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Music, Hear This Knitters: Show Preview

Knitters: Show Preview

While rock and country music have come together at many junctures, it's often been a skittish relationship — which is why the Knitters' debut, Poor Little Critter on the Road, was an oddity upon its 1985 release. Consisting of three-quarters…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Annie's Social Club to close at the end of the year

Annie's Social Club to close at the end of the year

New Year's Eve marks the close of more than a calendar decade — it's also the last night the lowbrow Folsom Street institution Annie's Social Club will be open. After four years of giving local bands, karaoke fans, and Britpop…
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Music, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

"Oh, my God. Oh, my God. I'm sorry. This moment is so much bigger than me." -- Halle Berry at the 74th Annual Academy Awards Most of us, when Oscar night goes on forever and our chips and liquor begin…
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Hear This

One man towers -- literally and figuratively -- over the West Coast retrobilly scene, and that man is Deke Dickerson, the good-natured guitar god from Burbank. After carving out a name for himself as a teenage axeman in the garage-surf…
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Music, Dave Alvin

Dave Alvin

Growing up in the shadow of Disneyland in Downey, Calif., future Blasters Dave and Phil Alvin found their own magic kingdom at thrift stores and swap meets, rifling through stacks of out-of-print blues and country records. Their early finds sparked…
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Hot Licks

The strip around 850 Bryant, shadowed by the looming Hall of Justice, isn't exactly a happening scene, unless your idea of happening involves getting tossed in the drunk tank on a Saturday night or pleading your case to a surly…
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Revival Meeting

Back in the old days, when a rock 'n' roll or country tour came to town, it was an event. For one thing, live music shows were relatively scarce 30 or so years ago, compared to the constant barrage of…
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