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Music, Hear This Cool Ghouls: Show Preview

Cool Ghouls: Show Preview

Did someone say jangly indie-pop was dead in San Francisco? Clearly they aren't hip to Cool Ghouls, an upstart foursome offering scrappy, reverb-saturated guitar glee with a touch of charming juvenilia. Yes, there are like 50 million other bands doing…
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Music, All Shook Down The Black Ryder Hasn't Made Any Deals With the Devil -- Yet

The Black Ryder Hasn't Made Any Deals With the Devil -- Yet

Having recently toured the U.S. with The Cult -- almost immediately after moving to Los Angeles -- Australian-born outfit The Black Ryder will play its first-ever West Coast headlining show this Thursday at Popscene. Multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Scott Von Ryper…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Slim's

Last Night: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Slim's

​Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Whigs Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Slim's Better than: Beating the Devil's tattoo -- whatever that means. Leather jackets? Check. Too much fog machine? I can still smell it. Glee-d-out girls snapping cam-phone pics every 1.5…
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Music, All Shook Down BRMC's Trick Works Much Better This Round

BRMC's Trick Works Much Better This Round

Looking back through the corrective lenses of retrospect and time, it wasn't very fair the way we went about this business of king making. In defense, it was pretty bleak at the onset of the last decade. Nu-metal lunkheads lurked…
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Music, Reviewed The Black Angels

The Black Angels

We're well into the dawn of the drone by now. That sultry guitar hum introduced to the punks by the Velvet Underground and blown out to the shoegazers by Spacemen 3 and the Jesus and Mary Chain has, in more…
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Music, All Shook Down Kings of Leon Roared at the Warfield Last Night

Kings of Leon Roared at the Warfield Last Night

Kings of Leon Tuesday, September 4, 2007 Warfield, San Francisco, CA. Better Than: Sleep Download: Some new Kings. This is what you listen to on a 400-mile-long, midnight burn down the Interstate doing 100 MPH with the windows down…
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Music, Uneasy Riders

Uneasy Riders

"I took out a loan on my empty heart, babe. I took out a loan for my patient soul." Not the most celebratory opening lines from a fairly successful band. But that's the set-up guiding you into the intro "Took…
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Music, Reviewed ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

What's a band to do after releasing an album, which while creatively expanding upon a sound, is both a critical and commercial failure? Give up? Or perhaps revisit the proverbial drawing board? Austin's Trail of Dead seems to have taken…
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Film, Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans

The trouble with pornography is that while it sells itself on the authenticity of the sex act, everything else about it is usually artificial, and very blatantly so. The hair color of the leads, most of the female body parts,…
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Music, Revved-Up Rock

Revved-Up Rock

Whatever happened to reverb that shoots through your veins and widens your pupils like a drug? Whatever happened to moody vocals and drooping bass lines that leave trails across your speakers? Whatever happened to the dark, dreamy pop of shoegazers…
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