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Music, Hear This Cloud Nothings: Show Preview

Cloud Nothings: Show Preview

Some "bands" are the brainchild of one person: In the studio, person plays everything; for touring, person assembles a combo. Ultimately, it's the end result that matters, and Cleveland's Cloud Nothings — the vehicle for Dylan Baldi — delivers. Cloud…
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Music, Hear This Esben and the Witch: Show Preview

Esben and the Witch: Show Preview

In the Danish fairy tale "Esben and the Witch," the unappreciated runt of 12 brothers saves his siblings from certain death and ends up a hero. In the Brighton, England-based gothy indie rock outfit Esben and the Witch, two men…
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Culture, Summer Guide

If you go:

Smiley's Schooner Saloon & Hotel rooms $84-$94. 41 Wharf (at Brighton), Bolinas, 868-1311, www.coastalpost.com/smileys. Bolinas Book Exchange 22 Brighton (at Wharf), Bolinas. Whale Watch Inn, rooms $180-$300, 35100 Highway 1 (at Ohlson), Gualala/Anchor Bay, 800-942-5342, www.whalewatchinn.com. Gualala Arts Center 46501…
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Music, Blue-Ballin' Blues

Blue-Ballin' Blues

Over his 30-year career, first as a member of the Birthday Party and then as a solo artist abetted by the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave has donned many musical styles. He's been a snarling gothic-punker, a noirish murder-balladeer, a cultivated…
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Music, BeatBox Detroit techno by way of Berlin: Magda

Detroit techno by way of Berlin: Magda

Brighton, England's Adam Freeland searches across genres to find big beats, gritty bass lines, and cheeky sentiments for his DJ sets and his own songs. He earned a surprise European pop hit in 2004 with "We Want Your Soul," which…
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Music, Reviewed Fujiya & Miyagi

Fujiya & Miyagi

Given the group's name and its obvious love for the minimalist funk of Future Days-era Can, it isn't farfetched to think Fujiya & Miyagi are descendents of iconic krautrocker Damo Suzuki. While F&M have opened for the legendary singer, the…
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Music, Reviewed The Kooks

The Kooks

These Brighton, England, fops start their debut with a slow, pensive stroll and by tune No. 3, they've hit those clipped Motown beats, trashed-transcendent guitars, and droll vox in stride. Then they rev it up a tick with "Eddie's Gun,"…
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Music, Go! With the Spirit

Go! With the Spirit

The other day I happened, to my great surprise, to walk by a cheerleading camp, a small army of kids with words like "TIGERS" emblazoned across their trim, peppy asses. Sometimes I forget that herkies and the compulsive spelling of…
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Music, Reviewed British Sea Power

British Sea Power

This sophomore offering from the Brighton quartet British Sea Power blends two forms of British Romanticism: 1980s new wave and 1880s Victorian poetry. Frontman Yan likens emotional states to states of nature. "Lakes are forming on the pockets of your…
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Music, Reviewed Electrelane

Electrelane

Alert the pretension police, get out the Sartre Memorial Billy Clubs, load up the hogwashed paddy wagon: Electrelane's second album, The Power Out, has artsy-fartsy nightmare written all over it. On the disc, the Brighton quartet sings in Spanish, German,…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

A while back, it seemed like electronic music pundits couldn't invent subgenres fast enough. You had trip hop, techstep, breakbeat, broken beat, illbient, ambient, drill 'n' bass, IDM, and a dozen other obtuse terms seemingly designed to keep you, your…
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Film, Love Stings

Love Stings

"Hell is a sort of high-class nightclub," wrote George Orwell, "entry to which is reserved for Catholics only." This sentiment is on stark display in the work of novelist Graham Greene, whose adulterous relationship (with the very married Catherine Welston,…
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Felix the Dog Felix the Dog is more of a storyteller than a typical DJ. At every party, at every club, he seeks a narrative from the crowd and crafts a soundtrack that matches its unique dance-floor cinema. Borrowing flutes…
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Peter & the Test Tube Babies Peter & the Test Tube Babies spent the last 20 years at the bottom. They've never sounded better. Starting in Brighton, England, the young oi band set out to play songs about daily life…
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