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Music, 20 Years of "93 'Til Infinity": Souls of Mischief's hit taps the collective unconscious

20 Years of "93 'Til Infinity": Souls of Mischief's hit taps the collective unconscious

Maybe it's the sample, a mercurial sped-up marimba melody from a Billy Cobham jazz-fusion song. Or maybe it's the familiar boom-bap beat, or the warm, wistful bassline, or the fact that this prophetic posse-cut features four precocious Oakland teenagers spectacularly…
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Music, Smooth Pride: The Legacy of Malo's "Suavecito"

Smooth Pride: The Legacy of Malo's "Suavecito"

Little about the first few moments of "Suavecito" suggests that it's a cultural touchstone: The electric guitar drizzles watery chords over a basic conga rhythm, a trombone moans somberly, a chorus of male voices arrives to sing a few "Laaaah-aah-aahs"…
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Calendar, Night&Day Everybody into the 'Pool

Everybody into the 'Pool

It’s official: If Les Claypool’s annual NYE party were a girl, she could legally buy alcohol -- not that she needs it, given the loose-limbed ferret-in-the-pocket psilocybin experience she already has to offer. At the close of 2011, we find…
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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 • Buffalo Springfield kicked off its first tour in more than 40 years at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Old songs were recast with new arrangements, Neil Young joked about forgetting the jokes he was supposed to tell, and…
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Music, BeatBox Etana: Show Preview

Etana: Show Preview

Jamaican singers Gyptian and Etana are both 28, have several albums each to their credit, and had early hits with conscious-message tunes — but that's where the similarities end. Gyptian, born Windel Beneto Edwards, is best known for last year's…
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Music, Weezer’s legacy doesn’t end with "Pinkerton"

Weezer’s legacy doesn’t end with "Pinkerton"

Sorry, but Weezer isn't your typical good band gone bad. Its old stuff is taken too seriously, and its new music is dismissed so easily that some of the criticisms aren't just overblown, but dead wrong. This may be because…
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Hitsville, by the Numbers

You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many…
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Music, Reviewed Kimya Dawson

Kimya Dawson

Just because the mainstream took notice when Kimya Dawson dominated Billboard charts with the Juno soundtrack doesn't mean she's left K Records for a major. Rather, with Alphabutt she's aiming for a crossover of a different kind: The goofy den…
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Music, Hot Chip’s lyric sheet reveals its cultural obsessions

Hot Chip’s lyric sheet reveals its cultural obsessions

Hot Chip is a bunch of geeks. Over the course of three albums — 2004's Coming On Strong, 2006's The Warning, and the new Made in the Dark — the British five-piece has been crafting electronic music that manages to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fresno? Fres Yes!

Fresno? Fres Yes!

For many years, Fresno's greatest claim to musical fame was providing the Beastie Boys a rhyme for "get over on your girlie because you know she never says no." But no more! It would seem that the influence of other…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Sonic Youth and the Melvins

Sonic Youth and the Melvins

This week, three different indie legends land in San Francisco to perform single albums recorded two decades ago. Sonic Youth gives 1988's Daydream Nation new life from Berkeley's Community Theater on July 19. Post-rockers Slint revisit 1991's Spiderland at Bimbo's…
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Music, The United Colors of M.I.A.

The United Colors of M.I.A.

Dangling off the edge of a note, Maya Arulpragasam -- aka M.I.A. -- offers a seemingly innocent salutation on "Amazon," a track from her desperately anticipated debut release, Arular. "Hello/ This is M.I.A./ Could you please/ Come get me," she…
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Music, No Joke

No Joke

After playing a show in New Orleans in 1999, Digital Underground frontman and Bay Area hip hop legend Shock-G had a one-night stand with a 19-year-old named Cinnamon. As Shock tells it, Cinnamon was a heroin addict who had run…
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Calendar, Night&Day Heavy Hitters

Heavy Hitters

The Puerto Rican band Puya plays a blend of metallic salsa and powerhouse rock so good it doesn't matter what language it's in. The group fuses Spanglish rap vocals with sexy island rhythms, luring a large crossover audience of metalheads…
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Hear This

Anonymous 4 Anonymous 4 is one of a handful of peculiar a cappella groups to top the Billboard classical chart in the past decade by making the church palatable for the spiritually bereft masses. Scholarly explorers of medieval chant and…
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The Rhythm Method

"My songs are damn shady, because I am a shady person," Mr. Rhythm is saying. "Truth is, all of us are; it's just that some of us haven't come out of the garbage yet." Though it's hard to imagine anyone…
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Hear This

Mickey Hart's Planet Drum Regardless of what you think about the Grateful Dead, you have to give props to drummer Mickey Hart for his legitimate ethnomusicological enterprises. It seems a youth full of doses has paid off by expanding Hart's…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): As I meditate on you and peer into my crystal ball, I behold a horde of rabbits staging an orgy in a garden where tomatoes are growing as big as pumpkins and watermelons the size of…
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