Film Review: The Mummy

June 9, 2017
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It’s a tale full of idiots, told with sound and fury, signifying nothing There’s a scene in The Mummy, Universal Pictures’s latest movie with this much-used title, where zombie Knights Templar are swimming furiously at Tom Cruise. If this sounds like the kind of movie you would like, you might like this one. You would, however, […]

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Film Review: My Cousin Rachel

June 9, 2017
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Hitchcockian thriller will leave you guessing  If you find yourself left edgy and itchy when the film you’re watching doesn’t wrap up nice and neat and tidy, then you’d do well to avoid My Cousin Rachel, a period drama that raises more questions than it answers, and leaves its viewers in a state of ambiguity. […]

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Festival Review: Punk Rock Bowling – Day 2 (Las Vegas, NV)

June 8, 2017

“Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!” Despite, or maybe in spite, of the heat I woke up for day two feeling refreshed and ready to go. The usual first day kinks had been worked out and entrance into the venue was faster, although I heard some rumor about ISIS threatening to bomb Las Vegas was […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts: 2017-06-06 – 2017-06-11

June 6, 2017

Do you know what today is? Today is D-Day. Freedom isn’t to be for granted, especially these days. Speaking of freedom, let’s talk about concerts. Here’s what we’ve got coming up this week in the Bay Area: tall people, people benefiting other people, and people doing things with the air. So, let’s preview. Time to […]

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Festival Review: Punk Rock Bowling – Day 1 (Las Vegas, NV)

June 6, 2017

“As long as we’re alive then Punk’s not dead yet!” Punk Rock is probably some of the most honest music anyone will ever hear. Stripped away are the pretenses of “professional musicianship” leaving in its wake the raw emotion, power, and intellect—or lack thereof—of the music. It can be anything, it can be nothing, it […]

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BottleRock Napa Valley 2017 Festival Journal, Day 3

June 4, 2017
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Where had the time gone? Somehow it was already Sunday, and Day 1 and Day 2 were already behind us! Sunday promised to have the best weather of all, as well as some acts I’d been really looking forward to. Because I’d missed The Helmets last year – but heard them from my house and was […]

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BottleRock Napa Valley 2017 Festival Journal, Day 2

June 4, 2017
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This year’s Saturday at BottleRock Napa Valley promised to be a beautiful warm and breezy 75 degrees, the perfect weather for a festival full of good music, great food and all the beer, wine, and cocktails you can handle! Once again, there were more acts scheduled than was possible to see all at once, so […]

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BottleRock Napa Valley 2017 Festival Journal, Day 1

June 4, 2017
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Last weekend marked the return of my hometown’s beloved music, food and drink festival, BottleRock Napa Valley, which turned five this Memorial Day weekend. In addition to boasting phenomenal music lineups year after year, BRNV offers a wine garden, a “beer bend,” a silent disco, a beer and bourbon garden, displays of art throughout the […]

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Show Review: Jean-Michel Jarre at the Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley, 5/26/2017

June 2, 2017

An evening of history and illumination, full of energy and exciting sounds By this point, I’ve waxed on and on and ON about electronic shows, so what’s in store for anyone attending one shouldn’t be too surprising: elaborate lights and projections, minimal equipment onstage, and a limited scope of what the performers can actually do […]

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Film Review: Wonder Woman

June 2, 2017
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Wonder no more: It’s really good   After witnessing the total failure that was Zack Snyder’s bloated Batman v Superman last year, fans and critics alike have been understandably skeptical about the future of the DC comics’ film franchise. The one bright spot in Snyder’s otherwise paint-by-numbers action flick, was, of course, the brief introduction of […]

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