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    Riff Raff

    Noise Yes, Pop No If the standard for a great live show is based on how many people in the audience you piss off -- and sometimes, that's true -- Mike Patton deserves some sort of prize for what he did at Slim's last June 18. That night, the former F...

    by Mark Athitakis on February 24, 1999
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    Uncharted Territories - Trailblazing composer Terry Riley still seeks out new sources for improvisation

    Terry Riley isn't an easy person to track down. At least his albums aren't: I was in a record store recently looking for the Lisbon Concert, his brilliant 1995 recording of his own solo piano music, recorded on the final stop of his 60th-birthday tou...

    by Stacey Kors on February 24, 1999
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    Reviews

    Ani DiFranco Up Up Up Up Up Up (Righteous Babe) Ani DiFranco has resolved to ignore the media chatter that surrounds her public persona. Systematically denied rotation on commercial radio, the folk-punk poetess has spent nine years exercisi...

    by Denise Sullivan on February 17, 1999
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    The House of Tudor

    It was apparent, almost from the very beginning, that Cake was too nice to rock. As early as 1994, the band's shows had become overrun by the type of collegiate cattle whom "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle" -- Cake's surreptitious hit from Motorcade of Gener...

    by Silke Tudor on February 17, 1999
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    Hear This

    Huun-Huur Tu When Shanachie issued Huun-Huur Tu's debut album, 60 Horses in My Herd, in 1993, few industry insiders could have predicted that these cultural ambassadors from the remote Siberian republic of Tuva would hook the ears of world-music ...

    by Sam Prestianni on February 17, 1999
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    Remembering Charles Brown - The Bay Area bluesman's influence was recognized as massive eventually

    Charles Brown, the great rhythm-and-blues pianist and vocalist best known today for having penned "Merry Christmas, Baby," made it through one last Christmas. But he couldn't make it to what probably would have been the biggest celebration of his car...

    by Salvatore Caputo on February 17, 1999
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    Modesto Calling: A Critical Guide to Noise Pop

    Pavement's Stockton-bred success story wasn't a fluke. Recently, a number of bands from Northern California's Central Valley have been semiquietly perfecting a rock style that owes as much to rural country and folk as it does to the clinical precisio...

    by Mark Athitakis on February 17, 1999
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    Institutionalized - Now in its seventh year, the San Francisco Noise Pop Festival stumbles across success

    If the trendmongers are to be believed, the San Francisco Noise Pop Festival should be dying, or even dead. When founder Kevin Arnold started the festival in 1993 -- as a single night of five bands at the old Kennel Club -- scruffy indie-rock music w...

    by Mark Athitakis on February 17, 1999
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    Riff Raff

    Party Over, Oops, Out of Time San Francisco is losing another all-night dance venue. V/SF, located at the mouth of SOMA's 11th Street corridor, will surrender its 24-hour cabaret license this Sunday to fulfill a bargain struck with police and the sta...

    by Mark Athitakis on February 17, 1999
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    The House of Tudor

    In a week dedicated to saccharine hearts and cloying phrases like "Be Mine," it does an old sour-mash soul good to hear tunes like "Lumpy, Beanpole and Dirt," in which a disenchanted beau tells his lady love to "Buy me some wine and some good old tur...

    by Silke Tudor on February 10, 1999
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    Flipper Redux - A half-decade after his band's demise, Steve DePace is trying to write and close the book on Flipper

    As documents of old punk rock bands go, Flipper's Live: 1983 is more interesting than most. Part of the reason is because, well, as old punk rock bands go, Flipper was better than most. Released last November on local label Dog Patch Records, th...

    by Mark Athitakis on February 10, 1999
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    Riff Raff

    War of Words Last Tuesday night, Feb. 2, "Trannyshack" hosted its second annual "Wetback Nite" at the Stud. The unusual party motif was conceived by a self-identified queer Latino named Lady Sergio who joined with Hecklina -- producer of the weekly t...

    by Johnny DiPaola on February 10, 1999
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    Hear This

    Experimental Musical Instruments Since 1985, Bart Hopkin has made musical weirdness his passion, tracking down a world full of people for whom standard-issue guitars, pianos, and drums are the start -- but not the end -- of musicmaking. He's put ...

    by Mark Athitakis on February 10, 1999
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    One Nation Under a Guru

    Habib Khan Freight & Salvage, Berkeley Sunday, Jan. 31 Look around these days, and it's all about India. The subcontinent is everywhere -- from Talvin Singh and Bombay the Hardway to that heinous Alanis song and Madonna's clothes; even ...

    by Denise Sullivan on February 10, 1999
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    Hear This

    Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant Bassist Trevor Dunn has lived a double life, both as demented thrasher (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas) and upright jazz improviser (Ben Goldberg, Graham Connah's Sour Note Seven). The two sides of his personality are reconcil...

    by Sam Prestianni on February 3, 1999
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    A Star Is Demo'd

    Northern California Songwriters Association Songscreening Fort Mason Tuesday, Jan. 26 Steve Bloch needs songs. And since Bloch is an A&R man for Giant Records in Nashville, his needs are pretty specific. Which is why he's sitting under ...

    by Mark Athitakis on February 3, 1999
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    Reviews

    Hi Fi Killers Jamaica (Loose Groove) Sly and Robbie Drum & Bass Strip to the Bone by Howie B (Palm Pictures) Sly and Robbie are reggae legends. The Riddim Twins. Kingston ghetto prophets. Old-school rockers who were there at t...

    by Mark Athitakis on February 3, 1999
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    Chasing History - For 40 years, Arhoolie Records' Chris Strachwitz has worked to make unknown roots music (almost) famous

    The last time Chris Strachwitz was caught without recording equipment, it was 1959. Then a 27-year-old devotee of jazz, blues, and hillbilly music, he headed out on a road trip from Berkeley to Texas with a single mission: to meet Lightnin' Hopkins, ...

    by Bill Kisliuk on February 3, 1999
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    Riff Raff

    Un-punked? In the middle of January, volunteers at the Berkeley punk rock club 924 Gilman were in a panic. From the looks of it, a shutdown seemed imminent for the space, which helped give birth to Operation Ivy, Green Day, Rancid, and countless othe...

    by Robert Arriaga on February 3, 1999
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    The House of Tudor

    With the Noise Pop Festival only a couple of weeks away, folks may have thought Poptopia! poorly placed. After all, Noise Pop is something of a San Francisco tradition, while Poptopia! has always been a Los Angeles affair. But after talking to local ...

    by Silke Tudor on February 3, 1999
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