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    Music, All Shook Down New Kid in Town: Rockabilly Artist Justin Townes Earle Moves From Nashville to Northern California

    New Kid in Town: Rockabilly Artist Justin Townes Earle Moves From Nashville to Northern California

    For good reason, Justin Townes Earle has had one thing on his mind lately: family. At 33-years-old, the folk-rock son of alt-country renegade Steve Earle has been seriously considering his musical legacy (as evidenced by his two autobiographical companion…
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    Music, Squeezing a Soundtrack

    Squeezing a Soundtrack

    At 61, Chris Difford knows that he shares an unusual, almost intuitive songwriting bond with Glenn Tilbrook, his longtime partner in U.K. combo Squeeze, and its later offshoot Difford & Tilbrook. And the process has always been very rewarding for…
    News, Feature HSBG Preview: Paul Weller

    HSBG Preview: Paul Weller

    "Clothes make the man," goes the old adage, but that wisdom didn't hit home for Paul Weller until this summer. That's when he previewed "The Jam: About the Young Idea," an exhibit at Britain's Somerset House gallery that chronicled the…
    Music, Preaching to the Choir

    Preaching to the Choir

    It looks like a charming vintage photograph of a barely grinning young girl — but it's not, according to national soul treasure Mavis Staples, talking about the cover shot for her latest EP for ANTI-Records, Your Good Fortune. It's her…
    Music, The Damned Star in New Doc

    The Damned Star in New Doc

    It was never easy for British punk miscreants The Damned to act like gentlemen on the road. They were too busy following a scorched-earth policy. After playing a mid-'80s San Francisco concert, for example, the group — which has undergone…

    Lust for Life

    Protopunk Iggy Pop is sitting in a cushiony chair at the posh Chateau Marmont in L.A., discussing the last time he came to San Francisco for a 1994 Warfield gig in support of American Caesar. Shirtless, drenched in sweat, and…
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    The Book of Lists

    James Sullivan's Best Music, 1995 1. Insurgent Country/Twangcore/Cowpunk: Two of my favorite records of the year -- the Geraldine Fibbers' Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home and Tarnation's Gentle Creatures -- took white trashdom to new extremes. The…
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    Heat Stroke

    The Reverend Horton Heat is rifling through his suitcase, looking for a little list he's stashed inside. Minutes pass by, the silence on the phone broken only by the sound of rustling papers, then -- hot diggity! -- pay dirt.…
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    Apocalypse Now

    It was a habit that annoyed all of her roommates, she says, a personal quirk she just couldn't curtail. But for years, Skin -- the imposing mouthpiece for militant U.K. funk-metal combo Skunk Anansie -- used to sing along to…
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    The Day of the Dead

    The last time dark sonic conceptualists Dead Can Dance wafted through the Bay Area, in a velvet-draped show at Zellerbach last year, a strange thing happened, befitting the band's penchant for high drama. Brendan Perry, the deep-voiced, guitar-strumming half of…
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    The Dambuilders Ruby Red (Eastwest Records) Unless you're fortunate enough to be a nouveau punque, making your pop dreams rock isn't a very fashionable musical strategy these days. Just to make things interesting, the Dambuilders stack the deck against themselves…
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    Graveyard Shift

    You don't have to be a scholar to appreciate the colorful history of San Francisco. From resident eccentrics like Emperor Norton through the wild and woolly Barbary Coast era to the rat's maze of opium dens that once covered Chinatown,…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    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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