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Music, All Shook Down Your World Series National Anthem Singers: Aretha and Zooey, But Not Bob Seger

Your World Series National Anthem Singers: Aretha and Zooey, But Not Bob Seger

So, okay, Phillip Phillips, the American Idol winner, wasn't awful at the National Anthem before last night's World Series Game 1. And tonight's singer is Matthew Morrison, who plays a character on another Fox TV show some people watch, called…
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Calendar, Night&Day Won't You Take Me to …

Won't You Take Me to …

Electro-funk was initially an "urban" experience, relegated to the R&B charts. But in the mid-'80s, the synthesizer-driven sound crossed over to the mainstream, delivering hits for Cameo, Midnight Star, and, of course, Prince. Soon, synths were everywhere, driving smashes by…
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Music, Hear This Death gets reanimated in the hands of Gob Iron

Death gets reanimated in the hands of Gob Iron

The members may not hail from the same Nazareth that a certain bearded hippy with crackpot ideas came from a couple thousand years ago, but that doesn't mean the Pennsylvania-based threesome that comprises Pearls and Brass won't get biblical on…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

I knew something was up when Tegan & Sara wound up on the Monster-in-Law soundtrack. Ever since some dialed-in music supervisor in Newport Beach figured out how to exploit indie rock, hipsters have infiltrated mainstream media, replacing Bob Seger and…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Radio Show

A rare case of whimsy and eclecticism in radio programming. Hosted by Alisa Clancy on the jazz station KCSM, the show is nothing more than that old barstool exercise of choosing your desert-island music. Every week, a jazz type --…
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Music, Reviewed The Industrial Jazz Group

The Industrial Jazz Group

While the Industrial Jazz Group's odd moniker conjures images of Nine Inch Nails with a horn section, the Los Angeles nonet is actually about as "industrial" as Bob Seger. (Just in case, City of Angles' cover includes the warning "File…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

God save the Briefs. Like all the Sex Pistols/Ramones worshippers before it, the band does nothing to reinvent old-school punk; unlike the other misfits, however, the Briefs do everything possible to take the piss out of punk with quick wit…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Noise Pop Tip Sheet

Slanted and unenchanted Watching a music fan get excited about the Noise Pop Festival is akin to spotting a pedestrian wearing shorts in May: You can tell he's new to town. As Noise Pop enters its ninth year, it grows…
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Let Them Eat Cake

"We started out with the idea that it was noble to be a bar band," says songwriter/vocalist/ guitarist John McCrea of Cake, "to supply music to people, focusing just on the service aspect of it." An old-fashioned, blue-collar, working-class band…
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