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Zack Ruskin 

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Zack was born in San Francisco and never found a reason to leave. He has written for Consequence of Sound, The Believer, The Millions, and The Rumpus. He is still in search of a Bort license plate.
Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Alabama Shakes and Kurt Vile Made Their Own Weather at the Greek

Live Review: Alabama Shakes and Kurt Vile Made Their Own Weather at the Greek

Brittany Howard didn’t chat much between songs, but with a voice like that, why waste it on talking? Taking the stage for the second of two sold out shows at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre, the Alabama Shake's singer made sure…
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Music, Hear This Alabama Shakes @ The Greek Theatre

Alabama Shakes @ The Greek Theatre

Remember the claw machine at the pizza parlor? Few things compared to the sheer joy of managing to snatch not one but two prizes with a single play. Well, the Alabama Shakes' upcoming concert at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre may…
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News, Feature Sufjan Stevens is a Master of Crafting Poignant Jams That Won't Bring You to Tears

Sufjan Stevens is a Master of Crafting Poignant Jams That Won't Bring You to Tears

Sufjan Stevens may not be an angel, but he knows how to channel the celestial. You'll hear it in his lo-fi folk-rock 2000 debut, A Sun Came; in Enjoy Your Rabbit, his 14-track electronic reimagining of the Chinese zodiac; and…
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News, Feature Don't Forget About Kyle Kinane or Outside Lands' Other Awesome Comedians!

Don't Forget About Kyle Kinane or Outside Lands' Other Awesome Comedians!

Standup comics are not immune to the the crunch of festival lineup conflicts. "I remember I did one festival, and Johnny Marr was on a stage where I could hear him playing Smiths songs," Kyle Kinane says. "I just stopped…
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Music, Hear This The National @ The Greek Theatre

The National @ The Greek Theatre

What is the secret to The National? The indie rock quintet has been on the scene for nearly 20 years, but despite frequent visits to the Bay Area, their live performances never get old. Last fall, they headlined what we…
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News, Feature Stepping Through the Screen

Stepping Through the Screen

When the door locks behind you, the count down begins. You and four other people are crammed into the confines of a jail cell. You begin to turn over furniture and shake loose the pages of books. A voice rings…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ezra Croft Wants You to Come Get Your Bill Murray On

Ezra Croft Wants You to Come Get Your Bill Murray On

A 39-year-old Bed, Bath & Beyond employee is asking strangers to make paintings of Bill Murray. It may sound like a headline from the reject pile of The Onion, but Ezra Croft means business. He would also like you…
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Music, All Shook Down Quick, Fast, and In a Hurry: Chris Shaw Joins Ty Segall and Charles Moothart as GØGGS

Quick, Fast, and In a Hurry: Chris Shaw Joins Ty Segall and Charles Moothart as GØGGS

GØGGS is aword that means many things: It's the name of a band, the title of a record, and one of the nine songs on said record. There is just one thing that GØGGS most definitely is not: a…
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Music, Boss Tycoon: The Enduring Legacy of Mac Dre

Boss Tycoon: The Enduring Legacy of Mac Dre

Ronald Dregan. Muhammed Al Boo Boo. Thizzle Washington. Andre Louis Hicks. Mac Dre was a rapper of many monikers, a natural comedian with an incredible work ethic, and an artist who forever changed the course of Bay Area hip-hop. From…
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Music, John Waters Returns for Burger Boogaloo in Oakland

John Waters Returns for Burger Boogaloo in Oakland

If you're going to book an emcee for a two-day festival focused on cult heroes and scuzzy punk-rock, you can't do better than John Waters. For the second year in a row, Oakland's Burger Boogaloo festival, presented by Orange County's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Louis C.K. Also Beat the Warriors at the Nourse Last Night

Louis C.K. Also Beat the Warriors at the Nourse Last Night

It was a first world Sophie’s Choice. The Warriors were staring down a chance to clinch their second championship in as many years, and Louis C.K. was going on at 8 p.m. Fortunately, the Dubs made it quite clear…
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Music, Of Montreal Frontman Kevin Barnes Talks Isolation, Producers, and The Cost of Happiness

Of Montreal Frontman Kevin Barnes Talks Isolation, Producers, and The Cost of Happiness

It's been over a year since Of Montreal released its last album, Aureate Gloom, but leadman Kevin Barnes isn't much for taking time off. When he's not relentlessly touring with the indie quintet or releasing albums — he's put out…
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Music, Hear This Eli "Paperboy" Reed @ DNA Lounge

Eli "Paperboy" Reed @ DNA Lounge

When you think of Motown, Eli "Paperboy" Reed might not come to mind. But when you hear his voice, it's hard to think of anything but. Infusing gospel with funk and a hint of Southern blues, Reed is a clean-cut…
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News, Feature Fifteen Books for Summer Reading

Fifteen Books for Summer Reading

Summer doesn't mean muchin San Francisco. Opportunities for beach reading may be slim, but there is a bounty of new reads waiting to be taken on your wine getaway in Napa, to that rare afternoon on the sand at Ocean…
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Music, All Shook Down Festival Recap: Superlatives and Field Notes from BottleRock 2016

Festival Recap: Superlatives and Field Notes from BottleRock 2016

For some, Memorial Day weekend is a time for backyard BBQs and the first beach trips of the season, while for others, it means three days of music and wine with a hundred-thousand of their closest friends at the…
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Music, Hear This Young Magic @ The Fillmore

Young Magic @ The Fillmore

"World music" may sound like a genre reserved for a New Age boutique, but it's perhaps the best way to describe the sound of the Brooklyn experimental duo Young Magic. While Melt, the band's debut album, was recorded across the…
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Music, Hear This Sam Beam @ Great American Music Hall

Sam Beam @ Great American Music Hall

It's been 12 years since Iron & Wine's cover of The Postal Service's "Such Great Heights" was used as the cornerstone of the Garden State soundtrack. Since then, Sam Beam, the man behind Iron & Wine, has kept busy, releasing…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Adam Sandler and Friends Went Back to the Basics at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Adam Sandler and Friends Went Back to the Basics at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

It feels like it has been an eternity since someone last wrote something nice about Adam Sandler. Yes, the Saturday Night Live alum responsible for 90s goofball gems like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore has certainly taken his lumps in…
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Music, All Shook Down Charles Bradley Bared His Soul at The Fillmore

Charles Bradley Bared His Soul at The Fillmore

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires Mothxr The Fillmore May 17, 2016 Charles Bradley may not look like a priest, but on Tuesday night at the Fillmore, he delivered a sermon for the ages. He took the stage dressed in…
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Music, All Shook Down Beyonce's Formation Tour Turned Levi's Stadium Into Sacred Ground

Beyonce's Formation Tour Turned Levi's Stadium Into Sacred Ground

Beyonce May 16, 2016 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara May 16 has long been an important date for music. In 1966, it marked the release of Pet Sounds, Brian Wilson’s masterpiece that rewrote the pop landscape. The same day, Bob…
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