Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Westside Has Eyes

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 12:54 PM

On Monday night, while I recovered from my first (and might I add very enlightening) blogosphere debate on the ups and downs of welfare/education/gay rights, I found myself in the neighborhood I know as Home, probably because I needed something familiar and calming to help me understand what the hell...

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Halcyon Project

Posted on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Halcyon Project Composer: Deerhunter Conductor: Deerhunter Label: 4AD Release Date: 2010-09-29 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording “To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance.” Deerhunter channels subversive French playwright Jean Genet on its latest album Halcyon Digest, a collection of faux-memories and lavish desperation. The fourth effort by...

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You Are Not Alone

Posted on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:00 AM

You Are Not Alone Composer: Mavis Staples Conductor: Mavis Staples Label: Anti- Release Date: 2010-09-29 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording R&B legend Mavis Staples’ last album, 2007’s We’ll Never Turn Back, was a stirring concept record about the Civil Rights movement. The follow-up is more direct, bringing the singer back to...

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Everything in Between

Posted on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Everything in Between Composer: No Age Conductor: No Age Label: Sub Pop Release Date: 2010-09-29 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording When I told a radio DJ friend that I was reviewing the new No Age, he said: “I could scream into a phone for you, then you wouldn’t have to review...

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Bling-Bling Fling

Posted on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-09-29 The Bonham Exchange gets even more glamorous than usual when it hosts the 2010 Bling Bling Fling. Delicious drag queens entertain for the main fundraiser of the Martinez Street Women's Center, donating their considerable celebrity impersonation and lip-synching talents to the Hollywood-themed bash. Grab your...

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Bryan Adams

Posted on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-09-29 Best-known for hits like “Heaven” (his first song to reach No. 1 on the US charts) and “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (often referred to as the biggest hit of the ’90s, it holds the record for the longest-running No. 1 in...

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Tera Melos, Zorch, the Grasshopper Lies Heavy, Daytes

Posted on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-09-29 Hopefully, it wasn’t the departure of drummer Vince Rogers (who quit the band to pursue a career in mathematics) that made Tera Melos “eschew” math rock. The fact remains that the formerly instrumental experimental outfit is cited as one of the genre’s true innovators. Formed...

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San Anto Cultural Arts 13th Annual Huevos Rancheros Gala y Art Auction

Posted on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-09-29 Saturday mornings, so often occupied by housework and errand-running (if you’re awake, anyway), could be made a lot more festive in general if there was a Huevolution: Huevos Rancheros Gala y Art Auction every week. There’s not, though: It’s this Saturday morning, and then...

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Shakira

Posted on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-09-29 If Dolly Parton insured her boobs for $600,000, and Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley insured his legs for 25-million pounds, how much must an insurance company shell out if Shakira’s hips stop gyrating? The Colombian pop princess shimmied her way to international celebrity promising...

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First Friday

Posted on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-09-29 Several arty press releases of late have us feeling like we’ve slipped down the rabbit hole. For starters, long-haired artist and curator Hills Snyder’s Casual Observer at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center claims to be an “open studio environment … derived from his 1977...

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