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Music, All Shook Down The Best Speakers of 2015

The Best Speakers of 2015

Whether playing back a symphony or heavy metal sludge, headphones such as the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless, Plantronics BackBeat PRO+ or Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless, all of which I wrote about earlier this week, make sure there is no murk…
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Dining, Eat Hog Island Oyster Co.: Closing Ferry Building Outpost Temporarily to Expand

Hog Island Oyster Co.: Closing Ferry Building Outpost Temporarily to Expand

You'll have to find a new source for your Hog Island Sweetwaters for the next few months. The oyster company has closed its Ferry Building doors briefly while it expands to the area across the hallway, formerly housing Ferry Plaza…
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Music, Hear This The Men: Show Preview

The Men: Show Preview

Indie rock has always been a record-collector's genre. And perhaps no current band represents that lineage as faithfully as the Men. Their latest album, Open Your Heart, covers all the tracks: Big Star, the Buzzcocks, Sonic Youth — you know…
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Calendar, Night&Day We Fantasize a Mignonette Contest

We Fantasize a Mignonette Contest

At the annual OysterFest, many top-shelf chefs contribute innovative recipes. One such is an oyster gazpacho from Nick’s Cove, a restaurant located in Marshall, Calif., aka Tomales Bay, the briny, creamy center of the oyster universe. However, certain traditions are…
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Music, Massive Attack documents moods

Massive Attack documents moods

The first thing you notice on "Pray for Rain," the opening track on Massive Attack's fifth full-length, Heligoland, is that it takes several minutes to build up. The U.K. trip-hop pioneers reintroduce themselves with a single note and anchoring sub-bass. This absence…
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Music, Cat Power Under the Covers: A Listening Party with <i>Jukebox</i> Muses

Cat Power Under the Covers: A Listening Party with Jukebox Muses

"Hey, Andy, do me a favor. Move the phone away from the speaker, turn it down a little bit, and play it for me one more time." Daryl Brown sits quietly as I re-cue "Lost Someone" on my iTunes. The…
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Music, Reviewed Cat Power

Cat Power

The two-minute take on "New York, New York" that opens Cat Power's second covers album is almost too easy. Iconic to a fault and not too engaging musically, it's mostly a warm-up for Chan Marshall and her newly minted Dirty…
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Calendar, Night&Day

A New Moon Rises

Try as you might, it's nigh impossible to find rock musicians more old-school or more sincere than Fred and Toody Cole. The Cole lineage stretches back to the mid-1960s — a lifetime spent ravaging ear canals with garage, psychedelic, and…
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Music, Reviewed The Soft Pink Truth

The Soft Pink Truth

What's punker than punk? Well, duh: an album of electro-pop covers of punk songs -- nothing pisses off a purist like swapping Marshall stacks for sampled blips and bleeps. But then, Drew Daniel -- ex-punk rocker, current Björk collaborator and…
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Music, Feline Fatale

Feline Fatale

Chan Marshall is surrounded by specters from her past, but it doesn't seem to be getting her down. "I'm really happy," she says upon picking up the phone in New York. Her mail has just arrived, bearing a DVD of…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Outdoor Market

One of the great pleasures of living in San Francisco is heading down to the Embarcadero on a sunny Saturday morning and shopping, schmoozing, and noshing your way through the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market. It's California's cornucopia in microcosmic form:…
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Dining, Eat

Rock Star or Celebrity Chef: That Is the Question

Rock Star Celebrity Chef Body type Skinny Fat Pants Tight leather Baggy houndstooth Standard equipment Stratocaster; Wood-fired stove mandolin; Marshall stack Specialty equipment Theremin Melon baller Foundation The rhythm section The starch Drawing power Fill the house Fill the house…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night + Day

Wednesday December 30 Sing Sing Sing Like the Whos in Whoville, participants in the 24-hour concert "Singing for Your Life" will celebrate the holidays by raising their voices in song. Bobby McFerrin started the concert tradition nearly 10 years ago…
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Smog/Guv'ner/Cat Power Smog is Sacramento's Bill Callahan, a nice, quiet boy with a murderous streak as long as his dense discography. Cat Power is Chan Marshall, an anxious Southern-belle newcomer whose psyche seems to be made of fine china. Even…
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