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News, The Snitch Filmmaker’s Time-Lapse Video Shows Stunning SF Fog

Filmmaker’s Time-Lapse Video Shows Stunning SF Fog

Loaded question: What’s the most iconic thing about San Francisco? Those are certainly fighting words in some circles, but mention a certain weather phenomenon and you’ll probably get few arguments against. The city’s fog is, to put it mildly, legendary.…
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Music, All Shook Down UK Post-Punkers, Shopping, Are The Best Band You've Never Heard Of

UK Post-Punkers, Shopping, Are The Best Band You've Never Heard Of

Who said punk music isn't for dancing? Certainly not the members of UK trio Shopping, because, well, that's exactly what their fast-paced, bass-heavy music is meant for.  Formed in 2012, the band released its debut album, Consumer Complaints, last…
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Music, All Shook Down Kurt Vile Is Not Depressed — He's Just Moody

Kurt Vile Is Not Depressed — He's Just Moody

Kurt Vile is an artist whose lyricism revels in the dark alleys of existentialism and identity crisis, yet is somehow simultaneously sprinkled with comic relief in the bluntest of ways. His most recent album b’lieve i’m going down…, released on…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Wringing Laughs Out of Truckers in Boise: The Zee TV Desi Comedy Fest Returns

Wringing Laughs Out of Truckers in Boise: The Zee TV Desi Comedy Fest Returns

When he started working as an IT consultant, Sanjay Manaktala traveled a lot. He would find himself in Iowa or Wisconsin, and  bored in the hotel, he would head out to perform at comedy clubs. This isn’t something that everyone…
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Music, All Shook Down Six Notable Acts From Outside Lands 2016

Six Notable Acts From Outside Lands 2016

This year's Outside Lands was about as memorable and successful as one could ask for. In between the fancy, albeit ridiculous food stands — think ramen burgers and donut burgers — there were standout performances from Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem,…
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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: "I Feel Beautiful" by Robyn Hitchcock

Earworm Weekly: "I Feel Beautiful" by Robyn Hitchcock

Not all earworms are former Billboard Top Ten successes, well-known by everyone who hears even a few notes of their melody. Some earworms can be obscure songs that come to have personal meaning to the listener. They get burned into…
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Music, All Shook Down The 12 Best Songs With "Fuck" In Their Titles

The 12 Best Songs With "Fuck" In Their Titles

I still remember the first time I heard someone my own age say the word "fuck." I was in second grade in Mrs. Wright's class, and  I was sitting on the bench behind the dugout waiting my turn at…
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Music, All Shook Down Not Going to Outside Lands? Here's How You Should Spend Your Weekend

Not Going to Outside Lands? Here's How You Should Spend Your Weekend

So you don't have a ticket to Outside Lands and you feel kind of bummed because seemingly all of your friends do and they can't stop gabbing about how stoked they are to see Radiohead and J.Cole. You're a bit…
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Music, All Shook Down Happy 90th Birthday, Tony Bennett!

Happy 90th Birthday, Tony Bennett!

Today, Tony Bennett, the man behind the 1962 track "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" — whom we also wrote extensively about in last week's cover story — turns 90. Even if you're not a San Francisco native, surely…
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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: Seals and Crofts' "Get Closer"

Earworm Weekly: Seals and Crofts' "Get Closer"

These days, after writing this column for so long, the earworms practically generate themselves. As I wrote my previous column on the Ghostbusters theme, for example, I listened to a lot of songs where Ray Parker Jr. played session…
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Music, All Shook Down Third Eye Blind Designed a Politically-Charged T-Shirt And Will Donate The Proceeds to Hillary Clinton's Campaign

Third Eye Blind Designed a Politically-Charged T-Shirt And Will Donate The Proceeds to Hillary Clinton's Campaign

For $25 you can buy a cleverly-phrased T-shirt that not only supports your favorite local band, Third Eye Blind, but also presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. It's a simple shirt — all black with grey sans-serif font — but the words…
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Music, All Shook Down Electronic-Pop Princess, MOONZz, Talks Outside Lands, Her First CD, and Performing at Northern Nights

Electronic-Pop Princess, MOONZz, Talks Outside Lands, Her First CD, and Performing at Northern Nights

Molly Williams, a.k.a. MOONZz, is a singer from Los Angeles with a velvety voice and a knack for crafting catchy dark electronic-pop songs. Her debut single, "Satisfy," came out in 2015, and was quickly snatched up by Victoria's Secret…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: San Francisco Pop Trio EagleWolfSnake Get Sucked Into a Video Game in The Music Video for "Closer"

Premiere: San Francisco Pop Trio EagleWolfSnake Get Sucked Into a Video Game in The Music Video for "Closer"

In San Francisco band EagleWolfSnake's new video for "Closer" the trio climb into a crazy man's cardboard box contraption and end up starring in their own video game as Mario-inspired characters navigating the obstacles of a digital San Francisco. It's…
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Music, All Shook Down G-Eazy Teams Up With Britney Spears In "Make Me"

G-Eazy Teams Up With Britney Spears In "Make Me"

Britney Spears fans were overjoyed two weeks ago when the star released the first single from her upcoming LP. Titled "Make Me," the harmony filled midtempo pop ballad features a guest verse from Oakland rapper G-Eazy, who has been…
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Dining, SFoodie Thursday Six: Outside Lands Announces "Cocktail Magic"

Thursday Six: Outside Lands Announces "Cocktail Magic"

Cocktail Magic Adds to Outside Lands' Already-Staggering Food-and-Drink Offerings It's not related…
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Music, Some Thoughts of a Certain Sound Top Five Parties This Week Plus Notable Local Records

Top Five Parties This Week Plus Notable Local Records

Mighty is dead — sort of. The storied Design District club is shuttering for renovations and will reopen later in the year under new ownership and a new name. To celebrate its final evening in this iteration, As You Like…
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Music, All Shook Down Third Eye Blind Gets Political With "Cops Vs. Phone Girl"

Third Eye Blind Gets Political With "Cops Vs. Phone Girl"

Longtime San Francisco band Third Eye Blind — remember them? They came out with that song "Semi-Charmed Life" in the late '90s — have a habit of getting political. In 2012, the band's singer Stephan Jenkins penned an article…
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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: Daniel Powter's "Bad Day"

Earworm Weekly: Daniel Powter's "Bad Day"

Some songs become earworms due to their utilitarian value. They cheer you up when you're down, they get you through your morning routine before the coffee kicks in, they help you time your reps at the gym. These songs…
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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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News, The Snitch SF, Oakland, SJ Police Upset Over Mario Woods Day

SF, Oakland, SJ Police Upset Over Mario Woods Day

It stands to reason that San Francisco police are on the defensive right now, perhaps even a little more on edge than is normal for law enforcement. Twice this week the department has received death threats - the first, for…
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