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Music, Hear This Ryan Hemsworth: Show Preview

Ryan Hemsworth: Show Preview

Doing just one thing well doesn't work anymore. The access that fans now have to artists has changed what's expected of them, and requires depth of output, a dynamic frontage, and stylistic mobility. In only a few short years, Canadian…
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Jordan Kurland's Top Five Noise Pop Memories

Jordan Kurland partnered with Noise Pop founder Kevin Arnold in the festival's sixth year. Here, he looks back on some of his favorite Noise Pop sets. 5. A three-way tie: Yoko Ono at the Fox Theater, 2010 Meeting Yoko automatically…
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Music, Perfumed Genius creates glacial ballads

Perfumed Genius creates glacial ballads

Mike Hadreas is not who you'd expect him to be. It's hard not to approach the Seattle resident, who records as Perfume Genius, very carefully. His debut album, Learning, is a set of skeletal ballads, spotlighting fragile, double-tracked vocals and…
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Music, All Shook Down Outside Lands Day One: The Strokes' Sloppy Charm, Furthur Covers Floyd, and My Morning Jacket Draws Things Out

Outside Lands Day One: The Strokes' Sloppy Charm, Furthur Covers Floyd, and My Morning Jacket Draws Things Out

The Saturday lineup included purveyors of druggy dance beats (Pretty Lights), old-timey, brass-tinged boogie (Levon Helm told us to get our dancing shoes on), a few indie characters, and a regrettable helping of self-indulgent jam rock. With the charm of Julian…
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Music, All Shook Down 10 Bands To See at Outside Lands This Weekend

10 Bands To See at Outside Lands This Weekend

It may not be the greatest Outside Lands lineup ever, but this weekend's big-honkin' music (and wine and food!) festival packs a bicycle basket-full of bands we're stroked (heh, we mean stoked) to see. Here, in no particular order, are…
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Music, All Shook Down Google May Launch iTunes Rival, Rock Concert Injuries, Shred Guitar on Your iPhone

Google May Launch iTunes Rival, Rock Concert Injuries, Shred Guitar on Your iPhone

Members of Oakland noise-psych…
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Calendar, Night&Day White No Lie

White No Lie

She shows up on radio playlists next to Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter. People constantly, incessantly compare her voice to Chan Marshall's. Her songwriting reminds us of the cryptic imagery of Neko Case's weird storytelling, and we're pretty sure…
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Music, All Shook Down The Weekend Hitlist: Mountain Goats, Exotic Erotics and A Big Benefit

The Weekend Hitlist: Mountain Goats, Exotic Erotics and A Big Benefit

It's another beautiful San Francisco weekend, and as usual there are lots of great things to do around the city after you've gotten your High School Musical 3 fix: Friday night join me at the Fillmore to see the Mountain…
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Music, Reviewed Beck

Beck

Danger Mouse's presence as co-producer doesn't drastically alter what we've come to expect from Beck on the dude's eighth album: sleepy intonations, collage imagery, and junkyard instrumentation. Still, the ghostly vibe here is very much in line with both Gnarls…
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Last Night: Cat Power at the Warfield

Click here for more photos. Cat Power April 15, 2008 The Warfield Review by Jennifer Maerz Photos by Gretchen Robinette Better Than: All those times Chan Marshall couldn’t get through a show without curling up into a ball. Can…
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Music, Cat Power Under the Covers: A Listening Party with <i>Jukebox</i> Muses

Cat Power Under the Covers: A Listening Party with Jukebox Muses

"Hey, Andy, do me a favor. Move the phone away from the speaker, turn it down a little bit, and play it for me one more time." Daryl Brown sits quietly as I re-cue "Lost Someone" on my iTunes. The…
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Music, Matador Records Skips Important Credit on Cat Power's <i>Jukebox</i>

Matador Records Skips Important Credit on Cat Power's Jukebox

Despite near-ubiquitous praise for Chan Marshall's Jukebox covers from the songwriters and performers interviewed for this story, there is one artist whose friends believe Marshall cheated her. In the album's liner notes, "Lord, Help the Poor and Needy" is credited…
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Music, All Shook Down CD Review: Cat Power -- Jukebox

CD Review: Cat Power -- Jukebox

In addition to being super musically talented, let's not forget that Chan Marshall's also pretty hot. It's a known fact that's often overlooked. Read what rock critic Michael D. Ayers has to say about her latest offering, Jukebox. --…
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Cook Kids, Cornelius, Cat Power and Om Make the SF Music Stream -- 01.16.07

I really like the music we wrote about in the SF Weekly music section this week. The Cool Kids make it sound like hip-hop ain't dead, Dan Deacon creates noisy-awesome madness that the warehouse kids can only dream of, and…
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Music, All Shook Down Stream The Complete New Cat Power Album "Jukebox"

Stream The Complete New Cat Power Album "Jukebox"

Indie- folk chanteuse Cat Power is all set to release her new album Jukebox via the Matador imprint on January 22nd. We got the review and story covered courtesy of Doug Wallen and now you can stream the entire…
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Music, Reviewed Cat Power

Cat Power

The two-minute take on "New York, New York" that opens Cat Power's second covers album is almost too easy. Iconic to a fault and not too engaging musically, it's mostly a warm-up for Chan Marshall and her newly minted Dirty…
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Calendar, Night&Day Seasoned Cat

Seasoned Cat

When Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, appeared at the 2006 Coachella festival, she treated the crowd to a run through of her current album, The Greatest, backed by a huge ensemble of session players including Al Green guitarist Mabon “Teenie”…
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Music, From Cormac McCarthy to Chan Marshall

From Cormac McCarthy to Chan Marshall

Emily Jane White is a rare solo performer who can cut through noisy club din and turn antsy foot traffic into apt listeners. Her voice pierces the egos of those within earshot; it's a low, lilting alto, often compared to…
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Music, Reviewed Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

With the same warm, horn-propelled classic soul that Cat Power copped on her last record, Amy Winehouse's U.S. debut Back to Black at first sounds like something you could put on as background music for, say, a charity fundraiser. But…
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Music, Get on the Guest List

Get on the Guest List

From the opening track of the brilliantly titled I'll Sleep When You're Dead, it's clear that El-P hasn't lost his feel for hip hop's cutting edge. The tune is an atmospheric audio collage paired with an urgent chorus of "This…
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