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Karaoke Kounterpoint: You Are Hereby Found Guilty of Crimes Against Humility

Don't think St. Peter can't see you there on that stage. Don't think he can't hear you, despite the angels' seemingly endless choir practices and that lingering tinnitus leftover from Jericho. And don't think for a minute he will let…
Music, Drink 2013: Nightlife Listings

Drink 2013: Nightlife Listings

21 Club: The 21 Club is one of the last remaining bastions of Tenderloin dive bar living. This small liquor den — located at the untouristy intersection of Turk and Taylor — serves stiff drinks and frothy beers to a…
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Dining, Eat Drink 2013: Cocktails Listings

Drink 2013: Cocktails Listings

15 Romolo: Owners Jon Gasparini and Greg Lindgren (of Rye and Rosewood), and Aaron Gregory Smith's rejiggered 15 Romolo has developed magnetic powers, attracting even those who'd rather avoid the North Beach crowds. The dim bar hits the perfect balance…
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Dining, Eat Drink 2013: Beer Listings

Drink 2013: Beer Listings

21st Amendment: Its name celebrates the repeal of Prohibition, so it's no surprise that 21st Amendment's brewpub is the opposite of a secret subterranean speakeasy: with its large windows, bright wood accents, and open floorplan, this South Park restaurant and…
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Dining, Eat Drink 2013: Wine Listings

Drink 2013: Wine Listings

Bin 38: A wine bar that also features a solid beer list and full food menu, Bin 38 is a good place to bring a date or just catch up with friends. There's plenty of outdoor seating for warm evenings,…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 9/10/12: Swans Reclaim No Wave from Hipsters at Regency Ballroom

Live Review, 9/10/12: Swans Reclaim No Wave from Hipsters at Regency Ballroom

Swans Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 Regency Ballroom Better than: Going deaf naturally. You should know one thing in advance: A Swans show is not designed for your passive entertainment. In fact, it's less a concert than it is an endurance…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 8/12/2012: Dead Can Dance Hypnotizes Rabid Fans at the Greek Theatre

Live Review, 8/12/2012: Dead Can Dance Hypnotizes Rabid Fans at the Greek Theatre

Dead Can Dance Sunday, August 12, 2012 UC Berkeley, Greek Theatre Better than: Listening to your Toward the Within CD while scribbling emo poetry. Dead Can Dance didn't have to do much to get a standing ovation tonight. In fact,…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 5/11/2012: Roger Waters Takes a Stand for Bleeding Hearts and Artists Outside <i>The Wall</i>

Live Review, 5/11/2012: Roger Waters Takes a Stand for Bleeding Hearts and Artists Outside The Wall

Roger Waters Friday, May 11, 2012 AT&T Park Better than: Every previous Pink Floyd-related tour. No, really. Apparently those epic theatrical extravaganzas mounted by Pink Floyd in the 1970s and '80s -- with their massive film projections and towering…
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Music, Hear This Swans: Show Preview

Swans: Show Preview

When its rep as one of the world's loudest, most demanding bands finally grew too much to bear, Swans leader Michael Gira dissolved his cultish avant-rock group in the late 1990s to begin a kinder, gentler second career with Angels…
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Music, New Year's Eve Guide

New Year's Eve Guide 2011

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke took two shots at predicting the future — first in 2001, then again this year — and missed both times. (No cosmic monoliths, no psychedelic superbabies, no nothing? WTF, Mr. CBE?) In 2012 the…
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Music, New Year's Eve Guide New Year's Eve Guide 2011

New Year's Eve Guide 2011

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke took two shots at predicting the future — first in 2001, then again this year — and missed both times. (No cosmic monoliths, no psychedelic superbabies, no nothing? WTF, Mr. CBE?) In 2012 the…
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Music, All Shook Down Crass, the Anarcho-Punk Fountainhead, Is Coming to S.F. in March -- Sort Of

Crass, the Anarcho-Punk Fountainhead, Is Coming to S.F. in March -- Sort Of

Depending on your perspective, legendary British collective Crass was either the truest band of anarchists to ever strap on guitars -- loudly, proudly advocating radical ultra-left politics through its atonal avant-punk music, Dadaist collage artwork, and edge-dwelling DIY lifestyle --…
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Calendar, Night&Day Blue Plate Special

Blue Plate Special

No one sees San Francisco quite the same as Peter Plate. Over the course of two decades and more than a half-dozen novels, Plate has chronicled the city's seamier half with an eye for grimy detail and a voice reeking…
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Music, All Shook Down Monday's Pick: Efterklang, Buke & Gass, and Silian Rail

Monday's Pick: Efterklang, Buke & Gass, and Silian Rail

​EfterklangBuke & GassSilian RailBottom of the Hill9 p.m., $12Buke & Gass aren't kids' puppets, a slapstick comedy duo, or alternate slang terms for bodily functions. The words "buke" and "gass" refer to instruments -- a baritone ukulele and a guitar-bass…
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Music, All Shook Down Wednesday's Pick: Gaucho and Michael Abraham Jazz Session

Wednesday's Pick: Gaucho and Michael Abraham Jazz Session

​GauchoMichael Abraham Jazz SessionAmnesia8 p.m., freeThe term "gaucho" commonly refers to nomadic South American cowboys, which is pretty indicative of how the San Francisco band Gaucho plays its version of Gypsy jazz: in Gaucho's hands, le jazz manouche is left…
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Music, All Shook Down Tuesday's Pick: 'Alcoholocaust: Stump the Wizard'

Tuesday's Pick: 'Alcoholocaust: Stump the Wizard'

On any given Tuesday, Alcoholocaust provides a boozy chance to recharge old memory centers while simultaneously (and paradoxically) killing a few brain cells: cheap Tecate in fist, you can challenge yourself to recall which vintage metal or classic punk track…
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Music, All Shook Down Monday's Pick: Punk Rock Sideshow

Monday's Pick: Punk Rock Sideshow

​Punk Rock SideshowHemlock Tavern10 p.m., freeYou can blame Al Gore for the dearth of quality punk rock in the jukeboxes of America. Not because of his li'l censor-happy P.M.R.C. wife (who's done plenty of damage, no doubt), but because Al…
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Music, All Shook Down Thursday's Pick: Shannon & the Clams, White Mystery, Glitter Wizard

Thursday's Pick: Shannon & the Clams, White Mystery, Glitter Wizard

​Shannon & the ClamsWhite MysteryGlitter WizardHemlock Tavern9 p.m., $7The White Stripes may be famed for playing up their artificial binary gimmick (e.g., red/white, brother/sister, etc.), but White Mystery don't need any invented trickery: the Chicago duo are indeed siblings, their…
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Music, All Shook Down Tuesday's Pick: Silversun Pickups, Against Me!, The Henry Clay People

Tuesday's Pick: Silversun Pickups, Against Me!, The Henry Clay People

​Silversun PickupsAgainst Me!The Henry Clay PeopleThe Fox Theater, Oakland8 p.m., $35Calling all ufologists and conspiracy buffs! Tonight we can witness evidence of aliens among us -- proof that Pod People do indeed exist. You may notice these Pods' exoskeletons take…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday's Pick: Wolf Parade, Moools, Zola Jesus

Friday's Pick: Wolf Parade, Moools, Zola Jesus

​Wolf ParadeMooolsZola JesusThe Fox Theater8 p.m., $27.50Hipster Goth: it might seem like an oxymoron to anyone with even a dim awareness of pre-millennial subcultures, but believe us, it's real. In local circles, it may mean dancing to swoony shadowland disco…
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