Grading Last Night's Nirvana Reunion

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Sans Kurt Cobain, the surviving members of Nirvana (bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl, and guitarist Pat Smear) swore they'd never reunite to play songs from their former group.

Except they did. Last night. Twice.

The first was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the trio was joined by Joan Jett, Lorde, Kim Gordon, and Annie Clark (St. Vincent) for a mini-set that was so awesome you almost forgot it was for the corporate entity. The second was a 19-song secret show at Saint Vitus (also in Brooklyn) where Nirvana was fronted by the aforementioned foursome along with Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis and John McCauley from Deer Tick.

At first, you might think a Cobain-less Nirvana is a bad idea, but watch these videos before making judgement because, honestly, last night they fucking ruled. You want to know why? Because Nirvana is one of those bands that can't be covered properly, but, then again, Novoselic, Grohl, and Smear aren't a cover band. They're the real deal, and these videos remind us what Nirvana sounded like -- And in case you forgot, they were pretty good.

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New Record Store Vinyl Dreams to Open in Lower Haight

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Vinyl Dreams opens this Saturday.
This weekend, the Lower Haight welcomes the addition of a new electronic dance music-focused record store in Vinyl Dreams at 593 Haight St. The name ought to be familiar to club-oriented vinyl collectors -- for the past two years it's floated in the ether, serving local DJs as a series of pop-ups and as a web shop operated from owner Mike Bee's (a.k.a. Michelangelo Battaglia) Steiner Street apartment.

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Hundreds Line Up for Another Band You've Never Heard Of

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by Joseph Geha

Hundreds of people, mostly young Asian women, are lining the sidewalks of Market Street, forming small clusters that weave along the uneven bricks starting in front of the Warfield, and ending at infinity.

They are sitting on unfolded newspapers and chatting with friends, some sipping coffee and tea, others munching on food from boxes on the ground with plastic forks. Others are half asleep, especially those toward the front of the line -- and justifiably so, as they have been there since 7:30 this morning.

Why, you ask?


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Joe Claussell Talks Gospel, DJ Technique, and the State of House Music

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Joe Claussell.
He's one-third of influential New York DJ trio Body & SOUL, he used to own New York's Dancetracks record store, he's one of the most intense DJs to ever stand behind the turntables, and he's a nice guy to boot -- these are just a few of the things you can say about Joaquin "Joe" Claussell. For the past 20 years he's been a constant fixture in the New York underground, working as a kind of mutli-faceted steward for this niche music. And today he does much the same, with a prolific and wide-ranging production output released mostly via his own Sacred Rhythm imprint. We recently caught up with him in anticipation of last week's headlining appearance at Mighty on Friday.

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The Icee Hot Party Crew on Turning Three, Starting a Label, and Aging Gracefully

Categories: Clubs, Music

Ken Taylor
Hosting the bounce of UK bass and the grit of contemporary techno, Icee Hot is one of a handful of parties on the forward edge of San Francisco nightlife. It's been that way since it first started as a project of XLR8R editor Shawn Reynaldo, producer Ghosts on Tape (a.k.a. Ryan Merry), DJ Rollie Fingers (a.k.a. Will Fewell), and Lazer Sword member Low Limit (a.k.a. Bryant Rutledge). Always one step ahead, the party celebrates its third anniversary this weekend and next with a two-part party at Public Works that features Martyn and Jacques Greene on Saturday, Jan. 19, and Basic Soul Unit and Space Dimension Controller on Saturday, Jan. 26. We caught up with the boys behind the party and asked them a few questions in anticipation of their big week ahead.

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S.F. Symphony's Dia de los Muertos Concert: A Perfect Corrective to a Week of Debauchery

Considerations of more a more noble nature aside, it may be that this coming weekend, you'll simply be looking for a little culture in the wake of Halloween (or post-World Series) debauchery. Whatever the case, you'll find it at Davies Symphony Hall on Saturday, where the San Francisco Symphony will host its fifth annual Dia de los Muertos Community Concert.

Yeah, sure, it's "family friendly." Yeah, sure, it takes place during the daytime. But unlike other celebrations of this morbidly joyous Mexican/Catholic holiday, the Symphony offers a concert program of real breadth, featuring collaborations with performing arts institutions from across the Bay Area.

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A$AP Rocky Brings Out Hometown Special Guests at the Fox Oakland, 10/24/12

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All pictures by Matt Saincome
A$AP Rocky
A$AP Rocky
Schoolboy Q
Danny Brown
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Fox Theater, Oakland

Better than:
Anything else you could do on a Wednesday night. Where were you!?

Bouncing around on a stage draped in camouflage nets with the rest of the A$AP mob, A$AP Rocky wore a bright white army-like vest in front of a giant banner depicting that iconic scene of Marines raising an American flag at Iwo Jima -- but this time the flag was upside down and backwards. 

"We're fighting a war to be understood," Rocky explained, while gesturing to his outfit.

But last night, to everyone's surprise, A$AP Rocky would have some local rap heroes as his allies.

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SF JAZZ Festival Lineup: Heavy on Big Names, Light on Surprises and Local Talent

Announced this week by SFJAZZ, the lineup for the 30th Anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival sounds ringingly similar to the lineups of previous San Francisco Jazz Festivals: a combination of jazz legends (Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman), younger innovators (Don Byron, Jacky Terrasson), vocalists (Dianne Reeves, Eliane Elias), and leading exponents of Latin jazz (Arturo Sandoval, Septeto Nacional). It's a stunning group of artists -- one that any jazz organization would be proud to attract, and one that almost any jazz fan would want to see and hear. Yet there are two nagging problems with this lineup. One is the familiarity of the above-described annual formula. The other is that, despite culling admirably from the global spectrum of jazz, the festival devotes hardly any programming to the Bay Area's own vibrant jazz history and current pool of talent.

Outside of Lavay Smith and Mary Stallings (as well as two performances by high school students), there isn't a single artist booked for this year's festival who has a Bay Area association. Where are Wil Blades, Taylor Eigsti, or Denny Zeitlin? All are accomplished musicians with international reputations. All hail from the Bay Area. And those are just a handful of the great keyboard players we have around here.

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Top Ten Awkward Electric Daisy Carnival Dance Move GIFs

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Chris Victorio
By Christopher Victorio and Ben Westhoff
We love you, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. In fact, here are five reasons why you rule the roost. But my oh my you dance funky. We're not saying we're any better; truth is, we're utterly captivated by you and your awkward ways. Were God to create a third left foot, we know you would utilize it. Here, then, are the top ten awkward EDC Las Vegas dance move GIFs.

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Khalil Shaheed, Jazz Musician and Educator, Leaves a Legacy Enshrined in His Students

Categories: Jazz, Music, R.I.P.

Khalil Shaheed had unflagging dedication as a trumpet player, composer, and jazz educator. I knew him in all three roles. His death on March 23, at age 63, followed a long battle against lung cancer. His absence leaves a hollow space in the Bay Area's jazz scene, and particularly in the world of jazz education.

Originally from Chicago, the forty-plus years Khalil lived in the Bay Area produced a career in which he recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Babatunde Lea, and toured with Buddy Miles and Taj Majal. He founded Oaktown Jazz Workshops in 1994, and worked as an educator for the San Jose Jazz Society and other organizations. Through all of this work, Khalil's aim was to extend the legacy of jazz, draw connections between its disparate styles, and to invest his students with a sense of its history.

When I worked at the San Jose Jazz Society from 1999 to 2005, Khalil was one of many Bay Area musicians who served as a performer, teacher, and clinician for the organization's jazz education programs. These consisted primarily of appearances at schools, a student jazz competition, and a multi-week summer jazz camp. Khalil not only participated, but helped shape the curriculum. Far from being a mere hired hand, he was a committed partner in the organization's programs.

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