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    Hear This

    Dan Plonsey Dan Plonsey is the quintessential "out" cat. From his passion for supra-earthly sounds to his day gig in the astronomy department at UC Berkeley, Plonsey's interests often lie well outside the mainstream. He dubbed his host computer "...

    by Sam Prestianni on March 5, 1997
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    Country Candor

    Merle Haggard & the Strangers, The Bulls, The Geezers Maritime Hall Saturday, Feb. 22 "Pardon me," said the grinning cowboy as he slid past, a plastic cup of beer balanced in each hand. The happy bastard had fortitude, I'll give him that. I...

    by Paul Kimball on March 5, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    A leather-clad motorcyclist roars onto the sidewalk outside Crucible Steel Gallery Saturday night. He pulls off his steel-gray helmet to expose a shorn head and a hard-set chin. He is English -- Northern if the drawn-out vowels are any indication. He...

    by Silke Tudor on March 5, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    Up & down and Moving On After nearly five years of running the Up & down Club, one of San Francisco's more interesting supper clubs, co-owner/founder J.J. Morgan sold his portion of the business to his partners: Christy Turlington, Erin Turlington-Wh...

    by Bill Wyman on March 5, 1997
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    Recordings

    Various Artists Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Suburbia (DGC) First Romeo & Juliet, then Beavis and Butt-head, and now Bogosian and Linklater. The whole idea of the soundtrack album has become that of a compilation for the alienated ...

    by Sam Prestianni on February 26, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    For one Wednesday each month, the Chameleon serves as a pseudo-tropical haven for whacked-out city dwellers afflicted with a hapless passion for garish Hawaiian shirts, surf guitar, and the limbo. As usual, Otto von Stroheim, the editor of Tiki News,...

    by Silke Tudor on February 26, 1997
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    Hear This

    Swell More than a year after their last performance, San Francisco's Swell take the stage to try out a slew of new songs from their fourth LP, Too Many Days Without Thinking. One of the finest bands never sufficiently appreciated by either their ...

    by Jeff Stark on February 26, 1997
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    Hear This

    Wadada Leo Smith Five months ago, veteran trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith hit the Bay Area to team up with fledgling bassist Damon Smith. Waves of envy rippled through the local jazz scene -- the 24-year-old bassist was less than half Leo's age and ha...

    by Sam Prestianni on February 26, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Pressed on clear vinyl with a '50s-style picture sleeve, Tip Top is the first 45 local rockers the Sugar King Boys have recorded for Denver-based Wormtone Records, but it certainly won't be the last. The four-song EP not only has the look, feel, and,...

    by Silke Tudor on February 26, 1997
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    "Dealing Real"

    The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan, Young, Geffen, Springsteen, and the Head-on Collision of Rock and Commerce By Fred Goodman Times Books 431 pages, $25 In 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival, Dylan strapped on an electric guitar and drowne...

    by Curtis Bonney on February 26, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    Lost at Sea Early Saturday morning, Feb. 15, DJ party promoters Nomad Interactive hosted "Splish," a Valentine's Day cruise held aboard the vessel Jack London Commodore. At 2 a.m., not even an hour into the cruise, 20-year-old Tavaris Willis, a visit...

    by Johnny DiPaola on February 26, 1997
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    Live It Down

    Sebadoh, Those Bastard Souls Fillmore Saturday, Feb. 8 Never mind their somewhat meritorious achievements on record -- Sebadoh are notoriously bad live. Guitarist and frontman Lou Barlow admits this, 'fessing to his dewy-eyed admirers on th...

    by Jeff Stark on February 19, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Whew! Already four years have passed since Bondage A Go-Go first opened its leather-clad doors. Purists said that it would never last -- that the bridge-and-tunnel crowd would overwhelm all the true fetish fans, leaving an acid-washed regurgitation o...

    by Silke Tudor on February 19, 1997
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    Hear This

    "A Transformation of Pictures," featuring Brian Kane, Cheryl Leonard, Brian Pearson, and Scott Rosenberg Indeterminacy is a major component of 20th-century music theory. From Braxton to Cage, infusing the concept of infinite possibility into com...

    by Sam Prestianni on February 19, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    Rumors of Demise For several months now rumors regarding the state of financial affairs at the Trocadero have been flying. Of course, talk of audits and bankruptcy are nothing new in the club biz, but when the talk gets passed along to booking agenci...

    by Michael Batty on February 19, 1997
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    Recordings

    Dirty Three Horse Stories (Touch and Go) Why Australian instrumentalists Dirty Three should have piqued the interest of higher-profile supporters and tourmates like Pavement, Sonic Youth, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Nick Cave, the Be...

    by Jesse "Chuy" Varela on February 19, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    During Valentine's weekend, hundreds of fetishy fiends converge on the city's only mixed safe-sex club, the Power Exchange, where they may relish in the anonymity of glory holes and the sting of a well-placed paddle. As in nature, sex in San Francisc...

    by Silke Tudor on February 19, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Nothing like Valentine's Day to remind you of all the losers who have paraded through your life under the guise of love. Good thing you're living in a town that appreciates the very un-Hallmark sentiments that this holiday can evoke. Join Klubstitute...

    by Silke Tudor on February 12, 1997
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    Slave(d) Narrative

    Wynton Marsalis' Blood on the Fields Masonic Auditorium Sunday, Feb. 2 A sold-out Masonic Auditorium expected grand-scale musicality from Wynton Marsalis' oratorio on slavery, Blood on the Fields. Nearly three hours long, the 21-part suite ...

    by Sam Prestianni on February 12, 1997
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    Room Temperature

    "BMI New Music Night," with JoJo, Train, and Liar Slim's Thursday, Feb. 6 Among the more endearing habits of the pop-music trade is its penchant for celebrating itself under the guise of doing business. Not just your quaint old coke snortin...

    by Michael Batty on February 12, 1997
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