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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Garth Brooks Is Throwing a Free Listening Party at The Independent This Evening

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Garth Brooks wants to meet YOU at the Independent. Like, right now.
  • Garth Brooks wants to meet YOU at the Independent. Like, right now.

Attention Bay Area Garth Brooks mega-fans! You exist, right? Well dust off your boots and sidle on up to the Independent, where the country crooner just announced he will be holding a free listening party for his new record, Man Against Machine, at 5:30 this evening. 

The album, Brooks's first in 14 years, dropped today, and the singer celebrated coming out of semi-retirement by (what else?) joining Twitter. Probably not incidentally, he also paid a visit to Twitter's headquarters in the city today, where he is — at this moment — being interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres in something they're calling a "Twitterview," which is a horrible way to refer to the practice of asking someone questions via Twitter. So far it has included such hard-hitting questions as "What is your favorite thing about Twitter so far?"

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Kim and Kanye Hung Out With, Appeared Incredibly Bored By, Barry Bonds at the Game Last Night

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 7:30 AM

How much ego can you fit into one photo? - TWITTER
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  • How much ego can you fit into one photo?

Just a couple months after attempting to get a mosh pit started during his head-scratching performance at Outside Lands, rapper and ready-made Internet meme Kanye West and his wife, entertainment franchise and #hashtag #enthusiast Kim Kardashian, were back in the city for last night's game, chilling at the ballpark with iconic former Giants slugger Barry "he's an asshole, but he's our asshole" Bonds. 

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Big Boi's Day in the Bay: Apple, Twitter, and Popeye's Chicken

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 8:41 AM

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Daddy Fat Sacks, aka Big Boi, aka one-half of OutKast, was in the Bay Area yesterday -- and because the Bay Area is what it is, we can pretty much follow his day on Twitter. In fact it looks like the occasion for Mr. Patton's visit was a pair of visits to two Bay Area tech giants: Apple first, for which he played a private showcase at Silicon Valley Athletic Club. Then to Twitter in S.F., where the Atlanta rapper gave a talk and discussed his new album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumours, which is out Dec. 12.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

David Byrne Spotted -- But Not Photographed -- Hanging Out in the Mission

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

"Tomorrow, I shall go to the pirate store at 826 Valencia": David Byrne on Monday night at the Orpheum. - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
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  • "Tomorrow, I shall go to the pirate store at 826 Valencia": David Byrne on Monday night at the Orpheum.

It's always fun to see where musical celebrities will venture in San Francisco. After a fantastic show with young collaborator Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) at the Orpheum Theatre on Monday night, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne apparently spent much of Tuesday hanging out around the Mission and Bernal Heights, killing time before his evening talk at City Arts and Lectures.

Byrne was spotted by several sources, as the ever-vigilant Bernalwood recounted today. He apparently wasn't photographed, but there are enough credible sources reporting this that we're just going to ignore the usual "pics or it didn't happen" rule. First to Tweet about it was NYT Magazine contributer Jon Mooallem, who said he saw Byrne on Bernal Hill's Cortland Avenue.

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* David Byrne and St. Vincent Take Love This Giant to New Heights at the Orpheum, 10/15/12

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Coldplay Is Here in S.F.: Shots From the Band's Tour Around the City

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Chris Martin and guitarist Johnny Buckland taking the ultimate tourist pose
  • Chris Martin and guitarist Johnny Buckland taking the ultimate tourist pose

The members of Coldplay have been Twit Pic-ing their way around San Francisco since last Sunday, according to the band's Twitter. They're playing at the HP Pavilion tonight and tomorrow night, and last we checked on Ticketmaster, tickets aren't sold out yet.

But if you really want to have an encounter with Mr. Gwyneth Paltrow and his chaps, you might just want to hang out around town..

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Don't Be Fooled By Oakland's Alan Young -- Here's a Guide to the Motown Stars He Impersonates

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Bittersweet indeed.
  • Bittersweet indeed.
As you may have heard, there's been a rash of misdemeanorly winings and dinings going on about town lately -- well, for the last couple of decades -- at the hands of one Alan Young, an Oakland sanitation worker with a knack for passing himself off as various Motown luminaries for long enough to be shown a good time by people who haven't been keeping up to date on what the Motown luminaries in question look like. This time around he was caught claiming to be Lamont Dozier, on whom more in a moment. The time before that, it was Cornelius Grant ("the unsung Temptation"), but according to this East Bay Express piece from 2002 (2002!), there's been a long line of ideally vague-faced black gentlemen of a certain age: 

Young had also passed himself off as one-time Temptations lead singer Ali "Ollie" Woodson, jazz bassist Marcus Miller, and vocalist James Alexander of funk group the Bar-Kays. Even under his own name, Young has played the celebrity con game claiming -- sometimes simultaneously -- to be the son of jazz drummer Lester Young, a musical affiliate and close friend of R&B crooner Luther Vandross, an arranger for jazz singer Nancy Wilson, an associate of Miles Davis, and the head of a fictitious production company.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Holy Crap! Lady Gaga Ate at Rosamunde in the Mission!

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Mission Mission gets all the credit for this amazing photo.
  • Mission Mission gets all the credit for this amazing photo.
Lady Gaga, we get it. Rosamunde rules. We're partial to the O.G. location in Lower Haight, but hey, if you want to roll through the new shmancy location in the Mission, that's cool with us. We'd be hungry too if we put on mind-bending shows like you do.

Nope, we're not kidding. And wow, it says a lot about Lady Gaga (or maybe about Mission-dwelling San Franciscans) that she can chomp sausages in public and not get recognized.

Mission Mission has the full report:

The pop sensation was in a playful mood, possibly due to imbibing several signature beverages along with her bratwurst [ed. we actually don't know what kind of meat she was eating, but we could ask if you care enough]. She was with her "boyfriend" who also kept reminding her that they had dinner reservations at 7pm at some fancy restaurant downtown.



We have no idea why Gaga insisted on a sausage right before dinner, or how no one thought to snap a picture of her during the duration of her stay. For what it's worth, only one member of the staff recognized her at all, with one coworker for instance simply dismissing her as just another "professional."

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