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    Last Dance

    It's a rain-soaked line outside Club Deco on March 9, as a large and formidable security guard at the door casts a quick glance toward the end of the Tenderloin block. He smiles. "Damn, the line's around the corner,"…
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    Jungle Brothers Since their 1987 debut Straight Out the Jungle, New York's Jungle Brothers have been a driving force behind the positive hip-hop movement. Then, MCs Mike G and Afrika Baby Bam avoided the typical macho swagger of the time,…
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    Riff Raff

    Kickin' It Live With Harry Denton Last week, a motley array of local bands found themselves in an unlikely spot -- Harry Denton's Starlight Room, 21 stories high above Union Square at the top of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.…
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    Fast and Frightening

    If it weren't for G.B.H., hair metal might still be around. Grievous Bodily Harm, better known as Charged G.B.H., was one of punk's first crossover bands. Its 1981 debut album, Leather, Bristles, Studs, and Acne, won the group an international…
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    Party Over, Oops, Out of Time San Francisco is losing another all-night dance venue. V/SF, located at the mouth of SOMA's 11th Street corridor, will surrender its 24-hour cabaret license this Sunday to fulfill a bargain struck with police and…
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    Un-punked? In the middle of January, volunteers at the Berkeley punk rock club 924 Gilman were in a panic. From the looks of it, a shutdown seemed imminent for the space, which helped give birth to Operation Ivy, Green Day,…
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    Guiding Light

    As a member of the Native Tongue rappers, MC Mos Def made a name for himself with guest spots on De La Soul's Stakes Is High and a Bush Babies single. But it's with current partner Talib Kweli that Mos…
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    DJ Craze DJ Craze is a musical trickster, but it's not his ability to manipulate beats with a magician's touch that makes him one. As 1998's DMC champion, his command of hip hop is well established, but Craze is not…
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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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    The Continuing Clubs-in-Crisis Report "I feel like E.T.," jokes Jeanie Patterson, the now-former owner of the recently shuttered Mill Valley club Sweetwater. "I just want to go home." Patterson announced about a month ago that she would quit her job…
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    Comeback of the Year We don't mean comeback in the "returning a career to its past glories" sense. After all, the person in question here is John Wesley Harding, the British expatriate folk singer (and now San Francisco resident) who…
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    Spin Off Over the past four weeks, former Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell has spun a few sets at various underground warehouse parties here in the Bay Area under the moniker DJ Peretz (his real last name). It seems the…
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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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    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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    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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    The Check -- and the Fragile Master Tape -- Is in the Mail On Nov. 9, the Kingsmen, authors of the mush-mouthed party classic "Louie, Louie," scored a victory for composers' rights. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld an earlier decision…
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    Bad Brains The only thing more amazing than Bad Brains' fusion of Jah-inspired dub and D.C. hardcore is the band's volatility, as disagreements over musical direction, drug problems, and failed mainstream success have led to a series of breakups worthy…
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    Hanson, Disco Drag, and Other Literary Endeavors True, the New Main Library isn't the hippest of places to go swimming in the pop music media pool, but Riff Raff found itself wading in the deep end of Bay Area radio…
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    Cypress Hill Cypress Hill are hip hop's Johnny Potseed, breaking out joints onstage and filling albums with ganja praises. The problem is that on their new release, IV, the danky smoke references are as stale as month-old bong water. The…
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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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    Scream III Just in time for the season of ghouls, Chris Cobb and fellow San Francisco Art Institute student Paul Quinones offer up "All the Screaming You Will Ever Need." Cobb, the 28-year-old interdisciplinary artist who brought us the subtly…
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    Spooky Running Wild

    DJ Spooky chooses his words methodically, with the same kind of care he uses to pick samples for his deeply atmos-pheric hip-hop records. Posed with a question, the young man also known as Paul Miller leans back in an old…
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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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    Ill Repute, Agent Orange, SNFU Eighties punk is not dead. Like random lineages through the Great Plague, a few bands survived through the dark early 1990s, maintaining a link to the famed hardcore heyday of 1983. Back then, bills featuring…
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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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  • 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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