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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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    Musik Thesis: Germany is kinder to S.F. music than even San Francisco is. Exhibit 838: Superstar. The German zine's ninth issue, which recently crossed Riff Raff's desk, includes a 16-page feature package focusing on our fair city, written by and…
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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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    Synchronized Pickaxes For 30 years the resilient songs of the Grateful Dead have repelled the assaults of hundreds of copycat jam bands, the indignity of flabby covers and so-called tribute groups, and intermittent defilement by the band itself. Now, three…
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    Booster Roosters A hole was left in San Francisco's summer music schedule last year when Queenie Taylor, Bonnie Simmons, and SF Weekly Publisher Jim Rizzi decided to postpone SFO, the four-day music festival/convention that Taylor and Simmons had produced in…
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    Downsized On Wednesday morning, July 15, Annie O'Toole, longtime talent buyer at the Great American Music Hall, was informed by the five partners behind the venue that she would no longer be needed. "I was totally floored," says O'Toole. "I…
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    The Latest From SOMA: Of Course! The Irish! Legislation before the S.F. supervisors could end the battle over the future of SOMA's 11th Street corridor by creating a Bourbon Street-style urban club center. For the last six months, cops, club…
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    Scenes From the Fleadh Intrepid Riff Raff correspondent Heather Wisner brought along her camera to the Guinness Fleadh Festival at San Jose Stadium last week. Her findings: Guinness + hot sun + stupid people = drunken mess. Below, Wisner offers…
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    Don't Miss the Boat The people behind the Future Primitive Soundsessions DJ parties have plenty to celebrate. Their newly formed record label's first release, Shortkut vs. Cut Chemist, is going into its fourth pressing with sales of 10,000 thus far,…
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    What's the Situation(ist)? Over the last few months you may have noticed an intimidating group of very bald men in dark sunglasses and bright orange crew jackets prowling through the streets of San Francisco. They move with great purpose, equipped…
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    Those Darn Kids, Part 843,956 The end of the millennium is one of the best things to happen to publishing in the past 1,000 years -- lots of long, sober articles outlining the best and worst (insert concept here) of…
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    Lemonade Map of Wyoming can take a sad song and make it better. Last month, Jeff Stark reviewed the band's debut CD (see below). Two weeks later, the group placed an advertisement for an upcoming show in this paper (also,…
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    We Didn't Think It Was Bad -- We Thought It Was Terrible Last week, when CBS Radio executives marched into Live 105's Harrison Street offices and revved up their corporate WeedWacker, morning DJ Johnny Steele was one of the first…
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    Big Winners In a flash of apathy unwitnessed since the early 1990s, Riff Raff's First-Ever Big Contest ended last week with three entries -- and three winners. We are ashamed. Pittsburg's Rick Pyle made nine guesses at the list of…
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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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    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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    Cow Town It's too early to tell, but Holy Cow may get its nightclub permits back sometime this week. The SOMA nightclub lost them four weeks ago on something close to a technicality: Police discovered that Cow owner Jeff Thompson…
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    Yeah, Well We're Tired of Hearing About Bar Closings Too The doors at the Chameleon have been shut on and off for several months now. Recently owner Karen Carney assured Riff Raff that the narrow Valencia Street beer bar and…
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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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    Trouble in Clubland It's too early to put nails in the coffin, but it looks like V/SF, the dance club at the corner of 11th Street and Folsom, is about ready to get buried -- just as the Trocadero was.…
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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 Sultan of Rap Sometimes you're just laying down some soulful grooves at your favorite local club and a prince walks in, or very nearly. Last winter, Manifest Yesterday -- the funky groove collective that last week released a self-titled…
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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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    Static KUSF Music Director Jason Knuth loved free jazz, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, and Cecil Taylor. He could talk endlessly about the Sun City Girls or Matthew Shipp. Lee "Scratch" Perry and anyone else who made serious, challenging music thrilled…
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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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    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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