Film Review: Miles Ahead

April 18, 2016
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Cheadle is mesmerizing in his seemingly-effortless trading of cinematic duties for this thrilling tale. If there is only one thing that you learn about jazz, it’s not the instruments that make it up, nor the time that it was most popular, or even the players that were significant in its creation. That one crucial thing is that jazz […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts: 2016-04-15 – 2016-04-20

April 15, 2016

Happy Tax Day! One of the two sure things. OK, so let’s turn in the paperwork and then let’s go to a concert. Preview time, guys. This week in the Bay Area, we have natural events, nouns, piercings, and a tradition that Louis Pasteur likely might not have smiled upon. But you never know. And […]

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Film Review: The Jungle Book

April 15, 2016
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The Jungle Book adds incredible visuals to the bare necessities. The Jungle Book (the book) was written by Rudyard Kipling as a collection of stories in 1894. They featured anthropomorphic animals, with a few of the stories revolving around a young “man cub” named Mowgli. Audiences are probably most familiar with the 1967 Disney animated […]

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Show Review: Elvis Costello at The Masonic, 3/30/2016

April 14, 2016

It’s common for the fame of the song to equal the fame of the artist, and Elvis Costello came out with a handful of hits in the 80s that have made their way into the American consciousness. “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace Love and Understanding” is one of the great rock anthems of the early […]

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Show Review: Iggy Pop’s ‘Post Pop Depression’ Tour at The Masonic, 3/31/16

April 13, 2016

The Stooges were one of the greatest American rock bands of all time. That core team of Iggy Pop along with the Asheton Brothers created a brand new sound that was so thick, dirty and ferocious, it made even the heaviest bands of the 60s sound like Peter Paul and Mary. As a young punk, […]

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SFIFF59 Spotlights #1: Microbe & Gasoline / Dead Slow Ahead / Very Big Shot / Granny’s Dancing on the Table

April 10, 2016

It’s that wonderful time of the year, again! Yes, time for the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF). The 59th edition of SFIFF will be hosting its two week celebration and screenings of incredible cinema from around the globe — April 21 through May 5. Year after year, Spinning Platters is here to provide you […]

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Film Review: Demolition

April 8, 2016
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Vallée’s newest meditation on grief could finally mean Oscar for Gyllenhaal How do we process sudden loss? Is there a right or wrong way to grieve, and how can we keep grief from overwhelming us? These are the weighty questions director Jean-Marc Vallée continues to contemplate in his somewhat uneven but emotionally arresting new picture […]

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Film Review: The Boss

April 8, 2016
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The Boss gets to a hilarious point, and then avoids it the rest of the way. Melissa McCarthy has been a central figure in the female-led comedic renaissance in modern cinema. 2011’s Bridesmaids kicked off a constant flow of adult comedies featuring female leads, and the results have been great. That isn’t to say that female-led comedies were […]

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There, I Fixed it: Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are”

April 7, 2016

  Last night I was at a favorite piano bar, and someone offered me a hundred bucks to sing “Just the Way You Are.” I’m a fan of Billy Joel’s music, but I’m not a singer, and, since he’s basically a classically trained opera singer, he’s impossible to render on tune. Also, I’d never met […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts: 2016-04-01 – 2016-04-05

April 1, 2016

April Fool’s Day is a hellscape filled with brands attempting to be funny. Don’t encourage them. No fooling here, it’s preview time. This week in the Bay Area, we have local punk rock, queercore, nerdcore, a flautist, a man who built his career upon eels, and a benefit about benefits. Let’s preview.

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