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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Royal Jelly Jive's <i>Stand Up</i> is a Blast From The Past, With a Nouveau Twist

Premiere: Royal Jelly Jive's Stand Up is a Blast From The Past, With a Nouveau Twist

In Royal Jelly Jive's new album, Stand Up, jazzy, cabaret sounds blend with hints of funk, traces of rock, and smidgens of soul to create a unique album that is every bit as retro as it is modern. Because…
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Music, All Shook Down 5 Christmas Songs For Deviants

5 Christmas Songs For Deviants

If you're the type of person who cringes every time you hear the gentle waft of Michael Buble's Christmas; the kind of human who wants to put your face through a stained glass window every time you catch a…
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Music, All Shook Down 5 Songs About Marriage That'll Make You Stay Single Forever

5 Songs About Marriage That'll Make You Stay Single Forever

At this time in our history, straight folk could really learn a thing or two about marriage enthusiasm from the LGBT community. Every time we see a high-profile marriage between a couple of lady celebrities (have you seen Linda Perry…
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Music, All Shook Down Marc Ribot on Working With Tom Waits and Guitarists Who Play a Very Weird Saxophone

Marc Ribot on Working With Tom Waits and Guitarists Who Play a Very Weird Saxophone

One of the most versatile instrumental talents to ever emerge from New York City's downtown experimental jazz scene, guitarist Marc Ribot has established himself as a both a celebrated sideman and bandleader over the last four decades. First coming to…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Wayne Coyne gave local Flaming Lips fans a treat, stopping by the Mission's Aquarius Records to meet fans and sign copies of the band's first EP. That release, originally recorded in 1984, was reissued on green 12-inch vinyl —…
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Music, All Shook Down Does This Mean Tom Waits Might Tour Soon?

Does This Mean Tom Waits Might Tour Soon?

Let us hope this means what we all want it to mean: For the first time in 20 years, Tom Waits has signed with a booking agency, the NME and CMU report. This means that the Sonoma County resident now…
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Music, All Shook Down Tom Waits and a Lou Reed Tribute Steal the Second Day of Bridge School Benefit, 10/27/13

Tom Waits and a Lou Reed Tribute Steal the Second Day of Bridge School Benefit, 10/27/13

Bridge School Benefit Day 2, with Tom Waits, CSNY, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, fun., and more Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 Shoreline Amphitheatre Better than: Crying to one's Twitter followers. There are worse places to…
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Music, All Shook Down Now Arcade Fire Has Joined the Bridge School Benefit Lineup

Now Arcade Fire Has Joined the Bridge School Benefit Lineup

After announcing a solid-but-not-eyeball-popping lineup for this year's Bridge School Benefit concert, Neil and Pegi Young have continued adding to it -- most notably bringing in Tom Waits for the Sunday, Oct. 27, edition, marking the man's first full live…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Tom Waits hasn't toured since 2008, but he's just been added to the Sunday lineup for Neil Young's acoustic Bridge School Benefit concert at Shoreline. Expect Waits to play songs from 2011's Bad As Me, with a band that…
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Music, All Shook Down Tom Waits Added to 2013 Bridge School Benefit Lineup

Tom Waits Added to 2013 Bridge School Benefit Lineup

Yes, really. Tom Waits hasn't toured since 2008 (and says he has no plans to), but he's just joined the lineup for Neil Young's basically legendary (and basically acoustic) Bridge School Benefit concert, which goes down Oct. 26-27 at Shoreline…
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Culture, Stage "Woyzeck": Socioeconomic Theory, the Musical

"Woyzeck": Socioeconomic Theory, the Musical

Written in 1836-7, Woyzeck occupies a fascinating place in theater history. German playwright Georg Büchner died at the age of 23, before completing it. Though its story is clear — Woyzeck, a troubled soldier, kills his girlfriend, Marie, when he…
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Film, Feature Waits Variations: Six Faces of Tom Waits, Character Actor

Waits Variations: Six Faces of Tom Waits, Character Actor

In Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, a prune-faced, simian-mouthed sexagenarian sits by the road in an old suit and brown-patterned tie, and cradles a white bunny in his arms. This is precisely what we've come to expect of a Tom Waits…
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Music, All Shook Down Tom Waits Solves His Riddles: A Music Video For "Hell Broke Luce"

Tom Waits Solves His Riddles: A Music Video For "Hell Broke Luce"

Nope, it was not a tour that Tom Waits mysteriously teased in a series of cryptic emails to every music journalist in America over the last week. Nor was it a cruise, a new album, or an Internet webcast, as…
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Music, All Shook Down Tom Waits' Mysterious Aug. 7 Teasers: Our Top Five Guesses as to What They Mean

Tom Waits' Mysterious Aug. 7 Teasers: Our Top Five Guesses as to What They Mean

Update, Aug. 7: Tom Waits Solves His Riddles: A Music Video For "Hell Broke Luce" Update, Aug. 2: Waits' publicist just sent out another mysterious email with a strange image and a cryptic subject line that reads, "I breathe better…
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Music, Hear This Zodiac Death Valley: Show Preview

Zodiac Death Valley: Show Preview

The best thing about the moody debut album from S.F. band Zodiac Death Valley is that it you can't pin it down. Its standout track, "Cincy, OH," is a piano crawl heavy on smoky atmosphere and bad feelings, like Tom…
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Music, All Shook Down Tom Waits Announces <i>Bad As Me</i>, His First New Album in Seven Years -- But You Won't Get to Hear it Free Today

Tom Waits Announces Bad As Me, His First New Album in Seven Years -- But You Won't Get to Hear it Free Today

Last week we told you, happily, that Tom Waits was releasing a new song today on his website -- the Sonoma artist's first new song in seven years, and likely the first taste of an upcoming new Waits album.…
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Music, All Shook Down So, Tom Waits Is Apparently Releasing New Music Next Week

So, Tom Waits Is Apparently Releasing New Music Next Week

It's always a big deal when new stuff drops from the gravelly throat of Sonoma County-based rocker, bluesman, and enigma Tom Waits. And it looks like he may be about to release his first new music in seven years.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Trippy Beer Ballet

Trippy Beer Ballet

Twyla Tharp’s Surfer at the River Styx and Patrick Corbin’s Psychedelic Six Pack: The names alone tip you off. Company C Contemporary Ballet isn’t normal, and it doesn’t choose normal dances to do. The group is known for unpretentious rigor,…
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Music, All Shook Down Tom Waits No Longer To Be Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Tom Waits No Longer To Be Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

(Wait, is that headline confusing? "No longer" modifies the verb "waits," not the compound adjective "to be inducted." Sorry if that seemed sensationalistic. But while we're on the subject of names that parse as verbs, consider the difficulty of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Automatic Hipster

Automatic Hipster

You can probably guess the subject of this ridiculous remark: “I enjoy the interaction I have with the app. It makes me happy to use it because it simulates using a vintage camera.” (So much wrong with both sentences; let's…
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