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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Kurt Vile Bewitches the Fillmore

Live Review: Kurt Vile Bewitches the Fillmore

Kurt Vile & the Violators Cass McCombs Heron Oblivion Friday, October 16, 2015 The Fillmore, San Francisco Better Than: Most things really. Live acts who don’t say much to the crowd during their shows can be broken into two…
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Music, All Shook Down Cass McCombs Is Coming Home, Whatever Home Means, and You Should Probably Go See Him

Cass McCombs Is Coming Home, Whatever Home Means, and You Should Probably Go See Him

Cass McCombs is many things — a semi-famous musician who semi-famously hates interviews, a nomad who keeps circling back to the Bay Area, an entertaining and enigmatic-to-the-point-of-it-seeming-like-a-put-on folk-rock persona. But most importantly, he's an incredibly talented songwriter, one around whom…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch the Incredibly Strange New Video For Cass McCombs' "Big Wheel"

Watch the Incredibly Strange New Video For Cass McCombs' "Big Wheel"

Here is a list of things you will see in the new music video for Cass McCombs' "Big Wheel," a droning trucker-rock tune from his excellent new album of almost the same name: - Bloody fingers - San Francisco City…
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Music, The Top 12 Bay Area Rock Albums of 2013

The Top 12 Bay Area Rock Albums of 2013

Deciding where "rock" begins and ends in 2013 — and in a music scene as adventurous as the Bay Area's — is not an easy task. Some of these albums feature banjos, while others have guitars that would sound at…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Cass McCombs smirked and threw sidelong glances at his three-piece band all night as a means of communication, but the audience was too busy being enchanted by his gentle twang, the rolling groove of "Big Wheel," and obvious love…
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Music, All Shook Down Cass McCombs is Unassuming and Full of Nuanced Spontaneity at Great American Music Hall, 11/15/13

Cass McCombs is Unassuming and Full of Nuanced Spontaneity at Great American Music Hall, 11/15/13

Cass McCombs 
Meg Baird
 Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
 Great American Music Hall

 Better than: Folkie protest songs.

 "What's up? How you doin'? You alright?"

 Three cursory greetings and then Cass McCombs mostly ignored the crowd until the very end…
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Music, All Shook Down Cass McCombs: Either Putting Us On, or Really Goddamn Sincere

Cass McCombs: Either Putting Us On, or Really Goddamn Sincere

From the latest SF Weekly: Cass McCombs: This is Cass "Our solitude connects us with our sorrow" McCombs. He's from Northern California, and he lives on couches and floors and other people's beds and in his car, which…
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Music, Anatomy of the Modern Folkie: Cass McCombs Is Either Putting Us On, or He's Really Goddamn Sincere

Anatomy of the Modern Folkie: Cass McCombs Is Either Putting Us On, or He's Really Goddamn Sincere

Cass McCombs isn't going to show. It's 2:05 p.m. on a radiant October Wednesday and he's already five minutes late. No one near the music concourse in Golden Gate Park looks like an itinerant, mercurial folk-rocker; it's all tourist families.…
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Music, All Shook Down Cass McCombs on Moving Around, His "Beauty Filter," and Why He Doesn't Like Talking About the Past

Cass McCombs on Moving Around, His "Beauty Filter," and Why He Doesn't Like Talking About the Past

The vagabond. The recluse. The wanderer. The elusive anti-media troubadour. Cass McCombs has been called a lot of things. But in every description of the mystery man, there is always high praise for his musicianship, lyricism, and prolificacy: seven records…
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Music, Folk Singer Jessica Pratt Is Still in Her Own Head

Folk Singer Jessica Pratt Is Still in Her Own Head

Jessica Pratt doesn't remember much about the two months she spent back in 2007 recording her self-titled debut album. The Bayview studio? "It was pretty nondescript, pretty barren-looking," she says. The sound engineer? "I didn't really know the guy too…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 5/25/12: Cass McCombs and Michael Hurley Folk Out at Great American

Live Review, 5/25/12: Cass McCombs and Michael Hurley Folk Out at Great American

Cass McCombsMichael Hurley Friday, May 25, 2012 Great American Music HallBetter than: Folk-playin' street performers on the stoops of Haight-Ashbury. The night began with a quiet, hollow Great American Music Hall, and ended with a room full of young, cool,…
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Music, All Shook Down Don't Call 'Em Slow: The Weakerthans Bring Their Deliberate Albums to the Live Stage

Don't Call 'Em Slow: The Weakerthans Bring Their Deliberate Albums to the Live Stage

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: The Weakerthans: Staying abreast of contemporary music is an exhausting and nearly futile enterprise. Too many bands exist, as do too many songs, too many shows, too many tweets, too many everything. Thankfully,…
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Music, Hear This Cass McCombs: Show Preview

Cass McCombs: Show Preview

It tells you something about Cass McCombs' ambition and talent that the lauded singer-songwriter released not one but two full-length albums this year. On April's Wit's End and November's Humor Risk, the Bay Area native continues his exploration of human…
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Music, All Shook Down Track of the Day: Cass McCombs

Track of the Day: Cass McCombs

A little Monday morning romance for you. The best track off Chicago troubadour Cass McCombs' new album Catacombs is a dreamy ditty called "Dreams Come True Girl." The song opens with McCombs pining for a lover who melts away "all…
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