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  • Dam-Funk's dancefloor manifesto


    Dam-Funk's dancefloor manifesto

    I turned a country keytar into a funk machine!" hollers Dam-Funk, Los Angeles' modern funk ambassador. He's discussing the day he purchased his first keytar, that amalgamation of a keyboard and guitar first produced by Moog in 1980 and most recently...

    by Phillip Mlynar on December 2, 2009
  • Baroness gets the blues


    Baroness gets the blues

    As more bands defy genre limitations, a slew of sub- and microstyles have sprung up to corral the unruly creative types. Try as anyone might, though, there's just no pigeonholing the Savannah, Ga., quartet Baroness. Variously deemed "sludge metal" a...

    by Doug Wallen on December 2, 2009
  • Califone



    Anyone who thinks having a split personality is a bad thing hasn't had much exposure to Califone. For the past 20-some years, the group has been embracing its inner Sybil while refining its approach to genre-splicing. Merging the blues-rock of proge...

    by Nicholas Hall on December 2, 2009
  • The Black Crowes


    The Black Crowes

    The Black Crowes' recent release, Before the Frost ... Until the Freeze doesn't stray far from the band's foundation. Fortunately, it also finds the Crowes delving a bit deeper into those roots. Here, they swagger through classic blues-rock, choogle...

    by Nicholas Hall on December 2, 2009
  • Jonathan Richman


    Jonathan Richman

    Jonathan Richman is one of the most enigmatic American performers of the rock 'n' roll era, both in spite of and because of his devotion to simplicity. Even when Richman was bashing out three-minute proto-punk with the Modern Lovers, there was a nai...

    by Nicholas Hall on December 2, 2009
  • Marduk



    Though the members of Marduk have been heroes on the Scandinavian black metal scene since forming in 1990, the band hasn't done a full U.S. tour since 2001. Now is the perfect time to see the group, though, as its latest album, Wormwood, is its best...

    by Phil Freeman on December 2, 2009
  • Argy



    As the genre cryptically referred to as "minimal" has evolved, it has reconciled its tech-house foundations with some deep house and trance roots. Greece-born, Berlin-based Argyris "Argy" Theofilis plays the style between those dubby chords, melodic...

    by Tony Ware on December 2, 2009
  • Morrissey’s memorable concert cancellations


    Morrisseys memorable concert cancellations

    Longtime Morrissey fans know the drill. Reports of a new album prompt cautious optimism about a return to his Smiths and/or early solo form, which is soon replaced by the declaration, "Well, at least it's better than Maladjusted." Then a tour is ann...

    by Marc Hawthorne on December 2, 2009
  • Kev Choice’s song a day series gives Bay Area concerns a beat


    Kev Choices song a day series gives Bay Area concerns a beat

    Bay Area rappers spent 2009 responding to current events and social memes with memorable singles. Two prime examples: Mistah F.A.B.'s nod to trendy chatter, "Hit Me on Twitter," or Paris' late-November track, "Side Effect," which entered the health ...

    by Jennifer Maerz on December 2, 2009
  • Article

    NPR: Rap as Geopolitics

    National Public Radio has an interesting take on beef in the rap world: it's essentially a mirror of global politics, according to Marc Lynch, a professor at George Washington University and the director of the Institute of Middle East Studies. ""T...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on July 22, 2009 @ 12:41 pm
  • Article

    Southern Music and Food Fest Tonight

    If the idea of getting crunk organically tickles your fancy, come on down to 330 Ritch tonight, when the Southern Music and Food Festival jumps off. The food portion of the event offers such tasty treats as free-range chicken & waffles, BBQ Ribs, ...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on July 22, 2009 @ 11:50 am
  • Article

    Track/Mission Creek Pick of the Day: Warpaint

    I was at a BBQ over the weekend where one woman was singing the praises of Warpaint. Of all the bands playing Mission Creek, she advised, this was the one not to miss. So I went home and fired up the old MySpace page, and sure enough, there's somethi...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on July 22, 2009 @ 10:04 am
  • Article

    Last Night: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Girls at the Rickshaw Stop

    Girls: None of those females are actually in the band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Girls Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Rickshaw Stop Better than: Being at Popscene in the late '90s. There's a point in every great band's career when its hometown cr...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on July 22, 2009 @ 9:37 am
  • Article

    10 Must See Panels at Comic-Con 2009

    San Diego's Comic-Con has easily become the pop culture lodestar of this generation and 2009's panel line up will not disappoint the nerd pilgrims who've made the long journey to Southern California's geek mecca. Below you'll find our list of 10 p...

    @ All Shook Down by Kiala Kazebee on July 21, 2009 @ 4:35 pm
  • Article

    I Heart Street Art: Signage Art

    Mister SF has this to say about the piece, by muralist Rigo: Situated in a light industrial area, it is a stark final reminder of the natural world before the viewer is confronted by one of the chief symbols of industrialization - a freeway. [...] ...

    @ All Shook Down by Allan Hough on July 21, 2009 @ 2:40 pm
  • Article

    Track/Mission Creek Pick of the Day: Casual Fog

    What is in the water in Nevada City? That old gold rush town is a hotbed for Bay Area expats (Tim Green) and general musical creativity (Joanna Newsom, Alela Diane) that goes well with what's popular back here (freaky folk, pastoral pop). Tonight Cas...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on July 21, 2009 @ 12:48 pm
  • Article

    Outside Lands Asks Public for Headliner Suggestions

    Outside Lands' Twitter feed posed the question, "Ranger Dave is diligently working to replace the Beastie Boys. Any suggestions?" Got some ideas? Tweet back--and make sure they're not the same acts performing at Treasure Island. If we had our fant...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on July 21, 2009 @ 12:29 pm
  • Article

    P-Funk Tribute Tonight at PST

    Attention funkateers, freak-a-zoids, and motor-booty-aficionados. Tonight at 330 Ritch's Pacific Standard Time, DJ Sake One dons his Mr. Wiggles suit and plays a very special 4-hour tribute to Parliament-Funkadelic, and, no doubt, its associated arti...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on July 21, 2009 @ 11:33 am
  • Article

    DJ QBert Opens Skratch University

    But what I really wanna know is, how's your skratch technique? You can crab, flare and juggle blindfolded with one hand behind your back, correct? Wait, what's that you say? You thought flares were only used for roadside emergencies? Crabs are som...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on July 21, 2009 @ 10:46 am
  • Article

    MP3 (And Mission Creek Pick) of the Day: Helene Renaut and Emily Jane White

    Tonight the Mission Creek Music Festival continues giving indie acts props, as the music showcase moves into its second week. Forget your Monday blahs with lovely folk tunes from French born Hlne Renaut and local silvery-voiced songstress Emily Jan...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on July 20, 2009 @ 3:38 pm
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