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    In a surprise move, the Navy has announced it will conduct yet another round of environmental cleanup in a residential area that is home to more than 2,000 people at the former Treasure Island Naval Air Station. The Navy says…
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    Pole Dancing Against Capitalism

    Last week Dog Bites received a press release about a guerrilla art performance that was to take place in the Financial District during lunch hour on Dec. 10. Dressed as a businesswoman, an artist who calls herself Olympia would pole…
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    The Sultan of Rap Sometimes you're just laying down some soulful grooves at your favorite local club and a prince walks in, or very nearly. Last winter, Manifest Yesterday -- the funky groove collective that last week released a self-titled…
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    Critic's Corner: The End of a Long, Long Story The Chronicle promised us a horse race but didn't even provide a winner's circle after the handsome steed, bloodied but unbowed, finally made it across the finish line. When the paper…
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    Chapter 37 in an Ongoing Saga After the San Francisco Chronicle's two-year search -- two years! -- to add a second pop music critic to the masthead, we're suddenly looking at a horse race between two journalistic stallions. In case…
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    Another Reason Why S.T. Should Henceforth Be Known as Riff Raff's "Goth Correspondent" Those of you who were watching Hard Copy on June 26 -- and don't even bother trying to deny that you watch the tabloid show -- might…
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    And Now a Word From the Billboard 200, as of May 24, 1997 No. 1: Spice Girls, Spice. Hot Shot Debut: Hanson, Middle of Nowhere. Greatest Gainer: Yanni, In the Mirror. Pacesetter: the Evita soundtrack. Heatseeker Impacts: Bob Carlisle's Butterfly…
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    Luscious Jackson, Eels Recording with producer Daniel Lanois, the women of Luscious Jackson have developed a new, more refined attitude for their second album, Fever In Fever Out. The record, a sleeper in more ways than one, is a sort…
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    Sneaker Pimps Imagine an Alfred Hitchcock thriller -- meticulously prepared but deliberately eerie and emotionally evasive -- rebirthed as a present-day pop song, with all the sonically acquisitive tendencies of that form. That's the Sneaker Pimps in a discipline-crossing nutshell.…
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    Mono Men, Drags, Galaxy Trio Contrary to what you've been led to believe, New Year's Eve is the wrong time for finery -- for funny stemware that doesn't hold liquid well and silk blouses that don't either. New Year's Eve…
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    Come/Railroad Jerk/Skeleton Key Here's an unusually solid triple bill, one with more parallels than most. In Skeleton Key, percussionist Rick Lee hits an assortment of metallic junk with sticks. Railroad Jerk guitarist Alec Stephen used to work with junk, for…
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    T.J. Kirk Tribute bands are largely the stuff of nostalgia, often as celebratory of the coifs and fashion don'ts of yesteryear as an artist's signature songs. The Bay Area's T.J. Kirk is a notable exception. Focusing not on one but…
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    Palace "You Have Cum in Your Hair and Your Dick Is Hanging Out" is not a song title that anybody's going to be line-dancing to anytime soon, but then, Palace's Will Oldham isn't your typical eager-to-please country artist. A self-styled…
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    June of 44/Rex/Grassy Knoll/A Minor Forest Looking for a little mindless diversion to usher out the hand-wringing anguish of election season? Best look elsewhere, because the bands on these two triple bills share a mutual sense of foreboding -- a…
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    Flat Duo Jets Whether he's outdiddling Bo Diddley on "Pretty Thing" or manhandling a dainty little chestnut like the Duprees' "You Belong to Me" ("See the pyramids along the Nile ..."), the Flat Duo Jets' Dexter Romweber knows how to…
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    Beck/Sukia If you paged through any glossy music magazine this summer, you don't need to be reminded that Beck Hansen is the single greatest pop force since Al Jolson, or at least Paleface. Suffice to say, the sideburned surrealist is…
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    Chrome Cranks/Bloodloss/Dura-Delinquent/Speedball Baby Just for the sake of common decency, you've got to hope musicians like these don't spend all their waking hours spewing the same contemptuous vitriol that powers their live shows. This relentless quadruple bill represents some of…
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    Smog/Guv'ner/Cat Power Smog is Sacramento's Bill Callahan, a nice, quiet boy with a murderous streak as long as his dense discography. Cat Power is Chan Marshall, an anxious Southern-belle newcomer whose psyche seems to be made of fine china. Even…
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    Ass Ponys The Known Universe (A&M) On 1994's Electric Rock Music, Ass Ponys vocalist/lyricist Chuck Cleaver sang of spontaneous combustion, microcephalics, and protagonists born -- literally -- spineless on the same day as a UFO sighting. In keeping with this…
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    Ruins Hyderomastgroningem (Tzadik) As enigmatic as its tongue-twisting title, the latest from Tokyo's Ruins is another chapter in the continuing saga of drummer/composer/stone idolater Yoshida Tatsuya and five-string bassist Masuda Ryuichi, a tale that literally transcends language. You see, the…
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    Rocket From the Crypt The recent union of the West Coast's two hoary music sheets -- BAM and the Seattle Rocket -- made barely a peep in the clamor of August's "merger mania." Still, the move has shaken up the…
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    Chopstick Chafe I love Eliza's (Eat, June 7) for the reason you slam-dunk them. You want to be catered to and stroked and mollycoddled by waiters? I want quick and efficient service. Most of my colleagues only have an hour…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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