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    The House of Tudor

    At Jewish Music Wednesdays avant-garde jazz fusionists play musical hopscotch with klezmer traditionalists; elderly Persian Jews mingle with Berkeley neophytes learning their first syllables of Hebrew. The new music series -- planned for the second W...

    by Silke Tudor on January 14, 1998
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    Night Crawler

    A Rage to Scoot As usual, Scooter Daddy is the first to arrive on the scene. He cracks open a soda can and leans against the back of his van, eying the slate-gray sky with distrust. He had hoped for better weather -- last night's on-again-off-aga...

    by Silke Tudor on January 7, 1998
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    Riff Raff

    Perry Tale Bring out the menorah, the dreidels, and the rock stars -- it's a Bill Graham Hanukkah. Twenty-five years ago the late rock promoter sponsored what is supposed to be the first public menorah ceremony outside of Israel right here in our own...

    by Bill Wyman on January 7, 1998
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    Reviews

    Erykah Badu Live (Universal) Many of the best black popular musicians consciously attempt to maintain a healthy cynicism toward mainstream values and dreams of upward mobility. Since the mid-1990s Dionne Farris, Des'ree, Carleen Anderson, T...

    by Jeff Kaliss on January 7, 1998
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    Ball Hog

    Mike Watt Transmission Theater Wednesday, Dec. 31 Mike Watt's got a story to tell. It starts with three kids who meet in a small sailor's town. (Actually, it starts with Watt's dad, but we'll get to that later.) Anyway, these buddies form a...

    by Jeff Stark on January 7, 1998
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    The House of Tudor

    Don't let the angelic photo lull you into a false sense of security. If Reid Paley turned his sunken eyeholes toward the camera, you would see, recorded there in the dark folds that cushion his glowering peepers, a life of dank nights, throat-searing...

    by Silke Tudor on January 7, 1998
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    The House of Tudor

    Aah, New Year's Eve ... that delightful night when corner bars string up a few balloons, serve Cheez Doodles and Cook's, and collect a $20 cover. Still, every dive in town will be packed beyond the fire code because this night belongs to neophytes. I...

    by Silke Tudor on December 31, 1997
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    Words + Guitar (+ Beats + Skronk) - What mattered and what splattered in pop, 1997

    Jeff Stark's Top 10 Records Released in 1997 1) (tie) Spiritualized, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space The Perfect Prescription, Spacemen 3's finest record, actualized the peaks and comedowns of an LSD trip; in his spin-out band Spiritu...

    by Andi Zeisler on December 31, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    Twelve Things That Made Night Crawler Grin in 1997 1) The Go Nuts at the Trocadero (Jan. 29) After the Go Nuts' "Superhero Snack-Rock Gorilla Entertainment Revue" and the accompanying gooey food-fight send Night Crawler into sugarcoated rhapsody,...

    by Silke Tudor on December 31, 1997
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    Baby, It's Him - How can Burt Bacharach make a comeback when he never went away?

    In person, Burt Bacharach seems smaller than he does when you see him on television or in old photos, standing next to ex-wives Angie Dickinson and Carole Bayer-Sager. His arms are twig-thin, and his face is a little more gaunt than it was back when ...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 24, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    We came whirling out of nothingness Scattering stars like dust The stars made a circle In the middle we dance -- Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi It is said that upon walking through the dusty streets of Konya, Turkey, Mevlana Jelaluddin Rum...

    by Silke Tudor on December 24, 1997
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    Reviews

    Various Artists TV Terror (Re-Constriction/Cargo) Among the panoply of youth subcultures, goths are amusing because they use self-inflicted alienation from mainstream society to create a surrogate universe. It's not just that goths hang out...

    by Martin Johnson on December 24, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    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 Studios in Santa Monica to headline a show at the Bottom of the Hill with his band. The pop group was on the ...

    by Bill Wyman on December 24, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Here it is, Christmastime. There's a chill in the air. Friends and co-workers have flown off to their hometowns. Your family is tucked away safely in some far-off prison compound. You've got a few days off of work. It's an opportunity to just kick ba...

    by Silke Tudor on December 24, 1997
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    Reviews

    C4AM95 III (Frenetic) C4AM95, known as the Champs before another group of winners hinted at legal entanglement, play a heavy metal that's refined and highbrow enough for even the most self-conscious of hipsters to enjoy. (The new name, or t...

    by Victor Haseman on December 17, 1997
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    Tibetmania!

    Various Artists Tibetan Freedom Concert (Grand Royal/Capitol) Tibetan Freedom Concert Directed by Sara Pirozek Early in Tibetan Freedom Concert, a new documentary film centering on the 1996 two-day concert in Golden Gate Park, an ol...

    by Jeff Stark on December 17, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    Among the disparate social fragrances that distinguish North Beach on a Friday night -- frat packs pushing past elegantly dressed diners; fanny-packed tourists sidestepping brown-bag derelicts -- San Francisco's notorious past still wafts through the...

    by Silke Tudor on December 17, 1997
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    Hear This

    Incubus Spawned from the remote SoCal suburb of Calabass, Incubus kick an up-to-the-minute hard rock/funk hybrid with the kind of in-yer-face intensity only kids barely in their 20s can marshal with real conviction. S.C.I.E.N.C.E., the quintet's ...

    by Sam Prestianni on December 17, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Only a few months ago, the Crosstops -- four no-nonsense rednecks with tacky cop shades and a penchant for truck-drivin' themes -- made their first appearance on a San Francisco stage. The hard rock 'n' roll, straight up, seemed simple enough. The gi...

    by Silke Tudor on December 17, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    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 to Berkeley when his Ford Falcon ran out of gas on the Bay Bridge. According to news accounts, Spanier ...

    by Bill Wyman on December 17, 1997
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