SF Sketchfest Review: The Tobolowsky Files at Yoshi’s SF, 1/27/2013

January 27, 2013

Most people know Stephen Tobolowsky for the roles he’s played: Ned in Groundhog Day, Sammy Jankis in Memento, or perhaps giving a sexy line reading of “passport” in Sneakers. But there are a growing number of people in the corners of the Internet who know him not just for his acting, but also for his storytelling prowess, as […]

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Show Review: An Evening With Tony! Toni! Toné! at Yoshi’s – Oakland, 12/23/12

December 24, 2012

The Bay Area has an amazing history of legendary musicians, although people tend to focus primarily on our 60’s hippy days when it comes to the history books. People often forget about our rich R&B history. Oakland was the birthplace of Sly & The Family Stone, Tower of Power, En Vogue, Sheila E, and many, […]

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Show Review: Cody ChesnuTT at Yoshi’s – SF, 7/12/12

July 19, 2012

I find it hard to believe that 2002 was 10 years ago. This was the last time that we heard from Cody ChesnuTT. He released a brilliant record called The Headphone Masterpiece. It was a two CD set, recorded at home, and was one of the most refreshing R&B records of it’s time. He managed […]

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Show Review: Jordan Knight at Yoshi’s San Francisco, 3/12/2012

March 12, 2012

Many of you aren’t going to believe me when I say this, but that won’t stop it from being true: the New Kids on the Block just keep getting better with age. Here’s how I know this: I’ve been a fan since I was a first grader. Back then, for me, it was definitely more […]

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Show Review: Mia Doi Todd with Bells at Yoshi’s SF, 3/7/2012

March 9, 2012

The lineup at Yoshi’s San Francisco on Wednesday evening was basically the ideal music program for a dreamy hipster cruise of the Caribbean. It was a night of transporting melodies and gently swaying rhythms, soothing vocals and sleepy-eyed acoustics. There were moments I could literally feel little blasts of sea breeze on my face. But […]

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Show Review: The Spinners at Yoshi’s – Jack London Square, 2/3/12

February 7, 2012

When we started Spinning Platters back in 2009, we really weren’t thinking about the fact that our name could remind people of two ground breaking, classic R&B groups. We were really trying to get at a pun on records, CD’s, and hard drives. I’m not sure where the trigger came from reminding us of The […]

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Sketchfest Review: Reggidency: A Reggie Watts Series

February 6, 2012

Comedy, as a method of entertainment, works best when we can relate to the entertainer, and the exaggeratedly hilarious (yet quite often true) stories that they tell. Most standup artists use this science as the core of their act, pointing out the sometimes terribly obvious, but far more often insignificant, details that we all have […]

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Sketchfest Review: An Evening With Ann Magnuson at Yoshi’s – Oakland, 1/24/12

January 28, 2012

Sketchfest brought made it’s way to Oakland for the first time. The performer that brought the fest across the incredibly long bridge was legendary performance artist Ann Magnuson, debuting her new show,  A Salon des Beaux Arts for the Fin du Monde 2012. SpinningPlatters were lucky to be able to enjoy this intimate show at […]

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Show Review: Matthew Sweet at Yoshi’s – SF, 12/27/11

December 28, 2011

Comedian Greg Behrendt does a bit about the “grown up rock show.” A show where everyone is over 25, the band only plays hits, and the show is over in time for you to get home and watch Law & Order. No openers, no new material. It seems that the trend that’s been brewing for […]

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Show Review: Bettye LaVette at Yoshi’s Oakland, 7/21/2011

July 23, 2011

Bettye LaVette, the 65-year-old soul phenom who toiled in relative obscurity for over 40 years before exploding onto the buzz meters with her 2005 collection of female singer/songwriter covers, I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise, played to a overflowing, standing-room-only crowd at Yoshi’s in Oakland on Thursday evening. LaVette has a special attachment to […]

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