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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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    Two Tickets to Paradise Punkers standing outside the Goops show at Slim's last Wednesday were greeted by comedian Cheech Marin as he wandered away from the Paradise Lounge. Adorned with a little neon and a lot of cashews, the Paradise was primped...

    by Jeff Stark on April 10, 1996
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    The Time Bandits - Oasis reminds us that our past is present

    On "Wibbling Rivalry," a taped interview released as a bootleg 7-inch, the brothers Gallagher of Oasis argue interminably over younger brother Liam's indiscretions on a cross-channel ferry. Noel teases Liam by suggesting that he should act like Keith...

    by Andrew Goodwin on April 10, 1996
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    Recordings

    Mark Eitzel 60 Watt Silver Lining (Warner Bros.) San Francisco's most despondent entertainer kicks off his solo career with a controlled version of a telltale cover: Dusty Springfield's "No Easy Way Down," from the cult classic Dusty in M...

    by Eric K. Arnold on April 10, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    Yasmina stands six inches away from a mammoth speaker that looms menacingly over her. Her face hidden by a visor, movement begins in her hands and slowly spreads through her arms and legs, eventually erupting into a spasm of freaky footwork. Several ...

    by Silke Tudor on April 10, 1996
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    The Telltale Heart - The soulful gumbo of African diva Angelique Kidjo

    "My parents teach me one thing," explains Angelique Kidjo, her voice purring over trans-Atlantic lines in a graceful French accent. "When you are a musician, you have to listen to your deep truths. When you are singing the word, and you don't feel it...

    by Colin Berry on April 3, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    "Media tables are in the first tier," directs an usher at Bimbo's 365 Club last Wednesday, with a flick of his pink scarf. I sit down between an elderly woman with powdered hair and a latex-clad dreadlocked punk waiting patiently for the Goethe-Insti...

    by Silke Tudor on April 3, 1996
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    Recordings

    The Afghan Whigs Black Love (Elektra) As far as contrived personas go, Greg Dulli's reputation as an erstwhile soul man isn't particularly newsworthy, or offensive, or even all that surprising. His cultural inputs -- the records he owns, ...

    by Zev Borow on April 3, 1996
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    Under the Covers - Emmylou Harris unearths the language between the lines

    At 47 years of age, master interpreter Emmylou Harris remains a barefoot kind of singer. And with her shoes off, Harris' second toes reveal themselves to be exceptionally long: They're slender and flexible, considerably longer than her big toes, and ...

    by James Sullivan on April 3, 1996
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    Building a Better Mouse Trap Plunder Industries, a renegade artist collective of, er, two, treated some 500 people to a bizarre nostalgia trip last Friday night in the SOMA district: a life-size version of the game called Mouse Trap. Taking up ov...

    by Silke Tudor on April 3, 1996
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    Redemption Song - The Fugees mark a return to righteousness in hip hop

    Signs from god are where you find them: Lightning flickered throughout the Fugees' short outdoor set at South by Southwest in Austin last week, and after nearly every bright flash, guitarist/rapper (and son of a preacherman) Wyclef Jean gazed questio...

    by Sia Michel on March 27, 1996
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    Hacks and Flacks The deepest insight to be gleaned from Thomas Pynchon's latest piece of writing turns out to be his observation that Boris Pickett's "Monster Mash" was "not necessarily the Birth of Rap." Finally, that's been cleared up. Allegedl...

    by Silke Tudor on March 27, 1996
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    Night Crawler

    Aaah! Caviar dreams and champagne nights. It's Oscar time, and even in San Francisco the stretch limos abound. A luminous white ball floats above the entrance to "Outerworld," the Academy of Friends board of directors' 16th annual Oscar night gala. A...

    by Silke Tudor on March 27, 1996
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    Recordings

    Bad Religion The Gray Race (Atlantic) In light of two decades of pithy punk sloganeering, in which the naked expression of rage is usually regarded as a viable substitute for well-reasoned logic, the eloquence of Greg Graffin has often be...

    by Jamie Kemsey on March 27, 1996
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    Love Sick - Sleater-Kinney's Call the Doctor painfully dissects physical and emotional boundaries

    Today, straight-white-male punk "counterculture" is sold over the counter; phony rebel angst dominates glossy magazines and MTV. But packaging pseudo-feminist and apolitical-homo rock is a troublesome new development. When female writers rush to whin...

    by Johnny Ray Huston on March 20, 1996
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    Southern Exposure Usually, a 10th anniversary is cause for a re-evaluation of purpose, but at last week's South by Southwest music and media conference, the general attitude was if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Of course, the Austin festival has ...

    by Sia Michel on March 20, 1996
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