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Re: “New Century Chamber Orchestra's Incendiary Spark

the photograph deserves its attribution.

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Posted by fishleeke on 06/07/2013 at 6:47 PM

Re: “New Century Chamber Orchestra's Incendiary Spark

The music is fantastic, the price is a bargain and the total experience of the season's performances is the best kept secret on the music scene in the Bay Area. Please, see at least one performance and you'll be hooked. The NCCO is a treasure.

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Posted by Charles T. Smith on 06/06/2013 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Björk Breathes New Life Into Craneway Pavilion

Ah, yes, you're right Vince.

Posted by Whitney Phaneuf on 06/03/2013 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Björk Breathes New Life Into Craneway Pavilion

This venue is on the Bay Trail. Cycling is a viable option.

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Posted by Vince Rubino on 05/30/2013 at 4:32 PM

Re: “The Truth About Uncle Ricky

@ Nate seltenrich DID U THINk all DREAMS MEANS THE TRUTH? GO SLEEP AGAIN AND HAVE A POSITIVE Dream your comment sound like you took some 211 wine. You are mess up in you mind when those awkward words words pop out of ur mind but the matter of facts is that there is freedom of expression next time when you give a comment mind your language about the person your commenting about focus your mind i AnD reality never thing of ur past live and wrong thought and BELIEVES, guess of some body you don't know but u just heard of keep ur mind short for uncle Ricky is a you adult who kep it serious and everything is straight forward remember jeloursey never pays. in GOD WE TRUST.

Posted by Richardoche U Ricky Ken on 05/04/2013 at 12:49 AM

Re: “A New Venue for Death Metal

aw man

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Posted by Brandon Dizzle on 05/01/2013 at 6:54 PM

Re: “A New Venue for Death Metal

This place is so poorly managed i dont think it will ever reach half of it potential under its current ownership

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Posted by James Mitchell on 05/01/2013 at 11:00 AM

Re: “ASCAP Targets Farmers' Markets and House Venues

"He did an informal poll of the musicians he books ..." -- der ralph, who bites the hand that immediately feeds them, especially when asked on the spot who's side they're on? BTW: If more minor venues like farmers' markets finally started anteing up legitimate licensing fees (to be included as a regular line-item in their business plan), the "little guys" who create & perform their original music might actually start seeing some meaningful royalty revenue, too ... Lady Gaga doesn't play micro-venues for a reason ... & that needs to be changed from the grass-roots -- aka "farmers' market" -- level.

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Posted by Margit Rudy on 04/25/2013 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Singing Mingus

This is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. They serve a pretty good cabernet too. Be there or be square! ( ;

Posted by Cat Monkeywoman on 04/18/2013 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Local Licks

I like the material La Fin Absolute Du Monde produce.

Posted by Tim Whale on 04/18/2013 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Shuggie Otis

Great write up! the NPR write-up is really amazing! Shuggie is a legend!

Posted by Adeeyy Eyy on 04/14/2013 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Shuggie Otis

Can't wait for this! The video for these releases is pretty awesome.

Posted by Macky Paige on 04/13/2013 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Shuggie Otis

Incredibly excited to hear these tracks. I first caught wind of Shuggie's rerelease from NPR at and am now hooked. :)

Posted by Rachel Siteman on 04/13/2013 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Moving to the Grand Lodge

I first saw Smith Dobson back when he played drums with the Square Roots in Santa Cruz. (he was only 17 year old at the time) He was the best drummer I had ever seen/heard and I haven't seen anyone "better" to this day. I can vividly remember watching them practice at the singer, Billy's house in Capitola and having my mind blown by Smith's veteran feel and razor sharp improvisational ability. He was a complete monster at reggae/ska/rock but with the schooling of the jazz upbringing. I can only imagine what he can do now with a couple decades passed. I'm excited to see him delving back into his rock "roots".

Posted by Craig Russo on 03/27/2013 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Ashkenaz Turns Forty

Cool pic - who took it?

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Posted by Jim Scott on 03/06/2013 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Reinterpreted by Ten Local Bands, Radiohead's 'Kid A' Keeps Its Wounded Soul

Lenika, totally with you in re 'Treefingers.'

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Posted by Ellen Cushing on 02/28/2013 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Reinterpreted by Ten Local Bands, Radiohead's 'Kid A' Keeps Its Wounded Soul

oops oops oops, obviously. Please disregard. All the comments disappeared for a little while there, and we're back. Sorry for jumping to conclusions, guys.

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Posted by Handwringer on 02/27/2013 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Reinterpreted by Ten Local Bands, Radiohead's 'Kid A' Keeps Its Wounded Soul

Hey Lenika, I posted some honest, thoughtful feedback to your article and the show, and you deleted it without any comment. Is that how it goes at the East Bay Express?

Posted by Handwringer on 02/27/2013 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Reinterpreted by Ten Local Bands, Radiohead's 'Kid A' Keeps Its Wounded Soul

@Handwringer, thanks for your response. Due to space constraints and for the sake of keeping the story focused in one direction (on the music), I paid almost no attention in my review to the logistics/non-performance aspects of the show.

The set changes were indeed long and the night was very heavy on the shout-outs. I chalked it all up to this being a very grassroots, local event. This was the first UnderCover show I'd been to, so I tried not to read too much into to the execution. In the end, I didn't find the logistical issues enough of a distraction from the music itself. Not to mention, I was up on the balcony, a bit removed from the goings-on between sets...maybe a good choice.

Posted by Lenika Cruz on 02/27/2013 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Reinterpreted by Ten Local Bands, Radiohead's 'Kid A' Keeps Its Wounded Soul

Lenika, I appreciate your close reading of the interpretations of the tracks, which I think makes for a fine, fair review of the recordings alone. There are some seriously overlooked or flatly ignored elements, though, that made this the single weirdest clusterfuck live show I've ever been to. Your rundown doesn't translate anything about the audience experience of this near-$30 Rickshaw show, totally sold out and packed the the walls with people who, in the end, mostly took away that it was at least nice to be in a room full of people who also liked Radiohead. There were odd, confusing, overwrought instructions from a bossy, details-stressed lady about how the show would run (only sometimes realized-- watch the stage! Now watch the screen! Wait, these musicians clearly hate being interviewed-- why are we doing this again?), coupled with weird self-congratulatory moments from everyone who had the mic about how visionary this whole thing was, as if we should all be more grateful than the exorbitant price we paid to get in. Yes, the set changes were "complicated"-- sometimes taking as long as ten minutes between performances for an album of tracks that were not supposed to be broken up. By the second intermission, and increasingly through the show, people all around me were turning to each other to quizzically, shyly figure out from each other how they were supposed to feel about this. Nobody expected Radiohead proper, because we knew better, but my God: by the middle third of the album, people all over the venue were being less shy about recognizing together what a total shitshow this was.

The musicians mostly hovered outside, and there was great shrugging and shaking of heads that went beyond the normal post-show "Did-we-do-alrights". Judging by the way the bands were talking and the breakneck accolyte praise on the UnderCover Facebook page, the organizers of this thing seem to be sort of feared and respected in the SF scene, but everybody was so busy patting each other on the backs (even as the stage management was at a complete breakdown standstill) that I'm not convinced they were at all aware of the audience's despair at what was happening, or of the conversations happening in literally every corner of the club about this whole thing being the worst, limping dog and pony show of egos that the city has seen in recent memory.

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Posted by Handwringer on 02/27/2013 at 9:29 PM

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