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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting with Don Cheadle about <i>Miles Ahead</i>

Chatting with Don Cheadle about Miles Ahead

If Miles Ahead is your first introduction to the music of Miles Davis, you won’t find an origin story of either the man or the musician. The film includes only one backstory: Davis’ marriage to his first wife Frances.…
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Dining, SFoodie The Procrastinator's Boozy Gift Guide

The Procrastinator's Boozy Gift Guide

If you haven't finished your holiday shopping by now, you could surely use some booze to help calm your nerves. Happily, that same magical liquid also serves as a sensational gift for those that you're shopping for. It's like…
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Music, All Shook Down Miles Davis Fusion Music Gets Second Look

Miles Davis Fusion Music Gets Second Look

What is Jazz? What is "jazzy?" Those terms get tossed around a lot, but generally refer to African American music rooted in improvisation, blues, call-and-response, and swing. Beyond those basics, definitions run far and wide. Wynton Marsalis once said that…
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Music, Hear This TheeSatisfaction: Show Preview

TheeSatisfaction: Show Preview

For several years, Seattle duo TheeSatisfaction has been performing music that's rooted in a love of Chaka Khan vocals and a fascination with Miles Davis trumpet riffs. Not surprisingly, these spacey, spare sounds — a blend of Afrofuturism, soul, R&B,…
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Music, All Shook Down On the 20th Anniversary of Miles Davis' Death, Five Funny Stories About Him You Maybe Shouldn't Believe

On the 20th Anniversary of Miles Davis' Death, Five Funny Stories About Him You Maybe Shouldn't Believe

John Szwed's 2002 biography of jazz demigod Miles Davis, So What: The Life of Miles Davis, opens with an acquaintance sharing a hysterically funny yet highly improbable anecdote regarding the trumpeter. When Szwed inquires about the story's origins, the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Putting It All Together

Putting It All Together

About a year before you want to make a quilt, get a bag. Into the bag, put stuff: dead sneakers, regrettable Christmas sweaters, the jeans that don't fit and never will again, sparkly whatsits from costumes. Shirts you hate. Curtains…
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Music, All Shook Down Ninja Tune's 20th Birthday, Stop Piracy for $1, and <i>Bitches Brew</i> Hits the Stage

Ninja Tune's 20th Birthday, Stop Piracy for $1, and Bitches Brew Hits the Stage

​From SF Weekly's latest print music section:Eskmo, Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, and more at Ninja Tune's free 20th birthday party: "Ninja Tune's dreamy beats and sample-sewn collages skirt the edges of electronica, dance, dubstep, ambient, and experimental, but for years,…
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Music, Bitches Brew Revisited brings psychedelic Miles Davis to the stage

Bitches Brew Revisited brings psychedelic Miles Davis to the stage

It's become a doddering cliché to call any Miles Davis record "revolutionary." That well-traveled advertising term fits most of his music from at least 'Round About Midnight, his 1957 Columbia debut, to his late flirtations with the sonic bric-à-brac of…
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Music, Mingus Amungus keeps the jazz great's wild tendencies alive

Mingus Amungus keeps the jazz great's wild tendencies alive

There are few dead jazz players who have managed to transcend the obscurity that comes with dedicating one's life to an art form that will never command a pop audience. Those who have crossed over — Miles Davis, John Coltrane,…
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Music, All Shook Down Free Tickets to the Jazz Mafia's Miles Davis Birthday Tribute

Free Tickets to the Jazz Mafia's Miles Davis Birthday Tribute

If you've even heard of this thing called jazz, chances are you're a Miles Davis fan. And if you're at all familiar with the San Francisco scene, you know the Jazz Mafia as well. The talented local crew is paying…
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Music, New disc and tour celebrate Miles Davis&#146; Indian influence

New disc and tour celebrate Miles Davis’ Indian influence

Miles Davis remains one of the planet's most influential musicians and bandleaders. From the 1940s until his death in 1991, the trumpeter consistently reflected, catalyzed, and instigated cultural advances. In the 1960s, his taste crossed cultural boundaries, taking influences from…
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Music, From Radiohead to the Stooges and Merzbow: The wide world of boxed sets

From Radiohead to the Stooges and Merzbow: The wide world of boxed sets

As two different Radiohead releases this month prove, rock boxed sets aren't becoming any more sensible. The "discbox" version of the band's new record, In Rainbows, is stuffed with extras, from useful (music) through aimless (booklets and artwork) to mystifyingly…
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Music, Reviewed Betty Davis

Betty Davis

Betty Davis spent the 1970s setting a towering standard for future freak-funk broads. Her strong come-ons in the growly vox department could still scare modern wannafucks back to the Stone Age. The brief, volatile relationship with her then-hubby Miles Davis…
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Music, Reviewed The Miles Davis Quintet|Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane

The Miles Davis Quintet|Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane

Just because an artist is legendary doesn't make him infallible. Take the two new box sets devoted to Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk's respective collaborations with John Coltrane. Though these essential historic snapshots of the jazz giants actually demystify the…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 That Blonde Venus hair, those frilly outfits, that sweet, sweet voice: It could only be Uni & Her Ukulele. The uke's pink, usually, and the girl's obsessed with unicorns; the overall effect is the musical and…
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Music, Jimi Eat World Saxophone Quartet

Jimi Eat World Saxophone Quartet

It's no wonder Jimi Hendrix killed himself with excess. His mercurial rise to fame and its debilitating pressures proved to be more than he could handle. At root, the legendary '60s guitarist seems to have been a deeply sensitive artist,…
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Music, Reviewed Miles Davis

Miles Davis

It's rare that an album of historic import upon its initial release remains so decades after the fact, but 1956's 'Round About Midnight is a rare album indeed, one that commemorates a few milestones (no pun intended) in the stellar…
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Music, Reviewed Yo Miles!

Yo Miles!

This third double-disc homage to Miles Davis' electric fusion period sounds a lot like its inexplicably acclaimed predecessors. But how could it be otherwise? After all, Yo Miles! is a fine but pretty limited concept. I picture veteran avant-gardists Henry…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

The guitar god power trio is one cornerstone of rock's bygone, 12-chambered-bong era that even the latest wave of rampant rock retrofitting has left by the wayside. And rightfully so. Who out there has the casaba-size testicles and blazing, reverse…
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Music, Reviewed HiM

HiM

"Post-rock" has been such a reliable term for us as music writers. For years now, it's let us safely categorize any band with guitars and drums that strays into a permutation of prog-rock, ambient, electronica, or avant-jazz: There ya go,…
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