Summer Rewind 2012

Reminiscing on this summer in the arts, we put together a mixtape of pop culture memories to look back on. Snoop Dogg became a lion: Excuse me while I light my Executive Branch spliff. Snoop Dogg is dead. But Jah has bestowed another blessing upon us. Snoop Lion has risen.
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Goin’ Off: Dollaz and Sense

Don’t drink 8 ball / cause St. Ides is givin’ ends.” It’s short. It’s simple. It’s Ice Cube. It also sold St. Ides Malt Liquor to countless impressionable youths with fake IDs. To put it another way, your favorite commercial MC is probably compromised. They’re getting paper for advertising, for
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Insane Clown Posse: The Mighty Death Pop!

The intro to the new Insane Clown Posse album, The Mighty Death Pop!, predictably starts with a death. A Juggalo and his lady-friend are standing on a rooftop. After less than a minute of braggadocio, the man takes a running leap off the roof attempting to reach the next building and
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Custom Screening: A matter of opinion

It’s with a whimper, not a bang that I’ll end this column. There will be no fireworks, no dancing and no Spice Girls reunion atop a fleet of London taxis. Yes, this is my last column. After this week, I vanish into the wilderness of practically anonymous arts criticism. No
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The windmills in the Polo Field are a trademark of the Outside Lands music festival.

Inside Outside Lands: 2012 Recap

They came. They saw. They most likely got cold due to all the fog. Our arts staff, Sarah Burke, David Bradford and Ian Birnam recap the best of Outside Lands 2012. Passion Pit Passion Pit played just as the sun was setting. Behind them glowed the orange and pink watercolor
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Lee Miller (above) and Man Ray allegedly discovered the photographic technique of "solarization," which effects a bold, black outline as seen above.

New surrealism exhibit in SF intrigues

When Lee Miller broke up with Man Ray in 1932, he cut a picture of her eye out, stuck it on a metronome and wrote: “With a hammer well-aimed, try to destroy the whole at a single blow.” He called the piece, “Object to Be Destroyed.” Ray, the famed surrealist
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Sixpence None the Richer: Lost in Transition

Considering the group’s erratic success in the past, Sixpence None the Richer’s 2012 album Lost in Transition seemed like the perfect opportunity for a strong comeback, but falters in producing a directed effort at gaining widespread popularity. After mild success in the early 1990’s with full Christian pop albums, Fatherless
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DIIV brings integrity to pop lineup at Rickshaw Stop

In this day and age, it’s easy to become cynical about music. With all the speed technology has granted us, our attention spans have consequently shortened, our patience dwindling to mere nothings. To cater to these allegedly short attention spans, it doesn’t seem like such a stretch to argue that
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Outside Lands 2012: Interview with Alaina Moore of Tennis

On Wednesday afternoon, I spoke with Alaina Moore of the band Tennis. Originally from Denver, Moore and her husband Patrick Riley started the band after they met each other at college. Now, with two albums (Cape Dory and Young & Old) out, the band will be playing San Francisco’s annual
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