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Music, Hear This Sebadoh: Show Preview

Sebadoh: Show Preview

When Lou Barlow exited Dinosaur Jr. and formed Sebadoh in 1989, it was impossible to know or predict just how important his new lo-fi project would become. The influence of albums like III, Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock,…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Assessing Metallica After 30 Years and Four Nights at the Fillmore, and More

In Print: Assessing Metallica After 30 Years and Four Nights at the Fillmore, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Metallica at 30: Text messages like the one I got from a friend before the third Metallica show last week -- "You are dead to me" -- were exactly the reason I decided…
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Music, Hear This Dinosaur Jr.: Show Preview

Dinosaur Jr.: Show Preview

Even Dinosaur Jr. singer/guitarist J Mascis will admit that 1988's Bug isn't his favorite of the band's original albums — he prefers You're Living All Over Me, and for good reason. But if Bug did arrive just after the Amherst,…
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Music, All Shook Down A Cold-Stricken J Mascis Talks About Dinosaur Jr. Playing Loud, SF Hippies, and the Relative Inferiority of <i>Bug</i>

A Cold-Stricken J Mascis Talks About Dinosaur Jr. Playing Loud, SF Hippies, and the Relative Inferiority of Bug

The person whose job it is to get musicians to say interesting things over the phone already faces something of a challenge when interviewing J Mascis, singer-guitarist of Dinosaur Jr., and O.G. slacker of legendary proportions. Since the '80s,…
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Music, Hoppin' Up and Down

Hoppin' Up and Down

Listening to "Showtape '91," the nearly 12-minute compilation of self-deprecating concert intros that closes the bonus disc of demos, remixes, and outtakes that's part of the recently reissued/remastered/expanded version of Sebadoh's III, is good for a load of laughs. Revisiting…
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Music, Reviewed The Boo Radleys

The Boo Radleys

The Boo Radleys were one of the first bands to realize that there wasn't much difference between the sludge of Dinosaur Jr. and the white noise of My Bloody Valentine (at least in 1989). The group made its name infusing…
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Music, Reviewed Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr.

One great thing about history is examining why something happened and how it continues to impact more recent developments. Take Dinosaur Jr., which is generally acknowledged as one of the American indie-rock bands of the mid-1980s -- but why? Now…
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Music, Reviewed Lou Barlow

Lou Barlow

The name Lou Barlow always comes up when discussing low-fidelity indie rock, so it's odd that he's never put out a solo record. A crucial part of Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, and early Dinosaur Jr., Barlow has made records by himself…
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Music, Reviewed Mclusky

Mclusky

They mine the brooding, rhythmic urgency of bands like Gang of Four and the Fall. Their guitar playing wallows in Fugazi-esque robust minimalism. They shriek like the Sex Pistols. They give their songs absurd titles like "Without MSG I Am…
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Calendar, Performance Ms. Sterious

Ms. Sterious

From Rocker to Roots WED 6/2 Many things are known about Sara Jaffe -- her trademark glasses are white-framed and octagonal, and she plays guitar in the amazing no-wave rock band Erase Errata -- but much remains a mystery. How…
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Music, Various Artists

Various Artists

K-Tel, the "as seen on TV" super-hits record label, having released a stream of specialty compilations, was already prepared for your "not in my niche market" incredulity at the notion of a double-CD collection of '80s-era indie rock favorites, so…
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