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Music, All Shook Down Switchblades Preferred: Happy 2016 from Patti Smith

Switchblades Preferred: Happy 2016 from Patti Smith

Although the anecdotal reactions on social media to her 69th birthday show the night before were rapturous to an almost unnerving extent, Patti Smith’s New Year’s Eve show at the Fillmore was the best possible way to usher out one…
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Music, Hear This Mogwai: Show Preview

Mogwai: Show Preview

If you're in the mood for beautiful instrumentation juxtaposed against a backdrop of noise, Mogwai plays Regency Ballroom this week. The five-piece adopts a classical approach to composing its particular brand of instrumental post-rock, repeating recognizable phrases but altering each…
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Music, All Shook Down Alice Cooper: Rock Bands Need More Testosterone and Fewer Beards

Alice Cooper: Rock Bands Need More Testosterone and Fewer Beards

Alice Cooper is arguably the original shock-rocker. The career of the rock 'n' roller born Vincent Furnier spans from the late '60s -- when he was drinking nightly with John Lennon and Jim Morrison in L.A. -- to the very…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Amazing Murals Honoring Departed Musicians

Five Amazing Murals Honoring Departed Musicians

The Los Angeles mural that has served as a site for Elliot Smith fans to pay tribute to the much beloved singer-songwriter has just been given a revamp, by Punk Rock Marthas -- an art-minded group of charitable folk…
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Music, Hear This Dirty Beaches: Show Preview

Dirty Beaches: Show Preview

Dirty Beaches are soaked in the gloriously cryptic and forlorn. This faded, '50s-indebted pop is assembled and performed by Alex Zhang Hungtai, a single soul who spends Beaches shows tinkering with loops, a guitar, a mic, and other instruments. (These…
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Music, All Shook Down Pardon Jim Morrison, But Penalize Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin

Pardon Jim Morrison, But Penalize Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin

Jim Morrison performing in Miami, March 1, 1969​At the time of his death in a Paris bathtub in the summer of 1971, James Douglas Morrison, singer and lyricist for epochal L.A. band The Doors, was looking at six months'…
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Music, All Shook Down

Top 5 Most Excruciating Moments in Music Documentaries

We've yet to see Joaquin Phoenix documenting his own nervous breakdown in new movie I'm Still Here, but critics have been largely disgusted by what's on view. With that in mind, here are five other moments in music documentaries that…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>When You're Strange</i>

When You're Strange

A rock doc with more than a whiff of fried brain cells, Tom DiCillo's When You're Strange serves to remind the faithful that the Doors were a fabulously tight, ferociously talented musical unit fronted by the drop-dead-gorgeous Jim Morrison—and why…
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A conversation with "When You're Strange" director Tom DiCillio

With a résumé that stretches back 30 years, Tom DiCillo knows the highs and lows of independent filmmaking better than anyone. After serving as cinematographer on Jim Jarmusch's first two films, he made beat-inflected movies of his own, starting with…
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Music, All Shook Down Tupac's Birthday Today

Tupac's Birthday Today

Everyone's favorite thug angel, Tupac Amaru Shakur, would have been 38 today. Born in 1971 to a Black Panther mother, 'Pac came to symbolize the voice of his generation like no one except maybe Jim Morrison, another societal rebel…
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Calendar, Night&Day They&#146;re Also for Reading

They’re Also for Reading

If you’re the kind of person whose pulse quickens when you handle an early Hemingway, the California International Antiquarian Book Fair will probably kill you. It will also make you depressed: There’s nothing like wading through a sea of first…
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"ODO": Lutz Bacher at Ratio 3

Lutz Bacher is a pseudonym, and it's a good one because it's fun to say. That's important, because her installation shows are intriguing and varied, causing viewers to ask, "What does Lutz Bacher mean by this?" or "Did Lutz Bacher…
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Music, All Shook Down

Jim Morrison Died on Nightclub Shitter: New Book Reveals

The Associated Press reports that a new book is rewriting the final hours of The Doors' singer's life. " ... former Paris nightclub manager is telling a different story. In a new book, Sam Bernett says that Morrison died in…
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Music, Choogle Your Own Adventure

Choogle Your Own Adventure

Consider for a moment the concept of "chooglin'." It's a nonsense rock verb, most likely coined by Creedence Clearwater Revival for use in its inspirational 1969 tune "Keep on Chooglin'" (chorus: "Keep on chooglin'/ Keep on chooglin'/ Keep on chooglin'/…
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Music, The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

A handful of my friends and acquaintances have a fascination with all things trashy. The fetish includes the obvious, like those scummy Mötley Crüe T-shirts dredged up from the bowels of the local Goodwill, but it also extends to crappy…
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Music, Bouncer

I, Parasite

Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are. -- Henry Fielding True dat. Last week I visited an S.F. State…
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Music, Reviewed Adam Green

Adam Green

It wouldn't be that surprising if, in the storeroom of a strip-mall novelty shop somewhere, Beck, Har Mar Superstar, and Adam Green meet monthly to swap jokes and try out new gags. There, lacking the soul and rhythm of his…
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Music, Reviewed Low Flying Owls

Low Flying Owls

The irony of modern-day progressive rock is that the title is usually given to bands that have embraced a retro sound. Where's the progress in that? Sacramento's Low Flying Owls are guilty of being both progressive and retro on their…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

There was a time not long ago when millions of adolescent boys supercharged with pubescent hormones, rebellious spirit, and rock "n" roll fantasies longed to be Jim Morrison, the coolly confrontational poet/singer of "60s hit-makers the Doors who romantically drank…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Ever since Jim Morrison's bacchanalian heyday, many rockers have tried and failed to get loaded and deliver a good show. Most musicians who get drunk on stage play like three-fingered adolescents listening to the beat of their swollen bladders instead…
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