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Music, Hear This Acid Mothers Temple: Show Preview

Acid Mothers Temple: Show Preview

Launching in Japan in the 1990s, the mystical psychedelic rock collective Acid Mothers Temple has grown more difficult to keep track of with each passing year. This is thanks to the AMT name being associated with not one but at…
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Music, All Shook Down Acid Mothers Temple and Shilpa Ray Trip Out at Bottom of the Hill

Acid Mothers Temple and Shilpa Ray Trip Out at Bottom of the Hill

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.Shilpa Ray & Her Happy HookersMarch 24, 2011@ Bottom Of The HillBetter than: Two hours inside a lava lamp. Talk of yet another storm threatening to firehose the city deterred few from this…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival shrinks but may still deliver

Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival shrinks but may still deliver

The arena-sized festival isn't the only music event feeling a crunch in these difficult economic times. San Francisco's Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival, the 12-year-old multimedia happening, is markedly smaller in 2008. Its truncated lineup is a bummer, since…
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Music, Reviewed Raccoo-oo-oon

Raccoo-oo-oon

At first listen, it's hard to glean just where Raccoo-oo-oon hails from. Behold Secret Kingdom sounds a heckuva lot like early Boredoms, Acid Mothers Temple, or some other whacked-out Japanese outfit. But wait, it also contains elements of acid-skronk free…
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Music, Underground Conspiracies

Underground Conspiracies

We're living through music festival overload. Whether you're sun-burning brain cells at Coachella or blabbing industry-speak at South by Southwest, there's no lack for all-the-hip-bands-on-the-planet lineups around the country. So to maintain a real edge on the game, promoters have…
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Music, Bountiful Braintrust

Bountiful Braintrust

Talk about multitasking. When the Japanese New Music Festival hits town this week, all seven groups performing will comprise various configurations of three musicians. Not just any three mind you; the trio in question — Yoshida Tatsuya, Kawabata Makoto, and…
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Music, Hear This Juveniles, Drive-Bys, and Melting U.F.O.s

Juveniles, Drive-Bys, and Melting U.F.O.s

With indie-bred insecurities declawing most guitar-based bands these days, there are so few "Damn!" moments left anymore. The Duke Spirit 's debut, Cuts Across the Land, feels like a double "Damn!" Singer Liela Moss is a twentysomething, H&M-after-closing-time PJ Harvey…
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Music, Hear This The Double delivers its much-hyped electronic rock; the return of folk master Richard Thompson

The Double delivers its much-hyped electronic rock; the return of folk master Richard Thompson

Fresh off the release of its major-label debut, Loose in the Air (Matador Records counts these days, right?), the Double will arrive at Mezzanine this week to set the stage for French pop sensation M83. The Brooklyn quartet's latest features…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

"If a book is a door to some dive, dank but inviting, then the title must be a sign, a neon scar above the open maw ... a harbinger of dark happenings within." So wrote critic Brett Ralph of Franz…
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