A Place to Bury Strangers, Sian Alice Group @ BOTH, 9/30/08

You know you’re at a good show when you see members of other good local bands milling around the club. I was pretty early to the game to being a fan of A Place to Bury Strangers, and I’m happy to see a packed Bottom of the Hill after seeing them here earlier this year […]

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Mission of Burma, Hank IV @ The Independent, 9/27/08

This is my first time going to a show where an album is being performed in its entirety. This has been a popular trend lately, as Metallica, Built to Spill, and Sonic Youth have recently performed albums. I find the concept interesting. Doesn’t it take the magic out of setlist surprises? How many albums can […]

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Rancid, The Adolescents @ The Warfield, 9/26/08

Last night I was an outcast. I didn’t grow up with this music. Unlike 99% of the people there, I didn’t know every word, where the fist pumps go, where to say ‘hey!’. My outfit wasn’t entirely right either. But, I had always heard that Rancid puts on killer shows and have amazing fans; so […]

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Dear Trent Reznor,

I recently received your survey, and I have to say, I was impressed. You wanted to know all sorts of things about us fans to make the greatest band in the world even better- what we’d like to see on nin.com, what shows we watch, what DVDs we buy. And I guess we’ll forgive you […]

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R.I.P. Muxtape

I loved the simple stupid muxtape. But some stupid licensing thing killed it. Now it appears it will just be some other band widget thing…poo.

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Fight Club, American Psycho, and Reznor

All things I love, but how are they connected. Broadway, of course! American Psycho and Fight Club are rumored to be turned into stage productions, and TR is supposedly doing the score to the Fight Club musical. Now that is some theater I can get into. Of course, this could all be some elaborate joke. […]

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What do I do? Chris Cornell and Timbaland ?!?!

OK, I have no Halloween plans and my former teen dream Chris Cornell is coming to town. Easy decision right? WRONG! He is coming with Timbaland, his latest album collaborator in a career move that I despise to pieces. And- I don’t have a costume yet. Should I go and gaze upon Cornell one last […]

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rockin' you soon: bridge school, ohGr

on sale Sunday @ 10a: Bridge School Benefit featuring Neil Young, Wilco, Jack Johnson, Death Cab, Norah Jones, Cat Power, ZZ Top or Smashing Pumpkins @ Shoreline Amphitheater, 10/25-26/08 ohGr @ Slim’s, 11/21/08

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Spoon @ The Fillmore, 9/24/08

It’s the last night of Spoon’s 3 day Fillmore residency. Spoon immediately evokes memories of Austin for me, and I feel I should be entering the Fillmore with a tummy full of barbecue rather than sushi. But this’ll do. I’m wondering why I can get so close to the stage at a sold out show […]

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ The Warfield, 9/19/08

Last night, at the newly reopened Warfield, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds brought their black magic post punk rock to a willing and ready audience. It was my first time to see Nick Cave, and I was expecting an enigmatic performance. It was that and so much more. Cave crooned and the audience swooned, […]

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rock out SF

thursday/sept. 18: does it offend you, yeah? @ GAMH friday/sept. 19: nick cave & the bad seeds @ The Warfield saturday/sept. 20: tilly and the wall @ mezzanine sunday/sept. 21: Children of Bodom @ The Warfield monday/sept. 22: ——— tuesday/sept. 23: ———- wednesday/sept. 24: spoon @ the fillmore

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IAMX @ Great American Music Hall, 9/16/08

Sneaker Pimp’s ‘Spin Spin Sugar’ was a standout song of my teen years. So when I read that Chris Corner’s solo act was coming to town, I took a listen, and wondered why I hadn’t already heard it. And since he described it as something that should be seen and not heard, I bought a […]

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Guitar Superstar Competition @ Great American Music Hall, 9/13/08

Last year’s Guitar Hero Championship was lots of fun, so I was looking forward to this year’s. It’s an interesting event to compare to the recent US Air Guitar Championship that I recently went to. Andy Summers, guitarist for The Police, hosted. I knew the second he said his first line that this event wasn’t […]

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Lemurs, Hippotizers, and Marimbas, oh my…

So this is what it looks like from the back! Wired has a great article and video montage about the stage design for NIN’s Lights in the Sky tour. Will I now stand in the back to see later this year? Probably not. I’ll just buy the DVD. It’s funny that the lighting machine is […]

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5 reasons NIN is the coolest band in the world?

Metromix posted these reasons. 1. Geeky- Agreed 2. Fans- Check 3. Live shows- ditto 4. Sci-fi- yep 5. “It’s a guy thing”. A guy thing! WTFWTFWTFWTFWTF! Most of us who have waited all day to be there are girls! Plus, why on earth would it be a reason for being cool that only dudes go […]

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rock out SF

thursday/sept. 11: zodiac death valley @ hotel utah friday/sept. 12: judgement day @ BOTH saturday/sept. 13: guitar superstar competition @ GAMH sunday/sept. 14: tricky @ the independent monday/sept. 15: pass tuesday/sept. 16: IAMX @ GAMH wednesday/sept. 17: pass

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