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Music, All Shook Down We Asked Texan Dream-Pop Trio, Pale Dian, 14 Random Questions Because Why Not?

We Asked Texan Dream-Pop Trio, Pale Dian, 14 Random Questions Because Why Not?

Dreamy, hazy, and soaked in reverb: that's how I'd describe Austin, Tex. trio Pale Dian. The dark pop band dropped its debut album, Narrow Birth, on June 3, and it's filled with smoky, shoegaze tunes that stand out thanks…
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News, The Snitch Texas Governor Promises a "Revolt" if Former SF Police Chief is Hired to Lead Border Patrol

Texas Governor Promises a "Revolt" if Former SF Police Chief is Hired to Lead Border Patrol

The U.S. Border Patrol will soon be hiring a new chief, and rumor has it that former San Francisco police chief Heather Fong is on the shortlist of candidates. According to San Antonio Express-News, this doesn’t sit well with Texas…
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Music, All Shook Down Two-Fer Tuesday: New Music Videos From Goodnight, Texas and Opio x Free the Robots

Two-Fer Tuesday: New Music Videos From Goodnight, Texas and Opio x Free the Robots

In which we pair two new (ideally wildly different) music videos from local artists. Because everyone needs a little help getting through Tuesday. Hey guys, it's Tuesday! Which means it's time for two of our favorite things: Alliterative headlines…
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Film, "Boyhood": The Neverending Story, Told Quietly

"Boyhood": The Neverending Story, Told Quietly

In Richard Linklater's marvelous new film, a Texas schoolboy, played by Ellar Coltrane, grows up right before our eyes. He's 18 when the movie ends, and it transparently took a dozen years to make. Where does the time go? Maybe…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Punk Life After <i>Killed By Death</i>, and A Question About Breakfast

Punk Life After Killed By Death, and A Question About Breakfast

Earlier this year, Texas punk act the Secret Prostitutes posed a question to the churning crowd at the Knockout: "Okay, who knows 'Job'?" Several hands shot up. The guitarist continued, "Like, all of the words. Don't lie." Every arm remained…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Punk Debunked: Criminal Code and Vexx Find Exceptions to Any Alleged Rule

Punk Debunked: Criminal Code and Vexx Find Exceptions to Any Alleged Rule

Quick tempos tend to stifle the rhythmic complexity of rock bands. Meter subdivided so many times demands consistent reminders of the downbeat, and that typically doesn't leave room for much syncopation in between. For punk, an impoverished rhythmic vocabulary doesn't…
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Music, Hear This Alternative Tentacles 33 1/3 Anniversary Party: Show Preview

Alternative Tentacles 33 1/3 Anniversary Party: Show Preview

Jello Biafra formed local record label Alternative Tentacles in 1979 to self-release The Dead Kennedys' brazen debut single, "California Über Alles." Thirty-three years later, he's the sole owner of Alternative Tentacles, making it the longest running, continuously operated independent label…
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News,

The Snatch: Extremely Proud of Our Breaking Nudes

Californians Mess With Texas Pride Even with a nanny-state-style government, Californians are proud to be living in the Golden State. A new survey released by Survata showed that Oregon, California, and Washington were among the proudest states, each with more…
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Dining, Eat

Hi-Lo BBQ: The Mission's Best New Burger Isn't a Burger At All

Burger hunger games generally start with the basics: Find red meat between bread. Provenance of the meat, prep method, and fat content are open for debate — wide, wide open — and texture is ever important. Eyes are politely averted…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

Change is Inevitable 24th Street will continue to evolve: Neighborhoods change over time . Just as Latinos moved into the Irish/Italian neighborhood and built 24th Street as city residents know it…
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Dining, Eat Hi-Lo BBQ: San Francisco Gets Its Own Barbecue

Hi-Lo BBQ: San Francisco Gets Its Own Barbecue

So our obsession with all things local has come to this: Northern California-style barbecue. When I first heard the term applied to the Mission's new Hi-Lo BBQ, I rolled my eyes. My crew of dinner companions, barbecue fanatics the lot…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Considers Secession at Mission Bar

Bouncer Considers Secession at Mission Bar

It's been a long time since I have been to a Mission bar, so I decided to go to none other than Mission Bar, natch. It just says "BAR" outside, which is awesome, and it's long and lean, like a…
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Film, "Ornette: Made in America": Portraits in Space, Time, Performance, and Jazz

"Ornette: Made in America": Portraits in Space, Time, Performance, and Jazz

The invaluable American independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke (1919-97) once said: "There is no real difference between a traditional fiction film and a documentary. I've never made a documentary. There is no such trip." Her genre-blurring claim applies to all her…
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News, The Snitch You Think It's Hot Outside, Try Cramming Onto a Stinky BART Train

You Think It's Hot Outside, Try Cramming Onto a Stinky BART Train

If you've ever wondered how grossly oppressive the heat and humidity is in places like Houston, Texas, just hop on a crowded BART train in the blistering heat with no air conditioning -- then you will have experienced it --…
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News, The Snitch Texas Judge Hopes Obama Will Win So He'll Have an Excuse to Start Another Civil War

Texas Judge Hopes Obama Will Win So He'll Have an Excuse to Start Another Civil War

You think Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax-increase plan is stupid? Well, at least he's not going to use that money to pay for another Civil War. Down in Texas, a Lubbock County judge is asking voters for a 1.7 percent…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Gay Community to Hold Vigil for Lesbian Teens Shot in Texas

S.F. Gay Community to Hold Vigil for Lesbian Teens Shot in Texas

The San Francisco community will head down to the Harvey Milk Plaza tonight to mourn and honor the lesbian teen couple shot in the head in a South Texas park, killing one and critically injuring the other. Former Supervisor Bevan…
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News, Feature Jim Crow Returns: New State Laws Could Take Obama Out This Fall

Jim Crow Returns: New State Laws Could Take Obama Out This Fall

Around noon on a windy fall Sunday, the motorcade began forming. Dozens of African-Americans, ages 5 to 85, poured from the three-story New Covenant Baptist Church and into a coughing 20-year-old bus, a cramped church van, and their cars. The…
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Film, "Bernie": Black Excels in Weird, Affecting True-Crime Story

"Bernie": Black Excels in Weird, Affecting True-Crime Story

The script for Bernie was in part dictated from the stand: In a 1997 murder trial in Carthage, Texas, Bernhardt "Bernie" Tiede, a closeted ex-mortician, confessed to the shooting of his benefactress, 81-year-old millionaire widow Marjorie Nugent, 43 years his…
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News, The Snitch Americans Think Dallas, Texas Is Just as Awesome as San Francisco

Americans Think Dallas, Texas Is Just as Awesome as San Francisco

A new survey about American cities didn't reveal anything new to us: People like San Francisco, hate Oakland, and think Portland, Ore., is insanely hip. But what did throw us for a loop is that people seem to enjoy the…
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News, The Snitch Andrew Luck, Trading Card Company Battle Over Rights to H.S. All Star Game Photos

Andrew Luck, Trading Card Company Battle Over Rights to H.S. All Star Game Photos

Andrew Luck, former Stanford quarterback and soon-to-be NFL draft pick, is about to become a multi-millionaire this week -- and he's already started trying to protect his business.Earlier this month, he filed a cease-and-desist letter against Leaf Trading Cards, which…
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