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Music, Let's Get Killed December's best holiday music events

December's best holiday music events

For some folks, December is insufferable, a month packed with blinking, twinkling reminders of just how commercially focused, environmentally callous, and falsely cheerful this country can get. But I'll admit it — I love every last bit of Christmas crap.…
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Music, Hear This Vinyl's grooves and Alexis Gideon's nerd-hop

Vinyl's grooves and Alexis Gideon's nerd-hop

While the Bay Area incubates much distinctive musical talent, it tends to lose a portion of the gifted to New York City. Take guitarist Jim Campilongo — mid-'90s, he was in local clubs with Mental Revenge, A-1 specialists in classic…
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Music, The Lonesome Ballad of Jim Campilongo

The Lonesome Ballad of Jim Campilongo

All she wanted was to hear "Mustang Sally," and Jim Campilongo wasn't having any of it. The guitarist was playing one of what's been many nights at the Paradise Lounge over the years. And while he's best known for the…
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Music, Riff Raff Riff Raff

Riff Raff

Silly Rabbit Meet Jeff Byrd. Half man, half bunny, no shame. Last Thursday Byrd, clad in a borrowed bunny suit and toting a megaphone, made a slow walk across South Park at lunchtime. Now, there are two reasons a person…
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Junkie's Lament I am writing to give another perspective on your recent article "The Quick Fix" (Nov. 13) detailing one addict's failed attempt to get clean using Ultra Rapid Opiate Detoxification (UROD). Your article was highly informative about the process,…
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No Hillbilly Yngwie

One way to tell that Jim Campilongo isn't your typical country-music bumpkin is by his indefatigable, neurotic energy. "I played in straight country bands for a while. It takes some of those guys a full minute to say an eight-word…
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Notes From Underground Here today, gone tomorrow. The 16th Note record store on 16th Street near Guerrero lasted just over a year, but owner Karen Carney was not sad to see it go. "I was a silent partner in 16th…
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