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Music, Yes She Can: At 53, Melissa Etheridge Isn't Taking It Easy

Yes She Can: At 53, Melissa Etheridge Isn't Taking It Easy

Melissa Etheridge's career exceeded expectations even before she was a household name. Though she wanted to sign with female-focused indie label Olivia Records, its rejection eventually led her to press on and find a home at Island, the significantly more…
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Music, Daylight: Reflections on Covering Dance Music in S.F.

Daylight: Reflections on Covering Dance Music in S.F.

So here we are at the end of the party. The people have all gone home, the DJ has played his last record, the balloons are all deflated, and everyone left over is enjoying one of those sweet, illicit, post-4…
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Music, She Is Not Sorry: Tori Amos on Songwriting, Motherhood, and Her New Album

She Is Not Sorry: Tori Amos on Songwriting, Motherhood, and Her New Album

Over her long and storied career, Tori Amos has worn as many faces as musical styles. After all this time, the core of her multi-instrumental, narrative-driven style persists on her latest album, Unrepentant Geraldines. Amos' Geraldines are the everywoman, and…
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Music, Riptide: Making Sandy's First Album Nearly Dragged Alexi Glickman Under

Riptide: Making Sandy's First Album Nearly Dragged Alexi Glickman Under

Alexi Glickman always looked down on nonstandard ways of tuning the guitar, seeing them as a kind of cheating. But sometime around 2010, Glickman needed all the help he could get. His band the Botticellis, composed of many longtime friends,…
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Music, How Jurassic 5 Helped Catalyze a Hip-Hop Scene in S.F.

How Jurassic 5 Helped Catalyze a Hip-Hop Scene in S.F.

If, at some point, future musicologists ever seek to unearth a dense concentration of Bay Area hip-hop culture, they'd have to look no further than a typical Jurassic 5 show at the Justice League in the late '90s. Openers would…
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Music, Into the White: EMA Grapples with the Decay of Privacy in the Internet Age

Into the White: EMA Grapples with the Decay of Privacy in the Internet Age

Imagine your brain for a second. Your big, gloppy, pink, fleshy brain, up there inside your head. And now imagine that in the center of your brain, amid all its firing neurons and serotonin reuptaking and calculating the tip at…
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Music, Devo's <i>Hardcore</i> Origins Are Rawer, Weirder, and Hornier Than You Remember

Devo's Hardcore Origins Are Rawer, Weirder, and Hornier Than You Remember

It's easy to forget how many different sounds a musical act can move through. Often bands become associated with a style that's drastically different from the music they made when starting out — see, for a particularly potent example, Devo.…
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Music, Points of Anguish: Heartbreak Sharpens Sharon Van Etten's Songwriting

Points of Anguish: Heartbreak Sharpens Sharon Van Etten's Songwriting

In late 2012, nearly a year after the release of Tramp, her acclaimed third album, Sharon Van Etten was summoned to Avatar Studios in Manhattan to record a remake of the 1923 Irving Berlin ballad "What'll I Do." The song…
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Music, Coda: The End of Yoshi's SF

Coda: The End of Yoshi's SF

When the San Francisco jazz venue and restaurant Yoshi's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012, its representatives said there was no chance of the club closing — that the move was only intended to restructure debts incurred since its…
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Music, S.F.'s Red Red Red Makes Industrial Music with Pastoral Impulses

S.F.'s Red Red Red Makes Industrial Music with Pastoral Impulses

The cover of Michael Wood's debut release looked striking online: Etched black spirals and notches cradled his solo moniker, Red Red Red, and the EP's title, Pattern Completion. His label, Function Operate, accepted pre-orders, and reviews of Wood's clamoring electronic…
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Music, Swimming Against the Stream: Musicians Fight for Their Worth in the Internet Era

Swimming Against the Stream: Musicians Fight for Their Worth in the Internet Era

The cops were getting lots of calls. Drivers were worried. There was a woman walking down the road — the narrow part of Highway 1, just north of L.A. And she was pushing a baby carriage. When the cops found…
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Music, Down and Outlaws Fight Negativity About S.F. Music Scene With Not Dead Yet Fest

Down and Outlaws Fight Negativity About S.F. Music Scene With Not Dead Yet Fest

The members of bluesy S.F. rock outfit Down and Outlaws refuse to ignore the negative talk about the current tech boom and its effects on the local music scene. Vocalist Peter Danzig pays $400 a month to live in a…
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Music, After a Troubled Start, BottleRock Napa Valley Reboots

After a Troubled Start, BottleRock Napa Valley Reboots

The Napa community pulled the cork on its first major music festival last year, and learned the hard way that the first vintage doesn't always turn out so well. The big-name musicians showed up as promised. The Black Keys, the…
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Music, The Soundman Is Alright: El Rio Vet Frank Gallagher Lives for the Music

The Soundman Is Alright: El Rio Vet Frank Gallagher Lives for the Music

"President, Sound Engineer, and Bad Tempered Old Bastard," is the title on Frank Gallagher's business card. But the surliness there and on the card's slogan — "Intimidating musicians since 1975" — is contradicted somewhat by the man's demeanor, as well…
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Music, A Punk Returns to Make Bay Area Pop

A Punk Returns to Make Bay Area Pop

In March 2013, Tenderloin bar Aunt Charlie's hosted a rare event. Not one of the usual glamorous drag galas, but a rock show booked by Jess Scott as a farewell before her move to New York. Scott carried over gear…
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Music, Hagar, Hetfield, Armstrong, and Monahan: What Happens When Aging Rock Stars Hang Out?

Hagar, Hetfield, Armstrong, and Monahan: What Happens When Aging Rock Stars Hang Out?

Here are some of the artists playing this week's Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert at the Fillmore: Sammy Hagar, Metallica's James Hetfield, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Train's Patrick Monahan, and guitar deity Joe Satriani. It's a pretty big haul for the…
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Music, At the Zoo With Antwon

At the Zoo With Antwon

We're watching the sea lions when Antwon begins to get sad. It's a pleasant Wednesday afternoon at the San Francisco Zoo, and the larger and more rotund of the two sea lions is out by the side of his enclosure's…
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Music, The Mysteries of William Onyeabor

The Mysteries of William Onyeabor

There is more to wonder about Nigeria's William Onyeabor than there is to know — but since his music is more knowable than anything else, let's start there. Between 1977 and 1985, Onyeabor released eight albums of psychedelic synthesizer funk…
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Music, Shlohmo Sketches Electronic Landscapes of Melancholy

Shlohmo Sketches Electronic Landscapes of Melancholy

"Everyone's so mad at me," says Henry Laufer, better known as Shlohmo, from his couch in L.A. "Everyone tweets at me all the time: 'Did you forget about the record?' And it's like, 'Nope, I'm listening to the masters everyday."…
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Music, Classical Import: How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Classical Import: How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Yoshiki Hayashi, the drummer, pianist, and principal composer of X Japan, is a genuine rarity: a flashy rock star who's also a classically trained pianist with serious chops and the ability to shift seamlessly between genres. Arguably the most influential…
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