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Music, All Shook Down Michael Gira on Performing Solo and the Time He Wanted to Murder Some Hipsters

Michael Gira on Performing Solo and the Time He Wanted to Murder Some Hipsters

Since reestablishing Swans in 2010 with the release of My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, Michael Gira has been exploring a stylistic middle ground between the sonic abrasiveness of early Swans recordings and his…
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Music, All Shook Down Local Frequency: Bay Area Band Q&A w/ Dorothy Berry

Local Frequency: Bay Area Band Q&A w/ Dorothy Berry

​Last year offered a number of firsts for Dorothy Berry, the lead and only singer of Dorothy and the Originals. The 21-year-old Mills College student recorded her first album in her bedroom, performed her first show (in Washington DC with…
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Video of the Day: Devendra Banhart Gets Whipped

Devendra Banhart "Foolin"Devendra Banhart | MySpace Music Videos Who would've thought that such a spiritual-talkin', folksy-music makin' hippie dude would make a video about being a slave for love--and by slave, we mean the boy toy of a much…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Devendra Banhart and the Grogs at the Regency Ballroom

Last Night: Devendra Banhart and the Grogs at the Regency Ballroom

​Devendra Banhart and The Grogs, Dorothy and The Originals Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Regency Ballroom Better Than: Seeing Devendra at The Warfield. It used to be that when you made it big as a musician, you played an "unplugged" session,…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Devendra Banhart at the Regency Ballroom

What To Do? Devendra Banhart at the Regency Ballroom

Devendra Banhart @ the Regency Ballroom Venezuelan-raised folkie Devendra Banhart already had a few critically acclaimed albums under his loincloth before the age of 25, cued to the proudly juvenile "I Feel Just Like a Child." But as the oddball…
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Music, Hear This Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Venezuelan-raised folkie Devendra Banhart already had a few critically acclaimed albums under his loincloth before the age of 25, cued to the proudly juvenile "I Feel Just Like a Child." But as the oddball novelty of "freak-folk" wears off and…
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New Doc Captures Devendra, Vetiver, Joanna Newsom Tour

The Family Jams - Trailer from kevin barker on Vimeo. When San Francisco soft rockers Vetiver hit the road in 2004 with Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, Vetiver guitarist Kevin Barker decided to capture the trip on film. The result…
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Music, All Shook Down New Devendra Record, Made in Bolinas, Out Soonish

New Devendra Record, Made in Bolinas, Out Soonish

Devendra Banhart was holed up in the bohemian beach town of Bolinas for the summer, making his next record with Paul Butler of Band Of Bees (now just called The Bees).They took up residence in a private home and set…
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Calendar, Night&Day Delicate Cutting

Delicate Cutting

Threadlike strips of creamy paper support the moon, or the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or possibly Devendra Banhart, in the work of Tahiti Pehrson. At “Nature’s Ladders,” the cutout artist presents slightly psychedelic, X-Acto-intensive paper sculpture. Calling to mind shoebox…
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Devendra Banhart Plays Yoshi's, the Independent this Week

ChrisBuck.com Freak Out: Devendra BanhartGreen Day isn't the only top-shelf artist doing a mini-tour of multiple Bay Area locales; freak-folk avatar Devendra Banhart--who has reportedly been holed up in Bolinas recording his new album--pops into the Independent on Tuesday…
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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, 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, Let's Get Killed The Joy of Strokes

The Joy of Strokes

The Strokes are officially on "hiatus" until early 2009, but really, does anyone care? They aren't the same hungry young Manhattanites who released Is This It in 2001. That raw, disaffected downtown sound has grown stale over the years from…
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Music, Hear This Devendra's next act: Puss and Priest

Devendra's next act: Puss and Priest

Living in Los Angeles has helped artsy-fartsy folkster Devendra Banhart befriend all sorts of famous collaborators. Actor Gael García Bernal guested on Banhart's last album, the inimitable Cripple Crow, and the singer's latest project, Megapuss, displays more pals in high…
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Calendar, Night&Day Music, Mustaches

Music, Mustaches

It's always nice when a curator displays a level of talent on par with the works they're showing, but nobody foresaw the genius of Apsara DiQuinzio. The assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA took a look at works…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Best CDs of 2007

Best CDs of 2007

I'm really not ready for 2007 to end. Any year that starts out in January with garage-punk great Jay Reatard smashing a clock with his face at the Hemlock is gonna be one for the books. But this year has…
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Music, All Shook Down Devendra Banhart to Play SFMOMA in January, Plans to Shave TBA

Devendra Banhart to Play SFMOMA in January, Plans to Shave TBA

Recently, we told you about the current Paul Klee/Devendra Banhart exhibit at the MoMA. It only makes sense that the guy drops by to play a couple tunes. Here's hoping he's not going to wear that fucking gross burlesque…
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Music, All Shook Down Hippie, Dippy Devendra Banhart Work Showing at SF MoMA with Paul Klee

Hippie, Dippy Devendra Banhart Work Showing at SF MoMA with Paul Klee

You know, this pairing makes sense. Klee was a surrealist painter, and Banhart writes pretty surreal lyrics. Klee also created a famous painting of a cat, and Banhart also bears the likeliness of an overgrown domesticated longhair. Scoop the…
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Calendar, Night&Day I Can't Feel My Face?

I Can't Feel My Face?

Drug trip stories, like stories about car accidents or bad dates, make great icebreakers. Maybe that's why Cliff Hengst and Scott Hewicker's newest project, Good Times: Bad Trips, feels so intimate. The book melds chatty freak-out stories from contributors such…
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