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The Death of me

› kimberly@sfbg.com SONIC REDUCER Wanna know the surest way to mortify me or send me skulking into the shadows? Bludgeon me with praise. Single me out with love. It just makes the misanthrope in me...

Ramblin’, man

› kimberly@sfbg.com SONIC REDUCER He's been at home on the range, in the skies overhead, on the South Pacific sea, and on the streets of Greenwich Village. He was taken under the migrant wing of...

Flame on

› kimberly@sfbg.com SONIC REDUCER To the naked eye — and deep-fried, extra-crispy spirit — working fast food is a lot like what the Flaming Lips call the "sound of failure" on their latest album, At...

One Lives to live

By Kimberly Chun › kimberly@sfbg.com SONIC REDUCER I fell in love with the recent Ray Davies solo album, Other People's Lives (V2). Face it, I fall in love all the time — with records, of course...

Ra, Ra rah-rah

› kimberly@sfbg.com SONIC REDUCER Wassup Lauryn Hill? Well apparently she's been busy morphing into Sun Ra. A staight-skankin', massive fro–sportin', partyin'-with-Method-Man-at-the-Clift-Hotel, "la, la, la, la"-ing Sun Ra. The lady had about 13 people onstage at Great American...

Lust for life

› kimberly@sfbg.com SONIC REDUCER Ah, spring — it seems like a distant memory in June as we get socked an SF summer's weaving, one-two punch of Westside fog and SoMa heat. But spring is the...

Eraser-head

> kimberly@sfbg.com SONIC REDUCER You can keep your majestic soundscapes, your rewrites of “Rocky Raccoon,

Blinded by Scientists?

› kimberly@sfbg.comSONIC REDUCER It may be yet another sign of a time-space-buckling rock apocalypse. Or a chilling harbinger of imminent, sonic-subtlety-be-damned deafness. Or simply a case of sudden, acute perceptiveness. But you had to...

Howlin’ at the sun

› kimberly@sfbg.com SONIC REDUCER Something wicked this way came, right in the middle of last week's spate of strangely beautiful, beastly hot days, as I sipped a pint on El Rio's back patio...

Cave in

› kimberly@sfbg.com SONIC REDUCER Pop styles of the oh-so-rich and silly! Britney Spears nearly drops her infant son, baby in one hand, drink in the other, while angling through an NYC...

PET ROCK

Saviours Three guitars plus Yaphet Kotto vets equals a rock-out record release party. Fri/19, 9:30 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. $7. (415) 923-0923. Concretes Charming pop straight from...

Free kitten?

› Kimberly@sfbg.com SONIC REDUCER Mother's Day: the primo time to think about reasons why mom rules. So why did I spend it listening to Grandaddy's new, possibly last album, Just Like the Fambly...

Heartthrobs

› kimberly@sfbg.com SONIC REDUCER I used to think of myself as the ultimate freak magnet, fending off moist-haired gents with a fetish for girl bands. Damp palms. Foam bubbling at the corners of...

Worst album of the week

› kimberly@sfbg.com "A strange new sound that makes boys explore." — Will and Grace's Eric McCormack singing Elton John and Bernie Taupin's "The Greatest Discovery" SONIC REDUCER Not one...

TURN UP, THEN TURN IT UP

Film School Benefits Local artists band together for the SF rockers, who recovered their stolen Econoline but lost their gear. Nuke Infusion, Cheetah Speed, and Henry Miller Sextet perform Wed/26, 9 ...

ABCs and Rubies

SONIC REDUCER A passionate music fan friend recently laid some curious medicine on me as we were hunkered down at Doc's Clock, watching our inexplicably enraged lady bartender toss one of our half-full beverages:...

Rankin’ Reykjavik

› kimberly@sfbg.com SONIC REDUCER I love the fact that whenever you leave this country, you immediately come to the discomfiting realization that ... you're such a damaged by-product of capitalist America. Case in point:...

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, all right already

SONIC REDUCER In the best of all music fans' worlds, an album will grow on you — like lichen, excessive body hair, or a parasite à la guinea worm, only with more pleasure and...

So Sic

Rock giveth and rock taketh away. Hearing loss — give or take a pound of flesh, hunk of hair, chunk of gray matter, or a tooth or two — seems like a fair trade...

Our Picks for 2006

DEADBOY AND THE ELEPHANTMEN No, they're not a black-and-white duo that's read all over, like the White Stripes: Dax Riggs wears floppy T-shirts, emotes vocally, and thrashes away at the guitar. Tessie Brunet bashes the...

Stone cold cooking

 Sonic Reducer Wonderful, unforeseen taste combinations are everywhere you look — and they go beyond the mundane peanut butter and chocolate, Tom and Katie, horse and donkey paradigms. Take, for instance, cooking shows and...