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Music, All Shook Down Murderous Music: On David Bazan's Brutally Suggestive "Second Best"

Murderous Music: On David Bazan's Brutally Suggestive "Second Best"

The tradition of the murder ballad goes back a long way in music -- Nick Cave did a chilling album of them if you need a primer -- for the same reason we read novels about murder all the time:…
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Music, Hear This David Bazan Band: Show Preview

David Bazan Band: Show Preview

For the most part, Pedro the Lion's discography glosses as a litany of soft-spoken parables about the ties that bind everyday people to the decidedly sub-divine realm of modern life. But Control, which came out in 2002, and which Wikipedia…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: A Tribe Called Quest Finally Gets Its Documentary

In Print: A Tribe Called Quest Finally Gets Its Documentary

Beats, Rhymes, and Life: So much petty drama has clouded the release of Michael Rapaport's a Tribe Called Quest documentary. One version of the backstory casts the first-time director as a doofus actor wannabe (arguably best known for his role…
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Music, Hear This David Bazan: Show Preview

David Bazan: Show Preview

There may be no more eloquent ex-Christian in indie-rock than David Bazan. Once the voice and songwriting engine of the semireligious outfit Pedro the Lion, Bazan now records and tours under his own name. The newly agnostic singer-songwriter's excellent new…
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Music, All Shook Down Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch Loves S.F., and Why a Music-Based Dating Site Doesn't Work

Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch Loves S.F., and Why a Music-Based Dating Site Doesn't Work

Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian​In SF Weekly's print edition this week: A look at the impressive lineup for this weekend's Treasure Island Music Festival.My exclusive interview with Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch:  "He didn't know then that this city…
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Music, Hear This David Bazan: Show Preview

David Bazan: Show Preview

David Bazan has never been one for self-censorship. As the sole constant member of Seattle indie stalwarts Pedro the Lion, he set the narratives of his unflinching smarts to slowcore worship hymns, folksy murder ballads, and seething reprisal rock. Since…
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Music, Hear This Show preview: Greg Laswell

Show preview: Greg Laswell

Greg Laswell sounds like the kind of softy who sings sweetly about heartbreak mainly just to get chicks, which in turn leads to the type of breakups that fill songbooks. It appears that the cycle is working for the Southern…
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Listomania 2009: College Records of the Year

College-Rocker Records of the Year Yeah, pal, that's "college rock," scare quotes very much included. Look, it's a meaningless term. As are "indie," "alternative," "hipster," etc., etc. Let's not overthink this: Here we have 10 splendid records with an amorphous…
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Poncho Sanchez, Skinny Puppy, David Bazan -- Plugged In: ASD's Live Music Picks, June 21

Can’t enough percussion: Poncho Sanchez, 8 and 10 at Yoshi’s Jazz Club. $20. “Poncho Sanchez is an uncompromising artist who has always blurred the lines of imposed musical categorization. The legendary conguero readily admits to the lasting impression left on…
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Music, Hear This Nevada City: a gold mine once again with folkster Alela Diane

Nevada City: a gold mine once again with folkster Alela Diane

Since his early years with Anticon, Rhode Island-based MC Sage Francis has crafted his hip-hop tableau using painfully intimate admissions and intricate metaphors. On his latest album, Human The Death Dance, Francis implores us to "stop calling it emo" —…
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Music, Reviewed Pedro the Lion

Pedro the Lion

The cast of Pedro the Lion's latest seems lifted from a lost Arthur Miller tragedy. There are gambling-addict husbands, faithless lovers, and joyless amputees by the dozen. It's a dour crew, all brought to life through David Bazan's just-secular-enough-to-sell coo…
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Music, Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil

David Bazan is a good Christian with a habit. He's been doing a lot of interviews these days about his band Pedro the Lion, and he's been telling anybody who'll listen not to, you know, play up his religious background.…
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