Monthly Archives: October 2011

Attack of the Buzzwords: Headache-inducing jargon I actually heard at a social-media conference

By 3 p.m., I was starting to get overwhelmed by the thick gumbo of jargon getting thrown around. Every other phrase out of the panelists’ mouths made my head hurt with the shear meaninglessness of it. Continue reading

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Report From the Show: McCabe & Mrs. Miller perform Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska,” suggest album as a soundtrack for Occupy Wall Street, at Make-Out Room in San Francisco

Why oh why aren’t there more opportunities to hear classic albums performed in their entirety? I’m one of those equal-opportunity music fans who thinks the best (and I mean the best of the best) pop-music compositions have just as much … Continue reading

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Who’s Where? East Bay: Spots to hear live music in Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda for Oct. 21-22

You’re a music fan in the East Bay. All you need to know is who you can see play this weekend and where to see them. Who’s Where? is your weekly concert listing offering everything you want with nothing you … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Sunday Surf Show at Hotel Utah in San Francisco with Pollo Del Mar and Slacktone, 10.16.11

It was hang-ten time at the Hotel Utah Saloon in San Francisco on Sunday, as local quartet Pollo Del Mar was joined by fellow surf-rock outfit Slacktone from Los Angeles. According to guitarist Ferenc Dobronyi, it was the 41st time Pollo … Continue reading

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Who’s Where? East Bay: Spots to hear live music in Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda for Oct. 14-15

You’re a music fan in the East Bay. All you need to know is who you can see play this weekend and where to see them. Who’s Where? is your weekly concert listing offering everything you want with nothing you … Continue reading

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East Bay punk band Emily’s Army officially deemed “next big thing” by winning mtvU’s Freshman 5 contest

Congratulations are in order for Oakland teenage pop-punk band Emily’s Army, which managed to get its fan base to out-vote the fan bases of four other up-and-coming groups featured in mtvU’s Freshman 5 showcase. Continue reading

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Racking Up Plays: “Palomino” by Mates of State

For years now, I’ve contended that my cat’s favorite band is Mates of State. … You’d think a creature that spends 5/6 of the day napping would go for something a little less manic, but as soon as Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel’s ebullient voices start mixing, there’s always a noticeable reduction in concerned yowls emanating from the cat carrier. Continue reading

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Who’s Where? East Bay: Spots to hear live music in Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda for Oct. 7-8

If you’re too late to snatch up some floor space at the Stork Club’s burlesque show, you can’t do better than the concert at The Uptown. Not only is it being headlined by Foxtails Brigade—the fantastic, classically trained, vaguely baroque, local folk/chamber-pop group—but there’s no cover. Continue reading

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The Annotated Decemberists No. 5: “I Don’t Mind”

It sure sounds to me like this verse describes an elderly, infirm woman being abandoned in the woods. It also seems reminiscent of a folk tale, though I can’t point to a specific example. Folklore is rife with descriptions of euthanasia and geronticide, however, as this academic review makes clear Continue reading

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