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Music, All Shook Down Merrill Garbus Is the Spiritual Heiress to David Byrne

Merrill Garbus Is the Spiritual Heiress to David Byrne

This past Sunday, on what was possibly the hottest day in the history of the chilly canyon known as Stern Grove, Merrill Garbus, the creative force behind tUnE-yArDs, took over the summertime festival in a muu-muu that made her…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Lars Ulrich Gets Cold, DMX Gets Scared, Jack White Hangs Out With Santa

This Week: Lars Ulrich Gets Cold, DMX Gets Scared, Jack White Hangs Out With Santa

"We were recording at night and it was freezing sometimes. We had big gas heaters heating up the drum room so Lars wouldn't catch a cold. That studio is now somebody's apartment, by the way. Somebody's living room is…
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Music, Hear This Tidelands: Show Preview

Tidelands: Show Preview

San Francisco's Tidelands is a pop-rock combo whose music could easily fit in a shuffle of David Bowie, Wilco, and R.E.M. The duo blends twinkling guitars, ornamental synths, and strings — with a booming flugelhorn — into a melange it…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch: David Byrne and the Atomic Bomb Band Play William Onyeabor's "Fantastic Man" on the <i>Tonight Show</i>

Watch: David Byrne and the Atomic Bomb Band Play William Onyeabor's "Fantastic Man" on the Tonight Show

Maybe you saw our music feature this week about William Onyeabor, the mysterious, briliant Nigerian synth-funk artist whose music will be the focus of a special concert at the Warfield this Tuesday, May 6. Ex-Talking Head David Byrne will be…
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Music, The Mysteries of William Onyeabor

The Mysteries of William Onyeabor

There is more to wonder about Nigeria's William Onyeabor than there is to know — but since his music is more knowable than anything else, let's start there. Between 1977 and 1985, Onyeabor released eight albums of psychedelic synthesizer funk…
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Music, All Hail Annie Clark: How St. Vincent Became Indie Rock's Standard-Bearer

All Hail Annie Clark: How St. Vincent Became Indie Rock's Standard-Bearer

On the evening of Oct. 22, 2009, Annie Clark donned her guitar and stepped onstage at Castaways, a garage-sized dive bar in Ithaca, N.Y. Situated between a muddy canal and a gleaming fitness center, the venue was stippled with garish…
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Music, All Shook Down David Byrne Spotted -- But Not Photographed -- Hanging Out in the Mission

David Byrne Spotted -- But Not Photographed -- Hanging Out in the Mission

It's always fun to see where musical celebrities will venture in San Francisco. After a fantastic show with young collaborator Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) at the Orpheum Theatre on Monday night, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne apparently spent much…
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Music, All Shook Down Seeing David Byrne and St. Vincent This Fall Will Be Really Expensive. Here Are Four Smarter Ways to Spend Your Live Music Money

Seeing David Byrne and St. Vincent This Fall Will Be Really Expensive. Here Are Four Smarter Ways to Spend Your Live Music Money

Everyone has their own most anticipated album of the fall, but it's safe to say there's lots interest in Love This Giant, the David Byrne/St. Vincent collaboration. When an official announcement came this summer (LP due out in September) with…
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Film, "Neil Young Journeys": The Musician Commands the Room

"Neil Young Journeys": The Musician Commands the Room

Not to knock films as fantastic as his Rachel Getting Married, The Silence of the Lambs, and Something Wild, but there's something wilder-- or at least, more directly stimulating and pure-- about Jonathan Demme's live-performance docs. The 68-year-old auteur immortalized…
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Music, Fresh Times for Mission Recording Studio Different Fur

Fresh Times for Mission Recording Studio Different Fur

Late in 2009, the Mission recording studio Different Fur played host to a night of local musical magic. Upstart Berkeley band the Morning Benders was recording a video with the then-scarcely-heard-of S.F. music video outfit Yours Truly. It was a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cloris Leachman and David Byrne, Together At Last

Cloris Leachman and David Byrne, Together At Last

When it was released in 1986, David Byrne's film True Stories was besieged by many of the same criticisms that would dog the Coen Brothers in the years to come -- that it was patronizing to small-town America, that…
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Calendar, Night&Day So True

So True

When it was released in 1986, David Byrne's film True Stories was besieged by many of the same criticisms that would dog the Coen Brothers in the years to come — that it was patronizing to small-town America, that it…
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Calendar, Night&Day Funny People

Funny People

It's no secret that SF Sketchfest draws celebrity performers, so let's dispense with this year's biggest names straightaway: Zach Braff, Dan Aykroyd, Candice Bergen, Garry Shandling, Neil Patrick Harris, David Byrne, Kevin Pollak, Cloris Leachman. And there are dozens more…
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Music, Hear This Show Preview: Dirty Projectors

Show Preview: Dirty Projectors

If you've yet to experience Brooklyn sextet Dirty Projectors live, just know this: They're the kind of musical mavericks the Queen of Kook, Björk, performs with in New York bookstores; they once collaborated with that other eccentric legend, David Byrne;…
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Calendar, Night&Day How We Are Hungry

How We Are Hungry

Dave Eggers is guilty of being famous, and those who sentence people for that have been sentencing him for years. He writes books? Opens writing schools? Publishes a one-day rocket-car newspaper? He's like a fucking criminal. If he sucked, we…
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Music, Afropop in 2008

Afropop in 2008

Who knew back in January that when Vampire Weekend tinkered with soukous' guitar-driven dance rhythms on its self-titled debut, the band would set the tone for the next 12 months? In many ways, 2008 was the year Afropop fully cracked…
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Music, Reviewed Wilderness

Wilderness

You don't so much listen to a Wilderness album as become completely absorbed by it. The band's densely textured and deceptively simple format of guitar, bass, and drums takes on a throbbing, hypnotic quality that's hard to classify with terms…
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Music, David Byrne and Brian Eno pay homage to higher powers

David Byrne and Brian Eno pay homage to higher powers

David Byrne's new album, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, did more than just reunite the Talking Heads singer with legendary U.K. producer Brian Eno. It also updated their nuanced take on the spiritual, both the realm and the genre.…
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Music, Hear This Bad Seeds bloom

Bad Seeds bloom

With the Birthday Party, Nick Cave emerged as goth's most literary frontman. Since that Aussie cult band's split in 1984, Cave has cornered the market in eerie intensity with his surreal preacher persona — half Tom Waits, half David Byrne,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Oh Susana

Oh Susana

Afro-Peruvian chanteuse Susana Baca is a lady with an extraordinary glow, as evidenced by Memoria Viva, the documentary that celebrates her; she matches that outer radiance with a famously strong vocal tone. This folk treasure, who hails from Lima, might…
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