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1997 Stories by Michael Batty

Archives: 1997 | 1996
  • 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 >>

  • The Impotence of Being Earnest

    published September 17, 1997

    Phil Ochs Farewells & Fantasies (Elektra Traditions/Rhino) Despite himself, Phil Ochs just didn't like the cut of his gold lame... More >>

  • Soul Searching

    published September 10, 1997

    Various Artists Beg Scream & Shout! The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul (Rhino) If popular culture is to be believed -- and, granted,... 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 >>

  • Reviews

    published September 3, 1997

    Omar Sosa Free Roots Release Party Saturday, Aug. 23 Great American Music Hall Some danced during Omar Sosa's show two... 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 27, 1997

    Take a Really Deep Breath Just as housewives of yore used to "extend" their supply of meat by adding increasing quantities of bread, grain,... More >>

  • Grope for Merit

    published August 20, 1997

    Before that pasty altrock stew bubbled over into their arena, it seemed the Melvins could do no wrong. Not because their odd, abbreviated albums... 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 >>

  • Reviews

    published August 13, 1997

    The Specials, Undercover S.K.A. Fillmore Thursday, July 31 Have you ever dreamed about going back in time to one of the... 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 >>

  • Reviews

    published August 6, 1997

    Radiohead Warfield Sunday, July 27 If a band wants to have an audience in the years ABB (After Buzz Bin), it is important for... 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 >>

  • Odd, Even

    published July 23, 1997

    Geraldine Fibbers, Claw Hammer, Patsy Great American Music Hall Tuesday, July 15 To say you have something against the sort of... 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 >>

  • Recordings

    published July 16, 1997

    Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst Instrumentalyst (Dreamworks) Dr. Octagon, aka Kool Keith, is one of the great paradoxes... 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 >>

  • Quiet, Please -- We're Rocking

    published July 9, 1997

    When we talk about "rock" -- a genre that has already lost its "roll," not to mention its "'n' " -- what do we mean? Yes, the term comes from old... 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 >>

  • Riff Raff

    published June 18, 1997

    Still Two Dailies, Still No Rock Critics. What's Up With That? The local newspaper guild is starting to put some pressure on the Chron and the... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published June 11, 1997

    Spin Off The news that Spin has been sold to the owners of Vibe magazine brings at least to a temporary end the career in rock journalism of Bob... More >>

  • Americana Gothic

    published June 11, 1997

    Savor whatever sort of refinement you wish in this culture of ours; I say that American art (musical, literary, cinematic, plastic -- hell, even... More >>

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