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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: Brendan Getzell

Music Heroes: Brendan Getzell

If you're a musician, Tuesday is band-practice night. Thursday is the old new Friday, Sunday's to relax, weekend nights are weekend nights, and Wednesday you can just stay in. That leaves Monday, which God created for the Hotel Utah Open…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: Jessie Woletz

Music Heroes: Jessie Woletz

Jessie Woletz does three things. She's a nanny, first of all, and she looks and acts the part: soft voice, relentlessly positive attitude. Sweetness and calm rise from her in waves, and it's easy to imagine children adoring her…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: George Chen

Music Heroes: George Chen

I don't know everything there is to know about George Chen. I know he's funny. I know that when he decides something's going to get done, it's going to get done. And I know in many ways he is independent…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: Jonathan Siegel

Music Heroes: Jonathan Siegel

The pretty couple standing next to me are losing their minds. They love it. "What is this place?" Laughing, grabbing each other by the lapels. "Look at that! And that! They have music here? This is awesome. What is…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: Mary Goree

Music Heroes: Mary Goree

When independent booker and manager Mary Goree starts to describe her job, she goes right into business mode. "I do everything from production-related things to house things; on the venue side, but then also on the artist side. At Stern…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: Marc Ribak

Music Heroes: Marc Ribak

Marc Ribak's middle name is rock 'n' roll.This is well-known to Bay Area garage/girl-group/alt-rock/surf-punk fans. He and his long-running Oakland outdoor minifest Burger Boogaloo are famous for booking not only the best local bands in those genres, but for having brought…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: Nadine Condon

Music Heroes: Nadine Condon

"The one true constant of the San Francisco music scene is a straight-talking Kentucky woman named Nadine Condon. She is rock music's north star. It is no coincidence that most any band (including mine) coming out of San Francisco,…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: Lyz Luke

Music Heroes: Lyz Luke

Paying out 10 bands in a single night is awesome. It's also incredibly hard, according to Lyz Luke, who knows what she's talking about — she hands musicians money fairly often. Over a glass of cheap wine, she confides that…
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Music, Music Heroes: Kyle Lesley: The Locally Loved Sound Engineer Talks Occupy and How Cancer Was "a Big, Beautiful Wake-up Call"

Music Heroes: Kyle Lesley: The Locally Loved Sound Engineer Talks Occupy and How Cancer Was "a Big, Beautiful Wake-up Call"

Music Heroes is a new column celebrating the behind-the-scenes people who make music in the Bay Area happen: the independent booking agents, house show hosts, small-potatoes producers, record stores, record labels, door people, flyer artists, listings editors, social media ding-dongs,…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: Kyle Lesley

Music Heroes: Kyle Lesley

I met Kyle Lesley at Occupy San Francisco, in October of 2011. The local musician had abandoned his sublet, quit his job, and sold all his stuff to live on the streets downtown. "Everyone would create, share food, and do…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Heroes: Because What's a Hero, Anyway?

Music Heroes: Because What's a Hero, Anyway?

Welcome to the first installment of a brand new column here at All Shook Down, a space I'll be calling Music Heroes. I've been writing about Bay Area music for more than 10 years, so you can trust me…
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Music, Punk as Frank: Mr. T Experience Singer and YA Novelist Frank Portman Is Still Fighting the Good Fight Against "Normal"

Punk as Frank: Mr. T Experience Singer and YA Novelist Frank Portman Is Still Fighting the Good Fight Against "Normal"

Frank Portman arrives at the MacArthur BART station early on a clear November afternoon. He looks sharp in black pinwale corduroy over an AC/DC T-shirt, and his characteristically loquacious, near-peppy demeanor is set off by his right eyeball, which is…
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Music, Sinead O'Connor Was Right: The Irish Rocker Takes Controversial Stands, Usually for Good Reason

Sinead O'Connor Was Right: The Irish Rocker Takes Controversial Stands, Usually for Good Reason

Sinéad O'Connor's website crashed. The error message was Internet-lyrical: "Resource Limit Is Reached." The musician's open letter to Miley Cyrus made O'Connor an Internet flavor of the moment, and with good reason. The letter was honestly written "in the spirit…
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Music, A Confusing Case of Neko? That's Where You Come In

A Confusing Case of Neko? That's Where You Come In

The first time I wrote a real music review, real like for money, I choked. I'd done all the research, the interviews, everything. But the night before the deadline I blanked and couldn't write a word. I called my editor,…
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Music, All Shook Down The Lucky Horseshoe Bar Is Bringing More Live Music to Bernal Heights

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar Is Bringing More Live Music to Bernal Heights

Lisa Marie Delgadillo hasn't owned The Lucky Horseshoe bar in Bernal Heights very long. "April first will be two years," she says. "I opened the doors and started cleaning." Before that, the place was known as Skip's, and it was…
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Calendar, Night&Day Long Strange (Bus) Trip

Long Strange (Bus) Trip

We want to warn you, because otherwise it might bum you out: You’re sitting comfortably on the Magic Bus, grooving out on a loving multimedia gloss of what happened in San Francisco in the 1960s, and the windows suddenly disappear.…
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Music, All Shook Down We Review One of Jolie Holland's Secret S.F. Shows

We Review One of Jolie Holland's Secret S.F. Shows

The only silent room in San Francisco is a secret venue.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Long Strange (Bus) Trip

Long Strange (Bus) Trip

We want to warn you, because otherwise it might bum you out: You’re sitting comfortably on the Magic Bus, grooving out on a loving multimedia gloss of what happened in San Francisco in the 1960s, and the windows suddenly disappear.…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Very Mary Christmas

A Very Mary Christmas

When you think “drag queen,” you probably think “glamorous lip-synching.” So it may come as some surprise to hear about The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes, in which talented local queens not only wear holiday sweaters in the manner of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Jump! Jump! Jump Around!

Jump! Jump! Jump Around!

Margery Williams, your story The Velveteen Rabbit holds the power to make people cry just by mentioning it, you magnificent embarrasser of otherwise perfectly normal adults. ODC Dance's annual adaptation doesn't stint on the waterworks, but when it isn't rending…
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