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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Someone Has Been Setting Fire to the Picnic Tables at Stern Grove

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 11:01 AM

Someone — or some people — have been torching Stern Grove's distinctive green picnic tables. The arson has been discovered on three separate occasions in the last week by the Grove staff, reports Hoodline. Some of the tables have had fires lit directly on top of them, while one table was so charred that only ashes remain. Scattered beer cans were left behind, hinting that the culprit(s) was partying, and piles of hay have also been found, no doubt used to stoke the fire. Weirdest of all are the miniature American flags that have also dotted the scene of the crime. 

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Disgruntled Fan From San Francisco Wants to Sue Kanye West and Tidal

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Kanye's "uh-oh" face
  • Kanye's "uh-oh" face

As usual, Kanye West's tweets have stirred up a scandal.

Though the rapper claimed in a February tweet that his latest album, The Life of Pablo, would never be for sale anywhere else but on Tidal, it turns out he changed his mind. At the beginning of April, the album was available for purchase on Apple Music and for free streaming on Spotify. 

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Do It 'Til It Hurts: How to "Scream-Sing" With Frameworks Vocalist, Luke Pate

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 1:36 PM


Luke Pate knows a lot about screaming. Not only does he do it on the regular for the Gainesville, Florida band Frameworks, but he's even taken a screaming lesson from a vocal coach in New York. Pate, who is 24, (i.e. too young to care / young enough to NOT know better)  was first introduced to the notion of "scream-singing" around the age of 15 when his friend, and current band member, Cory Fischer, asked him to fill-in as the screamer for a metal band he was in at the time. Apparently, the band's original screamer quit a week before they were scheduled to record an EP and they needed a new vocalist stat. "I didn't have the slightest clue about what to do or how to do it, but I said yes for some reason," says Pate. After they recorded the "shitty, shitty EP," they started booking shows, later evolving into their current iteration as the post-hardcore screamo band, Frameworks. "I just kind of fell into it," he says, "and that's how it started." 

In advance of their Saturday show at Slim's, we chatted with Pate about scream-singing, how to do it, and what newbies should know before trying it out. It's a fine art, one that requires lots of practice, preparation, and after-care, so be forewarned before trying it out. And, keep in mind, that this is merely Pate's standpoint on how to do it and by no means an official, doctor-approved guide. In fact, there's probably a lot of damage inherent with long-term and ill-prepared scream-singing that both All Shook Down and Pate know nothing about, so practice with caution and perhaps consult a doctor if you're really serious about doing this. 

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What's Needed to Save Viracocha's Music Venue?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 10:19 AM

On Monday, Aug. 3, the mission-based music venue, Viracocha, held a community meeting to discuss the future of its underground Valencia Street venue. We were there, reporting. This is what we learned.

Where the venue stands right now:

Viracocha acts as an underground stage for musicians, poets, and artists of all sorts showcase their work to the San Francisco community.The owner is currently in a 24-hour, last-minute effort to decide whether they are shutting their doors for good this week.

“This can still work, don’t give up on the arts. I love the arts, poetry, and music. I’ve always wanted a stage for it,” said owner Jonathan Siegel. “I’m not interested in making anything off this space. I’ve got four years left on this lease. I’m told that’s worth something, so as long as someone takes it and does something in art with it, take it!”

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Viracocha Hosts Last-Minute Meeting to Save Its Performance Space

Posted By on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 11:11 AM

Viracocha, the basement performance space on Valencia street that has hosted live music (and a variety of other events) for years, is hosting one last meeting to save its performance space. The antique store/underground venue, which has become a de facto community center for many, has long battled financial issues, and is reaching out one last time in an attempt to raise funds for its survival.

On Facebook, Viracocha posted this message:

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Monday, July 13, 2015

50 Cent Files for Bankruptcy, Twitter Joke Protection

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 1:07 PM

  • Victoria Will
Flavored-watered slanging rapper 50 Cent filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

The news comes only five days after The New York Times published a profile on the G-Unit leader, praising his business instincts.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Dancefloor Justice: Prejudice Has No Place In Dance Music

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

  • Gerardo Lazzari
You know what bullshit smells like, right? Here's what it looks like:


Some context: This is the tepid non-apology offered up by one Tanner Ross (no, he's not a leftover character from Full House — he's a third- or fourth-string producer of paint-by-numbers "deep house"), who sent a series of viciously nasty homophobic tweets yesterday to Andrew Ryce, a writer and editor for electronic music magazine Resident Advisor.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

38 Percent Spike in SF Auto Burglaries Burns Musicians

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 8:30 AM

  • Fred Noland

If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to write down your guitar's serial number. A recent spike in auto burglaries (which we covered here, and here), has left more than a few touring bands in the lurch.

According to the San Francisco Police Department, 5,456 auto burglaries occurred in the city during the four-month period from January to April 2014. During that same period this year, the number jumped to 7,552, representing a 38 percent increase.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Music Venue Deathwatch: Hemlock Tavern's Days May Be Numbered

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 6:04 PM

The next to go? Say it ain't so. - COURTESY HEMLOCK TAVERN
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  • The next to go? Say it ain't so.
Most days we here at All Shook Down try to present an optimistic outlook on San Francisco's music scene, no matter how the influx of wealth into this city has affected the artists, venues, and industry veterans who call it home.

Some days, that's harder than others. Hoodline is reporting that the Hemlock Tavern — the Polk Street bar/music venue that's long been a friend to local punk, metal, and indie rock fans thanks to its reliably jam-packed calendar of affordable (we're talkin' $5) shows — may be slated for demolition, along with other businesses on the 1100 block of Polk Street, to make way for a six-story mixed-use building.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Here's a Look at the Condos That Could Replace the Elbo Room

Posted By on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Drafts of a proposed condominium at 647 Valencia - DARIUS LOCK
  • Darius Lock
  • Drafts of a proposed condominium at 647 Valencia

Since it's somehow been over a week since we read any rants on Facebook about San Francisco being doomed: Here's a report from the community meeting that took place at the SFPD Mission Station yesterday evening, Nov. 6, about the proposed condo development where the Elbo Room now stands. 

As we previously reported, the San Francisco Planning Commission held an open meeting with Kerman Morris Architects (whose initial drafts for a new five-story building at 647 Valencia became the blueprints heard 'round the world in January) in order to "initiate neighbor communication" and gather feedback about the proposed construction. 

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