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Friday, September 11, 2015

Two Gear Thefts in Two Weeks: Electronic Musicians Beware

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 9:44 AM

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A 47% spike in automobile break ins in San Francisco has affected musicians and tourists alike. We've reported on it time and time again, but electronic musicians were hit by this plague especially hard recently.

Within the span of two weeks, two electronic musicians have had their vehicles broken into and loads of their gear stolen. Electronic musicians are, of course, at especial risk for this kind of thing: their musical equipment is relatively small, easily transportable, and worth a good deal of money on the second-hand market.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Rin Tin Tiger Has Website Hacked Ahead of Record Release Show Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 4:31 PM


Katherine Archuleta, Director of Office of Personnel Management, resigned under pressure today after the personal information of 22 million people held by her department was compromised in a cyber attack. But that data breach wasn't the only cyber security failure in recent days.

Local folk rock trio Rin Tin Tiger had its website hacked to include the phase, "soft wet hair pussy finger fucked pics" in the header. The band is reportedly aware of the cyber security breach and looking for a tech-savy fan of indie rock who is willing to help the band correct the issue.

"We are basically going to have to redo our website to get it to go away," Sean Sullivan, who didn't indicate whether or not he planned to turn in his resignation to President over the growing scandal, said in an email.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Influential Music Critic Robert Christgau Forced to Move Column or Write for Free

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 5:16 PM

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Freelance writing isn't what it used to be.

Robert Christgau, one of the earliest professional rock critics, most known for the short capsule reviews contained in his Consumer Guide columns, has announced the end of his Expert Witness column at Cuepoint/Medium due to the publication's decision to no longer pay its music writers.

On his website, where he announced the news, Christgau writes, "[Cuepoint/Medium] decided that their music 'vertical' will now feature what web publishers like to call 'reader-provided' copy. Me, I think the term 'unpaid' is more to the point. Having made a living as a journalist for more than 50 years now, I don't regard writing as a hobby, or as 'self-expression.' It's a job, and better for it."

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Warlocks Had Their Gear Stolen in SF Last Night

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 12:37 PM

LA psych rockers The Warlocks had their gear stolen in San Francisco last night after playing Brick and Mortar with Fine Points and Spiral Electric.

The theft is part of a disturbing trend where touring bands get robbed after playing San Francisco. Just a few weeks ago the same thing happened to Fat White Family on its San Francisco tour stop. 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

London's Fat White Family Has Gear Stolen in San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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South London's Fat White Family had its gear stolen in San Francisco on Sunday night, according to a Facebook post on the band's official page. The band, who was touring with L.A. Drugz, says together the two groups may have lost more than $20,000 worth of gear, electronics, and clothes.

The psych rock band was staying at the Travelodge on Market and Valencia after playing a show at the Chapel when the gear, which you can see in this clip, was stolen. 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Condos Force Elbo Room Closure

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 10:07 AM

The Elbo Room, the Mission District bar and live music venue, announced on Facebook last night that it will not be allowed to re-sign its lease and will close its doors in November. The owners of the property, Dennis Ring and Susan Rokisky-Ring, plan to build condos.

The Elbo Room has played host to numerous local and touring live bands, but may be most known for its lively DJ nights and dance parties like Afrolicious and Dub Mission. It hopes to find a new location soon.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Moment of Truth: An Open Letter to Kanye West, From a Fan

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 10:08 AM

"Come at me, bro."
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Dear Kanye,

First off, I just want you to know that I love you, man. I love you as an artist. I love your music and I think you're one of the few real artists out there. I've gushed over you and explained to naysayers what you're all about. Heck, I've even made a few converts (they told me so). 

I thought your headlining set at 2014's Outside Lands festival was incredible. I even wrote about it to try and spread the gospel of what you stand for as an artist.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Addition To Close This Wednesday, Jan. 14

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 5:08 PM

Brazilian Girls perform at The Addition in October - VIA THE ADDITION ON FACEBOOK
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  • Brazilian Girls perform at The Addition in October
Well, that was fast. Less than three months after the club formerly known as Yoshi's SF officially reopened as The Addition, artistic director Peter Williams announced in an email today that the venue would cease operations this Wednesday, Jan. 14. Yep, that's the day after tomorrow.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Furthur Cancels Bottle Rock Napa Valley Set After Bob Weir Collapses Onstage

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Furthur's Phil Lesh (left) and Bob Weir (right) performing at Outside Lands in S.F.
  • Furthur's Phil Lesh (left) and Bob Weir (right) performing at Outside Lands in S.F.

Bay Area jam outfitFurthur just announced that it will cancel its set at next week's Bottle Rock Napa Valley music festival in the wake of frontman Bob Weir's onstage collapse. The band, which features Grateful Dead co-founders Weir and Phil Lesh, had been scheduled to headline the first night of Bottle Rock on Thursday, May 9. No replacement act has been announced.

Weir collapsed during a Futhur gig in Port Chester, N.Y. last Thursday night, but appeared to be fine during an Atlantic City show two days later. A statement released today, however, says Weir will not be able to perform for several weeks:

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Elvis Presley and Otis Blackwell's "All Shook Up": The Story Behind the Song

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM


Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977, 35 years ago today. A lot of incredible things have happened since then: political stuff and science stuff, mostly. But the post-Elvis development that wows us every time we're reminded of it is the launch of a little S.F. music blog called All Shook Down, whose roots can be traced back, via the title, to an album by the Replacements, to the 1957 smash "All Shook Up" -- a song co-written and made famous by The King.

The Replacements' song "All Shook Down" was penned by Paul Westerberg. In it, he turns Elvis's (and co-songwriter Otis Blackwell's) phrase on its head to comment on what it's like to be a hot-shit band with the music industry and journalism establishment at your feet. Westerberg warbles: "The praises they sing / The register rings / . . . They shake my hand as I drown / We're all shook down." Nothing captures rock 'n' roll's slow transformation from excitable pup to jaundiced hound quite like Westerberg's play on the famous title.

To pay tribute to both Elvis and ourselves on this otherwise bummer of an occasion, here's the story -- with nifty video enhancements -- of how "All Shook Up" came into the world. 

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