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Music, Hear This Mark Mulcahy: Show Preview

Mark Mulcahy: Show Preview

Return with us now to the mid-1980s through the mid-'90s, when jangle-pop bands dotted the musical landscape: assorted combos with varying approaches but a common denominator of bright guitars and harmonious vocals. One such was Connecticut's Miracle Legion, initially dogged…
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News, The Snitch Hisashi Sugaya's Tenderloin Walk of Shame

Hisashi Sugaya's Tenderloin Walk of Shame

As promised, the shame-faced planning commissioner Hisashi Sugaya traversed the streets of the Tenderloin Friday afternoon to atone for an earlier remark suggesting a neighborhood grocery store peddle drugs.After making his comment publicly, Sugaya, who was reappointed to the Planning…
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News, The Snitch Hisashi Sugaya, SF Planning Commissioner, Offends Tenderloin Residents With Drug Joke

Hisashi Sugaya, SF Planning Commissioner, Offends Tenderloin Residents With Drug Joke

Planning Commissioner Hisashi "Bill" Sugaya is well on his way to becoming as notoriously offensive as former Supervisor Chris Daly. While he isn't dropping F-bombs and accusing the mayor of having a cocaine habit, Sugaya's offenses are ticking people off…
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Music, Hear This Sister Crayon: Show Preview

Sister Crayon: Show Preview

Here's an unsolicited conceptual suggestion for a Sister Crayon music video. It can be about one of those recordings people make late at night to prove their house is haunted. But the house has to have a lot of character,…
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News, The Snitch Tales From the 'Mind-Blowing' Room of Accused Tenderloin Art Thief Terry Helbing

Tales From the 'Mind-Blowing' Room of Accused Tenderloin Art Thief Terry Helbing

Last week we wrote about how accused art thief Terry Helbing's amazing single-room occupancy hotel room was the stuff of legend in the Tenderloin -- even before the 53-year-old was arrested and accused of pilfering more than $100,000 worth of…
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Music, Hear This Odessa Chen

Odessa Chen

Local singer-songwriter Odessa Chen is self-taught on guitar and classically trained in cello and voice; she belonged to choirs specializing in medieval styles. Her singing is mellifluous as the late Jeff Buckley's, while her distinctive songs balance temperate emotional intimacy…
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Music, Reviewed Transfer


Rising from the ashes of Chico jam band Ten Pound Brown, San Diego's Transfer is already a fan favorite in its hometown and deserves to get noticed with this debut full-length. The band, which was nominated for a San Diego…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 Her work on Digable Planets' Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) is etched in our brains forever: "I'm from where the phat beats stretch for mad blocks," she rapped in the early 1990s, with…
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Calendar, Performance Damn It All

Damn It All

THURS 10/21 A 15-piece orchestra, classically trained singers, and an internationally renowned production team make it sound like a serious opera. But though Hell: A workshop of an opera in one act is in many ways serious, librettist Eileen Myles…
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Calendar, Performance Quirky as Folk

Quirky as Folk

SUN 7/11 Devendra Banhart is a strange bird who refuses to be pigeonholed. You can't write him off as just another wandering-minstrel folk singer -- though he was named by an Indian mystic, has shaggy hair, and writes incomprehensible lyrics…
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Music, Reviewed Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley

The late Jeff Buckley (1966-1997) was a singularly amazing vocalist -- a trait shared with his father, avant-folk troubadour Tim Buckley (1947-1975). Like his dad, Buckley could purr like a jungle cat, sigh like a Delta bluesman, improvise like a…
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Music, Reviewed Summer at Shatter Creek

Summer at Shatter Creek

Summer at Shatter Creek is the ultimate solo album. Not only has Craig Gurwich played every instrument and written and recorded every song on his debut, but the tunes themselves feel like they were composed in a room far removed…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley has one hell of an ear. His label Smells Like Records has become a showcase for all kinds of diamonds in the rough, including eviscerating folk singer Cat Power (who recorded the sublime Myra Lee…
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Music, Kelly Joe Phelps

Kelly Joe Phelps

Kelly Joe Phelps' studio cuts sound peculiarly live, even improvised. Maybe it's his low, half-hoarse voice, or the simplicity of the musical arrangements, or the awkward phrasing of the lyrics ("It's been three-fourths of a long, long year/ Since together…
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1998: The Year in Lists

Brian Alcorn's Top 10 Songs Bay Area Radio Missed the Boat On Any music fan can name dozens of wonderful, obscure songs that never made it on the radio, but here are 10 wonderful mainstream singles that got spins in…
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Hearing Voices

Vocals are rarely the focal point of contemporary rock; usually, they're just another instrument, muted to fit over and around the guitar at the heart of a song. Meanwhile, in current dance music, sampling rips words from the bodies of…
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