Kimberly Chun

These charming men

Morrissey = Elvis and a chat with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy
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SONIC REDUCER Last night I dreamed that Morrissey played San Francisco. And waking, stumbling out of the top bunk, and triggering an avalanche of promo CDs, I was happy in the haze of that Estaban-drunken hour, but heaven knows I'm wondering, what difference does it make when that charming man has teased us so often before? Now I know how Joan of Arc felt, charging into Mr. Steven Patrick Morrissey's onetime Los Angeles hood to flyer his street with mash notes. And on the cusp of Mr. Read more »

Written on the skin

Body horror– meister David Cronenberg forges Eastern Promises
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Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich, Federico Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni, Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune — legendary screen team-ups betwixt a vision-questing director and his or her alter ego star filter are the stuff of cinematic legend. Read more »

Looks that kill

Britney flubs, Animal Collective shines. Plus: Yo Majesty, Ad Hawk, Maserati, Bonfire Madigan, and more
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SONIC REDUCER When does music news boil down to a form of disaster reporting? Behold the universal slagging that accompanied the tepid Sept. 9 Video Music Awards performance by a sluggish, underwear-clad Britney Spears, postpreggers bulgy and freshly toasted from a supposed turn at Burning Man (yet another sign of the event's apocalyptic death throes, scuttling my long-dreamed-of plans for a Playa Hater's Camp at Black Rock?). Read more »

Calling all island girls

Tune in to the Treasure Island Music Festival and Okkervil River
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SONIC REDUCER Oh, island music — the soft swish of silky trade winds, the gentle rustle of swaying palms, and the way-organic click-hop drone of crickets. Read more »

Class of 2007: Ship

"We've kind of getting our hands dirty in all the different ways we like"
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QUOTE "We're kind of getting our hands dirty in all the different ways we like to, sometimes making music, sometimes taking pictures of ourselves in underpants."

CLUBS Fresh Air Fiends Unlimited, Cross-Disciplinary Disciples

If Virgos are master catalysts at organizing earth energy into new ubergrounded forms, both functional and artful, Ship is all Virgo. Read more »

Class of 2007: The Dry Spells

Most Likely to Run Away from Grad School and Join a Band of Gypsy Violinists
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CLUBS Bulgarian Throat-Singing and Bare Trees Appreciation Society, Analog Tape-Cutter Pep Squad

SUPERLATIVE Most Likely to Run Away from Grad School and Join a Band of Gypsy Violinists

How did four fresh-faced young women with freshly minted bachelor's-degree diplomas from New York's Bard College and a yen for Left Coast adventure end up making music amid the fog banks, dim sum depots, and Russian sweet shops of San Francisco's Richmond District? Read more »

Trust anyone over 50?

Oh, that whole Summer of Love thing. Plus: Marisa Nadler, Ben Lomond Fest, Beyonce, Chuck Prophet, and Polar Goldie Cats
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SONIC REDUCER As the summer squeezes out its last warmish days, we can safely say that we're glad for one thing: that with the end of the season comes those last nagging reminders of the Summer of Love, all that was great and good about hippie Frisky, the perpetually remarketable, oh-so-remarkable boomer musical legacy, and how radical it was that so many acolytes drifted here four decades ago to gobble acid and find themselves. Yet are we in the clear to say that we're all a bit weary of the free-floating miasma of hype? Read more »

Fall Arts: Outrageous stages

You know you like it live
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AUG. 31

Beyoncé Will our dream girl arrive on a palanquin amid tossed rose petals? Or re-create the Guess jeans Brigitte Bardot zombie on the cover of B'Day, hoisted atop a blossom-spouting bidet? Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakl. (415) 421-TIXS

SEPT. 2

San Francisco's Summer of Love 40th Anniversary Concert C'mon, people, now, smile on your brother and skip Burning Man, find a flower, and get in free to this concert. Read more »

Fall Arts: Sing or swim

C'mon in, the water's fine in the wet, wild world of new music releases
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AUG. 28

Aesop Rock, None Shall Pass (Def Jux) We'll see if 'Sop has lost his edge livin' in ol' Frisky. Blockhead and Mountain Goats' John Darnielle take a pass on the nervy rhymes.

Akon, Konvicted (Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal Motown) Konvinced? Or just plain a-korny?

Evelyn Champagne King, Open Book (RNB/Jaggo/Fontana) The disco queen who was discovered while cleaning the offices of Philly International brings "Shame" into the 21st century.Read more »

She's a rebel

With 51802, choreographer Erika Shuch looks in from the outside at the impact of the California prison system
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"See the way he walks down the street / Watch the way he shuffles his feet / My, he holds his head up high / When he goes walking by / He's my kind of guy-ai-ai-ai." The agony and the ecstasy of the Crystals echo through the humid second-floor rehearsal space at Intersection for the Arts, bouncing off the pine floors, streaming out the open window, and pinging off the scaffolding propped on Valencia, above the construction bustle and everyday hustle of the Mission District. Read more »