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Music, All Shook Down Friday: Portishead Works Its Haunting Magic at the Greek Theatre

Friday: Portishead Works Its Haunting Magic at the Greek Theatre

Portishead Thought Forms Oct. 21, 2011 The Greek Theatre Better than: Listening to the drum circle at Occupy Oakland. Friday night at the Greek Theatre, Portishead delivered the set that eager concertgoers were likely yearning for when they purchased…
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Monster Mash The coolest music comes from da people, not corporations: Your recent story "Corporate B Cool" is interesting in its speculation on the not-so- distant future of mainstream music, where music columnist Prick predicts that as major…
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Music, Reviewed Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man

Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man

British chanteuse Beth Gibbons once provided the emotional anchor for Portishead's haunting trip-hop, entwining her mournful voice with the cinematic soundscapes constructed by Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley. Ditching turntable scratches, swooping theremin, and programmed beats for decidedly organic accompaniment,…
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Words + Guitar (+ Beats + Skronk)

Jeff Stark's Top 10 Records Released in 1997 1) (tie) Spiritualized, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space The Perfect Prescription, Spacemen 3's finest record, actualized the peaks and comedowns of an LSD trip; in his spin-out band Spiritualized,…
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Hear This

Portishead The beautiful rolling textures of trip hop owe everything to the dub and hip hop captured within a few elegant blue lines. Blue Lines, the 1991 debut record from Bristol's Massive Attack, was the aural equivalent of a layered…
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Zen Guerrilla, Cash Money Bottom of the Hill Wednesday, Oct. 15 Even though they dropped out of Philadelphia three years ago, Zen Guerrilla are an S.F. band -- and that's a good thing. San Francisco mainstream bands are pathetic (Counting…
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Comfortably Numb

When Portishead kicked off a highly anticipated American junket last weekend, the Bristol group had performed a grand total of three gigs. Bandleader Geoff Barrow laughs nervously when asked whether those U.K. shows were enough preparation for his band's stateside…
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