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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

In his early years, the young altoist Jackie McLean copied Charlie Parker perfectly -- right down to the heroin addiction -- before extending the bebop vocabulary on a series of stunning Blue Note albums in the late '50s and early…
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Music, Reviewed Saadet Türköz

Saadet Türköz

Earlier this year at the Berkeley Art Museum, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado's "Migrations" exhibit showcased the stark problems engendered by globalism. The images of indigenous folk forced from their homelands because of ethnic wars, disease, and destroyed economies provided a…
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Music, Ace of Bass

Ace of Bass

For some people, the list of groundbreaking jazz bassists begins and ends with Charles Mingus, who passed away in 1979. Perhaps it's Mingus' sheer charisma as much as the music itself; he was as known for womanizing, fisticuffs, and the…
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Music, Give the Drummer Some

Give the Drummer Some

On the evolutionary food chain of the music scene, drummers have to rank near the bottom, right between roadies and unruly fans. Drummers can be flaky, undependable, and prone to suddenly moving to, say, Los Angeles, destroying a band's chemistry…
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Calendar, Night&Day Who's Bad?

Who's Bad?

Michael Jackson's Thriller sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, spawned seven Top 10 hits, inspired a dance and fashion craze, and revolutionized MTV with its slick, film-inspired videos. Most incredibly, it convinced my cousin to pry the Prince poster…
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Music, Tenor Madness

Tenor Madness

When it comes to Sonny Rollins, it doesn't take much prompting to solicit superlatives from jazz stars. Joshua Redman, the 33-year-old Berkeley Wunderkind and popular Warner Bros. recording artist, says, "I don't think there's a tenor player playing today who…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dramatic Readings

Dramatic Readings

Legend has it that Allen Ginsberg's career officially began in October 1955 with his groundbreaking reading of "Howl" at the former Six Gallery. The unprecedented performance not only established the Bay Area as a prime destination for "wanna-beats," but also…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hitting the Biggi Time

Hitting the Biggi Time

Over the past several years, a creative-music pipeline between Europe and the Bay Area has brought great jazz artists here, among them bassist Peter Kowald (Germany) and saxophonists Gianni Gebbia (Italy) and Mats Gustafsson (Sweden). They play scintillating stands at…
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Music, Zmrzlina

Zmrzlina

Listening to Katastrophe Vol. 3, the newest offering from S.F. band Zmrzlina, is like going to a theater to see a noir thriller and getting David Lynchian oddness instead. The music on the group's sophomore effort is so lush and…
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News, Feature SF Music Awards 2001

SF Music Awards 2001

It was a strange experience putting this show together in the midst of so much turmoil. The timing was all wrong. I found myself sending out congratulations to nominated musicians at a time when offering congratulations could not be more…
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Calendar, Night&Day Anticipation

Anticipation

There is something mysteriously alluring about transitional spaces -- lobbies, train stations, airports -- that inadvertently draws our attention and curiosity. Who hasn't watched passengers at the airport and been tempted to make up stories about them? Have you ever…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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