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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye's Boring, Iggy's Disappointed, and Ed Sheeran's a Hobbit

This Week: Kanye's Boring, Iggy's Disappointed, and Ed Sheeran's a Hobbit

If the quotes are anything to go by, this week has been defined by rage, disappointment, loss, boredom, and abject misery. We've got very justifiable anger and frustration from Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga, rants from Corey Slipknot and Buzz…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: A Broken-Handed Ben Gibbard, Mark Kozelek, and Zach Rogue Open the Swedish American Hall With a Bang

Live Review: A Broken-Handed Ben Gibbard, Mark Kozelek, and Zach Rogue Open the Swedish American Hall With a Bang

Ben Gibbard Zach Rogue Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 The Swedish American Hall This was it. The newly renovated Swedish American Hall’s maiden voyage. Sure, there were film events there over the past few days, but this was different. This…
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Music, All Shook Down Ben Gibbard Is Playing Noise Pop's Opening Party Monday Night at the Swedish American Hall

Ben Gibbard Is Playing Noise Pop's Opening Party Monday Night at the Swedish American Hall

Yes, the Death Cab for Cutie frontman will be bringing his plaintive voice and self-deprecating wordplay to the newly reopened Swedish American Hall, aka Noise Pop headquarters, this Monday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. to help kick off the…
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Music, Give Up: On fighting Your Affection for the Postal Service

Give Up: On fighting Your Affection for the Postal Service

The window of time when music can deeply affect someone's life is usually pretty short. Most people will forever cherish songs that reached them somewhere between their freshman year of high school and their junior year of whatever came after,…
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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

Sizzle • Good news for fans of Outside Lands: The music festival just requested a permit to remain in Golden Gate Park through 2021, and hopes to expand to 75,000 people per day from 65,000 now. Organizers also proposed to…
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Music, All Shook Down Ben Gibbard Brings Out the Hits at Palace of Fine Arts, 11/13/12

Ben Gibbard Brings Out the Hits at Palace of Fine Arts, 11/13/12

Ben Gibbard Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 Palace of Fine Arts Better than: Listening to Death Cab records after 1 a.m. as a college kid. It's hard to determine what the Palace of Fine Arts feels most like: late evening at…
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Music, All Shook Down Divorces Galore: Eight Musical Couples We Wish Were Still Together

Divorces Galore: Eight Musical Couples We Wish Were Still Together

Since Monday, media everywhere has been agog at the news that Kim Kardashian and her husband of just 72 days are getting divorced. If you ask us, that union was doomed from the get-go. Anyone who watches Keeping Up With…
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Music, BeatBox Dntel: Show Preview

Dntel: Show Preview

Dntel is Jimmy Tamborello, a producer who has also recorded as one-half of the Postal Service (with Ben Gibbard), and as James Figurine for the band Figurine. The Dntel project debuted a dozen years ago on L.A. experimental electronic label…
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Music, All Shook Down Five More Ben Gibbard Benders

Five More Ben Gibbard Benders

For more than a decade, Ben Gibbard has been a wildly successful musician. He has fronted Death Cab for Cutie, was one-half of the iconic indie-electro outfit The Postal Service, and, oh yeah, married Zooey Deschanel. But during all that,…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>D Tour</i>

D Tour

Back in 2006, Rogue Wave drummer Pat Spurgeon's kidney did what few bodily organs can do: It made national headlines. The East Bay–based musician was actually born with just one kidney, and it nearly killed him in 1993. He received…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard, and a bad actress pay tribute to Kerouac&#146;s <i>Big Sur</i>

Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard, and a bad actress pay tribute to Kerouac’s Big Sur

Jack Kerouac's writing has strong musical ties. Jazz musicians provided the beat for his words. There's great musicality to his phrasings. "A lot of musicians like him because he's a very musical writer," says Tom Waits in One Fast Move…
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Music, All Shook Down Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar Plan Kerouac Tribute Show in S.F.

Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar Plan Kerouac Tribute Show in S.F.

We reported earlier that Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Son Volt's Jay Farrar teamed up on the soundtrack to a new Jack Kerouac documentary, One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur. (The movie and the soundtrack…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rogue Wave Gains Strength

Rogue Wave Gains Strength

Back in 2006, Rogue Wave drummer Pat Spurgeon's kidney did what few bodily organs can do: It made national headlines. The East Bay–based musician was actually born with just one kidney, and it nearly killed him in 1993. He received…
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Music, All Shook Down Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard Pay Tribute to Jack Kerouac

Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard Pay Tribute to Jack Kerouac

When I interviewed Ben Gibbard back in 2007, he'd been holed up in the same cabin where Jack Kerouac wrote his famed book Big Sur. Gibbard was in Big Sur writing material for what would become the next Death Cab…
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Music, Death Cab will possess your vote

Death Cab will possess your vote

When you think of "political" artists, folk troubadours like Steve Earle or sloganeering punk rockers like Anti-Flag most often come to mind. Indie-rock icons Death Cab for Cutie don't fit either of those molds, but over the past decade the…
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Music, Hear This

Death Cab for Cojones

I Will Possess Your Heart," the lead single from Death Cab for Cutie's carefully guarded forthcoming album, Narrow Stairs, offers many of the Seattle quartet's usual hallmarks. Aside from some moderately swirly atmospherics and a shadowy Jane's Addiction–style bass line,…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Jack Kerouac's writing still influential for rock icons 50 years after <i>On the Road</i>

Jack Kerouac's writing still influential for rock icons 50 years after On the Road

We're ears- and eyeballs-deep in Summer of Love 40th anniversaries in San Francisco, but September marks another local birthday of import, one that's also pretty pivotal in the music world. We're headed into the month Jack Kerouac's On the Road…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Rogue Wave asks for a little help from its friends

Rogue Wave asks for a little help from its friends

It's no secret that indie-level musicians trade career staples (steady paychecks, regular showers) for the far less cushy life of an artist (sporadic pay, showering at gas stations). But while their cube-dwelling peers scurry between Muni stops and iMacs, touring…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

I haven't played video games since, like, 1984, when it was all about freeway-hopping frogs and the Atari 2600, not Angelina Jolie in hot pants and deadbeat boyfriends fondling their joysticks. Back then, video games didn't have "soundtracks," unless you…
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Music, Reviewed Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

When a band like Death Cab for Cutie manages to approach gold record sales with help only from the tiny Seattle-based label Barsuk and, via Fox' s The O.C. , becomes an oft-mentioned name in a television world where the…
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