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Music, Brand-New Mess: Alt-Hop Weirdos Cibo Matto Return, as Uninhibited as Ever

Brand-New Mess: Alt-Hop Weirdos Cibo Matto Return, as Uninhibited as Ever

About 20 years ago, Cibo Matto came up with an approach to music that was not complicated but tapped a nerve that was begging to be tapped: The two mixed funky hip-hop beats with synths and lyrics about food. They…
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Sailing Away America's Cup hangs in the balance: Bring in some more races to make the attendance numbers . Don't just give up because the Cup might flop on its own. Put the…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Controversial singer Lana Del Rey played a very crowded show at Amoeba Music — and despite her shaky live reputation, she sounded pretty darn good. Del Rey's presence onstage was unpretentious and easygoing, and she put the versatility…
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Music, Hear This Nikka Costa: Show Preview

Nikka Costa: Show Preview

Well before British divas Adele and the late Amy Winehouse scored critical and commercial success for their takes on retro R&B, fiery American soul siren Nikka Costa had already blazed her own distinctive trail through vintage sounds. Costa first made…
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Music, Hear This Katy B: Show Preview

Katy B: Show Preview

British singer Katy B did the unthinkable — she made dubstep sexy. With a voice that's seductive and breezy, she turned the underground dance clubs of her South London home into sanctuaries for the young and brokenhearted. Her debut album,…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Public Enemy stretched out all its classic songs on Friday in a two-hour set at the Regency Ballroom. Although some of the original samples were missing, we did get to hear Flavor Flav play drums for Chuck D…
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Music, Adele, Future Queen of Divas

Adele, Future Queen of Divas

Adele will never be a diva. Too nice. Too British. Hardly redoubtable. The other conditions are there, though: The big, honking, wood-smoked voice; the imposing vocal and physical presence; the glassy-eyed beauty, with that faint divot of a cleft chin;…
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Music, Hear This Adele-icious

Adele-icious

It speaks volumes that blue-eyed soul singer Adele is recording her sophomore album in Malibu to avoid the distractions of overwhelming fame back home in the U.K. Last year her smash debut, 19, entered the British charts at #1; she…
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