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    SF Weekly's Wammies '98

    Americana/Roots Wilson Gil& the Willful Sinners Wilson Gil brushes off old memories like any good yarn-spinning country singer. But the urban Gil finds his grit in the city he loves, not along a dusty trail. Ten years of highs and…
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    Riff Raff

    The Last Laugh Sonny Bono hustled pop both crap and sublime as a promo man in the early days of rock 'n' roll, and did essentially the same with wife Cher in the '60s. In the '70s he became the…
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    Words + Guitar (+ Beats + Skronk)

    Jeff Stark's Top 10 Records Released in 1997 1) (tie) Spiritualized, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space The Perfect Prescription, Spacemen 3's finest record, actualized the peaks and comedowns of an LSD trip; in his spin-out band Spiritualized,…
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    Things That Should Not Be Last Nov. 1 at the Great American Music Hall, local math-rock trio A Minor Forest played what turned out to be its final concert. Drummer Andee Connors closed out the band's six-year career of making…
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    Saturday Afternoon in the Park Static Faction drummer J. Shagawat says she's frustrated in the same way other rock musicians in San Francisco are: She's offended by crass commercialism and irritated by a shortage of viable venues. But while others…
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    Finally, Some Good News We may be hazy and hooch-soaked, but Riff Raff seems to recall a time when punks and lovers of down-and-dirty hard rock turned to North Beach, not SOMA, for boisterous merriment. Spaces like the Mabuhay Gardens,…
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    No, Mike, It's an All-Day Sucker What happens when several hundred gallons of liquor collide head on with a multitude of walking egos? The newly named California Music Awards, of course. (The awards are still called Bammies.) Last Saturday, all…
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    Death of a Disco Punk Dance Club The Trocadero is in trouble. On Feb. 16 the SOMA nightspot and concert venue will forfeit two after-hours permits and close for a police-mandated 90-day suspension. It probably won't open again. When the…
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    Swing Low After years of toil and custom tailoring, the New Morty Show are on the brink of breaking into the big league -- the band's first major-label release, Mortified, is due out on Atlantic in March. (A swingin' version…
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    Old Grandad With groups like Whitesnake struggling to land gigs at places like Uncle Fucker's Chuckle Hut, you might actually believe all the crap about metal being dead. Truth told, metal didn't die -- it just cleaned house. Gone are…
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    Citizen Fish Citizen Fish are not a teen-age ska-punk band made up of glitzy hipsters; nor are they so removed from the music's roots that they think the Skatalites enabled better television reception. Instead, they're an English quartet who helped…
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    Must Be One of Those Nine-Digit Jobbies "From the first explosive I-got-you-in-my-sights delivery of charismatic frontman Stephan Jenkins, to the rolling rhythm section of bassist Arion Salazar and drummer Brad Hargreaves, to the signature guitar work of Kevin Cadogan, you…
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    David Holmes The sounds that litter inner city streets are quickly filtered and forgotten by most urban dwellers, yet for Belgian-born DJ David Holmes this auditory refuse is worth its weight in wax. On Let's Get Killed Holmes collects city…
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    The Dwarves The Dwarves are kind of like the monotonous PB and J's that Mom would pack in lunches for weeks on end. They were enjoyable enough -- never really bad, never really great, either -- but they were a…
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    Ending Up on Top

    Blocking the entrance to the Endup, a medium-sized, black-clad security guard laughs at my inquiry about a cover charge. "Admissions are on the house," he says, parting the entryway's thick black curtain. The room inside reveals a scene worthy of…
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    Are You Sure, Keith? Our quote of the week comes from a communique released by the self-hyping Marginal Prophets, the local hip-hop outfit that tries to turn every show into a news item. The Prophets contacted us at least a…
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    Bring the Noise Live music venues are rare enough in San Francisco, but hip-hop clubs are scarcer than rubies on Twin Peaks. For years now, occasional gigs at indie rock or dance clubs have been the only sustenance for a…
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    Bent, But Not Broken Beanbender's, the esteemed Berkeley jazz and experimental music space, has had something of an identity crisis in recent months. Changes in ownership and rising rents at the downtown Berkeley building it calls home have thrown its…
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    Henry's Special Tea Party RSVP How thoughtful of DreamWorks to send Riff Raff a CD bearing Henry Rollins' mug, titled Interview Disc. The back cover text describes the contents as "a one hour conversation between Henry Rollins and Senior Billboard…
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    Suckers Normally we don't fall for cheap publicity stunts. But every once in a while some band -- well, it's usually the Gun & Doll Show -- manages to impress us with clever, if sometimes poorly executed, promotional gimmicks. (They…
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    Working on the Bomb Six weeks ago, the time it takes for some spring flowers to grow from seed to bloom, three members of the Gun & Doll Show -- who headline the Fillmore on Saturday -- made an illegal…
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    The Many Faces of essence Dear Riff Raff Readers: We recently realized that, for the first time ever, we had been holding out on you, hoarding precious materials for ourselves like selfish teen-age girls and so much cheap makeup. Some…
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    Tommy, Can You MP3 Me? Now that it's been nearly two decades since the industry has introduced a new format for recorded music, it's obviously high time for the music companies to make sure you have a fresh need to…
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    Jets to Brazil There's a big difference between selling out and growing up. Unfortunately for the pop-punk band Jawbreaker, fans didn't see it that way. Their final album, Dear You, shed the gravel-laden vocals and hard-edged power chords for richer…
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    What the Fuck Is Greil Marcus Writing About on Page 2 of the New York Times' Arts Section Every Monday? The first of the year saw Berkeley's Greil Marcus debuting a new column in the New York Times. Marcus is…
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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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