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Music, Hear This A Western Winter Formal Featuring The Easy Leaves: Show Preview

A Western Winter Formal Featuring The Easy Leaves: Show Preview

San Francisco talks a big game about its folksy leanings, but what have you done lately to conjure the frontier spirit besides drink beer out of a mason jar? Never fear: The Great American Music Hall's got your city-slicker back…
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Music, Hear This Red Meat: Show Preview

Red Meat: Show Preview

In 1993, when life in S.F. was still cheap, Red Meat was born from the remains of local outfits the Movie Stars and Genuine Diamelles. Long before "Americana" was a useful marketing term, Red Meat played hard-edged, unadulterated honky-tonk country…
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News, The Snitch Fat Black Bear Shows Up to Middle School Graduation

Fat Black Bear Shows Up to Middle School Graduation

In San Francisco, when someone says a bear crashed a graduation party, they're probably talking about a student's dad.But down south in Bakersfield, when a bear crashes a party, it's actually a terrifying experience.A black bear reportedly interrupted a graduation…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Among California's Top Three Job-Creating Cities

San Francisco Among California's Top Three Job-Creating Cities

"Pandering to the conventional wisdom," former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller once observed, is "the mortal sin of journalism." There are plenty of journalistic sinners out there, particularly when it comes to the conventional wisdom on San Francisco.Self-consciously…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Local musician, artist, and writer Sonny Smith invented 100 bands with songs and cover art for a project last year. On Saturday, two of them, Earth Girl Helen Brown and the Fuckaroos, came to life onstage at Amnesia, populated…
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Calendar, Night&Day Just Doe It

Just Doe It

When you think about the possible food metaphors for veteran punk rock singers, "hot caramel sauce" might not be the first one you grab for. But when you hear Country Club, the new record by John Doe and the Sadies,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rearing and Bucking

Rearing and Bucking

Is Buck Owens a guilty pleasure? The former Hee Haw star and 1960s hayseed country music hero is credited with inventing the Bakersfield sound, which is somewhere between outlaw country and Nashville country. It’s ... unsophisticated. But the guy had…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Great Buck Howard</i>

The Great Buck Howard

No one does raging unlovability quite like John Malkovich, who’s a total gas when he drops the bombast that often bogs down his more serious roles. Not that Buck Howard, the once-great mentalist now playing to half-empty theaters in Hicksville,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Haggard Far from Tired

Haggard Far from Tired

As international music icons go, Merle Haggard is kind of a weird one. He's an ex-con who writes immortal pop poetry ("Tonight the bottle let me down/And let your memory come around."). He's antiwar, pro-hick, and famously frowns on longhairs.…
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Calendar, Night&Day All Bucked Up

All Bucked Up

Local getup Red Meat may be Bay Area born and bred, but its sound is pure Bakersfield. For those of you who don't own Wrangler jeans, the Bakersfield sound is the slick hick style of the early 1960s made famous…
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Music, Music News

Music News

CLEVELAND -- During its annual Sausages 'N' Suds hoedown, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers condemned the Recording Industry Association of America, citing the breach of an age-old agreement requiring that all music nominally associated with the railroad industry be "tougher…
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Dining, Eat Cook's Tour

Cook's Tour

Often when people ask me for restaurant recommendations, they preface their requests with an apology: "I know you must be sick of this, but ...." No, I'm not, I tell them; I love helping people find good places to eat.…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Country Band

Don't dare label Red Meat altcountry or Americana. It is, first and foremost, a country band, drawing primarily from the sparkling, twang-laden, whiskey-spiked well of the Bakersfield sound (cf Buck Owens, Merle Haggard), as well as from iconic honky-tonker George…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

In the early '60s San Joaquin Valley superpicker Buck Owens almost single-handedly rescued country music from the sleepy formulae of Nashville's "countrypolitan" crossover acts. His upbeat West Coast sound brought the bright, fat tones of the Fender Telecaster into the…
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Various Artists SwingWest! Volume 1: Bakersfield Volume 2: Guitar Slingers Volume 3: Western Swing Razor & Tie Who needs Nashville? California has had country-and-western know-how for more than 50 years. Take Bakersfield, hometown of Buck Owens, whose Buckaroos had a…
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House of Tudor

If you owned a television set between 1969 and 1986, you'll recognize Buck Owens as the thicker-than-pig-slop hayseed in overalls who used to host Hee Haw. But don't hold that against him: For those whose memories, or vinyl collections, reach…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

Baby Face A long-running joke among those who know local actor Luis Saguar is that he always plays hoodlums; he's a sweet, gentle sort of guy, but for some reason directors take one look at him and think "criminal." Rather…
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