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Music, All Shook Down Saturday: Broken Social Scene Brings Out Issac Brock and Stars for an Epic "Final" Show at the Fillmore

Saturday: Broken Social Scene Brings Out Issac Brock and Stars for an Epic "Final" Show at the Fillmore

Broken Social Scene Oct. 1, 2011 The Fillmore Better than: All but a handful of other '00s-era indie rock bands. It was billed as the last Broken Social Scene show for a long while -- maybe forever, as this…
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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 • There were fascinating conversations to be found at the biannual S.F. MusicTech Conference. One that captured our ears included, among others, locals Jack Conte of Pomplamoose and cellist Zoe Keating. She said a shout-out on NPR did more…
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Music, All Shook Down Broken Social Scene To Go on Hiatus After October S.F. Shows

Broken Social Scene To Go on Hiatus After October S.F. Shows

Canadian art-rock collective Broken Social Scene is coming to the Bay Area at the beginning of next month for two shows on Oct 1: One at the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, and one at the not-free Fillmore. But…
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Music, All Shook Down Are NSFW Music Videos Brave Art, or Ploys for Horny Attention?

Are NSFW Music Videos Brave Art, or Ploys for Horny Attention?

Once upon a time, depicting actual nudity or sex in a music video was basically pointless: It wouldn't get shown on MTV with those things in it, and there wasn't much use in making a video that wouldn't air…
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Music, All Shook Down Photos from Last Night: Broken Social Scene at the Warfield

Photos from Last Night: Broken Social Scene at the Warfield

Broken Social Scene April 13, 2011 The Warfield Coachella is the gift that keeps on giving for homebound NorCalers. Admist the embarrassment of musical riches in S.F. this week was Canadian megatroupe Broken Social Scene, which brought its expansive…
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Music, All Shook Down The Poor Man's Coachella: A Guide to Seeing Your Favorite Artists Without Leaving Home

The Poor Man's Coachella: A Guide to Seeing Your Favorite Artists Without Leaving Home

Don't want to travel south for the three-day festival of the sunburn? Well, fine: Most of the biggest and best draws at Coachella are hitting the Bay Area over the next few weeks anyway. Here's a guide to whom to…
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Music, All Shook Down How to Succeed in Indie Music? Five Formulas For a Blog-Worthy Band

How to Succeed in Indie Music? Five Formulas For a Blog-Worthy Band

Maybe you won't admit it -- at least to your would-be fans -- but we all know it's the truth. No matter how stunning your lack of ambition may be, no matter how much you say you like sharing a…
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Music, All Shook Down The Ghosts of Outside Lands Past

The Ghosts of Outside Lands Past

Now that this year's Outside Lands lineup has been released in full and stayed true to its lil-bit-hippie-lil-bit-hip-hop roots and the folk vs. funk vibe, will you be forking over some coin when the tickets go on sale tomorrow? How…
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Music, All Shook Down Monday Morning Hangover: Hot Hot Weekend

Monday Morning Hangover: Hot Hot Weekend

Canadian indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene took over  the stag at the Fillmore, playing tracks from…
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Music, Hear This Concert preview: Broken Social Scene

Concert preview: Broken Social Scene

From the title to the music itself, Broken Social Scene's new Forgiveness Rock Record plays like an apology for the unevenness of the group's self-titled third album. Recorded with Tortoise's John McEntire, Forgiveness reconnects the many-limbed band with its ambitious…
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Music, Dinner With Leslie

Dinner With Leslie

You may never get a second chance to make a first impression, but really it's the second impression that counts. Like with dating: The initial meeting is often just testing the boundaries and remembering which fork to use. It's not…
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Music, Reviewed Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene

In 2002, Broken Social Scene didn't have much to prove. Most members of the Toronto collective were already playing in other Canadian indie bands (Stars, Metric, Do Make Say Think), and because they were a ragtag group of relative musical…
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Music, Reviewed Metric

Metric

I wonder what Metric (and sometimes Broken Social Scene) frontwoman Emily Haines was like in high school. Like most emerging indie rock icons, she was probably socially awkward, the only sort of pre-adult state of mind that allows for a…
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Music, Maple Leaf Boogie-Woogie

Maple Leaf Boogie-Woogie

They love snow. They hate hype. They all play in each other's bands -- sorry, "collectives" -- in the hipster enclaves of Toronto, Montreal, and beyond. And they have kingmaker music site Pitchforkmedia.com on speed dial. They are the heralded…
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Music, Reviewed Another Serene World

Another Serene World

Here’s a new band with a lot going against it. First, the name. Kind of clunky. Second, it hails from Ontario, is a cute boy/girl collective, and plays quixotic indie rock with a king’s arsenal of different instruments. These facts…
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Music, Blame Canada

Blame Canada

If you think you've experienced a disorienting weekend or two, you should have been in Leslie Feist's shoes several years ago. Then living in Toronto, the Nova Scotia-born, Calgary-bred singer's schedule might've looked something like this: Friday night -- don…
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Music, Reviewed Metric

Metric

We first encountered Metric singer Emily Haines as the meek but cute voice on Broken Social Scene's "Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl." "Park that car, drop that phone/ Sleep on the floor, dream about me," she sings over and over…
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Music, A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess

It's a brisk and sunny day and New York City is in the throes of the CMJ Music Marathon, a four-day extravaganza where indie bands from all over converge to share their wares. Brendan Canning, one of Broken Social Scene's…
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