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Culture, The Exhibitionist Game of Thrones scavenger hunt finds its way to North Beach

Game of Thrones scavenger hunt finds its way to North Beach

If you're a Game of Thrones superfan, good luck teasing out season six storylines or spoilers before the popular cable show's April 24th premiere. HBO may have intimated that Jon Snow is dead, but everything else about the program's…
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Dining, SFoodie Taste San Francisco Offers Celebs and Food

Taste San Francisco Offers Celebs and Food

Got $350 and an overwhelming desire to eat food cooked by celebrity chefs? That's the cheapest ticket for this year's Taste San Francisco, one of ten national events being organized as part of the James Beard Foundation's Taste of…
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Music, Hear This Seu Jorge: Show Preview

Seu Jorge: Show Preview

While he still may be best known for the sonorous recasting of David Bowie's glam-rock hits as acoustic sambas sung in Portuguese heard in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Brazilian songwriter Seu Jorge is far from a novelty act.…
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Music, Hear This Pinback: Show Preview

Pinback: Show Preview

Much like Built to Spill and Elliott Smith before them, if there's one thing Pinback is exceptionally skilled at, it's being able to bum you out with poetic precision. Since launching the band in the late 1990s — the name…
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Music, Hear This Lee Fields and the Expressions: Show Preview

Lee Fields and the Expressions: Show Preview

Given that he's been doing this since 1969, you'd expect Lee Fields to have a pretty solid grasp on his classic brand of James Brown-indebted soul-funk. And as decades of releases, including two most recent albums with the Expressions, My…
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Music, In Need of Money, Art-Rock Misfits the Residents Decide to Raid the Fridge

In Need of Money, Art-Rock Misfits the Residents Decide to Raid the Fridge

Not many bands have the bravado to sell a $100,000 box set housed in a refrigerator, but then again, the Residents aren't just any band. In a city with a musical history that tends toward the eccentric, this San Francisco…
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Music, Hear This Pinback: Show Preview

Pinback: Show Preview

Since coming together as Pinback in the early 1990s, Rob Crow and Zach Smith have long been a reticent, enigmatic pair who construct reticent, enigmatic indie rock. Last October's Information Retrieved, the first substantial Pinback release since 2007's Autumn of…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • How good were the Flaming Lips at Bimbo's? They took a sad album — 1999's classic The Soft Bulletin — and exploded it into a confetti-and-prop-filled party, kicking off the first proper night of Noise Pop. Wayne Coyne…
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Kevin Arnold's Top Five Noise Pop Memories

Festival founder Kevin Arnold looks back on his five favorite sets over the last 20 years 5. The Fastbacks at Bottom of the Hill, 1993-2002 After a surprise set the first year of the festival, the Fastbacks settled into an…
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Jordan Kurland's Top Five Noise Pop Memories

Jordan Kurland partnered with Noise Pop founder Kevin Arnold in the festival's sixth year. Here, he looks back on some of his favorite Noise Pop sets. 5. A three-way tie: Yoko Ono at the Fox Theater, 2010 Meeting Yoko automatically…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday: The Horrors Update the '80s at Bimbo's

Saturday: The Horrors Update the '80s at Bimbo's

The Horrors September 12, 2011 Bimbo's 365 Club Better than: The Horrors in 2005. The problem with watching bands on a Saturday night at Bimbo's 365 Club in North Beach is that a certain portion of the crowd is…
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Music, Hear This Cibo Matto: Show Preview

Cibo Matto: Show Preview

If you were only a casual listener, you may remember Cibo Matto — which means "crazy food" in Italian — from the freaky-cheery 1996 video for the Japan-born, New York City-based duo's minor hit, "Know Your Chicken," a late-night MTV…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment Best Rock 'n' Roll Bathroom

Best Rock 'n' Roll Bathroom

It's rare to look forward to going to the bathroom at a rock show, but Bimbo's is definitely the place to be when guitars and nature call at the same time. An Art Deco marvel in North Beach since 1931,…
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Music, Cap’n Jazz reunites for a tour of self-discovery

Cap’n Jazz reunites for a tour of self-discovery

The reunion of Cap'n Jazz isn't getting the headlines Pavement has been showered with this summer, but for a lot of people — namely those who cherish the great Midwestern emo boom of the mid-'90s — it is an even…
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Music, Pink Inside

Pink Inside

"My rent is $1,100, not including utilities." Animal Collective may have famously boasted of wanting "four walls and adobe slabs" for its members' daughters, but it's that outfit's longtime associate, Ariel Pink, who will straight-up tell you what he pays…
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Music, Meklit Hadero takes on the world

Meklit Hadero takes on the world

After spending a few years behind the scenes, curating performances at the Red Poppy Art House and the Mission Arts and Performance Project, Meklit Hadero is taking center stage. The San Francisco–based singer recently released her debut album, On a…
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Music, Hear This Concert preview: King Khan

Concert preview: King Khan

Since bailing on the super-obnoxious Spaceshits some 10 years ago, Arish "King" Khan has gone on to blaze a prolific path as the antic-prone frontman for a variety of retro-fried outfits. The finest of these is King Khan and the…
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Music, Beach House's pop euphoria

Beach House's pop euphoria

Baltimore duo Beach House revels in large, lush sonic compositions. The pair joins a select handful of bands in the postrock era — Cocteau Twins, Galaxie 500, Mazzy Star — that expertly renders shimmering sounds with equal parts confidence and…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Deco Nightspot

Last October, bereft and confused a mere hour or two after the Giants had lost Game 7, we made our way to Bimbo's, much as our more devout fellow fans trekked to Grace Cathedral. It wasn't long before the rattle…
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