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Diverse set of SF bands rock Rickshaw Stop

If there was one thing all four bands had in common at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco last Saturday night, it was that they were loud. Regardless of each of their distinctive sounds, the Rickshaw Stop’s blaring PA had the crowd dancing and swaying to DJ Aaron Axelsen in-between
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Summer Preview 2012

Let’s be honest. Last summer was a sore disappointment. Out of the many blockbusters to be released — “Thor,”  “X-Men: First Class” and the laughably awful “Green Lantern” — no film stood out as the centerpiece of the summer season (except maybe “Harry Potter”). There was no “Inception” or “Dark
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The Creators Project

Imagine an event that blended technology and art by merging the classic interpretations of art with the 21st-century charm of the silicon age. This was the goal of The Creators Project, and its San Francisco debut at Fort Mason  March 17 and 18 went above and beyond its innovative objective.
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Richard Egarr revives baroque music

Baroque music can be difficult to characterize, with composers ranging from the ubiquitous Johann Sebastian Bach to the obscure  Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. Guest conducting the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Richard Egarr, aimed at striking a balance between celebrating the peculiarities of the period, while reinvigorating modern interest in the
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Violinist Gil Shaham dazzles at Davies Symphony Hall

A deep-seated anticipation permeated the atmosphere of San Francisco Symphony’s Davies Symphony Hall in the moments before violinist Gil Shaham walked onstage. Then, simultaneously with the excitement of an overeager child and the confidence of a brilliant performer, the Israeli violin virtuoso entered to spirited applause. After a friendly nod
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Iconic hip-hop duo Black Star graces the Mezzanine

On Nov. 16th, Black Star — rappers Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, and Talib Kweli — hit the Mezzanine in San Francisco. Known for their thought-provoking and introspective lyrics, Black Star has managed to stay in demand even though their last album came out over a decade ago.
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The Hundred Days @ Pop Roxx DNA Lounge

Up All Night

The night of Nov. 4th started off as most nightclub nights usually do: Amateur D.J.s spinning and mixing songs old and new, the early-bird clubbers stumbling around in a pre-gamed stupor and Pop Rocks strewn across tables mixed in with Hershey’s Kisses for the DNA Lounge’s Pop Roxx theme. At
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Lykke Li evokes heartbreak at Oakland Fox

From a thick haze of smoke, Lykke Li swooped into the Fox Theater last Wednesday like a vehement specter. The Swedish songstress was swathed in billowing, all-black robes, gliding her way across the stage. As the night began with the haunting “Jerome,” Lykke Li’s voice soared and wailed, but the
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Piano Man

If the worlds of classical music and sports stardom were to collide, one can say that Lang Lang is the pianist version of Tiger Woods or Roger Federer. Renowned for imbuing classical piano with gymnastic dynamism, Lang Lang’s dazzling virtuosity has earned him the spotlight (including The TIME 100 Most
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