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1997 Stories by Johnny DiPaola

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  • Riff Raff

    published December 24, 1997

    Welcome to the Majors On Saturday, Dec. 6, Creeper Lagoon drummer Patrick Mangan took a day off from recording songs for a new album at Sony... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published December 17, 1997

    A Musician's Life Thursday evening, Dec. 4, jazzman Calder Spanier played a show at 330 Ritch with the swing band Jellyroll. He was returning home... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published December 10, 1997

    INXS Frontman Michael Hutchence Did Not Die of Autoerotic Asphyxiation But police sources insisted that the singer with the Australian band INXS... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published December 3, 1997

    Back to Mono! A couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles, San Francisco Neil Diamond cover group Super Diamond played their third sold-out House of... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published November 26, 1997

    Are You Sure, Keith? Our quote of the week comes from a communique released by the self-hyping Marginal Prophets, the local hip-hop outfit that... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published November 19, 1997

    Two Words for All Gen-Xers Attending This Weekend's Jane's Addiction Concert Who Might Think This Reunion Is Somehow Less Embarrassing Than Boomer... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published November 12, 1997

    Rock 'n' Requiem The Day of the Dead was the appropriate setting for the death of live music at one of the Mission District's most sprightly... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published November 5, 1997

    Radio Free Richmond For the last three years, Richard Edmondson has played a cat-and-mouse game with the Federal Communications Commission.... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published October 29, 1997

    Ethical Laundry Riff Raff isn't always snotty; sometimes we just sit around and ponder big ethical questions. Here's what we've been chewing on... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published October 22, 1997

    Critic's Corner: The End of a Long, Long Story The Chronicle promised us a horse race but didn't even provide a winner's circle after the handsome... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published October 15, 1997

    Things We Did on Grass Now we know why Chet Helms and company waited until October to throw a 30-year anniversary celebration of the Summer of... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published October 8, 1997

    Bring the Noise Live music venues are rare enough in San Francisco, but hip-hop clubs are scarcer than rubies on Twin Peaks. For years now,... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published October 1, 1997

    Saturday Afternoon in the Park Static Faction drummer J. Shagawat says she's frustrated in the same way other rock musicians in San Francisco are:... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published September 24, 1997

    Punk Politesse With any luck, old punks will never end up like the rather depressing ex-hippies -- San Francisco can't afford the detritus of two... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published September 17, 1997

    Selvin Watch: By the Numbers In newspaper writing, the saddest mistakes are the ones that are hard to make. That's why watching Joel Selvin's... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published September 10, 1997

    As Phony as a $3 Bill Like folks at Dead shows of the past, where cries of "I need a miracle" wove between drum rumbles and bong gurgles, many of... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published September 3, 1997

    Chapter 37 in an Ongoing Saga After the San Francisco Chronicle's two-year search -- two years! -- to add a second pop music critic to the... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published August 20, 1997

    The Drummer Vanishes In a moot juxtaposition of publicity spin and state propaganda, Riff Raff offers the two pictures seen here. One we received... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published August 13, 1997

    Some Friendly Advice to All Baby Boomers From the Music Editor Concerning the 20th Anniversary of Elvis Presley's Demise Upon That Fabled Toilet,... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published August 6, 1997

    Publicity TKO In keeping with the current spirit of publicity in San Francisco, Riff Raff offers no comment on the reported scuffle between OMC... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published July 30, 1997

    Ingenuine Draft For the record, that was Dave Grohl -- the guy who played drums in Nirvana -- onstage at the Fillmore doing a Miller commercial... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published July 23, 1997

    Another Reason Why S.T. Should Henceforth Be Known as Riff Raff's "Goth Correspondent" Those of you who were watching Hard Copy on June 26 -- and... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published July 16, 1997

    A Clarification, Courtesy of the Music Editor, Regarding the Credo at the Very Bottom of This Column That's "flack," not "flak." We like flak.... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published July 9, 1997

    Lawyer Rock Colossal Pictures -- the San Francisco multimedia company that brought you MTV's Liquid Television, among other things -- has filed... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published July 2, 1997

    Kinetics Kop Krackerite Three Thursdays ago, at one of the Kinetics' regularly packed shows, at Bruno's, a promising future began to unfold for... More >>

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