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Music, Hear This Modern Kicks: Show Preview

Modern Kicks: Show Preview

You know the opening credits of That '70s Show, where the cast of characters shout along to the Todd Griffin cover of Cheap Trick's "In the Street" while crammed in a car? It's an instant flashback to the heyday of…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Encore Performance

Encore Performance

Guitar Hero gave party games a much-needed kick in the ass. No one expected this rhythm game -- sold with a miniature plastic guitar -- to play to sellout crowds. But it became the most addictive game of the year…
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Music, Reviewed The Nice Boys

The Nice Boys

The word "nice" is a milquetoast descriptor, conjuring images of scooting your way through life with a lot of pipsqueaked "Excuse me"s. Of course, there's the Guns N' Roses treatise on the subject, "Nice Boys," in which Axl howls that…
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Music, OK Then


I must say, I'm quite impressed with the Mach 3 Turbo Razor. It has a 3-bladed cartridge like the regular Mach 3 but there's a small battery inside the handle which powers a vibrating function that, rather than just being…
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Music, Bouncer


We were debating whether or not she was Paris Hilton. She was long and thin with a neat ponytail down her back and a brimmed hat pulled rakishly over one eye. She brushed by me in painted jeans. She had…
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Music, Reviewed Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick

If you checked out on Cheap Trick the way a lot of us did 15 or 20 years ago, it will possibly come as a dual revelation that 1) the band is still alive; and 2) it is kicking harder…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Friday Party for Fags

The Pilsner is too homey and "'Til Friday" is all drag. So roguish boys who thrive on the joys of noncommitment should check out "Cheap Trick," billed as an "Electro, Rock, Funk, Old-School Pop Party." "Cheap Trick" proprietors Gary Green…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Swag's founding sounds like an especially good riddle: What do you get when you cross members of the Mavericks, Cheap Trick, Wilco, and Sixpence None the Richer? The answer -- and the band -- originally came together back in 1996…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

Where, oh where have all the darlings of "Club Darling" gone? Well, some of those sassy, shaggy, chic, corduroyed upstarts with an ear for all things British and faddishly pop started "Fan Club," and in perfectly "Darling" tradition they are…
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Cheap Trick (Cheap Trick/Red Ant Entertainment) Before we bog ourselves down in the bubble gum, let's get the disclaimer out of the way: The purpose of this essay isn't to compare Cheap Trick to John Coltrane, or Bob Dylan, or…
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