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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Reviews

    Charming Hostess Eat (Vaccination) On Eat, Charming Hostess' intense three-voice harmony radiates female energy enough to terrify the average Johnny Rocker. The women whose voices distinguish the Oakland-based ensemble -- Jewlia Eisenberg, ...

    by Jeff Stark on December 10, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Although most adults have given up finger painting and hide-and-go-seek, there's no doubt that big kids need frolicsome fun to distract them from the stress of multiple parking tickets and neighborhood gentrification. With this in mind, the sex-posit...

    by Silke Tudor on December 10, 1997
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    Hear This

    Portishead The beautiful rolling textures of trip hop owe everything to the dub and hip hop captured within a few elegant blue lines. Blue Lines, the 1991 debut record from Bristol's Massive Attack, was the aural equivalent of a layered dream, wh...

    by Robert Arriaga on December 10, 1997
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    Quadraphonia - The Flaming Lips want you to play all four of their new CDs -- at the same time

    It all started at the most unlikely of places: a concert by Kiss and Uriah Heap many years ago at an Oklahoma City enormodome. An impressionable teen named Wayne Coyne was milling about the stadium parking lot (as impressionable teens are wont to do)...

    by Jim DeRogatis on December 10, 1997
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