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    Recordings

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Songs and Music From the Motion Picture "She's the One" (Warner Bros.) One thing can be said in praise of this soundtrack: It is indeed a soundtrack. Scads of recent movie scores are force-fed hot singles i...

    by Sarah Vowell on September 11, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    Bundles of colorful balloons mark the entrance to Big Top 23, a dusty circus midway nestled in the heart of an industrial, waterside district alongside the Islais Creek Channel. From the street the grounds present a tranquil and wholesome picture: Mu...

    by Silke Tudor on September 11, 1996
  • Article

    Suspicious Minds

    A small man on a big stage looks and sounds far, far away. It's not just physical distance that separates him from the rest of us. Years and years stand between, blocking his little flailing limbs so that they could never touch us. His words melt int...

    by Sarah Vowell on September 11, 1996
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    What Wynton Doesn't Hear - Lester Bowie explains

    In a recent Utne Reader article, grandly titled "The Music of Democracy," neo-conservative Wynton Marsalis blows off the last three decades in the evolution of jazz. He implies that all new-music developments in the years since Coltrane have been dri...

    by Sam Prestianni on September 11, 1996
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    Battle Hymns - Bouncers vs. fans as Slayer pounds the Troc: A field log

    8-24-96 1830 hours The Enemy Two hours before the doors open, the Trocadero's sidewalk is awash with the great unwashed as Slayer fans line up for the multiplatinum metalheads' appearance at the tiny Troc. The bad tattoos (skulls, Harley-...

    by Jeff Stark on September 4, 1996
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    Suspicious Minds

    The immortal question Who has the best hair in the history of rock 'n' roll? Part 2: Jim DeRogatis, author of Kaleidoscope Eyes: Psychedelic Rock From the '60s to the '90s: "Forty years of rock history, 40 years of inimitable hair. Jerry Lee Lew...

    by Sarah Vowell on September 4, 1996
  • Article

    Samples

    Why Oakland When cutting through the gossip and hot-air speculation the corporate music world calls news, it's always wise to err on the side of skepticism. Deals fall apart, labels dump artists, and hype fizzles. But occasionally someone flashes...

    by Jeff Stark on September 4, 1996
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    SF Weekly Picks

    Wednesday, September 4 Angelique Kidjo With a muscular dancer's build and a shorn head, Kidjo radiates an unquestionable strength. It's the kind of down-to-earth power that comes out of inner peace and world awareness, and it has placed her among...

    by Silke Tudor on September 4, 1996
  • Article

    Night Crawler

    When James Gabbert bought KOFY TV 20 back in 1980, there was no Nick at Night, Bravo, or E! In fact there was barely cable television at all, and after midnight on Sunday the public stations went off the air. For television-dependent insomniacs these...

    by Silke Tudor on September 4, 1996
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    Sax Maniacs - The Rova Saxophone Quartet blows hard and dense

    "That's the strangest thing I've ever heard," remarked a friend in the dazed aftermath of a live performance by the Rova Saxophone Quartet of Larry Ochs' "The Secret Magritte." The heady work was originally commissioned by the Antwerpen '93 festival;...

    by Sam Prestianni on August 28, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    Outside the UC Theater, a line of boisterous but clean-cut kids stretches around the block waiting for the midnight screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. At first glance, there is a disgraceful lack of fishnets in the crowd, but a gaggle of bla...

    by Silke Tudor on August 28, 1996
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    SF Weekly Picks

    Wednesday, August 28 Nas How nasty can a rapper be who transforms the wistful chorus from the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" into an epic assault on urban discord? Well, nastiness is not what Nas is about; Nas is about real life, real time, and real...

    by Silke Tudor on August 28, 1996
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    Suspicious Minds

    Is there a more Important Question than this: Who has the best hair in the history of rock 'n' roll? Like any red-blooded American girl, I've done my share of flirting -- licked my lips at Richard Hell's projectile tresses and squandered away en...

    by Sarah Vowell on August 28, 1996
  • Article

    Recordings

    Steve Wynn Melting in the Dark (Zero Hour) Low The Curtain Hits the Cast (Vernon Yard Recordings) During bouts of abyss-gazing, many take suck from sad rock songs: four-minute weepies rack-cut for our alienation. The protagonist...

    by Jeff Stark on August 28, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    The way I hear it, there is going to be a "Mexican dwarf bullfight" at the Cow Palace. The box-office operator explains that the Sunday night event is titled "Enanitos Toreros de America." This sounds somewhat promising, but since I don't speak Spani...

    by Silke Tudor on August 21, 1996
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    SF Weekly Picks

    Wednesday, August 21 Kuntry Kunts These little ladies just plumb stole the hearts of each and every judge on the SFO demo listening panel last month. Not a surprise to anyone who has stumbled upon these subversive country gals harmonizing over la...

    by Silke Tudor on August 21, 1996
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    Recordings

    Various Artists Sanctuary: 20 Years of Windham Hill (Windham Hill) Here it is -- the easiest target of the year: a retrospective of the premier label for that oft-maligned, ill-defined genre, New Age. Like laser-sighting a manatee in a sp...

    by Sam Prestianni on August 21, 1996
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    To: j-rotten@sexpistols.com - An open letter

    Dear Johnny: My problem is that I can't figure out what kind of face I should make at the Shoreline next week, if I come to see you. As the Sex Pistols launch into, say, "Seventeen," should I adopt a look of slight amusement, register a condescen...

    by Andrew Goodwin on August 21, 1996
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    Suspicious Minds

    Buried inside a recent New York Times review of a performance by ex-Replacements bigwig Paul Westerberg, writer Neil Strauss relates that Westerberg, after a no-frills, no-surprises set, "ended by smashing his guitar, as if that were the only way to ...

    by Sarah Vowell on August 21, 1996
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    Sunday in the Park With the Sex Pistols - An eyewitness account

    It is a Sunday morning in Newport Gwent, and at 9:15 I board that eastbound train and go. An appointment with destiny. Maybe, even, an appointment with disappointment -- "I am the Anticlimax"? Note a few punks on train, almost certainly Pistols-bound...

    by Colin B. Morton on August 21, 1996
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