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Music, Hidden Agenda When Metal Isn't Metal

When Metal Isn't Metal

Given that the band came out of the Bay Area metal scene, it's not surprising Worm Ouroboros doesn't play metal. San Francisco metal bands tend to venture from common roots to disparate ends. In interviews, the members of Worm Ouroboros…
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Calendar, Night&Day Get A Paper Cut

Get A Paper Cut

Nikki McClure's art makes us think of the cut-paper designs of the aged Henri Matisse, and not just because she uses cut paper. McClure also shows a similar ability to know which are the important lines in a composition, suggesting…
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Calendar, Night&Day A New Queer Smorgasbord

A New Queer Smorgasbord

If the macabre, joyless pageant that passed for Pride this year left you disappointed — that is, if you would’ve rather celebrated vibrant music and art instead of watching a dreary procession of politicians smiling and waving from their cars,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Darling Nikki

Darling Nikki

Olympia, WA artist Nikki McClure is best-known for her mad skillz with an X-acto knife. Truly, she's second to none, and her hallmark domestic scenes -- two pairs of feet dangling in a river, for example -- are rendered in…
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Calendar, Performance The Rio Frisco

The Rio Frisco

FRI 8/22 Funk-rock trio Bat Makumba claims on its Web site to follow the "tradition of cultural cannibalism that so well describes modern music in Brazil." This depiction goes a long way toward explaining the deep and abiding affinity coastal…
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Music, Pop Philosophy There's a Riot Goin' On

There's a Riot Goin' On

Putting the "Grr!" in grrl power At the Ladyfest Bay Area press conference several weeks back Loolwa Khazzoom explained the driving force behind her new book, Consequence: Beyond Resisting Rape, this way: "I go up to men who harass me…
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Music, Spreading  the Word

Spreading the Word

The Gossip has only one motivator when it comes to playing music: "We want you to dance. If you come to our show and you don't, you should have stayed at home." Any fame or notoriety the Searcy, Ark.-born and…
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Music, Unwound


It seems hard to believe that Unwound turns 10 years old this year. Rooted in the Olympia, Wash., punk scene of the early '90s, the trio has remained remarkably vital -- and impressively free from the vicissitudes of the "alternative"…
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