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Music, All Shook Down Train Priced Out of San Francisco; Prepping New Album, <i>Save Me, Oakland</i>

Train Priced Out of San Francisco; Prepping New Album, Save Me, Oakland

Amid so much talk about what's happening to music in booming San Francisco -- including an SF Weekly-presented panel on that very issue tonight -- we've just heard about another band's exodus from the city scene. Yes, folks, Train is…
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News, The Snitch Brace Yourself for a Busy San Francisco Weekend

Brace Yourself for a Busy San Francisco Weekend

People can expect another street-clogging weekend as hundreds and thousands of people are expected to embark to the city for concerts, sailing competitions and Giants games. About 65,000 are expected each day at Golden Gate Park for the three-day Outside…
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Music, All Shook Down What Are the Best-Selling Bay Area Singles of the Last 25 Years?

What Are the Best-Selling Bay Area Singles of the Last 25 Years?

Compared to the relatively few big-selling Bay Area albums of the last quarter-century, there's a plethora of singles that have sold at least a half-million copies since 1987. Can you guess the Bay Area singles that have sold the most…
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Music, All Shook Down Unholy Train-Ghirardelli Alliance Sets Out to Ruin Chocolate, Too

Unholy Train-Ghirardelli Alliance Sets Out to Ruin Chocolate, Too

Having already tainted pop radio, S.F. Giants games, wine, and nearly every rock club in San Francisco, Train is now out to impress the icky stamp of its exhausted cliches and limp-dicked rhymes on another seemingly un-ruinable thing: chocolate. The…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Only "Glowing" View of Bay Area Public Transit

The Only "Glowing" View of Bay Area Public Transit

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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 4/10/12: Train at Cafe Du Nord: Seven Good Things About the Band's Intimate Return to S.F.

Live Review, 4/10/12: Train at Cafe Du Nord: Seven Good Things About the Band's Intimate Return to S.F.

Train Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Cafe Du Nord Better than: The Train show you are imagining. Having said pretty much every mean thing that could be honestly said about Train -- and having believed every word of it --…
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Music, All Shook Down Train Announces One-of-a-Kind Free Performance in S.F. This Weekend

Train Announces One-of-a-Kind Free Performance in S.F. This Weekend

Wildly successful S.F. pop-rock band Train just announced* a very unusual addition to its upcoming week of intimate club shows here in the city. As a special promotion for its new album, California 37, the band will be performing…
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Music, All Shook Down President Barack Obama Likes Arcade Fire and the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, Really.

President Barack Obama Likes Arcade Fire and the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, Really.

Yesterday, we found out from a British music news website that, like Santa Claus, Barack Obama keeps a "Nice" list -- or rather a list of people he wants to have supporting him in his re-election campaign. We've seen the…
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Music, All Shook Down The Year in Music Booze: Six Artist's Beverages That Made 2011 One Long Hangover

The Year in Music Booze: Six Artist's Beverages That Made 2011 One Long Hangover

Rock 'n' roll culture died in 2011. It's got nothing to do with your opinion of Bon Iver, but everything to do with Rolling Stone. The former leading voice of modern music upheld its immaculate reputation this year... by starting…
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Music, All Shook Down So Train's Awful Singer Doesn't Even Live in San Francisco or the Bay Area

So Train's Awful Singer Doesn't Even Live in San Francisco or the Bay Area

Did you see our investigation this week into the miseries of Train -- one of the most successful local bands of the last decade? If you did, you'll recall that this infamous, Grammy-winning trio has a song called "Save Me,…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Unpacking the Awful Poetry of Train, One of S.F.'s Most Successful Recent Bands

In Print: Unpacking the Awful Poetry of Train, One of S.F.'s Most Successful Recent Bands

From SF Weekly's latest print edition: Derail the Train: You know the song. You'd recognize it from the gently rolling piano chords that start it off, or the opening lyric -- "Now that she's back in the atmosphere/ With drops…
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Music, All Shook Down The Voice's Season One Finale: Dia Frampton Was Robbed

The Voice's Season One Finale: Dia Frampton Was Robbed

So last night was the grand finale of NBC's The Voice -- the first vaguely credible vocal talent show to find itself on American television. The night before, on Tuesday, the last four contestants each performed a duet with…
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Music, All Shook Down Train Releases a Signature Wine, Becomes Instantly More Irritating

Train Releases a Signature Wine, Becomes Instantly More Irritating

Prepare to be hit by a tsunami of nausea as we inform you that Train -- probably the most insipid band from the Bay Area -- is bringing out a wine (called "Drops of Jupiter" -- after one of…
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Music, All Shook Down The 13 Most Shocking Things from Last Night's <i>Billboard</i> Awards

The 13 Most Shocking Things from Last Night's Billboard Awards

We could talk to you about the fact that Cee-Lo Green went upside down on a levitating piano or that Rihanna performed looking like a cheap Sunset Boulevard hooker, but there were a bunch of other things that happened at…
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Music, All Shook Down Train to Ruin S.F. Giants' Opening Day Game with a Live Performance

Train to Ruin S.F. Giants' Opening Day Game with a Live Performance

It is with much agony that we report the following: Train, a pop-rock band that ranks among San Francisco's most regrettable musical products, will perform at this Friday's Opening Day Giants game, thereby extinguishing every drop of pleasure, hope, and…
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Music, All Shook Down LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Has Literally Never Heard of Train

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Has Literally Never Heard of Train

Well here's a gem from this week's Pop Quiz interview in the SF Chronicle: When Chronicle music critic Aidin Vaziri makes a witty aside in an interview with James Murphy (who is performing at Treasure Island this weekend, as you…
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News, The Snitch Riders Rolling with Muni's Punches

Riders Rolling with Muni's Punches

People love to bitch about Muni. You very rarely hear anyone mention their joyous -- or even normal -- ride to work. That's because Muni is a collective complaint; the bond that ties us together. Imagine the masked joy people…
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Videos of the Day: Ukulele Covers of MGMT and Train (by an 8-year-old)

I have a new rule when it comes to Train songs. I only want to hear them as covered by this cute little 8-year-old on his ukulele. Otherwise, I don't want to hear them at all.    There's a whole YouTube…
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News, The Snitch Transit Experts: Caltrain's Future Grim

Transit Experts: Caltrain's Future Grim

On April Fools' Day, the CEO of Caltrain made an announcement we wish was just a joke: The agency is beyond broke, and will move to cut half its service. And that's only if it's lucky enough to survive at…
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News, The Snitch Eating Oatmeal on the Muni? Really, Pal? That's the Thing to Do?

Eating Oatmeal on the Muni? Really, Pal? That's the Thing to Do?

In the course of getting slowly from here to there on Muni, we've seen it all: urination, defecation,  confrontation, defenestration, and Matt Gonzalez. But, until now, we'd never seen anyone break out a spoon and a bowl and begin slurping…
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