Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts: 2016-03-17 – 2016-03-23

March 17, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day. Irishness! Excellent. To go with this week in the Bay Area we also have metal, self-described “country-fed punkabilly,” and the Melvins. Also! Bilingual punk rock with horns as well as bilingual Rickenbacker-wielding one-woman guitar rock. And Conan. Conan! Let’s preview. Faugh A Ballagh!

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Spinning Platters Interview: Lily Cato of Parlour Tricks

March 16, 2016
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The album Broken Hearts/Broken Bones was a nominee for Spinning Platters album of the year in 2015. Its combination of classic girl group harmonies, soaring melodies and dance driven beats truly defies description; even the band themselves know this to be true. The band is hitting the road this month with veteran rocker Electric Six, and […]

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Film Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

March 11, 2016
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Perfectly thrilling from beginning to end. 10 Cloverfield Lane is the “sequel” of sorts to the J.J. Abrams produced 2008 found-footage monster movie, Cloverfield. At least that’s what its meant to be — or rather a spin-off/anthology story. In all honesty, I’ve never seen a “sequel” be so distinct in style and substance from its predecessor. And this is […]

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Film Review: Knight of Cups

March 11, 2016
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Malick’s stream of consciousness goes to Hollywood. For the most part, you’re either a fan of Terrence Malick or you’re not. There isn’t a whole lot of middle ground, considering the polarizing style of his films — they’re sort of poetic streams of consciousness in the form of montages and existential voice-overs. His early masterpieces, like Days […]

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Noise Pop Show Review: Metric at The Masonic, 2/23/2016

March 9, 2016

It’s a little jarring when your relationship with a band isn’t reflected by the show you see them put on. I’ve had this happen before; when I saw Marina and the Diamonds the first time, I was surprised to see a woman playing an intimate set at a piano. I was confused; where was the […]

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Film Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

March 4, 2016
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Fey brings depth, dry wit to war correspondent role I walked into Book Passage in the Ferry Building the other day and noticed it had a display of books labeled as movie tie-ins; the title Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was among them. Having seen the trailer for the Tina Fey-helmed film (she both produces, along with […]

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Film Review: Zootopia

March 4, 2016
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So good it might as well feature humans, but then it wouldn’t be as good. Zootopia has all the makings of a classic Pixar film. Everything except the emotional heft. But seriously, it has absolutely everything else going for it — it’s inventive, beautifully animated, smart, funny, and well-rounded. Just because it doesn’t make you cry shouldn’t […]

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Film Review: London Has Fallen

March 4, 2016
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Implausible and ridiculous, London falls hard. I really wanted another Olympus Has Fallen, the action-packed guilty pleasure of 2013. I was ready for explosions and gunfire and John McClane-type odds. London Has Fallen missed the mark on every single one of my expectations. The explosions looked hokey, the level of implausibility was off the charts, and despite the John McClane-type odds, the […]

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Show Review: Indigo Girls at The Fillmore, 2/19/2016

March 3, 2016

Emily Saliers and Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls   The Indigo Girls were hugely important to me as an adolescent, when I was all “fuck the patriarchy,” looking at my baby boomer parents and teachers and seeing a lot of what I didn’t want, but couldn’t figure out what to do instead. They were […]

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Noise Pop Show Review: Carly Rae Jepsen, Cardiknox, Monika at The Warfield, 2/27/16

March 2, 2016

2015 was an interesting year for Carly Rae Jepsen. Tasked with the impossible feat of following up “Call Me Maybe” — likely to be remembered as the greatest pop song of the decade — Jepsen managed to do something that very few people in the pop world have done: release a follow-up that became one of […]

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