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    Racket

    Following the video-driven, stagy excesses of the '80s (as epitomized by David Lee Roth), something akin to a style recession changed the look of rock music. The alternative boom of the early '90s championed a near-Spartan aesthetic. Big hair and sta...

    by Andi Zeisler on April 23, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    Back to Nature, Techno Style For all those lovely, flamboyant queers, trannies, lesbians, and straights who have been at a complete loss since "Baby Judy's" canceled its dance night at the Casanova, there is a new reason to don silver platforms and l...

    by Bill Wyman on April 23, 1997
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    Shut Up and Dance

    Zap Mama, Amandla Poets Fillmore Saturday, April 12 Sounding like a one-world (but non-moralizing) Sweet Honey in the Rock, Zap Mama's take on transcultural unity stunned and delighted American globe-trotters from the outset. The group's "i...

    by Sam Prestianni on April 23, 1997
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    Hear This

    Built to Spill Two-and-a-half years ago, Built to Spill's Doug Martsch, touring behind his pop masterpiece There's Nothing Wrong With Love, fretted about two things: being unfairly pegged as an alternative band and making enough money to provide ...

    by Jeff Stark on April 23, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    On Sunday, with the feds busy planning their raid on Flower Therapy -- a distributor of medicinal marijuana -- thousands of happy tokers find themselves able to gather worry-free at the 4:20 Festival, a shameless celebration of the wacky weed in its ...

    by Silke Tudor on April 23, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Feeling the tax crunch? Have no fear. Those sick little fucks over at "Bondage A Go-Go" are ready and willing to supply you with some monetary relief. They ask very little in return, just a bit of self-inflicted humiliation, mutilation, and/or titill...

    by Silke Tudor on April 23, 1997
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    Kronos Quartet For more than 20 years, Kronos Quartet's David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Joan Jeanrenaud (cello) have challenged the notion of propriety in the classical milieu by commissioning and interpret...

    by Sam Prestianni on April 23, 1997
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    Hear This

    Vinny Golia and Bertram Turetzky Vinny Golia is a virtuosic improviser on more than 40 types of aerophone, including saxes, clarinets, ethnic flutes, and even the sheng, a Chinese mouth organ. Yet his "career" in creative music, which spans more ...

    by Sam Prestianni on April 16, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Anyone who has traveled through Europe or Great Britain -- or even to Portland, Ore. -- knows that to properly watch a movie, you must have a full pint and a cigarette firmly in hand. This way, when your favorite thespian gesticulates wildly, sloshin...

    by Silke Tudor on April 16, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    From the street, the long, steep stairway leading up into the Broadway Studio (formerly Studio 435) reveals nothing. Like so many stairways in North Beach, it is alluring in its antiquity; it could lead up to a 19th-century bordello as easily as it c...

    by Silke Tudor on April 16, 1997
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    Racket

    With the trends of at least three recent decades being revived simultaneously in music, fashion, and pop culture in general, it would seem that we're fast running out of viable time periods to plunder. But if nothing else, this state of cultural tail...

    by Andi Zeisler on April 16, 1997
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    Recordings

    Frank Zappa Have I Offended Someone? (Rykodisc) Have I Offended Someone? probably won't offend anyone. In fact, it is hard to imagine this album offending anyone even back in 1973 when the first of its 15 tracks was originally released. Put...

    by Michael Batty on April 16, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    Must Be One of Those Nine-Digit Jobbies "From the first explosive I-got-you-in-my-sights delivery of charismatic frontman Stephan Jenkins, to the rolling rhythm section of bassist Arion Salazar and drummer Brad Hargreaves, to the signature guitar wor...

    by Bill Wyman on April 16, 1997
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    Bowel Story

    Patient By Ben Watt Grove Press 178 pages; $21 One of the charms of Patient, an autobiography by pop star Ben Watt (of the English dance-rock duo Everything But the Girl) is that it isn't really a pop-star autobiography. Pamela Des Barr...

    by Michael Batty on April 16, 1997
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    Hear This

    The Dwarves The Dwarves are kind of like the monotonous PB and J's that Mom would pack in lunches for weeks on end. They were enjoyable enough -- never really bad, never really great, either -- but they were a mainstay of mediocrity. The Dwarves'...

    by Robert Arriaga on April 9, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Beneath the tumultuous, sweat-drenched percussion and the inspirational vocals of a powerful and beautiful chanteuse named Hanitra lies the true message behind Tarika. Their second album, Son Egal, is a vibrant, sweeping condemnation of the political...

    by Silke Tudor on April 9, 1997
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    Lose and Draw

    Deus Warfield Monday, March 31 Hotel Utah Tuesday, April 1 "Hi, we're Deus," announced lead singer Tom Barman at the front of his opening gig at the Warfield. "We're from Belgium, just outside of Scotland." Idiot me -- who thought t...

    by Jeff Stark on April 9, 1997
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    Hear This

    Bobby Bradford Even though L.A. trumpeter Bobby Bradford swings with his own brand of lyrical fire, his connection to Ornette Coleman cannot be overstated. In fact, along with Don Cherry, Bradford was one of Coleman's top brass sidekicks of choic...

    by Sam Prestianni on April 9, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    Ciao Catino After nearly a decade of promoting shows for Bill Graham Presents and its subsidiary club branch, AKG (responsible for the Fillmore and the Warfield), Jean Catino has resigned from her position as director of advertising. Says Catino of t...

    by Bill Wyman on April 9, 1997
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    Recordings

    Tarnation Mirador (Reprise) Local western crooner (and archaeologist) Paula Frazer has taken her pet "project" Tarnation to some interesting places. A couple of years back we visited an Arkansas trailer park in I'll Give You Something to Cr...

    by Michael Batty on April 9, 1997
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