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    Samples

    Turn a Blind Eye Thunder Winkie are playing next week at the Paradise Lounge! And, by some stroke of booking genius, they are playing not one, not two, but three consecutive nights -- you know, to take the pressure off of the door staff. Perhaps ...

    by Silke Tudor on January 29, 1997
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    Christ on a Crutch

    Marilyn Manson, L7 The Warfield Tuesday, Jan. 21 My curiosity was first raised when my stepbrother, over Thanksgiving dish-drying duties, informed me with fire in his temples that he hated Marilyn Manson. It seems that Manson has made destr...

    by Paul Kimball on January 29, 1997
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    Hear This

    Andrew Cyrille and Carlos Ward; Miya Masaoka and George Lewis Expect an earful when Koncepts Cultural Gallery presents its fifth annual "Double-Up" series beginning this weekend and running for the next two Saturdays. The opening event showcases ...

    by Sam Prestianni on January 29, 1997
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    Hear This

    Imperial Teen, Track Star, Henry's Dress At the Great American Music Hall, it's pop for pop's sake with two sweets and a sour. First up is Henry's Dress, an Albuquerque, N.M., transplant, who have received far more (well-deserved) kind words from...

    by Jeff Stark on January 22, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    We have seen the evolution of Henry Rollins from angry, young, punk vocalist to angrier, not-so-young, punk poet and publisher. The evolution is perhaps not as remarkable as the fact that Hank's audience is completely happy to play along. What other ...

    by Silke Tudor on January 22, 1997
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    Hear This

    Graham Connah's NoPorkestra & Chorus Anyone who's seen jazz pianist Graham Connah in concert is familiar with his fun-loving fascination with language. From droll, between-song wisecracks to clever album titles (like his palindromic debut, Snaps ...

    by Sam Prestianni on January 22, 1997
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    Dead and Buried

    Swans, Windsor for the Derby Great American Music Hall Sunday, Jan. 12 Unsurprising, and heartwarming, was the conversation overheard in line at the Great American Music Hall. To paraphrase the unseen woman behind me, speaking of a friend: ...

    by Michael Batty on January 22, 1997
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    Samples

    Boom-Boom Boomerang Two weeks ago, Boomerang, Haight Street's only surviving live music venue, began running large ads that read "Despite the rumors, Club Boomerang will continue with live music. All shows that are booked will go on as scheduled....

    by Silke Tudor on January 22, 1997
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    Short Circuit

    The Closure of the "Dark Circle Lounge Series," with the Splatter Trio Hotel Utah Tuesday, Jan. 14 "There's never been more than 7 1/2 people at the end of a Splatter Trio show," quipped an incredulous Myles Boisen shortly after midnight la...

    by Sam Prestianni on January 22, 1997
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    Recordings

    10 cents Everybody Wins (Angel Dust Records) Remember grammar school recess when you were a kid and they were picking teams for, heaven help us, smear the queer? So much rode on where you landed in the draft -- specifically, on not being ...

    by Sam Prestianni on January 22, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    The Chameleon has the hush of a library. The cozy bar area is packed with the usual beer swillers, but absent are the normal raucous ramblings and punk rock profanities. There is something about the Sunday night crowd that almost seems deferential. E...

    by Silke Tudor on January 22, 1997
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    Samples

    In Memoriam The East Bay music community was shocked and appalled last month when David Nadel, owner and founder of Ashkenaz, the community-conscious nightclub, was shot and killed by a patron who had been kicked out earlier in the evening. "It w...

    by Bill Wyman on January 15, 1997
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    Sit-Down Sampler

    Verve Jazz Fest The Fillmore Wednesday, Jan. 8 Like its cousins, classical, blues, folk, and country, jazz is a dues-paying art form, where the success and worth of a musician are measured not by his ability to make platinum hits, but by hi...

    by Victor Haseman on January 15, 1997
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    Recordings

    Tricky Pre-Millennium Tension (Island) Everything you need to know about Pre-Millennium Tension, proper album No. 2 from urban import Tricky, is on the album cover. It features an androgynous (but definitely feminine) nude torso bathed in...

    by Jeff Stark on January 15, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    A group of sharply dressed clubsters gathers in the alleyway behind Cat's Grill & Alley Club. Looking alternately casual and eager, they wait to have their IDs checked. There is a disappointing lack of scooters, considering that Thursday nights offer...

    by Silke Tudor on January 15, 1997
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    The House of Tudor

    "Inability is often the mother of restriction ... and restriction is the great mother of inventive performance." So says German-born Holger Czukay. It was not Czukay's musical inability, but his dedication to musical exploration that found the would-...

    by Silke Tudor on January 15, 1997
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    Hear This

    John Zorn, Mike Patton, Ikue Mori Saxophonist John Zorn first catapulted to improv infamy in the '70s by introducing birdcalls -- crow, goose, duck -- into his experimental arsenal of raw but deliberate sound-making techniques. A renegade artist ...

    by Sam Prestianni on January 15, 1997
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    Night Crawler

    New Year's Eve day finds the sweeping concrete stairs of Grace Cathedral scattered with an odd assortment of people: gray-haired couples bundled against the chill, small children playing with a neon-yellow rubber ball, and a 23-year-old woman eating ...

    by Silke Tudor on January 8, 1997
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    Bang a Gong - Gamelan lives (slight return)

    March of 1996 -- a time of innocence and civil idealism, luxuries that too often seem unaffordable today. An era so carefree, so different from our contemporary wont, that we might be considering another world, or a tomorrow that will never come to p...

    by Michael Batty on January 8, 1997
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    Drop the Ball, Already

    SFNYE The Embarcadero Tuesday, Dec. 31 It was the anniversary of our engagement. I'd popped the question to my then-girlfriend last New Year's Eve, just a few short seconds after midnight. At home, in pajamas. With the object of my affectio...

    by James Sullivan on January 8, 1997
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