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Calendar, Night&Day Absurdism Without Borders

Absurdism Without Borders

Westerners seeking enlightenment in Eastern religion are nothing new in works of art or for artists themselves. The Beatles spent time with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, after which their music took a distinct turn toward the Indian. Singer-songwriter Cat Stevens left…
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Calendar, Night&Day Footloose Folk

Footloose Folk

Devendra Banhart would much rather play the wandering mystic than the outlaw rock star. That wanderlust spurs him in constantly shifting directions, though the changes in trajectory are more like the slow and purposeful tack of a sailboat, leaning into…
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Music, Hear This Devendra Banhart's footloose folk

Devendra Banhart's footloose folk

Devendra Banhart would much rather play the wandering mystic than the outlaw rock star. That wanderlust spurs him in constantly shifting directions, though the changes in trajectory are more like the slow and purposeful tack of a sailboat, leaning into…
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Music, Reviewed John Frusciante

John Frusciante

Guitarist John Frusciante's second solo album since reuniting with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Will to Death, just might be one of the best rock 'n' roll discs this year. Recorded in less than a week on gloriously unrefined…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Better Red

Better Red

SUN-WED 7/25-28 "If you want to be free, be free" and other plangent Cat Stevens strains waft through the Haight starting today, as the Red Vic Movie House marks its 24th birthday with a four-day screening of 1971's Harold and…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Pop Philosophy

Keep feeling fascination Driving from San Diego to Mexico for New Year's, I made an interesting discovery: The '80s are back. OK, so it's not like the decade ever really went away. In fact, with the cultural nostalgia cycle set…
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