Film Review: Maleficent

May 30, 2014
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I don’t know you, I may have walked with you once upon a dream… …but honestly, who are you? This is not the Maleficent from Disney’s 1959 animated classic, Sleeping Beauty.  There’s a physical resemblance, sure.  For about 10-15 minutes, the story and tone seems to reflect the Disney version as well.  But mostly this is […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 5/29/14-5/28/14

May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 29th

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Review: SOHN, Mr. Little Jeans at The Independent

May 27, 2014
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SOHN and Mr. Little Jeans, who are touring together on a jaunt through the West Coast, have a few things in common. Besides sharing a stage set up of vertically-aligned pulsating LEDs, they’ve both released long-awaited, highly-anticipated debut albums, within a month of each other, after a riding a long wave of well-deserved hype.

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Film Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

May 23, 2014
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Back to the future past! The only actors seemingly capable of producing the same intense chemistry with onscreen conversations as Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan do…are Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.  Put them all in a movie together and it’s practically a how-to on acting.  Throw in Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence and you now […]

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Film Review: Words and Pictures

May 23, 2014
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No matter how you paint this picture, there’s only one word for it: Bad Australian director Fred Schepisi has an impressive resume; he’s directed the critically acclaimed pictures Roxanne, Six Degrees of Separation, and A Cry in the Darkness, among others. So naturally it’s disheartening that his newest film, Words and Pictures, is such a disappointment, […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 5/22/14-5/28/14

May 22, 2014

Thursday, May 22nd

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Show Review: Nickel Creek, The Secret Sisters at The Fox Theater – Oakland, 5/19/14

May 22, 2014

To paraphrase Laura Rogers, lead vocalist for The Secret Sisters: “When Nickel Creek come on, you are going to smile, and stay smiling the whole time they are on stage.” It’s been nearly seven years since the great Southern California trio have last toured as a unit. Despite all three members making many trips to […]

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Show Review: An Evening with Failure at the Great American Music Hall, 5/14/2014

May 21, 2014

Back in March of 2014, the massive art-metal juggernaut known as Tool rumbled through the Bay Area, gracing its residents with a set of shows once again at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Those who were wise enough to arrive early for the show might have had a chance to watch the real surprise of the night: the […]

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Concert Review: Ben Folds and the San Francisco Symphony, 5/19/2014

May 20, 2014

There was a moment during “Steven’s Last Night in Town” when Ben Folds, letting the San Francisco Symphony do its thing, turned toward the audience, put his hands on his knees and flashed a huge smile. It was the happiest I’ve ever seen him, and who can blame him?  Here he was, on stage with […]

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Show Review: Big Scary, HIPS at Bottom Of The Hill, 5/16/14

May 19, 2014

HIPS is a new project from Drew Denny of Big Whup, Natalia Rogovin of Social Studies, and Christina Gaillard of Crown Plaza. A few minutes on HIPS’ Soundcloud page and one can pretty easily discern that this project has very little to do with any of these bands. They advertise themselves as doing “DANCE JAMS […]

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