The U.K. Is Introducing Age Ratings for Music Videos. Here's Why It's a Good Idea

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If there was a recurring theme in the music videos of 2013, it was undoubtedly female nudity. And not the kind of vaguely suggestive, scantily-clad clothing options so common in pop -- this was complete and total nakedness (as you will remember from Miley's "Wrecking Ball," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Justin Timberlake's "Tunnel Vision," and Rihanna's (actually tasteful) "Stay." We assume all these exposed lady parts were enough to send the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) over the edge, because the organization has just announced that it will be introducing age ratings to online music videos in the U.K.

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R.I.P. Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston, the era-defining superstar who was the first woman to have an album debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, died Saturday afternoon, according to the AP. Houston was 48.

Houston's body was found in the fourth floor of her room at the Beverly Hilton hotel, according to AP. She was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. Saturday. Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said the cause of death was unknown.

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LovEvolution (aka Love Fest) Is Back -- But It's Moving to Oakland

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Super bummed when the crazysweet electronica festival and dance party in S.F.'s Civic Center -- otherwise known as LovEvolution -- was canceled last year?

Us, too. But the bummer is over. LovEvolution will be coming to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Saturday, Sept. 24, just outside the Oracle Arena. The Glitch Mob will be headlining; hit the jump for the rest of the lovely details.

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The Eagle Tavern Closure: Hundreds Protest at Meeting, But Future Looks Dim

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Hundreds of supporters gathered at the Eagle Tavern last night to try to stop the closure of the beloved gay bar and live music venue later this month. But despite ambitious plans -- and lots of passion from patrons who said they'd treasured the Eagle community for decades -- the future of the iconic, 30-year-old leather bar at 12th and Harrison streets looks dim at best.

Last night, those with the most knowledge of the Eagle's situation seemed the least optimistic about saving it. The owners, John Gardiner and Joe Banks, had arranged a deal last year to transfer the lease to Eagle manager Ron Hennis and Lila Thirkield, owner of the Lexington Club. But before that deal could go through, the owner of the property decided he wanted to start a bar there himself, and wouldn't allow the current owners to transfer the lease.

"He saw an opportunity to start his own business here," Thirkield said. "He blew up that entire deal."

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Slim's Liquor License Temporarily Suspended Due to Neighbors' Complaints

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​[Story updated 3/8/12]

The alcohol permit for S.F. music venue Slim's was suspended for 10 days last week due to a long-running battle with the club's neighbors over noise complaints -- a battle venue part-owner Dawn Holliday hopes will end soon.

The club was barred from serving alcohol from Tuesday, March 15, until this Friday, when it will host a show by Irish group the Saw Doctors.

Over the weekend, the club held booze-free performances of bands from middle and high schools, storing away all the alcohol it would normally have made money serving.

The license suspension relates to a spat between Slim's and the club's neighbors, who began complaining in 2007 that the venue was violating the no-noise policy of its liquor license. Though the complaints originated with Juniper Street residents Jodi and Kirby Watson, Holliday says a neighbor in their building, Jeanmarie Guenot, calls police regularly, sometimes daily, to complain about noise from the club.

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'Lightning Bolt Kills TV Giraffe' Not What It Sounds Like

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BBC News is no stranger to confusing headlines ("Turkey scarf mars anniversary" comes to mind), but this one caught our attention for reasons beyond the usual funny abbreviations and crash blossoms: "Lightning Bolt Kills TV Giraffe." Could it be true? Well, no, not the way you're thinking.

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Paradise Lounge Shuts Down For Two Weeks Due to Liquor License Suspension

​Soma nightclub Paradise Lounge has shuttered its doors for two weeks due to a temporary suspension of its liquor license, according to city officials and club employees. All events at Paradise Lounge this week and next are canceled, but the club at 1501 Folsom St. is due to reopen on September 6 with its normal schedule in place.

The closure is due to a temporary suspension of the club's liquor license by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The reasons for the suspension are somewhat unclear, but relate to a dispute over the ownership of the license, says a city official familiar with the situation.

Paradise Lounge closed to partiers this past Monday, and will reopen exactly two weeks later, club booker and manager Trevin Valentine says. He said he didn't know the exact reason for the temporary closure.

"Someone from the higher-up office said we needed to close for two weeks while we get things in order," Valentine tells All Shook Down. "All the parties that were booked for this time will be back."

The Paradise Lounge's website strangely makes no mention of the closure, and its calendar for September is incorrect. We'll update you on this rather odd situation as we learn more.

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'Speechless': Bay Area Music Community Reacts to Grant Verdict on Twitter

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Twitter heated up today as the Oscar Grant verdict came in. Here are some reactions to the news from members of the Bay Area's music community:

Oakland dance-pop diva OONA:
Vallejo rapper Moe Green:


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Exclusive: Outside Lands Full Lineup Unveiled

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Without any further ado, the full line up for San Francisco's own Outside Lands Music Festival, presented in a very endearing video format brought to by The Eclectic Method.

The lineup is not too shabby. Who we're most excited about? Kings of Leon, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Gogol Bordello, Cat Power, Wolfmother, and (especially) Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Here's the full list:

Kings of Leon
Further feat Phil Lesh and Bob Weir
The Strokes
My Morning Jacket
Social Distortion
Al Green
Gogol Bordello
Nas & Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley
The Levon Helm Band
Cat Power
Empire of the Sun
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
The Temper Trap
Pretty Lights
Janelle Moná e
Amos Lee
The Devil Makes Three
Tokyo Police Club
Beats Antique
Rebirth Brass Band
Wild Beasts
Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars
Daniel Lanois' Black Dub
The Budos Band
Garage A Trois
Mayer Hawthorne & The Country
Langhorne Slim
The Pimps of Joytime
People Under the Stairs
Electric Six
Vieux Farka Touré
The Soft Pack
The Whigs
Little Wings

Outside Lands Golden Gate Park
August 14th through 15th
Tickets $125 2-Day

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DOJ Approves Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger

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On Monday, the David and Goliath of concert ticket promotion and sales -- Live Nation and Ticketmaster -- joined forces to become Live Nation Entertainment, a music industry behemoth that promises to force other music labels and promoters to rejigger their business plans to accommodate. The U.S. Department of Justice approved the merger after nearly a year of discussions about how to prevent the industry giant from monopolizing the concert ticketing and promoting business.

When Live Nation and Ticketmaster announced the merger last February, smaller competing promoters, including the Bay Area's own Another Planet Entertainment (exclusive promoters for The Greek, The Independent, and The Fox), protested that the merger would undoubtedly drive competition out of business, ultimately putting concertgoers at risk of getting completely bilked (yes, even more than we are already). Live Nation disagreed, and a congressional hearing later, the DOJ has finally approved a merger agreement that they hope will take care of that little potential monopoly problem.

According to representatives for the DOJ, the final agreement includes stipulations that will replace whatever competition might be lost in the merger. Included in the stipulations: Ticketmaster will have to license its ticket-selling software to a competitor, Anschutz Entertainment Group (also known as AEG or Goldenvoice, exclusive promoters for The Warfield), and required that Live Nation Entertainment refrain from retaliating against venues that use competing ticket vendors. In addition, Live Nation has agreed to sell its subsidiary ticket seller, Paciolan

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