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Music, All Shook Down Grammy Awards Change The Rules to Allow Streaming-Only Tracks

Grammy Awards Change The Rules to Allow Streaming-Only Tracks

The rules for the Grammy Awards change often — as in every few years. But the changes announced on Thursday, June 16, by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the awards, are bigger than just…
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Music, All Shook Down Peep the Nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards

Peep the Nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards

Early this morning, the nominees for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards were announced. And we gotta admit, none of the nominees came as a shocker. Both Taylor Swift and The Weeknd are nominated for seven awards, with Kendrick Lamar…
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Arthouse Movie Listings July 2-8, 2014

Balboa Theater. The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground: Documentary about the Grammy-winning klezmer band. Thu., July 3, 7:30 p.m. $7.50-$10. 3630 Balboa, San Francisco, 221-2184, www.balboamovies.com. The Castro Theatre. Midnites for Maniacs: Triple bill featuring all three films in the Back…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

Sizzle Holy shit was that a great wedding at the Grammy Awards. As Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and others performed the tolerance anthem "Same Love," a number of couples, straight and gay, were married en masse in the middle of…
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Music, Hear This Mayer Hawthorne: Show Preview

Mayer Hawthorne: Show Preview

When Mayer Hawthorne takes the stage in Oakland this Saturday, he and his four-piece touring band will no doubt deliver polished versions of songs off of his latest album, Where Does This Door Go, which has been likened — both…
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Music, All Shook Down The Five Best Moments From Last Night's Grammy Awards

The Five Best Moments From Last Night's Grammy Awards

Last night was the 56th Annual Grammy Awards: Three and a half hours of back-slapping and ass-kissing and sparkly outfits and singing and stuff. We sat through the entire thing so you wouldn't have to. These were the most outstanding…
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Music, Your Resident Latin Expert: John Santos' New SFJAZZ Series

Your Resident Latin Expert: John Santos' New SFJAZZ Series

A conversation with John Santos is like sitting in on a dynamic college course on Afro-Latin music — but there are no lulls and no test afterward. Watch Santos perform live on conga drums with a full band of horn…
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Music, All Shook Down Metallica's Grammy Performance: Kirk Hammett on Playing With Pianist Lang Lang

Metallica's Grammy Performance: Kirk Hammett on Playing With Pianist Lang Lang

Across the Internet, a single reaction greeted the news Metallica will be performing at this Sunday's Grammy Awards alongside Chinese pianist Lang Lang: Huh? "We just cannot figure out how 'Metallica' -- which means pummeling, titanic riffs -- and 'classical…
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Music, All Shook Down The 2013 Grammy Awards: Few Surprises, Lots of Drudgery, a Little Fun.

The 2013 Grammy Awards: Few Surprises, Lots of Drudgery, a Little Fun.

The Grammy Awards are dull and insipid every year, but at least for the last two years the Recording Academy managed a few surprises: In 2011, Arcade Fire won Album of the Year, providing a climactic reality-check for thousands of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco

If you thought Ani DiFranco has mellowed out and gone away just because she got all jazzy, became a mom, and won a Grammy for Best Recording Package, then you haven't heard ¿Which Side Are You On?, her best and…
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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 • Controversial singer Lana Del Rey played a very crowded show at Amoeba Music — and despite her shaky live reputation, she sounded pretty darn good. Del Rey's presence onstage was unpretentious and easygoing, and she put the versatility…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ambitious Actress

Ambitious Actress

What more could the winner of two Emmys, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony, and an Academy Award ask for? It might seem that she would be content to bask in the golden glow radiating from her trophy cabinet, but…
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Music, Derail the Train: On the Biggest S.F. Band of the Decade

Derail the Train: On the Biggest S.F. Band of the Decade

You know the song. You'd recognize it from the gently rolling piano chords that start it off, or the opening lyric — "Now that she's back in the atmosphere/ With drops of Jupiter in her hair," sung in Pat Monahan's…
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Music, BeatBox Kid Cudi: Show Preview

Kid Cudi: Show Preview

Anyone looking for hip-hop that's free of pretension and strong on honest-to-goodness emotions would be well advised to catch Kid Cudi on his latest tour. This low-key Ohio boy, friend of Kanye West, Grammy nominee, and hipster-rock crossover star has…
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Music, Shabazz Palaces Lets Its Hip-Hop Do the Talking

Shabazz Palaces Lets Its Hip-Hop Do the Talking

If there's one thing we're supposed to know about Shabazz Palaces, it's that we're not supposed to know shit. In the two years since recordings by the Seattle-based hip-hop act of that name have surfaced to effusive praise, Palaces' MC,…
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Music, BeatBox Ana Tijoux: Show Preview

Ana Tijoux: Show Preview

Hip-hop monolinguists take note: The revolution may not be translated, but it will be amplified this weekend when the French-Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux brings her combination of dusty grooves and percussive rhymes to two Bay Area venues. The Grammy-nominated, NPR-hyped,…
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Music, BeatBox Jazzy Jeff: Show Preview

Jazzy Jeff: Show Preview

Game geeks may know him from his role in Activision's "DJ Hero," but the Magnificent Jazzy Jeff Townes started spinning Philly house parties way back in the early '80s and went on to win multiple Grammys with Will "The Fresh…
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Music, All Shook Down Local Grammy Nominees: Green Day, Metallica, Symphony, More

Local Grammy Nominees: Green Day, Metallica, Symphony, More

For those who follow the Grammys, we have a couple locals in the running. Nominations were announced today, and the following Bay Area acts are up for little gold statues:Green Day's "21 Guns" got a nod in two categories: "Best…
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Music, Let's Get Killed <i>American Idiot</i> the musical fails to give Green Day&#146;s anthems narrative arc

American Idiot the musical fails to give Green Day’s anthems narrative arc

Five years ago, Green Day released a record many pop-punk fans felt was a middle finger to the status quo. American Idiot was taken as a grand, rock-operatic statement against various miseries — Bush in the White House, war in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Softly, Sweetly

Softly, Sweetly

You can have "Killing Me Softly with His Song." Roberta Flack's most famous song is a grand treasure, a thing of beauty, and an artwork that makes us proud to be American. And maybe it's blasphemy to say anything even…
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