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Music, Hidden Agenda Small Evils, Musical Bicycle Wheels, and a Child Prodigy

Small Evils, Musical Bicycle Wheels, and a Child Prodigy

East Bay experimental artist Jim Kaiser once operated as Petit Mal, but the moniker eventually shifted to signify his record label. A French term for a brief seizure, "petit mal" basically translates to "small evil," which befits the imprint's primary…
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Dining, Eat Alta CA: Daniel Patterson's Mid-Market Restaurant Has Late-Night Eats and a Fantastic Burger

Alta CA: Daniel Patterson's Mid-Market Restaurant Has Late-Night Eats and a Fantastic Burger

Alta CA is probably going to take some punches from the anti-gentrification hordes, those blockers of Google buses and decriers of rising rents. After all, the latest venture from lauded chef Daniel Patterson is right in the thick of it…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle We spent the weekend shivering and dancing at Treasure Island Music Festival, where smaller acts like the sister-rockers Haim, New York party-starters Holy Ghost!, and local rapper Antwon played some of the finest sets. But headliners Atoms for Peace…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last week in S.F. music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last week in S.F. music

The ever-excellent Pop-Up Mag put on its "Song Reader" issue, themed around Beck's latest release. The night included an interview with Mr. Hansen as well as meditations on obsessive fandom and listening to Robyn while pregnant. If you catch Ariel…
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Music, BeatBox Show Preview: Robyn

Show Preview: Robyn

How long can Robyn remain a secret? Has anyone on the outer limits of pop ever worked so hard to stay in the picture? How about any one-hit wonders? Not many have made the transition to lasting artist. Sure, Radiohead…
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Music, Odd Bird

Odd Bird

In a Pitchfork interview a few years ago, Jamie Lidell boasted of moving his CDs out of the various store sections where they'd first been filed. But he never did specify the genre to which he thinks he belongs. When…
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Film, "October Country": Days of the living dead

"October Country": Days of the living dead

The white, lower-class, upstate New York dead-end of Mohawk Valley is surely not the milieu metal frontman Al Jourgensen had in mind when he wrote the goth call-to-arms "Everyday Is Halloween." But Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri's document of a…
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Music, Liars discover a "Sisterworld" in Los Angeles

Liars discover a "Sisterworld" in Los Angeles

Liars have come full circle. After long stints in New York City and Berlin, the storied trio is again based in Los Angeles, the city of its founding. And yet, judging by its new fifth album, there's been no backtracking…
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Calendar, Night&Day Délicieuse Dissard

Délicieuse Dissard

Unless you're fluent in French, Marianne Dissard's new disc, L'Entredeux, won't mean as much to you as other break-up albums like Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, Beck's Sea Change, and Richard and Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights. Written…
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Music, Hear This "Cocaine" Dealer

"Cocaine" Dealer

Few American musicians embody "laid-back" as well as JJ Cale does. The Oklahoma-born guitarist seems incapable of playing at speeds more rushed than his signature loping shuffle-boogie. He sings in a dry whisper while licks roll lazily off his fretboard.…
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Music, Reviewed Beck

Beck

Danger Mouse's presence as co-producer doesn't drastically alter what we've come to expect from Beck on the dude's eighth album: sleepy intonations, collage imagery, and junkyard instrumentation. Still, the ghostly vibe here is very much in line with both Gnarls…
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Music, Reviewed My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket

The first few tracks of My Morning Jacket's fifth studio album, Evil Urges, sound like a cruel put-on. Lead singer Jim James adopts the Prince-inspired falsetto he first toyed with on Z's "Wordless Chorus" for entire songs, only to have…
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Music, Jamie Lidell sings from the heart, riffs on the absurd

Jamie Lidell sings from the heart, riffs on the absurd

The blackest-singing white man since Rick Astley, Jamie Lidell is as delightfully inscrutable on his albums as he is charmingly unhinged in person. In between sips of a champagne cocktail at a swanky New York hotel, the electronic producer and…
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Music, BeatBox Cut Chemist puts a new spin on the art of the sonic collage

Cut Chemist puts a new spin on the art of the sonic collage

Taking a hands-off approach to releasing rock-solid indie artists, Stones Throw Records got down to the forward-minded business of never fakin' the funk. Now the label (home to Madlib, MF Doom, J. Dilla, more) celebrates 10 years since being founded…
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Music, Hear This Stealing riffs and loser beats

Stealing riffs and loser beats

Why can British bands get away with doing Americana, but when U.S. bands cop accents and attempt Brit-pop, it's just pretentious? Double standard notwithstanding, the U.K.'s Gomez has been crafting kick-ass blues-inflected roots rock for nearly a decade, a trend…
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Music, Reviewed Beck

Beck

The marketplace is cluttered with remixes that play like glorified covers, lazily pasted-together retreads exhibiting little imagination. That's not the case with Guerolito, the remixed companion piece to Beck's latest gem, largely because the rich, interwoven ingredients in the artist's…
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Calendar, Performance A Cute Couple

A Cute Couple

ONGOING 10/26-11/21 Maybe you've noticed the billboard suggesting Bonnie & Clyde as a Halloween costume idea? On it, the people dressed as the tommy-gun-totin' couple look stylish, fearless, and contemptuous -- in a word, hot. This week, Intersection for the…
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Calendar, Performance Riding West Wave

Riding West Wave

ONGOING 7/14-31 Modern dance gets short shrift in the arts world. That's not to say people don't like it -- they just don't often see it. The problem starts with lack of funds, which results in lack of exposure, which…
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Music, Reviewed Beck

Beck

Beck has long defied labels, his chameleonic ways leading him from acid-soaked folk to ambitious fusions of hip hop, synth-pop, and blue-eyed funk. Guero finds the versatile balladeer revisiting the two-turntables-and-a-microphone style of 1996's Odelay, with typically assured results. Wisely,…
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Music, Reviewed The Late Great Daniel Johnston

The Late Great Daniel Johnston

For many, it's hard to understand how the shrill-voiced, clinically bipolar, and often childlike songwriter Daniel Johnston found himself with a double-album tribute that contains covers of his greatest hits -- as performed by the likes of Tom Waits, TV…
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