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News, Chem Tales Ex-Pats: The Migration to Pot-Friendly States, for Health Reasons

Ex-Pats: The Migration to Pot-Friendly States, for Health Reasons

Before returning home to England, Clark French — a charming 27-year-old with the accent and turns-of-phrase irresistible to the kind of Americans for whom public television is a ritual — capped off a December visit to San Francisco in typical…
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Music, Hear This La Plebe: Show Preview

La Plebe: Show Preview

Punk is an international language. So even though most San Franciscans probably haven't heard of La Plebe — a local punk band whose name means "The People," and which has been inciting mosh pits around the Bay Area since 2001…
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Film, "The Last Days on Mars": As With All Last Days, It Involves Zombies

"The Last Days on Mars": As With All Last Days, It Involves Zombies

Things to keep in mind about Ruairi Robinson's sci-fi horror movie The Last Days on Mars: It's based on a short story originally published in a 1975 anthology called Tales of Terror from Outer Space, and in 2010 the script…
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Music, Hear This Primal Scream: Show Preview

Primal Scream: Show Preview

Primal Scream might not be the U.K.'s best rock band, but it's certainly the country's most innovative. That's because of the group's willingness to augment its '70s-era rock 'n' roll with wildly divergent influences pulled from the '90s rave scene:…
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Music, Hear This Saxon: Show Preview

Saxon: Show Preview

It may not have reached the global audience of fellow New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, but veteran U.K. group Saxon has definitely earned its place in headbanging history. Led by charismatic singer…
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News, Ask Me Anything: Having a Forced Conversation with an Artificial Intelligence

Ask Me Anything: Having a Forced Conversation with an Artificial Intelligence

In the early 1960s, Hanna-Barbera conceived an animated TV sitcom that imagined a typical American family in 2062: Dad commutes to work in a flying saucer; young Elroy putters to school by pushing buttons on his jet-pack; the women (ahem)…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Movies Seen Round the World

The Movies Seen Round the World

Future Shorts, the largest worldwide pop-up film festival, returns to San Francisco with a selection of some of the best classic, cult, and award-winning short films from around the world, specially curated every three months by Future Shorts HQ…
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Dining, Eat The Cavalier: A Posh British-Themed Restaurant Rides Into Union Square

The Cavalier: A Posh British-Themed Restaurant Rides Into Union Square

Theme restaurants are tricky things to pull off. Go too far, and you've got an overblown headache like the Rainforest Cafe. Don't push far enough, and the place feels half-done and hollow, like circus-ish Straw. But done just right —…
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Music, Hear This Duke Dumont: Show Preview

Duke Dumont: Show Preview

In 2012, Duke Dumont stepped out from behind the mixing console with two For Club Play EPs, and he's been in the spotlight ever since. Known for emotionally charged remixes, Dumont compiles disco, tech-house, and U.K. garage influences into harmonious,…
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Music, Hear This Savages: Show Preview

Savages: Show Preview

Savages' sudden blast upward proves that you should never underestimate the value of mystique. The London post-punk outfit has only been active since October 2011, but it's already amassed a substantial following among music journalists based on the electricity of…
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Music, Hear This Wax Idols: Show Preview

Wax Idols: Show Preview

Wax Idols began as a vehicle for Bay Area garage-punk songstress Heather Fedewa, aka Hether Fortune (Bare Wires, Hunx & His Punx), but since has become a proper Oakland-based combo. Their 2011 debut No Future shows a spot-on awareness and…
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Music, Hear This The Specials: Show Preview

The Specials: Show Preview

If you're married with a kid but you should be having fun, there are worse things you could do this weekend than go skank your brains out to The Specials. This legendary U.K. ska crew created some of the most…
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Music, Hear This Seapony: Show Preview

Seapony: Show Preview

At one time, the terms "pop," "sweet," and "dissonance" were totally incompatible — how could you enjoy all of 'em at the same time in the same song? Seattle-spawned Seapony routinely makes an art of that feat. Inspired by the…
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Music, Hear This Ben UFO: Show Preview

Ben UFO: Show Preview

The results are in, and Ben Thomson (aka Ben UFO) ranks No. 21 (out of 100) on Resident Advisor's authoritative Top DJs of 2012 list. This should come as no surprise to fans of the London-based DJ. With no production…
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Music, Hear This Mount Kimbie: Show Preview

Mount Kimbie: Show Preview

Though dubstep might be associated with robo-flatulence and car alarm noises in the United States, it's something entirely different in its native U.K. This discrepancy accounts for why the comparatively soulful sounds of London-based duo Mount Kimbie are considered an…
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Music, Hear This Dawn Penn: Show Preview

Dawn Penn: Show Preview

From 1966 to 1970, between the decline of Jamaican ska and the rise of reggae, rocksteady held sway in Jamaica, impacting the U.S. and U.K. charts as well. Figureheads like Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, and Dawn Penn laid the foundation…
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Music, Hear This Blockhead: Show Preview

Blockhead: Show Preview

New Yorker Tony Simon calls himself Blockhead because he thinks his dome has that shape. He's an accomplished producer for rappers such as Aesop Rock and MURS, but has leaned toward instrumental music on his five solo albums. The occasional…
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Music, Hear This Regrooved: Show Preview

Regrooved: Show Preview

Ghetto Funk, the British record label and collective, is bringing Regrooved, its international DJ tour, to San Francisco for the first time. The party is loosely built on the idea of remixing, remaking, and recontextualizing old groove records for a…
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Music, Hear This SBTRKT: Show Preview

SBTRKT: Show Preview

U.K. producer SBTRKT — a.k.a. "subtract," or Aaron Jerome to his mates — actually operates by an additive property: Begin with equal portions of Chicago house's insistent thump, dubstep's throaty bass, U.K. funky's Afro-Latin percussion, and modern R&B's stuttering synths;…
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Calendar, Night&Day When Less Really Is More

When Less Really Is More

U.K. producer SBTRKT — a.k.a. "subtract," or Aaron Jerome to his mates — actually operates by an additive property: Begin with equal portions of Chicago house's insistent thump, dubstep's throaty bass, U.K. funky's Afro-Latin percussion, and modern R&B's stuttering synths;…
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