Concert Review: Grouplove

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: crowds just aren’t what they used to be. With the exception of handful of people, crowds at concerts just don’t rock out and bounce around as much as they used to. It can be disheartening for a band too, where the
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Read Some Books: Litquake

SF’s Literary festival, Litquake, starts this Friday. Because the eight-day festival can seem overwhelming in its 163 events, here is the low-down of events for the rest of the week that can’t be missed. Friday 10/5 Ballot Box Bash: There will be a hosted bar. If that isn’t enough to
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Local Limelight: Wildlife Control

If the Black Keys were raised on the Beach Boys and were actually brothers, they would probably sound like Wildlife Control. Although only one of them resides in San Francisco, the two brothers make some catchy, summer time music, perfect for the heat wave that’s going to hit Berkeley this
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Film Fridays: The Perks of a Great Teen Movie

Today sees the release of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,”  a hotly awaited teen film adapted by Stephen Chbosky from the book he wrote in 1999. Early screenings have put out some pretty good buzz and a lot people seem pretty excited about it here. I went to a
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Local Limelight: Dirty Ghosts

The brainchild of San Francisco’s Allyson Baker, Dirty Ghosts is a fully loaded train of muddy, distorted guitars, shrill keyboards and Baker’s punk-esque vocals. Bits of punk, electronica and Joan Jett style rock ‘n’ roll can be heard throughout the tracks. Baker and her live band have played a variety of
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The Road Back to R&B Originality

It’s about time. R&B has been around longer than your parents have. In fact, it’s very likely that your parents wouldn’t exist without R&B. Over that time, good ol’ Rhythm & Blues has dramatically morphed in style. I mean, we’re talking Aretha Franklin in the 1960s, Stevie Wonder in the
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