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    Riff Raff

    Some Friendly Advice to All Baby Boomers From the Music Editor Concerning the 20th Anniversary of Elvis Presley's Demise Upon That Fabled Toilet, and the Inexorable Passing of Their Youth Let it go. (M.B.) Lilyvolt Wilts Recently, singer/songwriter...

    by Bill Wyman on August 13, 1997
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    The Wanderer

    Elvis Presley remains a singer. Just below the surface of the popular imagination, he remains a traveler. This is not the story as it is currently reported. Elvis Presley, one will read everywhere on or about Aug. 16, 1997, the 20th anniversary ...

    by Greil Marcus on August 13, 1997
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    Reviews

    The Specials, Undercover S.K.A. Fillmore Thursday, July 31 Have you ever dreamed about going back in time to one of the creatively crucial moments in modern music history? Maybe to the groundbreaking recording session that produced Miles Da...

    by Michael Batty on August 13, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    Soon after writing the remarkable autobiography No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, John Lydon began to record Psycho's Path, a deeply personal collection of songs that were perhaps an excrescence brought on by months of introspection. Where No Irish left ...

    by Silke Tudor on August 13, 1997
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    Hear This

    Youth Brigade If Green Day are the young new purveyors of punk, then Youth Brigade are its grumpy old men. Youth Brigade have been hammering out good, fast punk rock for the last 17 years with little notoriety, cash, or major label backing. Their...

    by Robert Arriaga on August 13, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    Publicity TKO In keeping with the current spirit of publicity in San Francisco, Riff Raff offers no comment on the reported scuffle between OMC frontman Pauly Fuemana and his local record label representative. Word got around that Fuemana, a Maori cr...

    by Bill Wyman on August 6, 1997
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    Reviews

    Radiohead Warfield Sunday, July 27 If a band wants to have an audience in the years ABB (After Buzz Bin), it is important for them to remember upon whose paycheck they dance. And that includes Radiohead. Let's not even talk about the f...

    by Victor Haseman on August 6, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    For students of theology, this is a fruitful season. In the Japan Center Peace Plaza, dozens of women and girls -- outfitted in picturesque silken kimonos -- dance in a circle beneath swiftly passing clouds. Paper lanterns swing in the light breeze. ...

    by Silke Tudor on August 6, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    The Old 97's are playing again (here, insert a Homer Simpson-like gurgle used to express great joy and love for beer or candy) at the Great American Music Hall on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8; call 885-0750. There must be a very...

    by Silke Tudor on August 6, 1997
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    Spliffy

    Smokin' Grooves Tour Shoreline Amphitheater Saturday, July 26 Moments after taking our seats about 20 rows back from the stage, my partner and I sought higher ground. It wasn't the band. Opening act the Roots strived against the blazing 6 o...

    by Sam Prestianni on August 6, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    A young woman walking down Howard Street with her freshly fluffed miniature poodle smiles pleasantly when she hears a man call out: "We like your dog. Bring the dog inside." The smile is short-lived. She spies the canine solicitor -- a man dressed in...

    by Silke Tudor on July 30, 1997
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    Hear This

    The Crystal Method For those wishing to hear breakbeat, listening to mainstream offerings can mean staring at a looming wall of equipment and lights a la the Chemical Brothers -- or, worse yet, the sorry spectacle that is Prodigy's Keith Flint. E...

    by Robert Arriaga on July 30, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    At this point, the stalwart lads from Undercover S.K.A. have been awaiting the "big ska revival" for over a decade and a half. They clocked into the club circuit around the same time that the Specials were coming out with "Ghost Town." It gives a lo...

    by Silke Tudor on July 30, 1997
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    Tragic Bus - Dope(s), guns, and urine on the Brian Jonestown Massacre's summer tour

    All night long Anton Newcombe babbled like an arrogant schoolboy. The singer/guitarist berated the seated Starry Plough audience with tales of his own grandeur and then insulted them when they finally told him to shut up and play. He called one guy S...

    by Jeff Stark on July 30, 1997
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    Hear This

    Mickey Hart's Planet Drum Regardless of what you think about the Grateful Dead, you have to give props to drummer Mickey Hart for his legitimate ethnomusicological enterprises. It seems a youth full of doses has paid off by expanding Hart's visio...

    by Sam Prestianni on July 30, 1997
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    Riff Raff

    Ingenuine Draft For the record, that was Dave Grohl -- the guy who played drums in Nirvana -- onstage at the Fillmore doing a Miller commercial during the MGD Blind Date concert on July 18. After the third song, Grohl stopped the show, turned to a pl...

    by Bill Wyman on July 30, 1997
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    Odd, Even

    Geraldine Fibbers, Claw Hammer, Patsy Great American Music Hall Tuesday, July 15 To say you have something against the sort of music played by the Los Angeles noise trio Patsy -- who opened for fellow Angelenos Claw Hammer and the Geraldine...

    by Michael Batty on July 23, 1997
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    Hear This

    Peter van Bergen Due to the aggressive booking policies of performance spaces like the Luggage Store and the Yellow Room, the Bay Area's rep as the creative-music capital of the West has begun to draw some of Europe's more frightening improvisers...

    by Sam Prestianni on July 23, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    DJ Damon has a very busy week ahead: On Wednesday, July 23, his limp but fiscally successful fetish dance night, "Bondage A Go-Go," is hosting its ever-popular and certainly ridiculous "Mr. Bondage A Go-Go" contest at the Trocadero; then, on Thursday...

    by Silke Tudor on July 23, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    A boisterous line of campy enchantresses and adoring queers (it's a fussy distinction) stretches out from under the glittering Castro Theater marquee, down the block, and around the corner -- a clear indication that producer Marc Huestis has far surp...

    by Silke Tudor on July 23, 1997
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