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Calendar, Night&Day Roaming Troubadours

Roaming Troubadours

Men: Wouldn’t it be great to be a Jon Stewart lookalike who wrote best-selling novels and was also a famous musician? You’re thinking ha ha, very funny: Nobody is that cool. Unfortunately, John Wesley Harding is exactly those things. Wes…
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Calendar, Night&Day

He's No Dummy

Born Wesley Stace, John Wesley Harding took the name of Bob Dylan's eighth studio album when he began releasing a slew of records of his particular brand of folk-pop. The Englishman did so after a solid academic career, studying literature…
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Music, All Shook Down

John Wesley Harding, You Am I, Oh No! Oh My! -- ASD's Live Music Picks for Wednesday, July 18

John Wesley Harding, 7 at Red Devil Lounge. $18. “Harding also has learned how to utilize the studio to his best advantage. Incorporating influences from the '60s through the '90s, he has created a sound that he has labeled "gangsta-folk,"…
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Music, Reviewed The Minus 5

The Minus 5

More a collective than a literal band, the Minus 5 is Young Fresh Fellow Scott McCaughey's vehicle for writing the perfect pop song, 1960s-style (i.e., inspired by era archetypes the Beatles, the Kinks, etc.). This time around, the 5 includes…
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Riff Raff

Comeback of the Year We don't mean comeback in the "returning a career to its past glories" sense. After all, the person in question here is John Wesley Harding, the British expatriate folk singer (and now San Francisco resident) who…
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Local Yokels

The Cherries Crotchrocket (Badman Recording Company) Alternative rock is dead? Who said alternative rock is dead? Cool name, cool title, cool album art, and the same damn three-piece distorted guitar crunch with a nose ring. Most indicative lyric: "I try…
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There's a song on the John Wesley Harding album It Happened One Night called "July 13th 1985." A blow-by-blow recap of that day's Live Aid extravaganza, it culminates with the punch line of Harding feeling so guilty after listening to…
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