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Music, Singer-Songwriter Chuck Ragan and His Many Oddball Side Projects

Singer-Songwriter Chuck Ragan and His Many Oddball Side Projects

Chuck Ragan has a "serious soft spot" for San Francisco. In fact, in 2001, the singer-songwriter and his future wife, Jill, had their first date in the city. After playing a show at Slim's with his former Gainesville, Fla., punk…
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Music, Hear This Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ SFJAZZ Center

Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ SFJAZZ Center

It's time to get dirty — old school dirty, that is. Formed in 1977, Dirty Dozen Brass Band is widely lauded for introducing nontraditional sounds — namely funk and R&B — into New Orleans' jazz scene. Not only has the…
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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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Music, Fear Itself: Marcus Ghiasi of Your Fearless Leader

Fear Itself: Marcus Ghiasi of Your Fearless Leader

Musicians aren't always fearless. In fact, Marcus Ghiasi — the frontman for San Francisco indie-rock band Your Fearless Leader — was gripped by anxiety during his first performance under that moniker, on a trip to South Africa in December 2014.…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: San Francisco Symphony Performs <i>Ratatouille</i> in Concert

Live Review: San Francisco Symphony Performs Ratatouille in Concert

Ratatouille is far from my favorite Pixar movie. I say that not to open the can of worms that is debating which of the now-Disney owned animation studio's films are the best — because we'd be here all day…
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Music, Hear This Ozomatli @ The New Parish

Ozomatli @ The New Parish

Ozomatli isn't messing around and it has the Grammys to prove it. The band's 2001 release Embrace the Chaos won a Grammy for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album, an award the band won again in 2005. The Los Angeles band blends…
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Music, Hear This Ratatouille @ Davies Symphony Hall

Ratatouille @ Davies Symphony Hall

Well, it looks like the orchestra is going to the rats. One specific rat, that is. This weekend, the San Francisco Symphony will project the 2007 animated Pixar film Ratatouille while the orchestra plays the score live. If you haven't…
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Music, Hear This Troker @ Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Troker @ Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Originally formed in Guadalajara in 2004, Troker brings together bass, piano, drums, sax, trumpet, and a DJ to create a unique act that's part jazz, part electronic. The sextet has played prestigious festivals like Glastonbury Festival, SXSW, and Edinburgh International,…
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Music, All Shook Down Chris Farren Is The Guy Behind The Smiths Parody T-Shirt

Chris Farren Is The Guy Behind The Smiths Parody T-Shirt

Chris Farren is an enigma wrapped in a T-shirt. In what almost seems like a past life, the former Naples, FL resident and self-proclaimed punk-rock celebrity, fronted the indie emo-pop band Fake Problems. Since then, he's been busy. He formed…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Gogol Bordello Never Fails to Impress (Even Though I've Seen Them Perform Four Times Already This Year)

Live Review: Gogol Bordello Never Fails to Impress (Even Though I've Seen Them Perform Four Times Already This Year)

There are some things you'll only see at a Gogol Bordello concert. For instance: Frontman Eugene Hutz reaching under the legs of another band member to strum on an accordion. A bouquet of flowers being launched into the audience…
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Music, Hear This The Who @ Oracle Arena

The Who @ Oracle Arena

The Who may have started as a teenage wasteland, but the band is still going strong well into its golden years. Case in point: The Who is currently on a worldwide tour — and have been since 2014 — to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Life-Sized Mousetraps and R2-D2s This Weekend at The Maker Faire

Life-Sized Mousetraps and R2-D2s This Weekend at The Maker Faire

If you build it ... they will come. The Maker Faire got started in 2006, a year after the launch of Maker Media's Make Magazine, a project dedicated to DIY technology projects. The event brings together creatives from all over…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: The Portland Cello Project Was a Far Cry From What I Was Expecting

Live Review: The Portland Cello Project Was a Far Cry From What I Was Expecting

I did not enjoy my first experience with PCP. The band, that is, not the drug. The Portland Cello Project played Thursday evening at Slim's, and it was more Bach than rock, and I was not digging it. The…
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Music, All Shook Down An Evening with the Hologram: Hatsune Miku Live Review

An Evening with the Hologram: Hatsune Miku Live Review

I kind of hate how much I enjoyed Hatsune Miku. I wasn't sure what to expect when I headed out to the computer-generated Japanese pop star's second of two shows at the Warfield on Saturday night. I was going…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Pokemon at 20: The Trading Card Mania Lives at Gamescape

Pokemon at 20: The Trading Card Mania Lives at Gamescape

"Who's ready to play Pokemon?" Tournament organizer Gary Fleming posed this question to 16 players Tuesday evening at Gamescape, as the weekly Pokemon Trading Card Game league got ready for a few hours of shuffling decks, battling monsters, and hoping…
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Music, All Shook Down Diego's Umbrella Is One Of The Most Wild, Raucous Bands In The Bay Area

Diego's Umbrella Is One Of The Most Wild, Raucous Bands In The Bay Area

It's not every day a violin player goes crowd surfing. While playing a show at a tiny club in Bend, Oregon, Diego’s Umbrella violinist Jason Kleinberg decided to go crowd surfing. But it didn’t go as planned. The crowd dropped…
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Music, All Shook Down Wil Wagner of The Smith Street Band Got Wasted Last Time He Was In S.F. — Wonder What Will Happen This Time...

Wil Wagner of The Smith Street Band Got Wasted Last Time He Was In S.F. — Wonder What Will Happen This Time...

One of the last times Wil Wagner — front man for The Street Smith Street Band — was in San Francisco, he saw a Dead Moon cover show at Bottom of the Hill and well...got pretty drunk. So, when the…
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News, Feature Time to Turn it Down: There is Such a Thing as "Too Loud"

Time to Turn it Down: There is Such a Thing as "Too Loud"

When the sound is too loud for AC/DC, maybe it's time to turn down the volume. Earlier this month, lead singer Brian Johnson was advised to take a break from touring. If he didn't, his doctors warned, he risked total…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Sayonara Brian Fallon of Yore

Live Review: Sayonara Brian Fallon of Yore

Brian Fallon is a snake. Sure, it might not be the most complementary of metaphors, but it's fitting. During Fallon's set Friday night at the Great American Music Hall, it was clear that Fallon, much like a snake, is…
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Music, All Shook Down Folk-Rock Band Murder By Death’s Top 10 Cocktails

Folk-Rock Band Murder By Death’s Top 10 Cocktails

Murder By Death may have a scary name, but the band is anything but. The folk-rock quintet from Bloomington, IN has been around for 16 years, releasing seven albums, including 2015’s Big Dark Love on Bloodshot Records. The band's…
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