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THE SOFT PINK TRUTH

Why Do The Heathen Rage?

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A hard look at 'A Hard Day's Night'

At 50, the Beatles third album demands a critical re-listen

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More than any other Beatles album, A Hard Day's Night — which turned 50 last week — embodies the clichés surrounding the band's early period. The cheesy harmonies, the "whoa"s and "yeah"s, the sappy love songs: All are there in abundance. It's also the most obvious manifestation of the John/Paul dichotomy. Though the idea of John as the bad boy and Paul as the balladeer is largely accepted as a myth by Beatles fans, that dynamic is a lot closer to the truth than folks give it credit for, and on no album is it clearer than A Hard Day's Night.Read more »

Start your engines

The little SF music video contest that could is all grown up — and expanding

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Everyone knows that true artists do their best work right before deadline. [Ed note: I may or may not be writing this an hour or so before mine.]Read more »

Burger Boogaloo Breakdown

Our picks for the best of the rest

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Thee Oh SeesRead more »

Summer spins

Quick-takes on new releases

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BORIS

NOISE

(SARGENT HOUSE)

Boris have been dabbling so much in pop lately it's tempting to look at the band's latest album, Noise, as a return to their sludge-metal glory days. There are only eight songs, its title is appropriately hostile, and the dark gray cover looks formidable compared to the white-hued, glamorous art on the last few Boris records. But remember: This album is called Noise. Not Metal, not Amps Up To 11. Not even Heavy Rocks, the name given to two of Boris's most metallic albums. Noise.Read more »

Dirty, sweet, and far from down low

Brooklyn's Cakes da Killa wants to be more than just "the blowjob rapper"

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Jazz jams in Brisbane

In an unpretentious location, the 7 Mile House serves up some of the city's most storied jazz veterans

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By Jeff Kaliss

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The shaman, the oracle, and the engineer

Sleep Genius bands are pushing boundaries — and proving the Bay Area underground is alive and well

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A musician grows on Market Street

San Francisco's wunderkind "Trumpet Kid" on the musical education he's gained from playing in the city streets

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If you've spent time in downtown San Francisco, chances are you've seen him: thin as a rail but dressed to kill, light on his feet in squeaky-clean dress shoes amidst the grey monotone of Market Street, he takes a deep breath in — and when he breathes out, into the mouthpiece of his trumpet, the sound is pure confidence, come to sonic life.Read more »

Stalin: Darkness Visible

With his new album, Bay Area boss J.Stalin shines a light on Bay Area rap — and his own 12-year career

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I remember the day I met J.Stalin, 10 years ago. He bounced into the Mekanix's East Oakland studio, walked up to me, and shook my hand.Read more »