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The Top 14 News Stories of 2013 – San Francisco Edition

The Top 14 News Stories of 2013 – San Francisco Edition

  A look back at the year that was. Do you remember when…   Contributions by Huong Duong

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Q&A: Terry Malts Singer Phil Benson on ‘Chainsaw Pop’ and Life at the Knockout

Q&A: Terry Malts Singer Phil Benson on ‘Chainsaw Pop’ and Life at the Knockout

Bay Area “chainsaw pop” trio Terry Malts are living in the moment. Years ago, the members of the band ditched a more contrived approach to their music, instead mixing morose vocals, poppy power chord progressions and undiluted energy to make their own signature brand of…

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Movie Review: ‘American Hustle’ Is Electric

Movie Review: ‘American Hustle’ Is Electric

David O. Russell made waves with last year’s Silver Linings Playbook. Not only did it garner an Oscar win for Jennifer Lawrence, but it was also a surprisingly touching film from the director. Normally known for a more hectic style steeped in wry humor —…

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Movie Review: ‘Inside LLewyn Davis’ Is A Tragic Folk Tale

Movie Review: ‘Inside LLewyn Davis’ Is A Tragic Folk Tale

Joel and Ethan Coen open their new film with a close up of their lead folk musician Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) performing a moving rendition of the traditional folk tune “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me.” What at first serves as an introduction to the struggling…

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Celebrate Hard Times During the Holidays With Midnites For Maniacs At Castro and Roxie Theatres

Celebrate Hard Times During the Holidays With Midnites For Maniacs At Castro and Roxie Theatres

Jesse Hawthorne Ficks (the Maniac) returns yet again to the Castro and Roxie Theatres Friday, December 20 with his final event of 2013. Appropriately enough, he’ll be screening Christmas films which, as per usual Maniac style, are underappreciated or underrated in some way. Ficks doesn’t…

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Live Review: King Krule Draws a Full House at SF Debut

Live Review: King Krule Draws a Full House at SF Debut

British singer-songwriter and guitarist King Krule is the musical alias of 19 year old Archy Marshall, who delivers a raw, resonant style by harnessing his unexpected yet unmistakable deep voice.

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Photos: Because Santa Can’t Have All the Fun, The Elf Party at Regency Ballroom

Photos: Because Santa Can’t Have All the Fun, The Elf Party at Regency Ballroom

While the San Francisco was overrun with partying Santas for SantaCon 2013, his elfs were getting down at The Elf Party, a sold-out bash at the Regency Ballroom.

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Q&A: The Mother Hips Close 2013 With the ‘Ultimate Set List’

Q&A: The Mother Hips Close 2013 With the ‘Ultimate Set List’

The Mother Hips, a fixture in the Bay Area rock scene since 1996, are finishing the year with with two hometown shows in San Francisco before ringing in the new year in their old Chico stomping grounds.

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Photos: Wild in the Streets for SantaCon 2013

Photos: Wild in the Streets for SantaCon 2013

From North Beach to the Haight, partying Santas clogged the streets of San Francisco for Santacon 2013.

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G-Eazy Announces ‘These Things Happen’ Tour, New Single

G-Eazy Announces ‘These Things Happen’ Tour, New Single

The “James Dean of Hip Hop,” Gerald Earl Gillum aka G-Eazy, isn’t sleeping on his rising success in the rap industry. The 24 year-old Oakland native announced a new North American tour shortly after releasing a cheeky video for his new single “Almost Famous,” produced…

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Stage Review: Alicia Dattner’s ‘The Oy of Sex’

Stage Review: Alicia Dattner’s ‘The Oy of Sex’

The Oy of Sex, at the Marsh Theater through January 18, is the newest solo show from standup comedian and spiritualist Alicia Dattner, whose previous show Eat, Pray, Laugh! told the story of her travels in India.

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Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit ‘ Improves While Stumbling

Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit ‘ Improves While Stumbling

Picking up where The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey leaves off, The Desolation of Smaug doesn’t take long to get right back into the action. Although roughly the same length as the first film (near three hours), Smaug feels much tighter and tauter. It’s the nature…

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