Duncan Scott Davidson

Deth to false metal!

When cartoon bands go on tour
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HORNS UP Dethklok, "the most brutal band in the world" and stars of Adult Swim's juggernaut of animated murder, Metalocalypse, are touring in support of their recently released Dethalbum (Williams Street), which peaked at number three on the Billboard hard rock album chart and reached number 21 on the Billboard 200, making it the best-selling death metal album of all time. Read more »

Famous Rib Shack

Smoked, sauced, and perfect
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REVIEW Some people might tell you that when it comes to barbecue, it's all about the sauce. But to paraphrase Dr. Dre: sauces ain't nothin' but hos and tricks. Which is to say, even the most powerful sauce is destined to be turned out by the true pimp in the grilled-meats game: the smoke. The folks at San Bruno's Famous Rib Shack are above passing off mere flash-fired meats as smokalicious BB-to-the-m-f'in'-Q. Read more »

"A cautionary tale, carefully delivered"

Fighting words from Oxbow's Eugene Robinson
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Make no mistake: Eugene Robinson is a throwback — to a time when people used words like honor without being ironic or embarrassed. Read more »

Meat the Figurines

Sharing the fantasy with the would-be future pig farmers of Denmark
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I have a meat map of the world in my head, so when I hear "Denmark," I think of ham. If I think a little harder, I'll come to kringle, that delicious pastry that's ubiquitous in Racine, Wis., which is the closest I've come to Denmark.

My baby-momma's of Danish descent, so I also think of the time her cousins came to visit and were amazed by the size of American freeways and our unnatural attachment to firearms. Read more »

Positive hardcore attitude

The punk power and the glory — and the secret — of Bad Brains
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Despite their Rasta affiliation, dub jams, and dread heads, Bad Brains are perhaps the greatest hardcore band of all time — black, white, or indifferent. Make a top three list in your head. You can quibble about the order, and you can shuffle bands in and out, but you know damned well that the Brains have to anchor the whole thing. Insert Black Flag or Minor Threat, and you realize the debt that both bands owe H.R., Dr. Read more »

Class of 2007: The White Barons

"We're all fuckin' wasted."
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CLUBS Detention hall, Saturday school, Motörhead Appreciation Society

QUOTE "We're all fuckin' wasted. It's one big van full of trouble, comin' to a town near you."

"Yeah, I just rolled out of bed," Baroness Eva von Slut says when I give her a call at 2 p.m. the day after the White Barons' show at Thee Parkside. Ah, the White Barons. The fuckin' White Barons. Read more »

Bay Area fall fairs and festivals

A bevy of cool fiestas
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Summer may technically be on the outs, but don't put away your baggies, huarache sandals, and that bushy, bushy blond hairdo just yet, all you Gidgets and Big Kahunas out there: it's still Surfin' USA in the Bay. Hell, summer doesn't even start in San Francisco until September at the earliest. You can wax up the board and get busy, stuff the kidlets into the Woody, and hit one of the bevy of cool fiestas listed below, or maybe just lay out on a towel in Dolores Park, waiting for a wayward Lothario or Lothariette to rub cocoa butter on your fleshy hind regions. Read more »

Man vs. room service?

Eating grubs and influencing people on the Discovery Channel
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On the Discovery Channel show Man vs. Wild, Bear Grylls parachutes into remote wildernesses, from the swampy Everglades to the freezing Scottish Highlands, and finds his way out, seemingly on his own. However, in an article posted on the BBC News Web site July 24, survival consultant Mark Weinert alleged that Grylls spent some nights in a hotel during the Hawaii episode, among other solo-survival no-no's. Whatever the case, Man vs. Wild is, in my opinion, the greatest nature-survival show since Marty Stouffer's Wild America. Read more »

The Queer Issue: Pride event listings

Our annual guide to Pride
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PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS

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Revenge of the nerds

Replicator continue to rage against the machine
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"Hey, everybody, we're all gonna get laid!" Rodney Dangerfield's character, Al Czervik, says in one of the classic lines from Caddyshack. Oakland's Replicator sample the line as the tag end of "Delicious Fornicake," the opening track of their new album, Machines Will Always Let You Down (Radio Is Down). The inclusion is telling: Caddyshack celebrates the redemption — nay, triumph — of the little guy, the lowly, the nobody, the nerd, the caddy, for chrissakes, despite the oppression of greedy, classist boors. Read more »