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Music, All Shook Down Keep It Heavy: New Jersey Punk Band, Titus Andronicus, on Using A Lot of Guitars And Writing Candid Lyrics

Keep It Heavy: New Jersey Punk Band, Titus Andronicus, on Using A Lot of Guitars And Writing Candid Lyrics

The first time I saw Titus Andronicus was in 2008, when the New Jersey punk band made their San Francisco debut at the Hemlock Tavern. Patrick Stickles, the brilliant and mercurial songwriter for the band, looked sallow and gaunt…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: A Springsteen Virgin Goes To His First Boss Show

Live Review: A Springsteen Virgin Goes To His First Boss Show

Oh down to the river we'd ride... It was cold, wet, and rainy as I made it down to the Oracle Area in Oakland on Sunday night to see Bruce Springsteen’s The River Tour, a celebration of The Boss's…
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Music, Hear This Dillinger Escape Plan: Show Preview

Dillinger Escape Plan: Show Preview

If you haven't seen Dillinger Escape Plan live, you remain unaware of the true technical heaviness of which human musicians are capable. When we say this New Jersey mathcore quintet is powerful live, we mean that you will probably spend…
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Dining, Recent Openings

SF Weekly Recent Openers February 12-18, 2014

Horner's Corner: Noe Valley's latest bistro (in the space formerly known as Noe's Bar) has a New American menu that prominently features pizzas from its brick oven. It's also offering brunch right out of the gate, and its activity-filled kids…
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Music, Hear This Monster Magnet: Show Preview

Monster Magnet: Show Preview

Along with legendary down-tuned desert rockers Kyuss, New Jersey space-metal outfit Monster Magnet helped codify the stoner-rock template with the monolithic, acid-damaged riffs heard on the band's 1992 debut Spine of God and the even more lysergic follow-up EP Tab.…
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Music, Hear This Kreator: Show Preview

Kreator: Show Preview

As spoiled as the Bay Area might be as a historic epicenter for thrash metal, local headbangers will be hard-pressed to deny the quality of the two veteran bands bringing their tandem Legends of Thrash 2013 Tour to the Fillmore…
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Film, "Don Jon": A Film About a Jersey Meathead Watching Porn is Not Uncharming

"Don Jon": A Film About a Jersey Meathead Watching Porn is Not Uncharming

In Joseph Gordon-Levitt's debut as a writer-director, he plays, to the hilt, a working-class Italian-American New Jerseyan, dutiful frequenter of church, the gym, douchey nightclubs, his parents' dining room (where Pa Tony Danza wears an apparently influential wifebeater), and countless…
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News, The Snitch Brandon Jacobs Participated in "Death Race 2012" Two Days After Signing With 49ers

Brandon Jacobs Participated in "Death Race 2012" Two Days After Signing With 49ers

The 49ers didn't sign Brandon Jacobs for his speed. They signed him for his power. He's happy to flaunt both, though, as evidenced by his participation in what people are now calling "Death Race 2012." On March 30, two days…
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Music, All Shook Down Six Reasons We're Really Glad Jon Bon Jovi Is Not Dead

Six Reasons We're Really Glad Jon Bon Jovi Is Not Dead

Earlier this week, you may have seen the online rumor -- clearly started by some evil, ungrateful little trolls -- that Jon Bon Jovi was dead. Before we knew it, the news had spread all over Twitter, and Bon Jovi…
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Music, Hear This Real Estate: Show Preview

Real Estate: Show Preview

There's no shortage of dreamy, washed-out vibes in indie music these days, but Real Estate — hailing from the not-so-sunny NYC suburb of Ridgewood, N.J. — is doling out reverb rock with the best of them. The quartet's sophomore album,…
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Culture, Stage "Into the Clear Blue Sky" and "Geezer": Mediations on Losing Dad

"Into the Clear Blue Sky" and "Geezer": Mediations on Losing Dad

Think you've got abandonment issues? Imagine that the Earth is in the final throes of a global-warming apocalypse, with entire continents inundated by rising oceans. Roving bands of cannibals hunt for dinner on the New Jersey Turnpike, and your friends…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: The Best and Worst Shows from a Week at SXSW

Sizzle & Fizzle: The Best and Worst Shows from a Week at SXSW

Sizzle • Oakland rapper Mistah Fab lit up a Wednesday showcase with a grin-widening series of freestyles, including one where he rapped about random objects the audience held up. By the end, the room was full of admiring rappers (hey,…
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Calendar, Night&Day NOT!

NOT!

If you didn't live through the 1980s, you can't fully imagine the horror. You can boggle in delirious wonder at the few bits of that era's fashion “choices” and musical mistakes that have trickled down to us, but you can…
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Music, Hear This Sharon Van Etten: Show Preview

Sharon Van Etten: Show Preview

The title of Epic, Sharon Van Etten's latest record, belies how intimate an experience it is. The New Jersey-born, Brooklyn-based songwriter's self-avowed "sad prairie music" is all about smoldering anguish. Her 2009 debut, Because I Was in Love, stemmed from…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Cartel</i>

The Cartel

A union-busting doc with an adamant—if not quite apolitical—focus on the children slipping through the cracks, The Cartel uses New Jersey as Exhibit A in its case against this country's crooked education system. Though it is first in education spending,…
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News, Sucka Free City Bike vigilantes: Victims strike back

Bike vigilantes: Victims strike back

A couple of weekends ago, Malcolm McMahon was on his way to buy a steel U-lock for his bike when he stopped at the Mission Branch Library, chaining his bicycle to a streetlight with a flimsy cable. When he walked…
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News, The Snitch SF's New Non-Crappy Voting Machines May Actually Be Crappy

SF's New Non-Crappy Voting Machines May Actually Be Crappy

Remember how Electronic Systems and Software sold San Francisco a bunch a voting machines and kind of forgot to tell us they were uncertified? They eventually paid the city $3.5 million and city supervisors signed a $12.6 million contract with…
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Dining, SFoodie

The Evil Lemon Wedge: 'A Witches Brew of Bacteria'

Staph infection? Fecal bacteria? I've never liked the ubiquitous lemon wedge that's always popping up in my glass of water at restaurants. Now at least I have a damn good reason. Researchers at Passaic County Community College in New…
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Music, Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys

Like oil and pharmaceutical tankers in the New Jersey night, two of the Garden State's other greatest exports are passing one another on Bay Area tours in the next couple weeks. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are bringing…
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News, Sucka Free City

Off the Books

If you have a peddler's permit from the Municipal Transportation Agency in certain areas of the city, you have until 1989 to surrender it to the chief of police. Yes, you read that right — 1989. It's the law. At…
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