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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Do Elliott Smith Right at the Palace of Fine Arts

Live Review: Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Do Elliott Smith Right at the Palace of Fine Arts

Jessica Lea Mayfield & Seth Avett Sunday, March 29, 2015 Palace of Fine Arts It’s a tough world out there for tribute acts. You could go any number of absurd routes — paint yourself Kiss, grow a swagger/potbelly and move…
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Music, Hear This Mark Mulcahy: Show Preview

Mark Mulcahy: Show Preview

Return with us now to the mid-1980s through the mid-'90s, when jangle-pop bands dotted the musical landscape: assorted combos with varying approaches but a common denominator of bright guitars and harmonious vocals. One such was Connecticut's Miracle Legion, initially dogged…
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Music, Hear This Pinback: Show Preview

Pinback: Show Preview

Much like Built to Spill and Elliott Smith before them, if there's one thing Pinback is exceptionally skilled at, it's being able to bum you out with poetic precision. Since launching the band in the late 1990s — the name…
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Music, Hear This Waxahatchee: Show Preview

Waxahatchee: Show Preview

By trade, Katie Crutchfield is a singer-songwriter, but in action as Waxahatchee, she's more like a butcher whose voice and six-string double as carving knives. Scanning through mind and memory, Crutchfield takes off thin, short-story-friendly slices of recollections and reflections,…
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Music, All Shook Down From <i>Rushmore</i> to <i>Mr. Fox</i>: The Best Uses of Songs in Wes Anderson's Films

From Rushmore to Mr. Fox: The Best Uses of Songs in Wes Anderson's Films

Oh, Wes Anderson, you beautiful, whimsical, detail-oriented genius, you. Today, Anderson's latest movie, Moonrise Kingdom, sees release nationwide -- so naturally we're already anticipating the gems he'll have pulled together for the soundtrack. Wes Anderson movies of course always, always,…
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Music, Hear This Perfume Genius: Show Preview

Perfume Genius: Show Preview

Don't be tricked by the poppy title of Perfume Genius' Put Your Back N 2 It. The latest release from Seattle resident Mike Hadreas occupies the same solemn, tortured space formerly filled by Elliott Smith. A soft, dulcet piano glides…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Memorable Songs from Movie Soundtracks

Five Memorable Songs from Movie Soundtracks

Because it can either fine-tune or drastically alter our feelings without a word, music is the universal language. So it's no wonder movie makers need only choose the right song to sweeten a scene, introduce the bad guy (Jaws, anyone?),…
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Music, All Shook Down Three Minutes and Fourteen Seconds:A Musical Tribute to Pi Day

Three Minutes and Fourteen Seconds:A Musical Tribute to Pi Day

As you probably already know, today is Pi Day, meaning March fourteenth is the closest we come on the American calendar to approximating 3.1415926&c. (Technically you should have been reading this at around 3:30 in the morning for maximum pi-precision,…
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Music, All Shook Down An Intro to Elliott Smith: Why We're Not Comfortable with a Greatest Hits Collection

An Intro to Elliott Smith: Why We're Not Comfortable with a Greatest Hits Collection

On Wednesday Kill Rock Stars and Domino announced the early November release of An Introduction to... Elliott Smith. It's been almost seven years since Smith stabbed himself in the chest, since which time his grave has hardly been quiet,…
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Music, All Shook Down Tracks of the Day: Elliott Smith's "Last Call" and "Twilight"

Tracks of the Day: Elliott Smith's "Last Call" and "Twilight"

I'm a sucker for anything Elliott Smith related. From his stripped-to-the-marrow early recordings through the wall-of-sound arrangements that surrounded his intrepid melancholy on later albums, Smith never lost his grip on what made him such an esteemed musician. He nailed…
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Music, Reviewed Earlimart

Earlimart

Earlimart has long been associated with the disbanded Grandaddy and the late Elliott Smith, two like-minded peddlers of melancholy indie rock who were also friends of the band. Aaron Espinoza's Earlimart is the last one standing now. After years of…
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Music, Reviewed Sean Lennon

Sean Lennon

No rock-star kid ever made a more endearing record than Into the Sun, Sean Lennon's 1998 debut, a Double Fantasy for hipsters produced by his Japanese girlfriend, Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda. Taking cues from Tropicalia, cocktail jazz, and '90s art-pop,…
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Music, Reviewed The Minus 5

The Minus 5

More a collective than a literal band, the Minus 5 is Young Fresh Fellow Scott McCaughey's vehicle for writing the perfect pop song, 1960s-style (i.e., inspired by era archetypes the Beatles, the Kinks, etc.). This time around, the 5 includes…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

How can an Elliott Smith tribute album go wrong? The guy was practically deified before his apparent suicide in 2003, and the exaltation has only continued since. But such an homage presents a dilemma: Adding too much of a new…
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Music, Back to School

Back to School

Considering Kanye West's quick ascension over the past year, you might expect the Chicago MC/producer to exhibit a rather overblown sense of self on his sophomore disc. And he does. "I forgot better shit than you thought up," he disses…
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Music, Reviewed Ben Folds

Ben Folds

You know how Woody Allen keeps making the same movie over and over again, with no regard for the fact that people stopped buying tickets somewhere between Shadows and Fog and Soon-Yi? Same goes for Ben Folds, who hasn't wavered…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Folktronica Artist

n.Lannon (Nyles Lannon) www.nlannon.com Lannon's Chemical Friends (released last year on Badman) is kind of like those old Reese's peanut butter cup commercials -- you know, the ones where two people bump into each other while eating snacks, and…
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Music, Reviewed Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith

Whatever demons drove him, one thing's for sure: The late Elliott Smith had a gift for masterfully crafting intricately constructed, emotive pop-rock in the classic (1967-74) mold, his disconsolate lyrics laced with cynical wit ("Every wave is tidal/ If you…
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Music, Reviewed Earlimart

Earlimart

If the California indie rock realm were a high school, you might say that Earlimart's main man, Aaron Espinoza, was being primped for the position of prom king. After establishing himself as the go-to production/recording don of Los Angeles' east…
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Letters to the Editor

J'Accuse (Falsely) Thanks for spotlighting this important issue: I am writing to commend Bernice Yeung and SF Weekly for their excellent coverage of people falsely convicted and imprisoned . While working with Yeung for the last few…
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