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Music, Hear This Sonny and the Sunsets: Show Preview

Sonny and the Sunsets: Show Preview

Okay, yes, San Francisco's beloved Sonny and the Sunsets made a country album. But don't let the long tears of pedal steel guitar and bouncy two-step bass lines turn you off the excellent Longtime Companion. Singer-songwriter Sonny Smith wrote the…
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Music, Hear This Gram Parsons Tribute Concert: Show Preview

Gram Parsons Tribute Concert: Show Preview

Coincidentally, the late Gram Parsons is of the Order of 27, the age at which he, Amy Winehouse, and Kurt Cobain departed this mortal coil. He didn't quite invent country-rock, but he was among the first to combine the two,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Powerful Backup

Powerful Backup

Rarely has a great songwriter, a man who is an icon and a joy to behold, been very nearly outclassed by his backup singers. The only other example we know is the early work of Gram Parsons and his tiny…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Sleepless Nights Gram Parsons Tribute

Last Night: Sleepless Nights Gram Parsons Tribute

9th Annual Sleepless Nights: Gram Parsons Tribute Concert Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 Great American Music Hall Better Than: Ninety percent of all other tribute shows. Eric Shea and Molly Tuttle are all-stars of the local country music scene --…
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Music, The Downer Party’s old-soul leader exudes pop excitement

The Downer Party’s old-soul leader exudes pop excitement

It's easy to forget that Sierra Frost, the leader of the Downer Party, is only 19. That is, until she asks who Gram Parsons is, begins assigning best friend status to multiple people, and explains that the title of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Let's Get Groovy

Let's Get Groovy

The Fruit Bats' new album, The Ruminant Band, further proves that Sub Pop has a nefarious desire to turn back the clock. One of the tracks on the record, "Singing Joy to the World," finds the protagonist taking an Indian…
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Music, Hear This Gram Parson’s Nudie Blues

Gram Parson’s Nudie Blues

The Bay Area has adored rhinestone-studded country-rocker Gram Parsons since the late '60s. Last year Amoeba Music released the Flying Burrito Brothers' Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969, an archival recording from one of San Francisco's premier hippie venues. Then…
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Music, Jonathan Richman finds more dry humor in the simplest situations

Jonathan Richman finds more dry humor in the simplest situations

Jonathan Richman's musical importance is generally understated, despite his having released nearly two dozen records over the past three decades. While he has been heralded as something like the godfather of offbeat singer-songwriting, it's easy for his reported eccentricities (such…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Good Folks

Gram Parsons, Sweetheart of the Rodeo-era Byrds, and Bob Dylan in a Nashville Skyline mood hang around the music of Donovan Quinn. As part of the strong local folk-rock scene, Quinn -- who's been involved with Skygreen Leopards, Verdure, and…
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Music, Hear This The Nastiest EP on the market

The Nastiest EP on the market

In the video for its first single "Ungawa," Oakland's Chow Nasty (Joey Enos, Damon Harris, and Zac Hewitt) ogle fierce Amazonian trannies and party like it's 1999 in a streamer-filled room. Dour-faced rockers they ain't; there's a real sense of…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Fallen Angel Gram Parsons gains flight in new documentary

Fallen Angel Gram Parsons gains flight in new documentary

"We're talking about a very classic Tennessee Williams play here — Southern money and alcoholism. Just a tragedy." So begins director Gandulf Hennig's newly released documentary, Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel, with Chris Hillman of the Byrds/Flying Burrito Brothers summarizing the…
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Music, Reviewed Mojave 3

Mojave 3

Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell have been down the reinvention road before. Back when they were the core of British shoegazers Slowdive, the pair concluded that the noisy, swirling sound they'd helped advance was a creative dead-end and they'd better…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's a Twang Thang

It's a Twang Thang

The long, hot summer of 1972 was a schizophrenic time to flip on the radio, with bombast rock from Three Dog Night and Janis Joplin battling for pop supremacy with cheesy acts like the Partridge Family and the Osmonds. Into…
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Music, Reviewed Dave Gleason's Wasted Days

Dave Gleason's Wasted Days

The altcountry scene certainly has no shortage of artists genuflecting toward the late, legendary Gram Parsons. Yet few have retraced his steps as thoroughly and as convincingly as Oakland bandleader Dave Gleason, who embraces the same all-inclusive musical vision as…
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Music, Beachwood Sparks

Beachwood Sparks

L.A.'s Beachwood Sparks are in love -- hazily infatuated with the psychedelic Golden State country music of late hippiedom. If you've already fallen for the very same tousled beauty, then Once We Were Trees might touch your heart too. This…
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Music, Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons pioneered the country-rock scene back in the swinging '60s, at a time when rednecks battled with longhairs for the soul of the nation and most hippies thought "Nashville" was synonymous with "Nazi." Appearing as a cross-pollinating apostle, Parsons…
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Music, Grievous Angels

Grievous Angels

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Gram Parsons got a lot of attention for doing immense amounts of drugs and being cremated by amateurs in Joshua Tree National Monument. He also wrote some of the nicest country songs to…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

That such a thing as "desert rock" can thrive on our drizzling shores -- even under the insidious nomenclature of "stoner rock" -- seems an abomination of sorts. Those thick, chunky blankets of guitar rolling across an epic horizon of…
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The House of Tudor

When William S. Burroughs passed over, San Francisco had already expended itself on the memory of beat poet Allen Ginsberg. And since Burroughs wasn't a city resident at the time of his empyrean call, he didn't get much more than…
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Dust to Dust

In the inaugural issue of No Depression -- a fanzine out of Seattle that has somehow grown to embody the genre of "insurgent country" -- the editors wrote: "We claim Gram Parsons as our unholy ghost, minister of the shotgun…
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