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    Luscious Jackson, Eels Recording with producer Daniel Lanois, the women of Luscious Jackson have developed a new, more refined attitude for their second album, Fever In Fever Out. The record, a sleeper in more ways than one, is a sort…
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    Sneaker Pimps Imagine an Alfred Hitchcock thriller -- meticulously prepared but deliberately eerie and emotionally evasive -- rebirthed as a present-day pop song, with all the sonically acquisitive tendencies of that form. That's the Sneaker Pimps in a discipline-crossing nutshell.…
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    Drop the Ball, Already

    SFNYE The Embarcadero Tuesday, Dec. 31 It was the anniversary of our engagement. I'd popped the question to my then-girlfriend last New Year's Eve, just a few short seconds after midnight. At home, in pajamas. With the object of my…
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    Dolor by Numbers

    Mazzy Star, Sunshine Club Slim's Saturday, Dec. 21 Cosmic, sulky, deliberate of tempo: Mazzy Star has its act down cold ... leaving no room, unfortunately, for warmth. Detachment is what makes Mazzy Star both alluring and annoying. To a stuffed…
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    Mono Men, Drags, Galaxy Trio Contrary to what you've been led to believe, New Year's Eve is the wrong time for finery -- for funny stemware that doesn't hold liquid well and silk blouses that don't either. New Year's Eve…
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    Art of Noise

    In a cabinlike home high above the rural town of Nicasio, near Point Reyes, Bart Hopkin is "playing" a homemade musical instrument that would peel the paint off the walls, were there any paint here to peel. Encased in a…
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    Genuine Artlessness

    Rock 'n' roll's eternal adolescent, Jonathan Richman, is just a few birthdays shy of 50. The skinny teen who invented "geek rock" during the height of hippie chic, the excitable man-child who refused to let his youth go to waste…
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    Come/Railroad Jerk/Skeleton Key Here's an unusually solid triple bill, one with more parallels than most. In Skeleton Key, percussionist Rick Lee hits an assortment of metallic junk with sticks. Railroad Jerk guitarist Alec Stephen used to work with junk, for…
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    Wammies 1996

    SF Weekly's Alternative Music Awards Saturday, November 16, 1996 7:30 p.m. at the Transmission Theater Celebration and Awards Ceremony hosted by M.I.R.V. Live performances by Jim Campilongo, Liar, and the Invisible Skratch Picklz Open-to-the-public Music Showcase starting at 10 p.m.…
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    T.J. Kirk Tribute bands are largely the stuff of nostalgia, often as celebratory of the coifs and fashion don'ts of yesteryear as an artist's signature songs. The Bay Area's T.J. Kirk is a notable exception. Focusing not on one but…
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    Palace "You Have Cum in Your Hair and Your Dick Is Hanging Out" is not a song title that anybody's going to be line-dancing to anytime soon, but then, Palace's Will Oldham isn't your typical eager-to-please country artist. A self-styled…
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    June of 44/Rex/Grassy Knoll/A Minor Forest Looking for a little mindless diversion to usher out the hand-wringing anguish of election season? Best look elsewhere, because the bands on these two triple bills share a mutual sense of foreboding -- a…
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    Lone Nut

    The Grassy Knoll's new lineup, performing in the San Francisco Jazz Festival's new music showcase at Bimbo's last Monday, sure looked like a real group -- guitar, bass, drums, trumpet. Offstage, however, the band is really nothing more than a…
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    Flat Duo Jets Whether he's outdiddling Bo Diddley on "Pretty Thing" or manhandling a dainty little chestnut like the Duprees' "You Belong to Me" ("See the pyramids along the Nile ..."), the Flat Duo Jets' Dexter Romweber knows how to…
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    No Hillbilly Yngwie

    One way to tell that Jim Campilongo isn't your typical country-music bumpkin is by his indefatigable, neurotic energy. "I played in straight country bands for a while. It takes some of those guys a full minute to say an eight-word…
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    Beck/Sukia If you paged through any glossy music magazine this summer, you don't need to be reminded that Beck Hansen is the single greatest pop force since Al Jolson, or at least Paleface. Suffice to say, the sideburned surrealist is…
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    Chrome Cranks/Bloodloss/Dura-Delinquent/Speedball Baby Just for the sake of common decency, you've got to hope musicians like these don't spend all their waking hours spewing the same contemptuous vitriol that powers their live shows. This relentless quadruple bill represents some of…
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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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    Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

    Robotics enthusiasts from around the world are converging on Fort Mason to beat the crankcase oil out of each other. Founded two years ago as the brainchild of Marin County resident Marc Thorpe, the cyber-era jousting tournament known as Robot…
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    Recordings

    Various Artists Working Man (Magna Carta) Over a holiday family dinner, my older brother -- a computer engineer specializing in a field that eludes my comprehension -- sought to be my pal. "I saw the worst band open for Rush!"…
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    Billy Childish Grows Up

    Billy Childish has gone off the dole. One of the most prolific -- and overlooked -- of the original British punks, Childish has spent nearly 20 years recording scores of no-budget albums for tiny, penniless record labels the world over.…
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    SFO3 Diary

    Thursday Afternoon and evening, scruffy clusters of writers, musicians, and label reps filtered into the Press Club's Oak Bar, fishing through "goodie bags" stuffed with the music-biz equivalent of junk mail and dragging down the dress code at the Post…
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    Tusk Love

    If elephants smoked, Smokey would be passing out cigars. The Oakland Zoo's 24-year-old bull elephant recently became the talk of the zoological grapevine when he sired Kijana, one of the very few African elephants born in captivity in North America…
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    Tusk

    "Must be something in the water": That old adage is one of the foundational theories of the record industry. From one hit-making locale to the next -- from San Francisco to Chicago, Seattle to Dayton -- artist-and-repertoire scouts are forever…
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    The Nature of Trust

    The rift between Ansel Adams' biographer and the late photographer's business trust is yawning as wide as the gorge of Adams' beloved Yosemite. Mary Street Alinder, chief of staff for the San Francisco-born, Carmel-based photographer from 1979 until his death…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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