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Music, All Shook Down Festival Recap: Superlatives and Field Notes from BottleRock 2016

Festival Recap: Superlatives and Field Notes from BottleRock 2016

For some, Memorial Day weekend is a time for backyard BBQs and the first beach trips of the season, while for others, it means three days of music and wine with a hundred-thousand of their closest friends at the…
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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: Stevie Wonder's Puppy

Earworm Weekly: Stevie Wonder's Puppy

I suspect that for most people, Stevie Wonder's “For Once in My Life” is just another love song, albeit an unusually brisk and catchy one. But I have always balked at that interpretation. Romantic love shouldn't be about dependency, it…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Sex Pistols Get Fat, Lenny Kravitz Gets Ladies, and Morrissey Gets Stitched Up

This Week: Sex Pistols Get Fat, Lenny Kravitz Gets Ladies, and Morrissey Gets Stitched Up

"As my 25th birthday present from the media, I'd like for you to stop accusing all my friends of dating me. #thirsty" Taylor Swift: not doing any of her friends right now. (Twitter) "VEGANS... GO AWAY! not everyone wants…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Stevie Wonder Takes Us to Church at Oracle Arena

Live Review: Stevie Wonder Takes Us to Church at Oracle Arena

Stevie Wonder With India Arie Friday, December 5, 2014 There’s an old tale in my family: Uncle Benny claims that when he was a kid growing up in Saginaw, Michigan, he played marbles with a young Stevie Wonder and would…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Taylor Swift Holds Her Own, Hayley Williams Holds Her Pee, and Gwen Stefani Can't Stop Laughing

Last Week: Taylor Swift Holds Her Own, Hayley Williams Holds Her Pee, and Gwen Stefani Can't Stop Laughing

"Being on my own, prioritizing my girlfriends, my family and my music above everything else and trying things I never thought I'd try... It's really been a liberating and freeing time... I made the decision to spend time on…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

Before we rundown the parties, let's just get one thing out of the way: it's freaking cold! Whoever accidentally tripped the winter switch ought to go and figure out a way to reverse the process. Until then, however, you'll…
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Music, Summer Guide 2013: Songs for Your Fourth of July BBQ

Summer Guide 2013: Songs for Your Fourth of July BBQ

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, "Summertime" Even if your barbecue ends up shrouded in a veil of San Francisco fog and mist, this classic hip-hop jam will warm up the crowd. Washed Out, "It All Feels Right" The…
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Five Race-Related Songs That Are (Almost) as Dumb as "Accidental Racist"

As you are no doubt already aware, earlier this week, Brad Paisley and LL Cool J released one of the most embarrassing songs ever written. In "Accidental Racist", the two try to solve national issues regarding racial tension and the…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ Proof on His Search For the Perfect Beat

DJ Proof on His Search For the Perfect Beat

As a Filipino kid growing up in the Bay Area during the '80s, Marky Enriquez, aka Proof, was intent on being part of the region's famed mobile DJ scene, where breakdancers and DJs competed for notoriety at every party.…
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Music, All Shook Down Old Versus New at Outside Lands 2012, With Old the Heavy Favorite

Old Versus New at Outside Lands 2012, With Old the Heavy Favorite

It was around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night at Outside Lands, when Stevie Wonder and his band went into "Living For the City," that the festival's reverence for the past became most painful. Over on the Twin Peaks stage, Skrillex,…
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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 • Metallica put on a huge, fiery hometown show for Outside Lands' second night — the band's first in Golden Gate Park. With a setlist that included mostly great old Metallica songs, tons of pyrotechnics and fireworks, a sprawling…
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Music, All Shook Down Stevie Wonder at Outside Lands: San Francisco Gets Life Lessons From the School of Wonder

Stevie Wonder at Outside Lands: San Francisco Gets Life Lessons From the School of Wonder

Stevie Wonder Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco Better than: Seeing any show. Stevie Wonder, in theory, is an American artistic treasure. He's more than our Beatles or Rolling Stones; he's our Dickens or Dalí: a figure…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 5 Worst Birthday Songs Ever

The Top 5 Worst Birthday Songs Ever

So, 2 Chainz and Kanye West just saw fit to join forces to write a birthday song. Called "Birthday Song." What the ball-sack were they even thinking?It's a well known fact that there are only three birthday-related songs in the history…
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Music, All Shook Down Outside Lands 2012 Daily Schedule: Six Things To Be Happy About

Outside Lands 2012 Daily Schedule: Six Things To Be Happy About

It's officially time to get excited: Outside Lands just announced how each of the music festival's three days will be broken down, which means you can begin picturing how you'll spend the weekend of Aug. 10-12. Scheduling a music festival…
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Music, All Shook Down The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The Grammys: A Timeline of Madness and Misery

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards happened yesterday. Which we're sure you know already. If you missed it, however, you may have missed some of the weirdest details. So here, for your convenience, is a timeline of events. Get comfortable, 'cause…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top Five Most Bizarre Superbowl Halftime Shows

The Top Five Most Bizarre Superbowl Halftime Shows

Oh, the hallowed and hyped Superbowl halftime show. This Sunday, we will bear witness to the unholy alliance of Madonna, M.I.A., and Nicki Minaj performing together, which will be -- well, beyond interesting, we're not quite sure. Sometimes, though, the…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ Spinna on Keeping Soul Alive With His Wonder-Full Parties

DJ Spinna on Keeping Soul Alive With His Wonder-Full Parties

Establishing his career in the days of the 8-track, New York producer and selector DJ Spinna rose to fame during the height of the '90s golden era of hip-hop. Working with artists like Mos Def and Pharoahe Monch, he not…
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Music, All Shook Down Weekend Parties: Patrice Scott, Alan Braxe, Wonder-Full, and More

Weekend Parties: Patrice Scott, Alan Braxe, Wonder-Full, and More

Following in the fashion of every other weekend for the past couple months, this weekend offers a diverse and excellent grouping of parties that ought to cater to just about everyone's tastes. Read on, your weekend awaits. Friday, Dec.…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ Hakobo on Going from DJ to Club Owner, and Prince vs. Michael

DJ Hakobo on Going from DJ to Club Owner, and Prince vs. Michael

Jacobo "DJ Hakobo" Juarez began his DJ career 13 years ago, performing at Berkeley house parties. Love for a large variety of music has been a prime motivator throughout his career: He was a promotional pioneer in San Francisco's party…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from this week in S.F. music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from this week in S.F. music

Sizzle • Noise Pop festival announces first part of its 2011 lineup, which — to our delight — includes lo-fi R&B whiz How to Dress Well. • Stevie Wonder, Will.I.am., Joe Montana, and other famous faces show up for Neil…
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