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Karl D. Esturbense

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Spin Off The news that Spin has been sold to the owners of Vibe magazine brings at least to a temporary end the career in rock journalism of Bob Guccione Jr. It's worth looking at what he wrought. Spin was…
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    Real Life Rock "An obsessive sport" is what D.A. Pennebaker calls cinema verite documentary filmmaking, a line of work he's indulged in for some 40 years. Many of the documentaries that get attention today have missions journalistic (Brother's Keeper) or…
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    Things We Did on Grass Now we know why Chet Helms and company waited until October to throw a 30-year anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love: harvest. There was so much weed at the Sunday shindig in Golden Gate…
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    Another Reason Why S.T. Should Henceforth Be Known as Riff Raff's "Goth Correspondent" Those of you who were watching Hard Copy on June 26 -- and don't even bother trying to deny that you watch the tabloid show -- might…
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    The Swing Set Folks carousing through North Beach during the Velvet Lounge opening last week might've noticed a bustle at the Off Broadway (soon to be the Black Cat), activity at the Chi Chi Club (soon to be the Chi…
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    Who Loves Lucy? Last Friday night, master taste-maker Seymour Stein was seen feasting lavishly at Yuet Lee, and it wasn't just because he has a penchant for Bay Area seafood (though he did stay for nearly three hours). Stein, who…
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    A Note From the Music Editor Thanks to those of you who read into my blues essay a couple of weeks back, and who are still offering interpretations to the Letters section. Now, if it isn't too much trouble, would…
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    Still Two Dailies, Still No Rock Critics. What's Up With That? The local newspaper guild is starting to put some pressure on the Chron and the Examiner for both papers' squirrelly inability to hire a rock critic. Most people would…
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    Strange Developments Nobody was more excited than Miami's DJ Infamous when the winners of the International Turntablists Federation were announced late last Sunday night. Infamous had absolutely stunned the crowd with his scratching, cutting, and beat juggling in his several…
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    Lawyer Rock Colossal Pictures -- the San Francisco multimedia company that brought you MTV's Liquid Television, among other things -- has filed suit in U.S. Bankruptcy Court against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In legalese, the allegations made…
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    Absence of Alice Corey Mason has been easy to spot among the suit-and-tie lunchtime crowd striding around the Embarcadero. Wearing a large summer shade hat and sporting long, braided hair, two weeks ago he tugged a little red wagon around…
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    Rock 'n' Requiem The Day of the Dead was the appropriate setting for the death of live music at one of the Mission District's most sprightly venues, a place where many of the patron saints of underground rock, pop, and…
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    This Is How It Works After two years of booking local bands at the monthly "Fillmore Sessions," promoter Joe Paganelli finally sold out the old concert hall. The Jan. 17 show was headlined by Black Lab and supported by Stroke…
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    Radio Free Richmond For the last three years, Richard Edmondson has played a cat-and-mouse game with the Federal Communications Commission. Edmondson operates San Francisco Liberation Radio, a tiny 40-watt station that broadcasts on S.F.'s west side. The station airs leftist…
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    Riff Raff's First-Ever Big Contest Thing For the past five months, Riff Raff has closed this column with a stupid quote from a famous -- or, sometimes, an incredibly obscure -- live album. If you've suffered through some of the…
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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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