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    Music, Reviewed Silver Jews

    Silver Jews

    From Hank Williams to Toby Keith, country music hangs its Stetson on clever wordplay. Quirky turns of phrase like the Statler Brothers' "You Can't Have Your Kate and Edith Too" and Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue" rendered heartache in…
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    Film, <i>Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten</i> Offers Hope for Old Punks

    Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Offers Hope for Old Punks

    Punk died, the Silver Jews sang, the first time a kid shouted, "Punk's not dead!" The words are never uttered in Julien Temple's Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, and maybe that's why you come away from this epic doc…
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    Music, Uneasy Rider

    Uneasy Rider

    For most bands, touring is the lifeblood that sustains the art. Besides providing the creative outlet and vibrant energy of performing songs you've spent weeks crafting in a studio, the road is often home to the real money. David Berman…
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    Music, Reviewed Silver Jews

    Silver Jews

    To understand the novelistic genius of the Silver Jews, choose any of the band's albums and listen to the first line. On the sparkling '90s pop masterpiece American Water, it's "In 1984, I was hospitalized for approaching perfection." The lo-fi…
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    Calendar, See/Be Seen Sound Off

    Sound Off

    FRI-SAT 2/6-7 Bring up the concept of "sound art," and you'll likely get a surprising reaction. Folks outside the underground art scene are curious until they hear a few samples, then they're either mystified by the style's appeal or appreciate…
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    Donovan Sutras (American) Couldn't we develop some sort of mandatory euthanasia program for aging rock stars? OK, maybe we wouldn't kill them. But how 'bout a device to discourage continued recording? The same folks who pass out gold records could…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    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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