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    Stellamara There's retro and then there's retro. These days, the trendy tag usually refers to old-school garage rock or that whole bushy-sideburns-quaint-bowl-haircut mod thing. But if retro means going back (in time), then shouldn't a band inter...

    by Sam Prestianni on October 29, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    It's Halloween night and you want to be scared, or at the very least, completely grossed out. Might I suggest a quick dose of David Cronenberg? Almost any film will do -- Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers -- but why not start at the beginni...

    by Silke Tudor on October 29, 1997
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    The Brothers Tap - The S.F. Jazz Festival pays tribute to Fayard and Harold Nicholas

    It was 1943 when, at the height of the war effort, 20th Century-Fox released Stormy Weather, a full-length musical salute to African-American soldiers. The studio hired the best actors, the best dancers, and the best musicians. The star, Bill "Bojang...

    by Ira Steingroot on October 29, 1997
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    King Sonny - Jazz great Sonny Rollins talks about old songs, speaking in tongues, and 40 years of spiritual intensity

    Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is arguably the greatest living jazz musician. Over the course of his long and illustrious career, he has worked with most of the seminal figures of modern jazz, often leading the way to the next step in the evolution ...

    by Ira Steingroot on October 22, 1997
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    The Delta 72 Blast from the past and then some, the overdriven Delta 72 make you want to do the watusi or shimmy-bop until the weasel goes pop. The Philadelphia foursome put on a show full of funky-monkey beats, trippy organ grinding, squiggly so...

    by Sam Prestianni on October 22, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    Standing on the edge of Alcatraz Island, it's easy to understand the pressures that drove inmate Joe Bauer to run for the prison fence, in broad daylight and directly under the watchful eye of a nearby tower guard. It wasn't a suicide attempt, althou...

    by Silke Tudor on October 22, 1997
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    Reviews

    Zen Guerrilla, Cash Money Bottom of the Hill Wednesday, Oct. 15 Even though they dropped out of Philadelphia three years ago, Zen Guerrilla are an S.F. band -- and that's a good thing. San Francisco mainstream bands are pathetic (Counting N...

    by Victor Haseman on October 22, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    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 steed, bloodied but unbowed, finally made it across the finish line. When the paper quietly hired James...

    by Bill Wyman on October 22, 1997
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    S.F. Jazz Festival

    Picking the Fest The New Cuban Jazz With Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio and Omar Sosa/John Santos Duo Cuba has been America's risque playground of choice for years. During Prohibition, this gangster's paradise baited well-heeled playboys with its pro...

    by Sam Prestianni on October 22, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Following in the footsteps of their "Legends of Blues" shows, Yoshi's presents "Legends of Country" with Grand Ole Opry star Charlie Louvin (age 70), who, with his brother Ira (who died in 1965), constituted the finest country duo America has ever se...

    by Silke Tudor on October 22, 1997
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    DJ Quest Turntablists are to DJs what physicists are to scientists -- chock-full of brilliant ideas understood and fully appreciated mainly by their colleagues. Manipulating wax on souped-up record players, turntablists have a style and method of...

    by Robert Arriaga on October 15, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Hope you got plenty of sleep last night because it's going to be a busy week. First, a friendly warning: You may be tempted to go see Stiff Little Fingers this week because the band now touts former Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, and because SLF did relea...

    by Silke Tudor on October 15, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    Under a canopy of imitation palm fronds, 30 men in form-fitting white turtlenecks and black tuxedo pants mouth the words to "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)." Abundant squeals and whistles from the audience cannot distract the chorus from it...

    by Silke Tudor on October 15, 1997
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    Reviews

    Mecca Normal Who Shot Elvis? (Matador) Mecca Normal don't mess around with introductions. The opening sounds of "Medieval Man," the first track on the Vancouver band's ninth record, Who Shot Elvis?, come out with fangs fully bared. Over a l...

    by Tim Kenneally on October 15, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    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 Love: harvest. There was so much weed at the Sunday shindig in Golden Gate Park that you probably couldn't ...

    by Bill Wyman on October 15, 1997
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    Evolution Revolution - The Apples pop in all the right places

    The sun shines 300 days a year in Denver. Snow falls in December and melts away a day later in a 60-degree simmer. A mile high, the air is slight and dizzy. A glass of wine in California is two there; one joint at sea level hits like a quarter bag of...

    by Jeff Stark on October 15, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    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, occasional gigs at indie rock or dance clubs have been the only sustenance for a hip-hop community starved for...

    by Bill Wyman on October 8, 1997
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    Reviews

    Stereolab Dots and Loops (Elektra) You could compare the lyrics and music on Stereolab's new Dots and Loops with 1992's Switched On or other of their early works and conclude that the band has grown up or something. Their approach has gaine...

    by Martin Johnson on October 8, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    "Words do not express thoughts very well," Hermann Hesse once wrote. "They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish." The quote provides the impetus for the Umo Ensemble's Caravan of ...

    by Silke Tudor on October 8, 1997
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    Apocrypha

    Miles Davis Black Beauty: Live at the Fillmore West Miles Davis at Fillmore: Live at the Fillmore East Live-Evil Miles Davis in Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall Dark Magus: Live at Carnegie Hall (Columbia/Legacy) O...

    by Martin Johnson on October 8, 1997
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