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Stephen Stills's surgery successful

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This just in from Stephen Stills' publicists: "Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist and legendary guitarist Stephen Stills was successfully operated on today for prostate cancer in Los Angeles. 'Stephen's procedure went remarkably well and he couldn't be better. Read more »

Amplive stomped by Radiohead publishers Warner/Chappell

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"Holla at me, Thom," says Oakland producer Amplive, regarding the cease and desist letter he received from Radiohead publishing company Warner/Chappell. Read more »

Manic 'bout the Chromatics

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By Todd Lavoie

Disco is back! Quite the polarizing announcement, I know, so perhaps I should qualify: this isn't some Yvonne Elliman/Studio 54 revival here. Sorry, but no "If I Can't Have You", no anatomy-defying Brothers Gibb falsettos, and definitely no dancefloor-anemia takes on Beethoven's Fifth, mercifully enough. Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage

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Jessie Evans

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Traditional Fools
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Punk as folk: Jeffrey Lewis

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Jeffrey, left, with his brother Jack.

By Alex Felsinger

Crass saved punk music. They redefined the genre before it was even fully created by shunning the Malcom McLaren-influenced and Vivien Westwood-designed pseudo-movement - and instead, they stood for something. They never fit the part, never ripped off the Rolling Stones, and never tried to become famous. Read more »

Boxcar Saints

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By FS Slim

Songs of intrepidity and irresponsibility sound the same no matter the form. This is, in fact, the risk you take when you decide it’s time to pin your stories to the backs of artfully irresponsible, intrepid-type characters. Read more »

Cake's John McCrea cuts up

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Oh, have more Cake, please! On the occasion of the Sacto-Bay Area band's New Year's Eve show Monday at the Warfield, I spoke to frontman John McCrea from his Oakland home - an intriguing and educational experience, natch. McCrea wandered down some unique avenues regarding his neighborhood, the music industry, farming, gorging, general loudness and so much more.

SFBG: I always associate Cake with Sacramento. Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: Saigon, Hiss Golden Messenger, Chris Brown

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All the shows that didn't make print - but should have!

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The Brooklyn rapper makes his SF debut, after doing seven hard years behind bars. Read more »

Woo! Wu-Tang Clan sized up

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Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man mounted a stack of speakers. All photos by Ben Hopfer.

By Ben Hopfer

What do you do when the cold weather kicks in and all your friends are out of town? If you’re like me you go see the Wu-Tang Clan. Braving the cold and rain, I arrived at Ruby Skye on Dec. 27 to check out the Wu, out on their "8 Diagrams" tour. Read more »

Does Flight of the Conchords soar or suck?

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By Mike McGuirk

First exposure to Flight of the Conchords - a YouTube clip of “The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room” - kind of bugged me. I was not in the mood for another comedy rock group, especially one that sings in fake black voices. Plus as far as I knew, it was tied to some super-hip new TV show. Finally I hated the name of the group. Read more »