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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ezra Croft Wants You to Come Get Your Bill Murray On

Ezra Croft Wants You to Come Get Your Bill Murray On

A 39-year-old Bed, Bath & Beyond employee is asking strangers to make paintings of Bill Murray. It may sound like a headline from the reject pile of The Onion, but Ezra Croft means business. He would also like you…
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Music, Some Thoughts of a Certain Sound Party Epoch: Lights Down Low Celebrates Nine Years of Burning the Candle at Both Ends

Party Epoch: Lights Down Low Celebrates Nine Years of Burning the Candle at Both Ends

Party years are like dog years. It takes a lot of hard work — and burning the candle at both ends — to run a party right, and only the best and most dedicated make it past a year or…
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Music, Some Thoughts of a Certain Sound Curveballs on the Dancefloor: Acid Pauli Packs Techno and House With a Songwriter's Touch

Curveballs on the Dancefloor: Acid Pauli Packs Techno and House With a Songwriter's Touch

German DJ, producer, and musician Martin Gretschmann, aka Acid Pauli, has one of the most interesting trajectories in electronic music. His musical career began in punk and indie bands, and in the mid-'90s, with the help of some samplers and…
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Music, Some Thoughts of a Certain Sound Classic and Continental: As You Like It Celebrates the Heavyweights in Electronic Music, From Chicago and Detroit to Berlin

Classic and Continental: As You Like It Celebrates the Heavyweights in Electronic Music, From Chicago and Detroit to Berlin

Chicago, Detroit, Germany. As You Like It's latest showcase is, in many ways, an homage to these three regions and their respective contributions to electronic music, featuring two heavyweights and an array of rising talent. Headlining the whole affair is…
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Music, Some Thoughts of a Certain Sound With a Bang: After Five Years In the Party Business, Icee Hot Goes Out On a High Note

With a Bang: After Five Years In the Party Business, Icee Hot Goes Out On a High Note

If you're going to go out, go out on a high note. After five years of throwing parties and two years of putting out records by Bay Area electronic musicians, Icee Hot is calling it quits. To celebrate the occasion,…
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Music, Some Thoughts of a Certain Sound Less Is More: Veronica Vasicka Explores the Past and Present With Always-Danceable Minimal Wave

Less Is More: Veronica Vasicka Explores the Past and Present With Always-Danceable Minimal Wave

In music, building a movement doesn't come easy. It requires you to have the right people, the right sound, the right network, and perhaps most importantly, the right timing. In 2005, Veronica Vasicka launched her record label called Minimal Wave,…
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Music, Some Thoughts of a Certain Sound Techno to the People: The Egalitarian Underground of DJ Ben Klock

Techno to the People: The Egalitarian Underground of DJ Ben Klock

Ben Klock is kind of a big deal. He might not be especially well-known in the United States (although, among a certain breed of techno-obsessive, his name is uttered in a reverent, hushed whisper), but across the pond in Europe,…
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Music, Some Thoughts of a Certain Sound The Many Identities of Techno: Icee Hot's Latest Starts out Cheesy and Goes from There

The Many Identities of Techno: Icee Hot's Latest Starts out Cheesy and Goes from There

Since its inception, Icee Hot has focused on being ahead of the curve — bringing the freshest upcoming talent to San Francisco. And while it's a bit too early to call it, 2014 may very well end up being the…
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Music, Some Thoughts of a Certain Sound Strong Forms: The Chase Wants the Walls to Match the Sound

Strong Forms: The Chase Wants the Walls to Match the Sound

All too often, the visual elements of a dance party feel like afterthoughts. A good dance party can't happen without the right DJ or performer — that much is clear. So when a party promoter and designer pairs the right…
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Culture, Stage Glum Blue Glow: Two Shows Where Screens Take Center Stage But Leave Audience Batteries Low

Glum Blue Glow: Two Shows Where Screens Take Center Stage But Leave Audience Batteries Low

The lead-up to Speechless suggests the show will skewer one of the great workplace traditions of our time: the PowerPoint presentation. "There are 350 PowerPoint presentations given every second around the world. But none quite like this," reads the promotional…
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Calendar, Night&Day Preview: The Crystal Method DJ Set

Preview: The Crystal Method DJ Set

Long before the current EDM boom, there was another similar moment in U.S. dance music history in the 1990s. The Crystal Method was a big part of this. Its songs, like "Get Busy Child," were intense and bombastic mainstream expressions…
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Calendar, Night&Day Next Slide, Please

Next Slide, Please

According to a 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek, PowerPoint had been installed on at least 1 billion machines around the world, with an estimated 350 presentations being given every second. Those stats got Speechless creator Sammy Wegent thinking. Obviously, there are…
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Calendar, Night&Day Preview: Sunight

Preview: Sunight

It all started with Fantasia. Walt Disney's theatrical epic was the first popular application of surround sound in a motion picture. The technology boomed in the '70s, as blockbusters like Apocalypse Now, Superman, and Star Wars called for ever more…
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Calendar, Night&Day Locals' Literary Mixtape

Locals' Literary Mixtape

The San Francisco storytelling scene is about as alive as a literary scene can get. Some of the best local proseurs and poets, both known and unknown, gather together for Quiet Lightning's literary mixtapes — that is, a series…
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Music, Hear This Mikal Cronin: Show Preview

Mikal Cronin: Show Preview

Rockers are particularly fond of commemorating beer in song, and though their odes typically profess the merits of whatever is cheap, the annual Bay Brewed Festival is set to radicalize their sorry palates' habitual swilling of PBR. Local outfits Mikal…
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Music, Hear This Peaches: Show Preview

Peaches: Show Preview

In 2000, Merrill Beth Nisker opened her debut album as Peaches with some mischievously vivid filth: "Sucking on my titties like you wanted me, calling me all the time like Blondie." Those are the first lines on The Teaches of…
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Music, DJ Harvey on Performing 11-Hour DJ Sets and Disliking Shazam

DJ Harvey on Performing 11-Hour DJ Sets and Disliking Shazam

Many DJs are respected, but few have the same kind of cult following as DJ Harvey. The British expat has a 30-year history as a disc jockey and party-thrower, with an astounding career that's involved such highs as a weekly…
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Best of San Francisco, Bars & Clubs Best Places to Go When the Midway Shuts Down

Best Places to Go When the Midway Shuts Down

By Derek Opperman Don't believe anyone who tells you that nothing good happens after 2 a.m. in San Francisco. Stick it out past last call, and a whole freak show of hardcore partying awaits, if you know where to…
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Music, Hear This Matmos: Show Preview

Matmos: Show Preview

Soon after M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel got to know one another around 1994, the pair started Matmos, an avant-garde electronic outfit that plays with music's possibilities and perceptions. The former S.F. (now Baltimore) group has utilized rat cages, Bible…
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Music, Hear This FaltyDL: Show Preview

FaltyDL: Show Preview

New York's FaltyDL (born Drew Lustman) draws from a wide variety of dance sounds, including gliding house, two-step swing, wonky dubstep, and jazzy grooves. On his latest album, Hardcourage, Lustman presents his most fluid integration of these transatlantic influences yet.…
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