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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Musicians Respond to the Unrest in Baltimore

This Week: Musicians Respond to the Unrest in Baltimore

Given the unrest in Baltimore this week — and out of solidarity with those that feel the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, from injuries received while in police custody, was unjust (to say the very least) — our weekly quotes…
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Music, All Shook Down Marc Ribot on Working With Tom Waits and Guitarists Who Play a Very Weird Saxophone

Marc Ribot on Working With Tom Waits and Guitarists Who Play a Very Weird Saxophone

One of the most versatile instrumental talents to ever emerge from New York City's downtown experimental jazz scene, guitarist Marc Ribot has established himself as a both a celebrated sideman and bandleader over the last four decades. First coming to…
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Music, Hear This Deerhoof: Show Preview

Deerhoof: Show Preview

Rock bands don't get much more playful or surprising than Deerhoof, the art-noise foursome whose relentless pursuit of sonic mindfuckery has made it a national treasure since the late '90s. Even with its members scattered around the country, the formerly…
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Music, All Shook Down Polyvinyl Records: A Midwest Indie Thriving in San Francisco

Polyvinyl Records: A Midwest Indie Thriving in San Francisco

Name: Polyvinyl Records Founded: 1995 Headquarters: Champaign, Illinois, and San Francisco, Calif. Founder(s): Matt Lunsford and Darcie Knight founded Polyvinyl together. For our profile of the imprint, we spoke with Seth Hubbard, the label manager who spearheaded Polyvinyl's expansion to…
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Music, All Shook Down New Deerhoof Song "The Trouble With Candyhands" Is Funky, Tropical, and Delightful

New Deerhoof Song "The Trouble With Candyhands" Is Funky, Tropical, and Delightful

The music of Deerhoof is like spicy mustard or stinky cheese or Tusk or something: Once you acquire a taste for this kind of thoroughly adventurous pop-rock, nothing else is quite satisfying in the same way. The band (which was…
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Music, The Wizard of Wilco: A Conversation with Guitarist Nels Cline

The Wizard of Wilco: A Conversation with Guitarist Nels Cline

Nels Cline is extremely lucky, and he knows it. Widely regarded as one of the world's finest living guitarists, Cline came up playing styles of music whose audience is sadly shrinking: jazz, improvisatory, and avant-garde. If those were the beginning…
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Music, Hear This Go! Team: Show Preview

Go! Team: Show Preview

The Go! Team is a multiculti group of professional indie-pop cheerleaders, so it follows that the Brighton, England, sextet is best experienced on a stage with the volume turned up to bumpin'. Not that the band's three albums lack in…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Night: Deerhoof, Slowly Maturing, Still Gets Pretty Weird at Great American Music Hall

Friday Night: Deerhoof, Slowly Maturing, Still Gets Pretty Weird at Great American Music Hall

Deerhoof Ben Butler and Mousepad January 28, 2011 @ Great American Music Hall Better than: San Jose tourist attractions. To be sure, the term "mid-career art-rockers" -- one that fits sometime Bay Area indie heroes Deerhoof like a permanently glued…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Is Trackademicks' the Next King of Bay Area Hip Hop?

In Print: Is Trackademicks' the Next King of Bay Area Hip Hop?

Deerhoof's new album: Harpsichord. Congotronics. Flamenco guitar. Crunchy analog samples. Crushing metallic riffs. Whirling keyboard dashes. Stonesy swagger. Wispy vocal lines. Until now, those were sounds you'd have expected to hear in the record collections of the four very different…
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Music, Chaotic Consensus: Deerhoof vs. Evil sounds like sonic agreement, for once

Chaotic Consensus: Deerhoof vs. Evil sounds like sonic agreement, for once

Harpsichord. Congotronics. Flamenco guitar. Crunchy analog samples. Crushing metallic riffs. Whirling keyboard dashes. Stonesy swagger. Wispy vocal lines. Until now, those were sounds you'd have expected to hear in the record collections of the four very different musicians in the…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch the Silly, Glammy New Video for Deerhoof's 'Super Duper Rescue Heads!'

Watch the Silly, Glammy New Video for Deerhoof's 'Super Duper Rescue Heads!'

So Bay Area art-punk figureheads Deerhoof have a new record, Deerhoof Vs. Evil, dropping Jan. 25, and yesterday, they dropped a video for the standout track "Super Duper Rescue Heads!" Among other things, it features Deerhoof frontwoman Satomi wandering the…
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Music, All Shook Down Hear Another New Deerhoof Song from the Upcoming Album

Hear Another New Deerhoof Song from the Upcoming Album

Since we already gave you one new Deerhoof song -- hint: it benefits from a little chemical enhancement -- it seems only right to follow up with the latest track off of Deerhoof's upcoming album, Deerhoof Vs. Evil. Oh, and…
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Music, All Shook Down Listen To This While High: 'The Merry Barracks,' by Deerhoof

Listen To This While High: 'The Merry Barracks,' by Deerhoof

Given numerous (and proliferating) testimonials to cannabis use in its lyrics, it may be safely ventured at this late hour that rock music and marijuana go together like jazz and teacup gin. Racks of rock LPs, even entire sub-genres of…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Ariel Pink's Rent Bill, Paul McCartney's Guitar Player, and Mob Figaz' Spiritual Side

This Week: Ariel Pink's Rent Bill, Paul McCartney's Guitar Player, and Mob Figaz' Spiritual Side

In the print section this week, Dan Weiss finds out why Ariel Pink is happy to discuss his personal finances but not his personal life, and discovers the dude has a penchant for saying too much. Meanwhile, David MacFadden-Elliott talks…
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Music, All Shook Down Deerhoof: Idolized in Novel, Contributes to Its Soundtrack

Deerhoof: Idolized in Novel, Contributes to Its Soundtrack

Deerhoof isn't the most obvious choice of an idol for a budding teenage rock star from Brooklyn. But it's pretty cool that bassist/singer Satomi Matsuzaki is the hero of the main character in Rules to Rock By, a new young…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Yoko Ono Plastic Band at The Fox Theater

Last Night: Yoko Ono Plastic Band at The Fox Theater

​View more photos in Chris Victorio's "Yoko Ono Plastic Band at The Fox Theater."Yoko Ono Plastic Band The Fox Theater Tuesday, Feb. 23 2010 Better than: Playing The Beatles: Rock Band When I told friends and Facebook contacts that I'd…
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Music, Hear This Marco Benevento

Marco Benevento

Keyboardist Marco Benevento comes on like a postmodern Vince Guaraldi on Me Not Me, a concept CD of 70 percent covers (Led Zeppelin, Deerhoof) done up to sound both familiar and utterly original. Like Guaraldi, the jazz composer of Peanuts…
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Music, All Shook Down Swine Flu Cancels Cornelius Tour

Swine Flu Cancels Cornelius Tour

If you were planning on attending Japanese avant-funksters Cornelius' May 12 show at the Fillmore, we've got bad news for you: Cornelius' 2009 North American tour with Deerhoof, which included dates in Mexico City and Guadalajara as well as San…
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Music, All Shook Down Countdown to Noise Pop: 22 Days

Countdown to Noise Pop: 22 Days

Courtesy of Noise Pop The Closer: Les Savy Fav Get ready, San Francisco. That annual extravaganza of musical zanyness, alt./indie hiptitude, and overall sub-mainstream coolness known as Noise Pop is only three short weeks away! As always, attending…
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Music, Tiny Telephone celebrates a decade in indie rock

Tiny Telephone celebrates a decade in indie rock

With the prevalence of today's home recordists, celebrating 10 years as a recording studio is no small feat for any business, much less one started almost by accident. Tiny Telephone, a small warehouse on a Mission District dead-end, was initially…
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