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Music, All Shook Down Five Reasons Courtney Love Is Wrong About Saxophones Not Belonging in Rock 'n' Roll

Five Reasons Courtney Love Is Wrong About Saxophones Not Belonging in Rock 'n' Roll

As we all know, in the 1980s, the coolest member of any band was always the sax player. It's why Rob Lowe played one (while wearing a beautiful headband) in St. Elmo's Fire, and it's why Tina Turner's sexy sax…
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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 • After an uneven start on Friday, Live 105's Not So Silent Night redeemed itself on Saturday with winning sets from M83, Passion Pit, and (especially) the Killers. The Vegas quartet makes soaring, arena-ready songs that sounded perfectly huge…
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Music, All Shook Down The Killers and M83 Rule Day 2 of Not So Silent Night, 12/8/12

The Killers and M83 Rule Day 2 of Not So Silent Night, 12/8/12

The Killers, M83, Passion Pit, Tegan and Sara, Grouplove, Imagine Dragons Live 105's Not So Silent Night Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 Oracle Arena Better than: The Not So Silent Night lineup from 10 years ago, which featured Moby, Disturbed, Sum…
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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 • Just when you thought festival season had ended, Live 105 announced a two-day Not So Silent Night concert with Jack White, the Killers, M83, the Shins, Passion Pit, and more. It goes down Dec. 7 and 8 at…
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Music, All Shook Down Live 105 Announces Two-Day Not So Silent Night With Jack White, the Killers, M83, More

Live 105 Announces Two-Day Not So Silent Night With Jack White, the Killers, M83, More

Just when you thought the season of multiple-day megaconcerts had ended, here's Live 105 with its largest Not So Silent Night concert ever. The two-day minifestival will take place Dec. 7 and 8 at Oracle Arena, with headliners Jack White…
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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 • At the Treasure Island Music Festival, bands competed with sparkling weather and sweeping views for the crowd's attention. We loved Grimes' freaky beats, the full-frontal assault of Ty Segall, Public Enemy's thundering social consciousness, and the sleek rhythms…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 4/22/12: M83 Has Plenty of Energy, Few Ideas at the Fillmore

Live Review, 4/22/12: M83 Has Plenty of Energy, Few Ideas at the Fillmore

M83 Sunday, April 22, 2012 The Fillmore Better than: Listening to the thump of a house beat through a wall. M83, the discogaze project of one L.A. transplant named Anthony Gonzalez, opened its U.S. tour at the Fillmore last…
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Music, All Shook Down Coachella 2012 Lineup: Radiohead, The Black Keys, Dr. Dre and Snoop, Pulp, The Weeknd, and More

Coachella 2012 Lineup: Radiohead, The Black Keys, Dr. Dre and Snoop, Pulp, The Weeknd, and More

See also: * Fauxchella: How to See Your Favorite Coachella Bands Without Leaving S.F. It's here: The lineup for the biggest music festival in the west, Coachella, and the first year in which the festival will span two weekends,…
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Music, All Shook Down In Which Three Young Boys Weigh in on the Best Songs of 2011

In Which Three Young Boys Weigh in on the Best Songs of 2011

The year is drawing to a close, which means it's time for us music writers to puff out our chests -- those chests emblazoned with big red "C's" for "critic" -- and be extra insular, bombastic, and pissy. In our…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: M83 Brings Its Cinematic New Album to the Stage at Mezzanine

Live Review: M83 Brings Its Cinematic New Album to the Stage at Mezzanine

M83 Active Child Nov. 10, 2011 Mezzanine Better than: Lil B freestyling over an M83 song (Google it). Walking up to Mezzanine last night, I saw people buying scalped tickets at three times the face value without hesitation. The…
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Music, All Shook Down Finding Redemption in the Horrors of Lou Reed and Metallica's <i>Lulu</i>

Finding Redemption in the Horrors of Lou Reed and Metallica's Lulu

Don't Kill Lulu Yet: No, there is not one conventionally good song on Lulu, the 87-minute, hyped-to-infinity, Frankenstein's monster of Lou Reed babble and Metallica chug that came out the day after Halloween. Not really. This is a batch of…
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Music, All Shook Down Help! That Victoria's Secret Angels Ad Is Ruining M83's "Midnight City" For Me

Help! That Victoria's Secret Angels Ad Is Ruining M83's "Midnight City" For Me

Can there be a button you press somewhere on the Internet that lets advertisers and musicians know that if you see that one ad -- with that one song -- one more time, you are going to hate the…
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