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    Night Crawler

    A light wind flicks playfully at the giant brown feathers adorning a sweaty troupe of Aztec dancers as they pound the pavement of Mission Street. Like the beat of a heart, their rhythmic steps keep time with the baritone rumblings of three large drum...

    by Silke Tudor on May 8, 1996
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    Recordings

    Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire (Epic) Rage Against the Machine cares a lot. During their recent appearance on Saturday Night Live, their caps said "Commie" and they wrote "Arm the Homeless" on their instruments in masking tape. Whic...

    by James Sullivan on May 8, 1996
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    The Books of Rhyme Pages - From Michael Eric Dyson to Darius James, black writers struggle to define hip-hop culture

    Ever since Chuck D bellowed that he wanted to reach the bourgeois and rock the boulevard, the bourgeoisie has bellowed back. Though that can mean nothing more than wistful glances out the lecture room window at the street below, at best such writing ...

    by Jesse Berrett on May 8, 1996
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    The League of Justice You loved it as the Kennel Club, you ignored it as the short-lived Crash Palace, and now you'll get to reassess your opinion about the cavernous space at 628 Divisadero when it reopens as the Justice League this summer. With...

    by Sia Michel on May 8, 1996
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    The Flying Nun - Former punker Alejandro Escovedo returns to the roots of rock

    While making a dirt-cheap movie about a hapless rock band, the young Alejandro Escovedo and his friend Jeff Olener decided to bring their fictional creation to life. Not long thereafter, their San Francisco punk group the Nuns found itself filling an...

    by James Sullivan on May 1, 1996
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    Off the Record Always a touch-and-go industry, the local indie record trade is currently in a state of particular flux. Berkeley's cavernous Amoeba Records will expand into the Upper Haight space currently occupied by Park Bowl. The store won't o...

    by Silke Tudor on May 1, 1996
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    Angel Heart - The leftist-acid-Latin-funk of Los Angelitos

    It's Saturday night at the Paradise Lounge, and Los Angelitos are gearing up for a set of "leftist-acid-Latin-funk." Members mill around the stage as lead vocalist Piero Ornelas walks in with a milk crate full of cassettes he says he found in an al...

    by Jesse "Chuy" Varela on May 1, 1996
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    Recordings

    Girls Against Boys House of GVSB (Touch & Go) Someone slipped a little Spanish fly into the rock critic water cooler, if the press clips for Girls Against Boys are any indication. You'd be hard-pressed to find a write-up that doesn't make...

    by James Sullivan on May 1, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    From a distance, the motley crowd covering People's Park and neighboring Haste Street last Sunday appears engaged in the kind of Dionysian revelry that knows no bounds of age or hairstyle, but 18-year-old Nathan sets me straight. "The basketball cour...

    by Silke Tudor on May 1, 1996
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    Moog Swings - Stereolab takes a thrift-store approach to Muzak

    Stereolab is a London-based sextet that seeks to answer the musical question, nay, to solve the historical and aesthetic dilemma, "How come Steve Reich, Martin Denny, and garage punk all happened at the same time?" Retrieving the sophisticated minima...

    by Sally Jacob on April 24, 1996
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    Taking a Break Where have we heard this before? Last week, the doors of the Nightbreak were closed to the public. That's right -- no more Sushi Sunday and this time they mean it ... we think. According to Mark Olier, who booked the Haight Street ...

    by Billy Jam on April 24, 1996
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    Teen-Age Kicks - Imperial Teen releases Seasick, its major label debut

    It takes a little while to pick Imperial Teen out of the crowd in the Mission District cafe where we're scheduled to meet. Not that vocalist/guitarist Will Schwartz helps matters any: Assuming a surreptitious slouch as he enters the coffee shop, the ...

    by Tim Kenneally on April 24, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    The giant paid to guard the entrance of the Endup blockades the entire door with only a slight pivot of his tremendous form. An unexpectedly warm smile and a beckoning paw later, a second hulking form steps out of the shadows and parts the black curt...

    by Silke Tudor on April 24, 1996
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    Recordings

    Ui Sidelong (Southern) Ui Unlike (Lunamoth) Sasha Frere-Jones is a New York rock critic who likes to put his theories of hybridity into practice: His band, Ui (rhymes with gooey), genre-splices dub, fusion, funk, no wave, deep h...

    by Spence D. on April 24, 1996
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    Recordings

    Guided by Voices Under the Bushes Under the Stars (Matador) Last year's Next Big Thing, Guided by Voices made it kinda medium-big at least, attracting a devoted cult following and sparking a critical buzz duly followed by a backlash. K...

    by Zoe Anglesey on April 17, 1996
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    Music - Headline:Night Crawler

    Info:Correction date: Correction:April 24, 1996 Night Crawler By Silke Tudor The interior of the Trocadero felt like a sweltering greenhouse last Thursday night as blasthaus, San Francisco's premier techno art gallery, presented "Premeditated Br...

    by Silke Tudor on April 17, 1996
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    French Ticklers - Bumping and grinding with San Francisco's Frenchy

    Frenchy's drummer, Kelly Richardson, returns to the table balancing an armload of drinks. "I work for this art company, and we were at the de Young wood shop picking up paintings," he says, distributing the Red Hooks and a martini, "when I heard us o...

    by Colin Berry on April 17, 1996
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    Born Free As a voice-over extols the virtues of Snapple being America's third most popular soft drink company (behind Pepsi and Coca-Cola), the camera cuts to a parade scene in San Diego. There, atop a lavishly decorated parade float, stands San ...

    by Billy Jam on April 17, 1996
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    The Rhythm of Language - Underworld brings lyrics to techno

    TVT Records' affable Adam Shore recently broke new publicity terrain with an amusing epistle that was equal parts critical theory, pep rally, and Machiavellian guilt trip. On stationery earmarked "from the ramblin' mind of Adam Shore," a letter event...

    by Sia Michel on April 17, 1996
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    Boogie Nights - From Old Hollywood to the Viper Room: pianist and "Queen of the Boogie" Hadda Brooks

    Hadda Brooks has a favorite catch phrase: "I got news for you." Ask about the changes she's seen in the Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles where she grew up and she curtly replies, "I got news for you," then delineates the ethnic migrations sh...

    by Steven Stolder on April 10, 1996
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