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    The House of Tudor

    Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olatunji was the first person to turn the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart onto drums. He has also done some things worthy of note in the course of his 40-year career. In 1959, he released Drums of Passion, an unprecedente...

    by Silke Tudor on July 9, 1997
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    Quiet, Please -- We're Rocking - The American Analog Set, and how quiet may be the last place for rock to go

    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 blues slang for the sexual act, and yes, it has something to do with rock's hard backbeat -- a rhythm we...

    by Michael Batty on July 9, 1997
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    Get It While You Can - Jerry Ragavoy and the ghost of Janis Joplin

    The new collection Songs of Janis Joplin: Blues Down Deep is merely the latest in a series of outrages foisted upon a gullible public by the House of Blues, a nightclub chain and music label that seems to think we were all born yesterday; but for she...

    by Robert Meyerowitz on July 2, 1997
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    Barely a Ripple - How bad management made a mess of Making Waves '97

    The colossal foam heads of the absurdist band Idiot Flesh loom in the shadows of Embarcadero high-rises. Halloween magic erupts from the stage as the night engulfs the longest sun of the year. Wonderful ironies suffuse the darkness: rock against rock...

    by Sam Prestianni on July 2, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    Kinetics Kop Krackerite Three Thursdays ago, at one of the Kinetics' regularly packed shows, at Bruno's, a promising future began to unfold for the band that was born out of the long-lost Loved Ones. First off, drummer Michael Urbano replaced Ben Way...

    by Bill Wyman on July 2, 1997
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    Racket

    Julia Sweeney begins her monologue God Said Ha! by 'fessing right up to why she's an actress: She craves attention. As one of those people who tends to go ignored in daily life, she's subject to repeated injustices, such as standing in line at Starbu...

    by Andi Zeisler on July 2, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    I'm as guilty as anyone. I decided early on in my life that I would never again live in a city that didn't have a gay population formidable enough to be a primary voting demographic. This was more than just liberal-minded sentiment, or a desire to fe...

    by Silke Tudor on July 2, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Just as Hunter S. Thompson had his Dr. Gonzo, Jack Kerouac had his Neal Cassady. (Well, actually, Dr. Gonzo wasn't real, but that never stopped Thompson.) The film The Last Time I Committed Suicide is based on an eight-page letter that Cassady wrote ...

    by Silke Tudor on July 2, 1997
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    Hear This

    DJ Jeno When it comes to mixing house that puts some soul into a party, nobody has refined the genre more than S.F. migrant son DJ Jeno. The turntable master has been an integral part of the rave and DJ party scenes since the Full Moon parties back...

    by Robert Arriaga on June 25, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    Strolling across the San Jose State University campus is like being transported to what Midwesterners would think of as Southern California. All the students enjoy athletic, well-bronzed limbs that occupy very short shorts. The climate varies between...

    by Silke Tudor on June 25, 1997
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    Racket

    I never thought I'd say anything like this, but I miss Courtney Love. The old Courtney, that is; the one who was always shouting and making a spectacle of herself, who dressed herself up in over-the-top, baby-doll caricatures of femininity. She was i...

    by Andi Zeisler on June 25, 1997
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    Hear This

    Smog A cult of melancholy has grown up around the minstrelsy of Bill Callahan, guiding force behind Smog. His sixth full-length, Red Apple Falls, marks the denouement of an intense period of recording activity over the past year or so, which also...

    by Sam Prestianni on June 25, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    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 Examiner for both papers' squirrelly inability to hire a rock critic. Most people would say that decent pop...

    by Bill Wyman on June 18, 1997
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    Hear This

    John Butcher U.K. saxophonist John Butcher is a lethal improviser in the Evan Parker tradition. Like Parker, he can build great tension-spiked soundscapes at hushed dynamic levels. As his fingers gallop across the keys and breath rushes through t...

    by Sam Prestianni on June 18, 1997
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    Pew's Anatomy

    The Birthday Party reissues (Thirsty Ear/2-13-61) Tracy Pew, the leather-clad cowpoke bassist of the Birthday Party, once said: "Rock music will be remembered as the anus of culture." A typically charming statement from one of rock's great id-m...

    by Curtis Bonney on June 18, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    While the greatest strides in electronic music have come from the U.K., it has not been the British media proclaiming -- out of plain desperation -- that electronica is the "next big thing." After all, until recently, electronic music was simply club...

    by Silke Tudor on June 18, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    A Shenandoah warrior stands outside Oakland's Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center smoking a Marlboro Light. The downy feathers that accent his headdress ruffle slightly as a breeze crosses the vast, concrete parking lot. He squints into the sun, takes ...

    by Silke Tudor on June 18, 1997
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    Racket

    The summer-movie mind-set has become as inescapable as summer. This sort of thinking demands that we go see every one of the big, dumb Hollywood blockbusters, suspending the ritual criticism to which we subject any film released in non-summer months....

    by Andi Zeisler on June 18, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Dance music chanteuse CeCe Peniston doesn't stand a chance against the androgynous evil of the legendary Grace Jones, or so you would think. In Barry Singer's version of The Wiz -- an urban, booty-shaking rendition of The Wizard of Oz -- Jones plays ...

    by Silke Tudor on June 11, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    Comet, a small, dappled mutt who looks less frightening for his bright pink life preserver, mans the helm of his owner's kayak (also bright pink). The champion canine projects high-pitched yips at every canoe, raft, inner tube, and swimmer foolish en...

    by Silke Tudor on June 11, 1997
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