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Music, All Shook Down Worth It: Pop Singer Genevieve On Why She Left The Band Company Of Thieves To Pursue Her Solo Career

Worth It: Pop Singer Genevieve On Why She Left The Band Company Of Thieves To Pursue Her Solo Career

My foray into pop started with the Spice Girls in 1994. Since then, it hasn't progressed that much simply because, while I liked the Spice Girls (A LOT), I don't really like pop. In other words, they were an…
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Music, All Shook Down The Soft White Sixties Talk New Album and Why They Ditched S.F. For L.A.

The Soft White Sixties Talk New Album and Why They Ditched S.F. For L.A.

While The Soft White Sixties recently joined the onslaught of Bay Area artists that have relocated to L.A., don’t expect them to use rising housing costs or the dying arts scene as reasons for their move. Instead, they describe…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Mystic Braves Take Over The Chapel

Live Review: Mystic Braves Take Over The Chapel

Mystic Braves with Cellar Doors, The Turns Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 The Chapel Well, that certainly was a party. And, like any good record release party, the main event didn’t start until after midnight when Los Angeles’ Mystic Braves…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco’s Future Looks A Lot Like L.A.’s Status Quo

San Francisco’s Future Looks A Lot Like L.A.’s Status Quo

Last week, real estate database Zillow released a list of the 10 most valuable housing markets in the country — as expressed by the sum total of all home values (in tax terms) in the city — as well as…
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Music, All Shook Down Notes From The Green Room: Hanging Out Back Stage With Kat Dahlia Before Her Show

Notes From The Green Room: Hanging Out Back Stage With Kat Dahlia Before Her Show

I’m finally at the point in my career as a music journalist where I’m interviewing the same artist more than once. Miami crooner (and occasional rapper) Kat Dahlia is one such artist. I first talked to her a year…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Tragic Schoolyard Shooting Linked to Jonestown

Yesterday's Crimes: The Tragic Schoolyard Shooting Linked to Jonestown

Editor's Note: This is the third installment in a multi-part series exploring post-Jonestown life for former Peoples Temple members in the Bay Area. You can read parts one and two here.  Tyrone Mitchell was a member of Peoples Temple…
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Music, All Shook Down 9 Reasons to Head Down to L.A. And Attend FYF Fest Next Weekend

9 Reasons to Head Down to L.A. And Attend FYF Fest Next Weekend

Yeah, that's right, we want to convince you to take the trip down to big, scary Los Angeles. You can do it! I mean, have you seen the lineup?! (If you wanna cheat, you can just scroll to the…
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News, The Snitch I Can't Stop Thinking About Shade Balls

I Can't Stop Thinking About Shade Balls

The city of Los Angeles completed the process of dumping 96 million 4-inch plastic "shade balls" into the LA Reservoir yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reports, proving that when it comes to dumping millions of plastic balls into the public…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting With <i>Tangerine</i> Director Sean Baker

Chatting With Tangerine Director Sean Baker

Here to talk with us now is Sean Baker, who most recently has directed Tangerine, the first full-length movie that was shot on an iPhone and is actually really good. It’s about transgender sex workers on the mean streets…
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Film, "Wish I Was Here": Zack Braff's Indie Ennui a Decade Later

"Wish I Was Here": Zack Braff's Indie Ennui a Decade Later

Here's the new one from writer-director-star Zach Braff. Are we ready to give him a fair shake? Prerelease points of contention include that grammar-nerd bait in the title, the fact that he had the gall to Kickstart it, and, perhaps…
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News, The Snatch

The Snatch: Still Mourning the Slide-Rule

Summer Vacation Could you quit Facebook for 99 days — and still be happy? A new online experiment has riled hardcore social media users by asking anyone and everyone to dump Facebook cold turkey for the next three-plus months. The…
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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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Culture, Kill Your Television Daddy Issues: The Only Law Is Sperm Law

Daddy Issues: The Only Law Is Sperm Law

Halfway through a marathon viewing of the worst show on TV, Paternity Court, I realized that the smug superiority I felt toward everyone on the show was hypocrisy. No, I've never been pregnant and not known who the father was.…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Belcampo: Sustainable Meat on Russian Hill

Belcampo: Sustainable Meat on Russian Hill

The fourth location of the 2-year-old Belcampo Meat Company — after Larkspur, downtown L.A. and Santa Barbara — has come to Russian Hill, and it is a beauty. If the sight of a pestle full of lard sitting in a…
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Dining, Eat Have a Pleasant Stay: Two Updated Hotel Bars Show Different Sides of S.F.

Have a Pleasant Stay: Two Updated Hotel Bars Show Different Sides of S.F.

There's something about hotel bars. Something more special than your average bar down the street. They're often old — hotels provide a captive audience willing to pay lots of money for a drink — but it's more than just age…
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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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News, One-Night Standoff: A Pickup Artist Appeals to the Shy and Tech-Oriented With His Algorithms for Getting Laid

One-Night Standoff: A Pickup Artist Appeals to the Shy and Tech-Oriented With His Algorithms for Getting Laid

Pickup artist Vince "Hollywood" Kelvin seems at home under a red spotlight created by the "open" and "sale" signs of competing pizzerias, bars, and souvenir shops on Powell Street. Kelvin, a Los Angeles resident, is here on one of his…
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Film, "Friended to Death": The Second Life of an Online Demise

"Friended to Death": The Second Life of an Online Demise

The comedy may be over-cranked in director Sarah Smick's feature debut, a dark critique of social-media dehumanization, but just imagine how insufferable it'd be if she'd gone the route of spartan art-house pretension instead. In a bold play for Paul…
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Film, "The M Word": Henry Jaglom Revisits the World of Women

"The M Word": Henry Jaglom Revisits the World of Women

Henry Jaglom's new The M Word also features many improvised scenes of groups of woman talking about a common facet of their lives, also a frequent Jaglom signifier. The topic this time around is menopause; the title is a bit…
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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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