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    Selvin Watch (The Special Edition) When Riff Raff talked to Chron Entertainment Editor Liz Lufkin recently, we were mostly curious about one thing: What does Joel Selvin do all day? Even in his '80s heyday the pop-music critic didn't produce…
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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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    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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    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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    A Clarification, Courtesy of the Music Editor, Regarding the Credo at the Very Bottom of This Column That's "flack," not "flak." We like flak. "Flack," on the other hand -- we "flak" that. (M.B.) We Care a Lot On Friday,…
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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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    Some Friendly Advice to All Baby Boomers From the Music Editor Concerning the 20th Anniversary of Elvis Presley's Demise Upon That Fabled Toilet, and the Inexorable Passing of Their Youth Let it go. (M.B.) Lilyvolt Wilts Recently, singer/songwriter Kate Donnellon…
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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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    Selvin Watch: By the Numbers In newspaper writing, the saddest mistakes are the ones that are hard to make. That's why watching Joel Selvin's journalism career chokes us up so much. The Chronicle chief pop music critic, who wrote a…
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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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    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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    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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    INXS Frontman Michael Hutchence Did Not Die of Autoerotic Asphyxiation But police sources insisted that the singer with the Australian band INXS had killed himself and was not the victim of an auto-erotic sex game that went wrong. His naked…
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Drummer Vanishes In a moot juxtaposition of publicity spin and state propaganda, Riff Raff offers the two pictures seen here. One we received in the mail, in announcement of an impending Kinetics show. The other we retrieved from our…
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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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    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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