Album Review: Jenny Lewis, ‘The Voyager’

July 29, 2014
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Jenny Lewis is back!  And, she’s brought herself with her.  The Voyager is Lewis’ first solo record in six years, and appropriately named due to the long journey the new collection of songs took to find themselves together on a record.  Since Rilo Kiley officially split in 2011, Lewis involved her talented musicianship in a […]

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Film Review: Hercules

July 25, 2014
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Herculean, this movie is not. Who here wants to see the “real” story of Hercules?! Anyone?…Anyone? Bueller?  Just as I expected, this was not something that needed to be told, and it’s even the second revisionist tale of Hercules to be released this year (The Legend of Hercules — 3% on Rotten Tomatoes).  This one stars […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 7/24/14-7/30/14

July 24, 2014

Thursday, July 24th Kitten, Dear Boy, Your Cannons at Bottom Of The Hill Kitten are, hands down, one of the top 10 live bands I’ve ever seen. Frontwoman Chloe Chaidez is the most fearless woman I’ve ever seen take to the stage. Sometimes I’m amazed that she is still alive, considering the type of torture […]

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SFJFF Spotlights: 112 Weddings/Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story/Arlo & Julie/All There Is/Touchdown Israel

July 23, 2014

The 34th Annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) opens tomorrow, Thursday, July 24th, and runs until Sunday, August 10th. With 70 films from 18 countries and eight world premieres, the Festival has something for everyone. Below we spotlight a small sampling of the Fest’s offerings: three features and two documentaries. Find the full schedule, tickets, […]

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Top 10 Outside Lands 2014 Acts From the Bottom Half of the Poster

July 22, 2014

There are a lot of great reasons to show up early to Outside Lands. It’s rather beautiful to walk around at noon, seeing the empty festival and taking in the peace before the chaos. It’s also a great time to explore the various different food vendors, especially the much more popular establishments. Instead of waiting […]

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Film Review: Boyhood

July 18, 2014
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There are two types of people who are going to see director Richard Linklater’s newest film, Boyhood. There are those who will not know anything about, or perhaps not even care about the history of the making of the film. They may wonder what all the fuss is about. And then there are people like me who […]

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Show Review: Pixar in Concert with the SF Symphony

July 18, 2014
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The magic of Pixar Animation Studios has produced 13 films since it debuted its first feature in 1995 with Toy Story.  These films have consistently raised the bar for animated storytelling, and with such an impressive list of titles including the Toy Story series, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, Finding Nemo, and more, it’s no surprise […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 7/17/14-7/23/14

July 17, 2014

Thursday, July 17th

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Show Review: Phono Del Sol 2014

July 15, 2014

Phono del Sol is the kind of festival that the Bay Area has been sorely missing. As much as we all despise LA, there are low key, inexpensive outdoor indie rock festivals nearly every weekend. Phono del Sol (alongside Oakland’s Burger Boogaloo) have been doing an excellent job filling this void during the dog days […]

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Show Review: The Antlers with Yellow Ostrich at Great American Music Hall, 07/11/2014

July 14, 2014

I have a bit of a weird history with The Antlers. Not, like, personally. It’s just that one of their (arguably) best albums, Hospice, was something I found when I was in the depths of a deep depression. I won’t ever forget how much it tore up my heart to listen to “Bear” for the […]

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