Down and Outlaws fires off rock roots in new EP

Peter Danzig fronts the band Down and Outlaws at a performance at The Depot in the Cesar Chavez Student Center at SF State on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Photo by Adrian Rodriguez / Xpress
Peter Danzig fronts the band Down and Outlaws at a performance at The Depot in the Cesar Chavez Student Center at SF State on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Photo by Adrian Rodriguez / Xpress

A common love for Bulleit Bourbon and a shared idolization of David Bowie united members of Down and Outlaws on a smoke-screened journey toward raw, bluesy rockstardom.

On a summer night in 2012 at the SUB-Mission Art Gallery, the gritty stylings of Down and Outlaws entranced a live audience for the first time. Having played this year’s Noise Pop Festival and a first EP, “Backwards From the Dead” on the way, the San Francisco-based band is progressing — and fast.

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SFMTA launches Bicycle Strategy to increase bike development, safety

Julie McNamara packs her 12-hour day into her Rickshaw commuter bag before leaving home.

The 21-year-old SF State graduating senior is not only double-majoring in English and Spanish, she works part-time teaching English as a second language at Marshall Elementary School in the Mission — and she also nannies on the side.

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ParaNorman exhibit spooks stop motion enthusiasts at Cartoon Art Museum

San Jose State University students, Lucie, left, and Amy Roberts, right, and Nelson Wells look at the structural makeup of a puppet from the stop motion animation film, "ParaNorman," at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The Roberts sisters are animation majors, and Wells is majoring in creative arts. Photo by Tearsa Joy Hammock / Xpress
San Jose State University students, Lucie, left, and Amy Roberts, right, and Nelson Wells look at the structural makeup of a puppet from the stop motion animation film, “ParaNorman,” at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The Roberts sisters are animation majors, and Wells is majoring in creative arts. Photo by Tearsa Joy Hammock / Xpress


Tim Burton is often credited for pioneering — or at least reinventing — the medium of stop motion animation with his classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The technique allows animators to create a tangible world with real sets, but it’s a world with endless unknown and unreal possibilites.

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