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News, Feature Who to Hear: Soltrón

Who to Hear: Soltrón

Every Tuesday, as the 12 members of Soltrón begin their weekly rehearsal at a house in Bernal Heights, they pause for a few minutes to check out the breathtaking views, talk about everyone's day, maybe even vent a bit. They…
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Music, All Shook Down City Does Music Venues A Solid With New Noise Protection Law

City Does Music Venues A Solid With New Noise Protection Law

At 1015 Folsom, electronic dance music and international music can be heard in five rooms that, in total, can hold roughly 1500 people. The South of Market dance club has been at the same location for 30 years and…
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Music, Sammy Miller and The Congregation Specialize in Jazz With a Twist

Sammy Miller and The Congregation Specialize in Jazz With a Twist

The song starts with a patter of drum taps. Then comes a guttural yawp from every member of the band. Then more taps, another yell, and the sequence starts anew. This is the 1927 jazz composition "Black and Tan Fantasy,"…
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News, Feature HSBG Preview: Chicano Batman

HSBG Preview: Chicano Batman

This August, after opening for Alabama Shakes in Boise, Idaho, Chicano Batman was approached by a white codger who told the band it reminded him of music he'd heard in the '60s and '70s. "I get what you're doing," the…
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Music, All Shook Down The Bad Plus Pianist is Taking Requests

The Bad Plus Pianist is Taking Requests

You cannot play jazz without playing standards. They form the bedrock of American music, and therefore must be listened to and learned. But standards can easily feel tired and uninspired in the wrong hands. Because it's jazz, an art form…
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Music, Vince Guaraldi’s Jazz Mass Re-Created

Vince Guaraldi’s Jazz Mass Re-Created

It's impossible to think of the animatedPeanutstelevision show without also thinking of the music of Vince Guaraldi. His pensive bossa nova-inspired piano playing provides melancholy but sweet backdrop (and theme song) for Charlie Brown, a child protagonist with adult-sized portions…
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Music, All Shook Down Vince Guaraldi's Jazz Mass Re-Created for Grace Cathedral

Vince Guaraldi's Jazz Mass Re-Created for Grace Cathedral

It's impossible today to think of the animated Peanuts television shows without also thinking of the music of Vince Guaraldi: his pensive but accessible bossa nova-inspired piano playing provides an appropriately melancholy but sweet backdrop for Charlie Brown, a…
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Music, All Shook Down Amy Winehouse: On Exhibit, Onscreen, and Onstage

Amy Winehouse: On Exhibit, Onscreen, and Onstage

A video screen mounted on a pink wall at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum screens a loop of British retro soul singer Amy Winehouse performing a stripped-down version of her hit song, "Back to Black" alongside a guitarist and bass…
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Music, All Shook Down The Coup = The Clash + Sly and the Family Stone

The Coup = The Clash + Sly and the Family Stone

The Coup's 1998 release, Steal This Album, was once called the best hip-hop record of that decade, and yet frontman Boots Riley never really identified with rap music from that era. Riley has always had his hand in a range…
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Music, All Shook Down Louis Armstrong Tribute at SFJAZZ

Louis Armstrong Tribute at SFJAZZ

In a thousand years, people will still be listening to the music of jazz artist Louis Armstrong. At least, so says singer and bandleader Catherine Russell, who will perform Armstrong's music with her band for four nights at the SFJAZZ…
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News, SF Weighs Late-Night Transit Options

SF Weighs Late-Night Transit Options

San Francisco may be a world-class city, but its public transportation system is showing its age — especially after dark. A recent survey about the city's transit options found that 92 percent of people polled named lack of late-night BART…
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Music, All Shook Down Cibo Matto Perform at SF Film Festival

Cibo Matto Perform at SF Film Festival

The Japanese duo Cibo Matto did much to define and shape the music of the second half of the 1990s: their songs were a patchwork of rap, jazz horns, heavy funk bass lines, bubblegum pop, rock, and punk. The group…
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Music, All Shook Down Reclusive Jazz Legend Charles Lloyd Plays SFJAZZ

Reclusive Jazz Legend Charles Lloyd Plays SFJAZZ

Who doesn't love a good comeback story? And jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd's tale – full of music industry disillusionment and a Zen-seeking retreat to Big Sur for more than a decade – is as intriguing as any other. In the…
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News, Feature Noise Ordinance: London Breed Legislation to Preserve Live Music & Nightlife

Noise Ordinance: London Breed Legislation to Preserve Live Music & Nightlife

Residents filled the six or more rows of seats in room 400 at City Hall on March 19, while a dozen or more folks wearing "I support #sfnightlife" stickers stood shoulder to shoulder along the far wall. Others trickled in…
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Music, All Shook Down Go Do This Thing Tomorrow: Support Legislation to "Save San Francisco's Nightlife"

Go Do This Thing Tomorrow: Support Legislation to "Save San Francisco's Nightlife"

Cafe Cocomo in Dogpatch,…
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Music, All Shook Down SFJAZZ Revisits <i>A Love Supreme</i>

SFJAZZ Revisits A Love Supreme

In 1965, while on tour in Japan, saxophonist John Coltrane told an interviewer "I believe men are here to grow themselves into the best good that they can be. And this is what I want to do," he said. "As…
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Music, All Shook Down Show Preview: Peanut Butter Wolf

Show Preview: Peanut Butter Wolf

A live performance from Peanut Butter Wolf is not a typical DJ set: Wolf, aka Chris Manak, will probably not spin much vinyl. He's more likely to create an audio/visual experience comprised of music videos pulled from his personal collection…
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Music, Hear This SFJAZZ Collective: Show Preview

SFJAZZ Collective: Show Preview

It's easy for conversations about jazz to focus only on big names that even the casual listener can have an opinion about — and John Coltrane, in particular, cast a long, inimitable shadow over the vast pool of tenor saxophone…
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Music, All Shook Down Thievery Corporation: Masters of Chill

Thievery Corporation: Masters of Chill

The DJ collective Thievery Corporation has spent the past 20 years making music that feels like an around-the-world audio travelogue: they borrow heavily from the sounds of South America (Bossa Nova), the Caribbean (reggae and Dub), and South Asia (Indian…
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Music, All Shook Down Culture Clash San Francisco: Four Local DJ Crews to Compete at Red Bull Event

Culture Clash San Francisco: Four Local DJ Crews to Compete at Red Bull Event

In the spirit of classic DJ battles, the Red Bull Music Academy will host a Culture Clash DJ competition Wednesday at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, the latest in a list of more than half a dozen Red Bull…
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