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Thursday, September 10, 2015

FKA Twigs Replacing Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique at Treasure Island Fest

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 4:17 PM

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I was sad for like 5 seconds upon hearing that Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique dropped from the Treasure Island Music Fest (TIMF) lineup ("due to unforeseen circumstances"), until I saw that her replacement is the radiant FKA Twigs. 

I gotta hand it to APE and NoisePop, this is a lineup upgrade. Look, I'm not gonna try to debate the merits of Robyn, who's a timeless electro pop act versus FKA Twigs, who's at the forefront of a totally new and unpredictable electro pop movement. I'll just say that this is a pretty damn good replacement. 

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

BREAKING: Outside Lands Lineup Changes

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 1:36 PM

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Sad news and happy news at the same time to report here. 

Rockin U.K. band Wolf Alice will be playing Friday's 4:30 p.m. slot at the Panhandle Stage now. The band will be filling in for Alvvays, who got hankered down with visa issues when trying to leave their home in Canada. 

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

GWAR Issues Statement Regarding Lawsuit, Dave Brockie's Ashes

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 11:31 AM

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GWAR, the gory shock rock band known for spraying their loving fans with fake blood, has been sued by William Brockie, the father of the group's late founder, Dave Brockie. 

Dave Brockie, the charismatic front man of GWAR who fronted the group for 30 years as his onstage character Oderus Urungus, died of a heroin dose in 2014. According to NBC news, William Brockie sued the surviving members of the group, accusing them of having stolen his son's ashes, bass guitars, and artwork. He is seeking $1 million dollars in compensatory damages (plus punitive damages).

GWAR took to Facebook to address the issue directly to their fans:

"We have not yet seen the actual lawsuit papers, and thus cannot comment on the substance of the lawsuit brought against GWAR by Dave Brockie’s father, William Brockie, but we can say that the claims in the Style Weekly article are false. We did not steal Dave Brockie’s ashes, or anything else that belonged to him. In fact, all of the items mentioned in the article, including Dave’s ashes have been available to his attorneys for weeks. At all times, and under very trying circumstances, we have acted in good faith to honor the wishes of our dear friend. Dave left no will or instructions for final arrangements, and so we have done the best we could to honor what we believe Dave Brockie would have wanted.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

R.I.P. Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

Posted By on Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 5:18 PM

R.I.P. Whitney Houston
  • R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston, the era-defining superstar who was the first woman to have an album debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, died Saturday afternoon, according to the AP. Houston was 48.

Houston's body was found in the fourth floor of her room at the Beverly Hilton hotel, according to AP. She was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. Saturday. Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said the cause of death was unknown.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

LovEvolution (aka Love Fest) Is Back -- But It's Moving to Oakland

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 12:10 PM

We're baaaaack!
  • We're baaaaack!

Super bummed when the crazysweet electronica festival and dance party in S.F.'s Civic Center -- otherwise known as LovEvolution -- was canceled last year?

Us, too. But the bummer is over. LovEvolution will be coming to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Saturday, Sept. 24, just outside the Oracle Arena. The Glitch Mob will be headlining; hit the jump for the rest of the lovely details.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Eagle Tavern Closure: Hundreds Protest at Meeting, But Future Looks Dim

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:04 AM

S.F. Supervisor Bevan Dufty speaking at the Eagle last night.
  • S.F. Supervisor Bevan Dufty speaking at the Eagle last night.
Hundreds of supporters gathered at the Eagle Tavern last night to try to stop the closure of the beloved gay bar and live music venue later this month. But despite ambitious plans -- and lots of passion from patrons who said they'd treasured the Eagle community for decades -- the future of the iconic, 30-year-old leather bar at 12th and Harrison streets looks dim at best.

Last night, those with the most knowledge of the Eagle's situation seemed the least optimistic about saving it. The owners, John Gardiner and Joe Banks, had arranged a deal last year to transfer the lease to Eagle manager Ron Hennis and Lila Thirkield, owner of the Lexington Club. But before that deal could go through, the owner of the property decided he wanted to start a bar there himself, and wouldn't allow the current owners to transfer the lease.

"He saw an opportunity to start his own business here," Thirkield said. "He blew up that entire deal."

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Slim's Liquor License Temporarily Suspended Due to Neighbors' Complaints

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 4:42 PM


[Story updated 3/8/12]

The alcohol permit for S.F. music venue Slim's was suspended for 10 days last week due to a long-running battle with the club's neighbors over noise complaints -- a battle venue part-owner Dawn Holliday hopes will end soon.

The club was barred from serving alcohol from Tuesday, March 15, until this Friday, when it will host a show by Irish group the Saw Doctors.

Over the weekend, the club held booze-free performances of bands from middle and high schools, storing away all the alcohol it would normally have made money serving.

The license suspension relates to a spat between Slim's and the club's neighbors, who began complaining in 2007 that the venue was violating the no-noise policy of its liquor license. Though the complaints originated with Juniper Street residents Jodi and Kirby Watson, Holliday says a neighbor in their building, Jeanmarie Guenot, calls police regularly, sometimes daily, to complain about noise from the club.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

'Lightning Bolt Kills TV Giraffe' Not What It Sounds Like

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 10:27 AM


BBC News is no stranger to confusing headlines ("Turkey scarf mars anniversary" comes to mind), but this one caught our attention for reasons beyond the usual funny abbreviations and crash blossoms: "Lightning Bolt Kills TV Giraffe." Could it be true? Well, no, not the way you're thinking.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Paradise Lounge Shuts Down For Two Weeks Due to Liquor License Suspension

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 12:45 PM

​Soma nightclub Paradise Lounge has shuttered its doors for two weeks due to a temporary suspension of its liquor license, according to city officials and club employees. All events at Paradise Lounge this week and next are canceled, but the club at 1501 Folsom St. is due to reopen on September 6 with its normal schedule in place.

The closure is due to a temporary suspension of the club's liquor license by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The reasons for the suspension are somewhat unclear, but relate to a dispute over the ownership of the license, says a city official familiar with the situation.

Paradise Lounge closed to partiers this past Monday, and will reopen exactly two weeks later, club booker and manager Trevin Valentine says. He said he didn't know the exact reason for the temporary closure.

"Someone from the higher-up office said we needed to close for two weeks while we get things in order," Valentine tells All Shook Down. "All the parties that were booked for this time will be back."

The Paradise Lounge's website strangely makes no mention of the closure, and its calendar for September is incorrect. We'll update you on this rather odd situation as we learn more.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

'Speechless': Bay Area Music Community Reacts to Grant Verdict on Twitter

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Twitter heated up today as the Oscar Grant verdict came in. Here are some reactions to the news from members of the Bay Area's music community:

Oakland dance-pop diva OONA:
Vallejo rapper Moe Green:


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