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Music, All Shook Down New Kid in Town: Rockabilly Artist Justin Townes Earle Moves From Nashville to Northern California

New Kid in Town: Rockabilly Artist Justin Townes Earle Moves From Nashville to Northern California

For good reason, Justin Townes Earle has had one thing on his mind lately: family. At 33-years-old, the folk-rock son of alt-country renegade Steve Earle has been seriously considering his musical legacy (as evidenced by his two autobiographical companion…
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Music, Squeezing a Soundtrack

Squeezing a Soundtrack

At 61, Chris Difford knows that he shares an unusual, almost intuitive songwriting bond with Glenn Tilbrook, his longtime partner in U.K. combo Squeeze, and its later offshoot Difford & Tilbrook. And the process has always been very rewarding for…
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News, Feature HSBG Preview: Paul Weller

HSBG Preview: Paul Weller

"Clothes make the man," goes the old adage, but that wisdom didn't hit home for Paul Weller until this summer. That's when he previewed "The Jam: About the Young Idea," an exhibit at Britain's Somerset House gallery that chronicled the…
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Music, Preaching to the Choir

Preaching to the Choir

It looks like a charming vintage photograph of a barely grinning young girl — but it's not, according to national soul treasure Mavis Staples, talking about the cover shot for her latest EP for ANTI-Records, Your Good Fortune. It's her…
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Music, The Damned Star in New Doc

The Damned Star in New Doc

It was never easy for British punk miscreants The Damned to act like gentlemen on the road. They were too busy following a scorched-earth policy. After playing a mid-'80s San Francisco concert, for example, the group — which has undergone…
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Lust for Life

Protopunk Iggy Pop is sitting in a cushiony chair at the posh Chateau Marmont in L.A., discussing the last time he came to San Francisco for a 1994 Warfield gig in support of American Caesar. Shirtless, drenched in sweat, and…
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The Book of Lists

James Sullivan's Best Music, 1995 1. Insurgent Country/Twangcore/Cowpunk: Two of my favorite records of the year -- the Geraldine Fibbers' Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home and Tarnation's Gentle Creatures -- took white trashdom to new extremes. The…
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Heat Stroke

The Reverend Horton Heat is rifling through his suitcase, looking for a little list he's stashed inside. Minutes pass by, the silence on the phone broken only by the sound of rustling papers, then -- hot diggity! -- pay dirt.…
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Apocalypse Now

It was a habit that annoyed all of her roommates, she says, a personal quirk she just couldn't curtail. But for years, Skin -- the imposing mouthpiece for militant U.K. funk-metal combo Skunk Anansie -- used to sing along to…
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The Day of the Dead

The last time dark sonic conceptualists Dead Can Dance wafted through the Bay Area, in a velvet-draped show at Zellerbach last year, a strange thing happened, befitting the band's penchant for high drama. Brendan Perry, the deep-voiced, guitar-strumming half of…
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Recordings

The Dambuilders Ruby Red (Eastwest Records) Unless you're fortunate enough to be a nouveau punque, making your pop dreams rock isn't a very fashionable musical strategy these days. Just to make things interesting, the Dambuilders stack the deck against themselves…
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Graveyard Shift

You don't have to be a scholar to appreciate the colorful history of San Francisco. From resident eccentrics like Emperor Norton through the wild and woolly Barbary Coast era to the rat's maze of opium dens that once covered Chinatown,…
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