process. Switching costumes more often than Lady Gaga, Yankovic played Kurt…
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Music, Cuts Like a Knife

Cuts Like a Knife

The Knife — the intentionally elusive Swedish brother-sister duo of Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson — garnered Stateside praise aplenty with its 2003 full-length Deep Cuts. Though the group already had a self-titled, eponymous 2001 debut, its now signature…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Smells Like Victory

Smells Like Victory

Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier (Paramount) It's all here, more or less: the 1979 theatrical cut of Francis Ford Coppola's harrowing and still-hypnotic Joseph Conrad-in-Vietnam adaptation, the 49-minutes-longer-but-feels-24-minutes-shorter 2001 Redux edition, Marlon Brando's entire 17-minute "The Hollow Men" monologue, even…
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Music, Bouncer

Repaired Social Club

What is there to do but sit around and wait for the 19th Cheese? I know it's out there. I only hope that it will arrive in my lifetime. The other evening I went out for a birthday celebration for…
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Music, Geek Chic

Geek Chic

The novelty tune has a long history, going back to the inspired insanity of Spike Jones in the '40s. The form reached its arguable peak, however, during the '80s, with the advent of MTV. Suddenly, such eccentrics as "Weird Al"…
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Music, OK Then

The Life and Times of an American Remixer

It's 10 a.m. on a Wednesday and the Count is already awake. Strange for a musician, let alone someone who calls himself Count. This musician, however, is a busy guy. Today, at his home studio in Bernal Heights, he's got…
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Those Darn Accordions! There's something scary, stoopid, and just a little repulsive about a half-dozen accordionists who try to rock out on tunes about the dispossessed. Memorable odes on No Strings Attached, the latest disc by Those Darn Accordions!, describe…
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Jo Carol Pierce Bad Girls Upset by the Truth (Monkey Hill) This whatever it is -- part folk opera, part cowboy musical, part performance art, part novel, memoir, and farce -- is the creation of an Austin singer/songwriter named Jo…
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