Show Review: John Carpenter: Live Retrospective at the Fox Oakland, 6/17/2016

June 23, 2016

Music in film is an often-celebrated phenomenon, but it seems to exist primarily in the medium it’s made for. Occasionally, composers and songwriters will offer up their works for public or private performance, though they themselves may not be in attendance, and in general the world of film music feels very separate from that of […]

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Film Review: Finding Dory

June 17, 2016
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Finding Dory gives you another big ocean adventure and all the feels Let’s start with some full disclosure. Finding Nemo is my favorite Pixar movie and Dory is my favorite part of it. To say I was excited to see Finding Dory would be an extreme understatement. I spent all day telling telling everyone I […]

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Film Review: Central Intelligence

June 17, 2016
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The Rock and Kevin Hart are having so much fun — it’s infectious. There are more holes in the plot of Central Intelligence than there are in an average kitchen sponge, but it doesn’t matter. The action scenes are poorly shot, but it doesn’t matter. The character arcs are flatter than plywood, but it doesn’t matter. What matters […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts: 2016-06-08 – 2016-06-12

June 8, 2016

Did you vote yesterday? Hope you did. This week in The Bay Area we have fevers, spirits, and, well, Canadians. And now, let’s preview. I vote for previewing. Let’s preview now. Previews ahoy.

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Show Review: At The Drive-In with Le Butcherettes at The Warfield, 6/3/2016

June 7, 2016

It took 15 years to happen, and it was worth every moment. Ten were spent wondering, with all involved working on new projects, exploring music and art in numerous forms. Two passed, with excited fervor and mild confusion, as they returned to the fold, thrust into the spotlight on unsteady feet and with only a […]

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Show Review: Baroness with Youth Code at the Regency Ballroom, 6/2/2016

June 6, 2016

Near-death experiences have often been labeled as the reason behind sudden shifts in artistic mindsets, philosophy, spiritual beliefs, and overall lifestyle changes. For the men of sludge-psych heroes Baroness, who experienced their own brush with the beyond in a horrific bus crash in Bath in 2012, it almost spelled out the end of the band, […]

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BottleRock Napa Valley 2016 Festival Journal, Day 3

June 3, 2016

You’re reading Day 3. Have you checked out Day 1 and Day 2 as well? I don’t know why, but Day 3 always seems to be the day all my friends attend BottleRock. This year was no exception. Two friends came up from the South Bay, not wanting to miss a moment. While I waited […]

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BottleRock Napa Valley 2016 Festival Journal, Day 2

June 3, 2016

You’re reading this year’s Day 2. Don’t forget to check out Day 1 too! Day 2 got a bit of a late start, but once inside, I wasted no time at all stopping by Lagunitas for a cold Aunt Sally, which is easily my favorite beer they make, since it’s the least hop-driven! I went […]

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BottleRock Napa Valley 2016 Festival Journal, Day 1

June 3, 2016

Before I get into all the details of the gloriousness that was this year’s BottleRock Napa Valley, please allow me a moment, not just to digress but to explain why this festival is so important to me. I was born in Napa. As many Napa kids do, I moved away in my early 20s seeking […]

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Film Review: The American Side

June 3, 2016
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Buffalo-set film noir attempt falls flat “You had me at death ray, “ one character says to another in writer/director Jenna Ricker’s new film The American Side, expressing his interest in an unfolding mystery. Too bad the audience won’t feel the same way while watching this convoluted, ridiculous attempt at modern film noir, set against […]

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