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Calendar, Night&Day Edgy Art

Edgy Art

In the 1950s, the destination spot of Niagara Falls, N.Y., was also a hotbed of industry made of petrochemicals, paper, plastics, rubber, and abrasives. But while shiny-faced tourists strolled the promenade awaiting the next high-wire act, the locally owned Schoellkopf…
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Music, Hear This Aaron Novik: Show Preview

Aaron Novik: Show Preview

S.F.-based clarinetist and composer Aaron Novik is like a musician from Boomer times. Not because his music sounds like 1960s rock, but because, like the greats of that generation — including the Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, and Bob Dylan —…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week's Issue: Tegan and Sara Find Leonard Cohen

This Week's Issue: Tegan and Sara Find Leonard Cohen

Just out, in this week's music section...Tegan and Sara's Sara Quin on being inspired by Leonard Cohen's romantic frustrations: "Tegan ended up getting what she wanted and what she was practicing good for," Sara says. "I didn't. What was so attractive…
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Music, Violinist and composer Carla Kihlstedt soundtracks industrial anxiety

Violinist and composer Carla Kihlstedt soundtracks industrial anxiety

Carla Kihlstedt is a perfect match for Other Minds, the city's premier festival for adventurous music created from unlikely connections. The classically trained violinist and DIY vocalist has long explored songcraft as a bridge to multiple worlds. For her Other…
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Calendar, Night&Day Can Somebody Please Start a Riot?

Can Somebody Please Start a Riot?

In the early 20th century, Futurism was sexy — motorcars! Cement mixers! Buildings taller than 20 stories! Advances in technology were easy to wrap your head around, in contrast to today, where it takes diligent study to even understand the…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Wonder</i> Full

Wonder Full

The protagonist of the Joe Goode Performance Group’s latest piece is a puppet. Our first reaction was … yikes. How does a dance/theater troupe get at the heart of what it is to be human using a main character who…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Kihl Me

You Kihl Me

If confidence and creativity are the cornerstones of sexy, then violinist/vocalist Carla Kihlstedt is the sexiest woman in the avant-garde. In any of her regular gigs -- with Dada rockers Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, eclectic chamber group Tin Hat, or various…
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Music, No Sleep Till Oakland

No Sleep Till Oakland

"Our approach is to find a new instrument and figure out what new things it can do," says Sleepytime Gorilla Museum's Dan Rathbun. "And then we write songs around those abilities of the new instruments." When Rathbun speaks of finding…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

In 1811, in a little English village, a small band of men hoisted their hammers and axes and marched on the home of a master weaver who had recently replaced them with weaving machines. It was the first of many…
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Music, Reviewed Carla Kihlstedt

Carla Kihlstedt

As a member of Tin Hat Trio, Carla Kihlstedt has charmed audiences by blending her virtuosic violin playing with an Eastern European classical sound. At the same time, she's contributed to the avant-metal crunch of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and the…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

For a chamber group with instrumentation that leans to the quiet side -- acoustic guitar, dobro, banjo, accordion, piano, field organ, violin, viola -- Tin Hat Trio packs an inordinate amount of musical muscle. Mark Orton, Rob Burger, and Carla…
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Calendar, Night&Day Top of the Mountain

Top of the Mountain

Rova Saxophone Quartet is an inspiration in Bay Area experimental music circles not only because it has performed and recorded widely for two decades, but also because the group sponsors community events that include musicians of divergent backgrounds. One of…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

If pianist Ethan Iverson were based in the Bay Area, he'd probably work with the handful of top-notch musicians in the Mills College and S.F. improv scenes -- artists enormously respected by their peers but largely unknown beyond those circles…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

Infamous Bay Area innovators Idiot Flesh used to open shows with a lively processional ironically dubbed "Dead Like Us." A madcap act of guerrilla theater, the group and its entourage of colorfully clad dancers, prancers, and anything-goes noisemakers would wend…
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Music, Finger-picking Good

Finger-picking Good

When shopping for a Duck Baker album, it can be hard to know which section of the record store to look in. On one record he collaborates with traditional folk singer Molly Andrews, while on another he arranges the songs…
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Music, Tin Hat Trio

Tin Hat Trio

Tin Hat TrioHelium(Angel)Tin Hat Trio blew up with the power and exuberance of a firestorm on last year's recording debut Memory Is an Elephant. With an unlikely instrumental core of violin or viola (Carla Kihlstedt), accordion (Rob Burger), and acoustic…
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Beyond and Back

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a popular chamber group combination was guitar, accordion, and violin. In contemporary Argentina and northeastern Brazil, the same group of instruments is the norm for tango and other intimate dance-music forms. In some Italian and Balkan…
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Hear This

Graham Connah's NoPorkestra & Chorus Anyone who's seen jazz pianist Graham Connah in concert is familiar with his fun-loving fascination with language. From droll, between-song wisecracks to clever album titles (like his palindromic debut, Snaps Erupt at Pure Spans, and…
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