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Music, Devo's <i>Hardcore</i> Origins Are Rawer, Weirder, and Hornier Than You Remember

Devo's Hardcore Origins Are Rawer, Weirder, and Hornier Than You Remember

It's easy to forget how many different sounds a musical act can move through. Often bands become associated with a style that's drastically different from the music they made when starting out — see, for a particularly potent example, Devo.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Forever Young

Forever Young

If there's one through-line in the work of prolific Portland-based filmmaker Lance Bangs, it's an abiding interest in young people's potential. Bangs' commercial work includes one spot for MTV encouraging hip and horny millennials to get STD tests, and…
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Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your Television: The Bold and the Beautiful

Kill Your Television: The Bold and the Beautiful

It had the hazy, disjointed feel of a dream. I was sitting in The Real World house on Sutter, on the edge of the Tenderloin. The producer plonked me down in the foyer, if you could call it that. Really,…
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Music, The Making of Our Monster: Why Kanye West Is the Perfect Pop Star for Right Now

The Making of Our Monster: Why Kanye West Is the Perfect Pop Star for Right Now

Yeezus could make a strong case for Kanye West as a full-fledged villain: a barking dog high on hubris, rampaging across the pop culture landscape in search of new trophies, young models to fuck, and a legit fashion house to…
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Dining, Eat

Ghirardelli Square: The Next Ferry Building?

If the last time you were in Ghirardelli Square was to escort a visiting elderly relative who wanted to buy fudge with traveler's cheques, that's because it kind of sucks. But as a historic pod of 12 buildings dating as…
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Music, Hear This

Breakaway: Show Preview

Usually the focus of a music video is the musicians — it's for their promotion and expression, after all, that music videos are made in the first place. But as anyone who spent too many hours watching old-school MTV knows,…
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Film, "The Inbetweeners Movie": Surreal, Sophisticated, Scatalogical

"The Inbetweeners Movie": Surreal, Sophisticated, Scatalogical

Teen Sex Comedies Without Borders could be an NGO, for there is something perversely hopeful in how Ben Palmer's The Inbetweeners Movie slips across boundaries of taste and geography. Done with high school, four differently adorable English geeks decamp for…
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Culture, Art BOSF 2012: How to Be a TV Dance Star

BOSF 2012: How to Be a TV Dance Star

The '50s had American Bandstand, the '70s and '80s Soul Train, and the '90s had the insufferable crotch shots of MTV's The Grind. Here in the Bay Area, from the '80s through the '90s, we kicked it on the special…
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Calendar, Night&Day Black Hole

Black Hole

Sarcasm has taken Michael Ian Black a long way –- intelligent, biting, satirical sarcasm. He first came to national attention as a member of The State, whose eponymous MTV program ran from 1993 to 1995. Black has since starred or…
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Music, Art Rocker vs. Dweeb: Sorting Out Thurston Moore

Art Rocker vs. Dweeb: Sorting Out Thurston Moore

Last summer, we were standing in line at a bookstore. Okay, that's not a promising start to a rock feature. We're aware of this. It's always best to begin these things with a bold declaration. Something like: "Mr. Big is…
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Music, BeatBox Wallpaper.: Show Preview

Wallpaper.: Show Preview

If you don't know by now, remember this: You can depend on Wallpaper. to bring a party. The project of one Ricky Reed — who may or may not be the drink-swilling, dancefloor-exploding alter ego of Oakland singer and producer…
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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 Oakland psych-drone outfit Lumerians released new album Transmalinnia last week on Knitting Factory records. After seeing the band's eerie live show a bunch of times — and loving it — we can finally hold our own extended space-jams at…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the <del>last</del> several weeks in S.F. music.

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last several weeks in S.F. music.

Sizzle • MTV trotted out rising Berkeley rapper Lil B for new show The Vice Guide To Life last week. Thankfully, it even got B to explain his obsession with Miley Cyrus. It was pretty funny. • S.F. troubadour John…
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Calendar, Night&Day Still Stuck in Your Throat

Still Stuck in Your Throat

Los Angeles rock band Fishbone had a hell of a heyday in the late 1980s and early '90s — because Fishbone rules. Even if (you're soul-dead and) you don't like ska, funk, punk, or metal, you will instantly like Fishbone…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Ten years of music videos: A treadmill, a stanky romance, and a YouTube dream

Ten years of music videos: A treadmill, a stanky romance, and a YouTube dream

For this week's music section, SF Weekly scoured the local landscape, asking the people making, producing, DJing, and distributing music about the big ideas affecting the industry in the last decade. Among their answers, one important media development that didn't…
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Calendar, Night&Day Voices Carry

Voices Carry

The self-effacing form of public performance known as karaoke combines the familiar words and melodies of popular songs with cheap, liberating booze. Experimental film is an august genre of cinema generally (albeit incorrectly) perceived as cerebral, cryptic, and inaccessible. Put…
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Music, Hear This Living Colour

Living Colour

New York City funk-metal band Living Colour was arguably the most successful black rock group of its era, taking over MTV in the late '80s with politically themed songs from its Epic debut Vivid. Though follow-up Time's Up won great…
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Calendar, Night&Day Every Little Step

Every Little Step

In 1974, 18 years before MTV first assembled a group of comically mismatched twentysomethings and videotaped them being real, the choreographer Michael Bennett gathered 22 Broadway dancers late one night, set a tape recorder running, and asked them to talk…
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Calendar, Night&Day Oh, Brother

Oh, Brother

If you’re anything other than an obsessed Eddie Murphy fan (Anyone? Anyone?), you may not have known about his brother, Charlie Murphy, until he appeared in the wildly popular and mercilessly quoted “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” on Chappelle’s Show.…
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Music, Bouncer

Moving Pains

People talk about how hard it is dealing with death, and breakups, and losing a limb on the train tracks, and stuff like that. But there is one biggie life-change that is almost as hard: moving. Every time a friend…
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