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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, All Shook Down I'm Not Done: An Interview with the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano

I'm Not Done: An Interview with the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano

There’s dysfunction, and then there’s the Violent Femmes. Speaking with singer-guitarist Gordon Gano, he tells me that the only definite plan the band has ever had was that they would break-up at the end of the summer in 1981, they…
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Music, All Shook Down From One Extreme to the Other: An Interview with Prince Rama

From One Extreme to the Other: An Interview with Prince Rama

Prince Rama isn’t simply a band without a genre – they are truly from another dimension. Their newest album, Xtreme Now, was conceived during a month long excursion sisters Taraka (vocals, guitar, and keyboards) and Nimai Larson (drums, vocals)…
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Music, All Shook Down Through Mixing and Matching The Go! Team Creates its Own Unique Concoctions

Through Mixing and Matching The Go! Team Creates its Own Unique Concoctions

You may not see much in common between African funk, Bollywood, and 1960s sonic psychedelia, but to Ian Parton, they are all examples of the raw DNA behind his music. Almost anything is fair game for The Go Team!,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Japantown's Festa Comedy Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary

Japantown's Festa Comedy Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary

Festa Comedy, the monthly Japantown comedy showcase, will celebrate its one year anniversary with two shows on December 13. The first, "Just for Yolks," a rare marriage of brunch and stand-up, will take place at Doc’s Lab, while the…
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Music, All Shook Down After Years of Touring in the Bay, Chris Robinson Finally Makes it Home

After Years of Touring in the Bay, Chris Robinson Finally Makes it Home

For most people, December means crowded department stores, office parties you are mandated to attend, and surviving the potential carnage of spending the holidays with your loved ones. For Chris Robinson, the former lead singer of The Black Crowes…
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Music, All Shook Down "Trying to Ripen the World": An Interview with Buffy Sainte-Marie

"Trying to Ripen the World": An Interview with Buffy Sainte-Marie

When I first reach Buffy Sainte-Marie on the phone, she wants to know all about me before I can ask her any questions. She isn’t trying to figure me out, but is sincerely inquisitive, eager to meet the voice…
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Music, All Shook Down We Talked to James Alex of Beach Slang About Bad Ass Beach Names, NPR's First Listen, and Touring Europe

We Talked to James Alex of Beach Slang About Bad Ass Beach Names, NPR's First Listen, and Touring Europe

Start a conversation with James Alex and you’ll quickly catch his enthusiasm. His passion for music is undeniable, and can be fully felt on The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us, the debut full-length of…
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Music, All Shook Down 12 Years and Counting: Bootie's A Plus D on Mash-Ups, Mishaps, and San Francisco's Best Party

12 Years and Counting: Bootie's A Plus D on Mash-Ups, Mishaps, and San Francisco's Best Party

In SOMA, there’s been a party every Saturday for the past 12 years that features all your favorite musicians. Michael Jackson is a frequent guest, along with Nirvana, Carly Rae Jepson, Dr. Dre, and just about every other artist…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Talking Baseball With <i>Ghost Town to Havana's</i> Director Eugene Corr and Star Coach Roscoe Bryant

Talking Baseball With Ghost Town to Havana's Director Eugene Corr and Star Coach Roscoe Bryant

What does baseball mean to you? For the kids living in Oakland’s notorious Ghost Town neighborhood, it means being part of a community — a refuge from all of the violence and trauma that each one lives with every day.…
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Music, All Shook Down We Talked to Justin Hawkins of The Darkness About Queen, East Anglian History, and Brotherly Love

We Talked to Justin Hawkins of The Darkness About Queen, East Anglian History, and Brotherly Love

If you are surprised to learn that The Darkness, the band responsible for the omnipresent mega hit "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," recently released a new album, you shouldn't be. While the album that produced that single…
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Music, All Shook Down We Hung out with Catfish & the Bottlemen Before Their Fillmore Show Tonight

We Hung out with Catfish & the Bottlemen Before Their Fillmore Show Tonight

Catfish and the Bottlemen are the definition of a “do it yourself” band. Named after an Australian busker, the lads from Wales are finally starting to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Ryan “Van” McCann and his bandmates have…
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Music, All Shook Down We Talked to Lou Barlow About Anxiety, Ukulele, and His New Solo Album 'Brace the Wave'

We Talked to Lou Barlow About Anxiety, Ukulele, and His New Solo Album 'Brace the Wave'

Lou Barlow doesn’t deal in easy answers. Across his work in Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, and a number of other musical projects, including solo releases, Barlow has amassed an astounding catalog of music. Speaking with him, he is cautious to…
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Music, All Shook Down The Donkeys Talk San Francisco Burritos, Joshua Tree, and Their Show Tomorrow Night at the Chapel

The Donkeys Talk San Francisco Burritos, Joshua Tree, and Their Show Tomorrow Night at the Chapel

The Donkeys work hard to make laid-back tunes. Across four albums and 11 years, the San Diego quartet has made consistently engaging surf rock, the type of music you’d imagine could be the soundtrack to a sunny late afternoon…
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Music, All Shook Down Post-Geographical Club Music: Houston's Rabit on Rap, Grime, and New Club Sounds

Post-Geographical Club Music: Houston's Rabit on Rap, Grime, and New Club Sounds

Houston's Rabit, also known as one Eric Burton, has been quietly pushing his own breed of slightly demented club music for several years now. Recently, thanks to the mainstream music press' late-to-the-party interest in UK grime (likely thanks to Kanye's…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Years of Dancefloor Energy: As You Like It Recounts Its History and the Way Forward

Five Years of Dancefloor Energy: As You Like It Recounts Its History and the Way Forward

For almost five years (its anniversary's coming up this September) local promoter and party host As You Like It has been throwing parties in the Bay Area, bringing some of the world's finest producers and DJs of underground house and…
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Music, All Shook Down Words with Basement Jaxx: 21 Years of House Music at a Glance

Words with Basement Jaxx: 21 Years of House Music at a Glance

In advance of Basement Jaxx's appearance this Friday at Public Works, we caught up with one half of the duo, Felix Buxton, during some downtime in the studio. We chatted about DJing, music production, and what happens when you've been…
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Music, All Shook Down Building the Scene: Bryan Kasenic on 12 Years of The Bunker NY and Bringing European Techno to America

Building the Scene: Bryan Kasenic on 12 Years of The Bunker NY and Bringing European Techno to America

For over 12 years, New York City techno fanatics have been able to count on The Bunker New York to push the boundaries of what a "techno party" could be. As one of the first American party promoters to focus…
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Music, All Shook Down Marky Ramone On His New Book, the Tension Between Johnny and Joey, and the Tolls of Touring For 15 Years

Marky Ramone On His New Book, the Tension Between Johnny and Joey, and the Tolls of Touring For 15 Years

For more than two decades, New York rockers The Ramones were at the forefront of a musical revolution, leading the charge with the attitude and sound of the punk movement, and inspiring and empowering multiple generations of fans. Rightly…
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Music, All Shook Down Speaking With Fred P.: On Deep House, The Art of DJing, and Never Giving Up

Speaking With Fred P.: On Deep House, The Art of DJing, and Never Giving Up

In advance of Fred P.'s headlining DJ set for As You Like It at the Public Works Loft on Saturday, January 10 (see my Top 5 Parties column for more information), I caught up with him shortly after the New…
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