Photo Set: Highlights from BottleRock Napa, 2015

June 5, 2015

The third annual BottleRock Napa festival was a blast and went smoothly…well, for the most part. The same elements that made the festival so appealing to attend, to begin with, including a generally laid-back, down-to-earth crowd, top-notch food from local high-end establishments, and reasonable lines, made the three-day event well worth the trip (as if […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 6/4/15-6/10/15

June 4, 2015

Summer is ready when you are! And so is the first proper bay area outdoor music festival!

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SXSW 2015: Cool? Yeah, Cool

May 31, 2015[/embed]

Chris Farley is my spirit animal. Not in a tears of a clown kind-of-way, or a Patrick Swayze dance-off kind-of-way. But in the way where I would be the perfect sidekick to Chris in “The Chris Farley Show”. I’d agree with him and all his qualifiers – yes, when Sir Paul McCartney was in the […]

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Interview with the Handsome Family’s Rennie Sparks

May 26, 2015

Husband-and-wife duo, Brett and Rennie Sparks, the core of goth Americana outfit the Handsome Family, have been releasing albums for the past twenty years. Their unique, eccentric tales of ghosts and folklore deftly weave through dark, highly unpredictable ballads. This fierce dedication to constantly challenging the listener has earned them a slow-and-steady cult following. However, they […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 5/21/15-5/28/15

May 21, 2015

Do you like reading my weekly show suggestions? Wanna listen to me play records all night? Come to Doc’s Lab on Saturday Night!

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Film Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

May 15, 2015

It’s a mad, mad, mad, Mad Max world! It’s been 30 years since we last saw Max Rockatansky AKA Mad Max roam the dystopian post-apocalyptic landscape created by the great visionary filmmaker George Miller. During that time, Miller directed only a handful of films, primarily talking animal family films such as Babe 2: Pig in the City […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 5/14/15-5/21/15

May 14, 2015

Enjoy another fine week of rock n roll in the bay!

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SFIFF58 Final Spotlight: The End of the Tour/Golden Gate Awards

May 9, 2015

This post must begin with a huge thank you to the entire SFIFF58 staff. Thank you! From the awesome crew that ran the press lounge, those manning the box office, the publicists, and programmers, to the volunteers and event coordinators, your tremendous effort was not overlooked or taken for granted by us covering the festival for Spinning Platters. We […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 5/7/15-5/14/15

May 7, 2015

Because nobody WANTS to be a responsible adult…

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SFIFF58 Spotlights #7: Welcome to Me/Very Semi-Serious/Two Shots Fired

May 6, 2015

The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival closes tomorrow, Thursday, May 7th, but that still leaves you time to see some films, including the closing night film, Experimenter (with Winona Ryder in attendance for the Q&A!). The screening is at 7:00pm at the Castro Theatre, and info and tickets are available here. In the meantime, […]

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