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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Eminem vs. Lana, Lorde vs. Diplo, and Mick Fleetwood vs. The Whitehouse Lawn

This Week: Eminem vs. Lana, Lorde vs. Diplo, and Mick Fleetwood vs. The Whitehouse Lawn

"But I may fight for gay rights, especially if the dyke is more of a knockout than Janay Rice/ Play nice? Bitch I'll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice, like Ray Rice in broad daylight in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mamma's Homecoming

Mamma's Homecoming

It's hard to go wrong with a show like Mamma Mia! Catherine Johnson's feel-good musical has a little something for everyone: a young girl on the eve of her wedding, mysterious lovers from the past, a Greek island setting,…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Gets Out There At Twin Peaks Tavern

Bouncer Gets Out There At Twin Peaks Tavern

It's pretty essential to hit Twin Peaks Tavern as soon as the weather starts to get beautiful in the spring. I'm trying to surround myself with sweet, tender, and joyful things, and middle-aged gay men who get my ABBA allusions…
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Music, All Shook Down Divorces Galore: Eight Musical Couples We Wish Were Still Together

Divorces Galore: Eight Musical Couples We Wish Were Still Together

Since Monday, media everywhere has been agog at the news that Kim Kardashian and her husband of just 72 days are getting divorced. If you ask us, that union was doomed from the get-go. Anyone who watches Keeping Up With…
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Music, All Shook Down

LOL, Pop! Songs to Satisfy Your Love of Palindromes on this Backwards-And-Forwards Week

So today we can write the date the same backwards and forwards. Mind-blowing, right? But it gets better: it's been that way all week and it'll stay that way until a week from today, when 1/20/11 rolls around to…
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Calendar, Night&Day It'll Be Just Like <i>Glee</i>

It'll Be Just Like Glee

Brahms' Requiem isn't something you can catch on the radio while you're driving around and just sing along with, really belting it out since no one can hear you. ABBA, sure. Brahms, no. The San Francisco City Chorus, however, offers…
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Music, Hear This Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga's ear for pop hooks and eye for unsettling imagery have landed her atop the creatively moribund U.S. pop scene like a queen stalking a smoldering battlefield. Shrugging her off as a mere magpie assembling a momentarily diverting spectacle…
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Music, Bouncer

The High Tide time capsule

As you get older, some wise old sayings start to make sense. Such as "Youth is wasted on the young." Or "You can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps." Or "Let a ho be a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Om Face

Om Face

What does it take to bring Jana Drakka and Nina Hartley together? Alcohol, for one, but also charity: Both are on tap at literary event The Priest and the Porn Star. Scottish-born Drakka runs the Jana Drakka Ministry in the…
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Film, Thank You for the Music

Thank You for the Music

I've always enjoyed ABBA — not in that posthoc, so-bad-it's-good hip way, but innocently, the way I like Phil Spector. To this day, howling along in my car to that echoing, cascading, multiply overdubbed wall of sound makes me feel…
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News, The Snitch

RIP Ola Brunkert : Thank You For the Music

Abba drummer found dead in his garden. -Andy Wright…
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Music, Bouncer

It's the sober life for me

I need to come clean about something, gentle reader. I haven't been drinking. I'm not supposed to imbibe because I had surgery, and I run the risk of coma or death if I take a swig. It's sort of like…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of October 25.

ABBA: The Movie (Universal) AC/DC: And Then There Was Rock (Chrome Dreams) Alias: The Complete Fourth Season (Buena Vista) Audioslave: Live in Cuba (Sony) The Beat That My Heart Skipped (Wellspring) Bewitched (Columbia/Tristar) The Day of the Triffids (Pro-Active) Dominion:…
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Culture, Stage


If Mama Mia left you with a craving for more ABBA in your life, don't miss Chess. With music written by the ABBA guys, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Chess is what happens when ABBA goes into heavy mode. Add…
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Music, Record Review


Vue The Death of a Girl (GSL) The druggy, hedonistic glamour of '70s music and culture has profoundly affected the children of that era. The subsumed desperation of that decade's music stretches from David Bowie's cocaine-high paranoid exuberance to Elvis…
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Night Crawler

Under a canopy of imitation palm fronds, 30 men in form-fitting white turtlenecks and black tuxedo pants mouth the words to "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)." Abundant squeals and whistles from the audience cannot distract the chorus from…
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Hearing Voices

Vocals are rarely the focal point of contemporary rock; usually, they're just another instrument, muted to fit over and around the guitar at the heart of a song. Meanwhile, in current dance music, sampling rips words from the bodies of…
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