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Music, Punk Rock's Nine Lives

Punk Rock's Nine Lives

On Friday, Sept. 7, the space at 443 Broadway, once known as the Fab Mab (Mabuhay Gardens), and more recently the Velvet Lounge, reopened its doors to live music as Club 443. The place drew an almost-capacity crowd for a…
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Music, Reviewed The Affair

The Affair

As in any field of endeavor, certain cliches arise around women in music. If they're singing rock 'n' roll, those stereotypes include: tuff chick/wild woman out of control, naif/waif, tortured poet/grad student. Kali Holloway, frontwoman for New York City-based combo…
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Music, BeatBox Dhamaal celebrates lucky number seven

Dhamaal celebrates lucky number seven

Since moving to San Francisco in 2002, one-man-band the Genie (AKA Luis Monterrosa) has collaborated with like-minded, difficult-to-pin-down singers, DJs, MCs, and producers who blur the boundaries of rock, electronica, and hip hop. As a solo live performer, the Genie…
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Music, OK Then

A&R Q&A

Wolf Parade was without question one of 2005's best discoveries. As the latest phenomenon in the seemingly endless procession (pardon the pun) of top-shelf indie rock bands from Montreal, the group, whose debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary, was released…
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Music, Reviewed Lady Sovereign

Lady Sovereign

After decades of suffering glittery novelties like Icy Blu, Blondie, and, most recently, the puerile Princess Superstar, rap has finally been gifted its first great artisan of the white female voice. And surely it's the voice that makes Lady Sovereign…
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Music, Reviewed The Fall

The Fall

I've done some bad things in my day; I suppose all of us have. Still, I've recently been turned around, for good this time, and I owe it all to Mark E. Smith. See, in the 56 minutes it took…
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Music, BeatBox

BeatBox

When they're not overseeing the revelry at their monthly mash-up night at Cherry Bar, "Bootie," or making sure everyone is sufficiently fucked up and getting into all sorts of mischief at the Stud during their late, late Friday night club…
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Culture, Stage That'll Be the Day

That'll Be the Day

Among the honored too-early-dead of rock 'n' roll, Buddy Holly is untouchable. Not only did he help invent the genre, but he also helped invent the too-early death. Holly died at 22 (it's still astonishing, given the tower of hits…
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Music, Reviewed U.S. Maple

U.S. Maple

If punk rock is inspiring because it encourages people who wouldn't normally play music to pick up a guitar and strum a few chords, then U.S. Maple's Purple on Time is the most inspiring album in the history of Earth.…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

While pundits sometimes argue the fact, the rest of us accept it: The Ramones were the first punk band. No muss, no fuss, just four chords, two minutes, and the "Blitzkrieg Bop" that caught everyone's attention. In 1977, when the…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen For Christ's Sake!

For Christ's Sake!

SAT 7/5 Most cult-movie revivals require one or more of the following: shouting profanities at the screen, doing the "Time Warp," or getting smacked in the head by a piece of flying toast, à la The Rocky Horror Picture Show.…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

Southern Exposure's blast from the pastSAT 4/12 Clad in spandex halter tops, crotch-hugging short shorts, and lamé leg warmers, the Solid Gold dancers gave new meaning to the term "boob tube." The '80s TV show supposedly counted down the top…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

Last year, the South by Southwest music festival surrendered its heart to Petty Booka like a desperate, middle-aged husband who is "revitalized" by the smile of a 17-year-old coquette. "Japan Nite" found a horde of music journalists and indie rockers…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

"I write songs about boys in bands that piss me off and break my heart," says Jenny Stiletto, singer for the Orphans. Heartbreak is a great subject for punk songs, as the Muffs and Buzzcocks have amply demonstrated, but Stiletto…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Marina Outpost in the Mission

Of all San Francisco's neighborhoods, the Mission boasts the scene that's hardest to define. Bars up and down the vibrant Valencia strip on a Saturday night boast mellow vibes, dim lighting, and diverse clienteles. And then there's Blondie's, which has…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Pop Philosophy

Going underground Denver's Friends Forever has a unique stage show, in large part because of its stage. The experimental duo -- comprised of last-nameless drummer/ vocalist Nate and bassist/keyboardist Josh -- performs exclusively in its VW van. The pair drive…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Block for a Culinary Tour of the World

There are 15 restaurants on this block of the Mission, representing eight distinct cuisines: everything from the tasty Mexican fast food of La Cumbre, El Toro, or Mariachi to the upscale Vietnamese-meets-California-cuisine of the Slanted Door. If it's Indian food…
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Dining, Social Grace

Social Grace

Dear Social Grace, I was having dinner with some co-workers at a restaurant. The restaurant was packed, and tables were right next to each other. One man from our table started to tell a story about bodily functions in gory…
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News, Dog Bites

Dog Bites

Logan Five! Identify!With the weekend's ice-fishing-appropriate weather, Dog Bites began to wonder if it weren't almost a cruel irony that we found ourselves watching a reggae band -- a reggae band! -- over on Fillmore Street, when by rights we…
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News, Dog Bites Dog Bites

Dog Bites

Vive La RévolutionLife as a high-profile newspaper columnist is, God knows, demanding. But life as a publicity-seeking would-be revolutionary is even more so -- which is why Dog Bites realizes that, despite sundry members of our readerships' hopes to the…
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