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    Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Monday's Pick: "Black Gold"

    What To Do? Monday's Pick: "Black Gold"

    "Black Gold" @ KoKo Cocktails You may want your retro-soul weekend parties to be packed, sweaty blasts full of vintage grinders. But on Monday nights, the smooth, sugar-melting tones of '60s soul music work as relaxing tonics to calm party-frazzled…
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    Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: Ratskin Records' Noise Blowout

    What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: Ratskin Records' Noise Blowout

    Ratskin Records' Annual "Fuck The/All Holidays" Noise Blowout @ El Rincon Attend any improv noise performance and you're bound to see a few dudes poking at buttons, or torquing potentiometers on effects pedals, or weaving a nest of electrical cables…
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    Music, All Shook Down What to Do? Tuesday's Pick:

    What to Do? Tuesday's Pick:

    Late Night Live w/ Black Quarterback @ Yoshi's A few months ago the Examiner quoted a restaurant consultant's report decrying the music at Yoshi's: "No soul, no funk, no personality." Ouch. Had none of those surveyed been to Yoshi's Fillmore…
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    Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: The Aversions

    What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: The Aversions

    Nervous Tics, The Aversions, Complaints @ the Knockout Given their widely held rep as effete, soft-cheese-spreading existentialists, the world's French-speaking people don't get much credit in the rock 'n' roll world. What bands like Eastern Canada's Aversions prove, however, is…
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    Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: Stump the Wizard

    What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: Stump the Wizard

    Stump the Wizard @ Argus 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…
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    Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: The Chinese Stars

    What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: The Chinese Stars

    Chinese Stars @ Thee ParksideAfter rising from the blackened ashes of Skin Graft noiseniks Arab on Radar, The Chinese Stars initially seemed set on continuing their previous band's discomfiting mission: to simultaneously convert and confuse listeners with squirmy guitars, surreal…
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    "Abandoned": Photography by Brian Ulrich and Claude-Joseph Désiré. Sept. 10-Oct. 31. Robert Koch Gallery, 49 Geary (at Kearny), 421-0122, www.kochgallery.com. "American Qur'an": New paintings by Sandow Birk. Sept. 12-Oct. 17. Catharine Clark Gallery, 150 Minna (at New Montgomery), 399-1439, www.cclarkgallery.com.…
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    Music, Hear This San Francisco’s Doomed fest

    San Francisco’s Doomed fest

    San Francisco's doomed," O.G. proto-punks Crime sang, "I need me some kicks!" With that attitude in mind, the S.F. All-Ages Show Space Project, Thrillhouse Records, and Maximumrocknroll mag organized the five-day San Francisco's Doomed fest benefiting their quest for a…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Sound System Gonna Bring Me Back Up

    Sound System Gonna Bring Me Back Up

    The Portuguese empire may be gone, but the cultural flow between Portugal and its former colonies never stopped. Witness the phenomenon of kuduro, a hybrid of lo-fi electronics, West African percussion, calypso rhythms, and hip-hop rhyming born in Angola and…
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    Music, BeatBox Richard Devine

    Richard Devine

    Signal interruptions, distortion errors, glitches — these are all bad things, right? Not if you were to judge by the epileptic electronica of Richard Devine. A cybernetic brain-zap of spazzy rhythms and unidentifiable digital skrizz, Devine's music sounds like Aphex…
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    Music, Hear This He Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts

    He Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts

    One of today's most respected and successful jazz saxophonists, Joshua Redman nonetheless has a haunted career. Ghosts of legends like Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, or Dewey Redman (Joshua's father) constantly poke listeners whenever the younger Redman plays — which is…
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    Music, Hear This The (New) Low End Theory

    The (New) Low End Theory

    Is treble an infectious disease? Lately so many bands have been splicing together high-pitched guitar screech with hipsters-on-helium falsetto vox that you'd think bass had been made extinct. Thank the graphic equalizer gods that some groups — like New York's…
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    Music, All Shook Down NIMBY Grand Re-Opening Party on Saturday

    NIMBY Grand Re-Opening Party on Saturday

    After an accidental fire got them booted from their former warehouse, the NIMBY East Bay artist workshop/collective was forced to relocate. Several months (not to mention many thousands of dollars) later, the crew has finally set up shop in…
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    Music, All Shook Down William S. Burroughs 95th Birthday Party Tonight at the Beat Museum

    William S. Burroughs 95th Birthday Party Tonight at the Beat Museum

    Next time you run across a brat of schoolchildren -- "brat" being the collective noun for any assemblage of kids under age 11 -- try to imagine which will be the first to get his or her mind blown…
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    Music, All Shook Down The Regency Center Gets "Gristlized" in April

    The Regency Center Gets "Gristlized" in April

    Industrial music originators Throbbing Gristle have important historical links to San Francisco. Not only did the group's "last live performance" take place in S.F. -- at least before its 21st Century resurrection, that is -- but local friend/artist/agitator Monte…
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    Music, Hear This That's Rebotini, Not Robot-ini

    That's Rebotini, Not Robot-ini

    Laptop computers may be electronic music's biggest advancement since the birth of Robert Moog. Unfortunately, laptops have also been live electronic music's biggest curse. That's why Arnaud Rebotini threw away his computers. This French producer's retro gear includes iconic beatboxes…
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    Music, All Shook Down Tattoo-Dude Ogle Warning Takes Effect in Seven ... Six ... Five ...

    Tattoo-Dude Ogle Warning Takes Effect in Seven ... Six ... Five ...

    Tattoo artist and TV personality Kat Von D is coming to town. If you're of a certain demographic -- specifically (a) male and into (b) hard rock and (c) all things tatt-related -- that is very exciting news. The…
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    Music, All Shook Down Little Book's February '09 Issue Now Ready for Reading, Rocking, Passing Along

    Little Book's February '09 Issue Now Ready for Reading, Rocking, Passing Along

    Surely one of the world's smallest, least pretentious, and most easily pocketable rock fanzines, S.F.'s Little Book has come out with its latest issue just in time for the weekend. We won't go into too many details about the…
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    Music, All Shook Down T-Model Ford Rumbles Into Thee Parkside with Gravel Road in March

    T-Model Ford Rumbles Into Thee Parkside with Gravel Road in March

    Awesomely cantankerous old bluesman T-Model Ford is revving up to head out on tour with Seattle throwback band Gravel Road. They'll make a stop at the appropriately roadhouse-like Thee Parkside on Sunday, March 29. Tickets are $10 advance (plus…
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    Music, All Shook Down Robin Williams Is "Recharging" Tonight at Bimbo's 365 Nightclub

    Robin Williams Is "Recharging" Tonight at Bimbo's 365 Nightclub

    There used to be a time (i.e., the 1970s) when it was Colombian marching powder. But nowadays comedian/actor/dynamo Robin Williams "Recharges the Batteries" by doing off-the-cuff comedy benefit shows. Tonight he'll be doing one of his trademark last-second gigs…
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    Music, All Shook Down Free Advance Screening of New Circle DVD

    Free Advance Screening of New Circle DVD

    Oh, sure, your psych-folkcore-gamelan band is rad. But when was the last time you invented your own lyrical language? Or, for that matter, released no less than 20 albums (not including endless EPs and live recordings) in the past 15…
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    Music, All Shook Down Free Skate Film Screenings This Sunday

    Free Skate Film Screenings This Sunday

    Skaters with more free time than cash will be able to see Mind Field, the latest film by the Alien Workshop production team, for free this Sunday, Feb. 1, thanks to the SFIndie film fest. Screenings will be held…
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    Music, All Shook Down Testament Reissues Old Platters on Vinyl

    Testament Reissues Old Platters on Vinyl

    Starting February 3, Oakland metal kings Testament will give fans a chance to buy two late-nineties albums -- 1997's Demonic and 1999's The Gathering -- as special LP reissues. Both records will have double-gatefold sleeves and some copies will…
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    Music, All Shook Down Tindersticks to Make Rare(ish) Concert Appearance in March

    Tindersticks to Make Rare(ish) Concert Appearance in March

    Nineties-born forebears to much of today's orchestral, literate indie-pop, Britain's Tindersticks will be touring in support of last year's album, The Hungry Saw. That disc was released by Montreal's Constellation Records -- home to Godspeeed You Black Emperor, Silver…
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    Music, All Shook Down New Bruce Springsteen Album Out Now, San Jo Concert Tix Go On Sale Monday

    New Bruce Springsteen Album Out Now, San Jo Concert Tix Go On Sale Monday

    Working On A Dream, the newest album by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, was officially released yesterday. No surprise: the critics are digging it. (Bruce could sing "The Alphabet Song" and Rolling Stone would give it five…
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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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