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Music, All Shook Down Explosions in the Sky Casts a Constellation Over the Fox Theater on Saturday Night

Explosions in the Sky Casts a Constellation Over the Fox Theater on Saturday Night

At 8:00 am on Saturday morning, I woke up in a sleeping bag in Wawona Campground in Yosemite Valley. The standard hazards of camping had taken their toll: a sunburn unfairly inflicted by an overcast day, soggy soles in…
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Music, All Shook Down In Praise of Artists Touring With Nothing New to Promote

In Praise of Artists Touring With Nothing New to Promote

The idea introduced by the Don't Look Back concert series, an offshoot of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, has found its way into the broader live music circuit over the last few years: a band, currently operational or not, comes…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 4/16/12: Explosions in the Sky Builds a Wall of Sound at Palace of Fine Arts

Live Review, 4/16/12: Explosions in the Sky Builds a Wall of Sound at Palace of Fine Arts

Explosions in the Sky Zammuto April 16, 2012 Palace of Fine Arts Better than: Firecrackers in your face. Post-rock, ambient, pop -- whatever you want to call sonic escapists Explosions in the Sky, its music makes riding the bus…
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Music, All Shook Down Treasure Island Day Two: St. Vincent, Beach House, and Explosions in the Sky Successfully Suspend Reality

Treasure Island Day Two: St. Vincent, Beach House, and Explosions in the Sky Successfully Suspend Reality

Death Cab for Cutie, Explosions in the Sky, the Hold Steady, St. Vincent, Beach House, Friendly Fires, Wild Beasts, Warpaint, the Antlers, Weekend, Thee Oh Sees October 16, 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival Better than: The other typical yuppie…
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Music, Hear This Low, Bachelorette, Great American Music Hall

Low, Bachelorette, Great American Music Hall

After 17 years, Duluth, Minn. band Low is still only one letter away from how most people would describe its sound: "slow." From 1994 debut I Could Live in Hope to 2011's C'mon, Low has rarely strayed from the plodding,…
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Music, All Shook Down Explosions in the Sky Advertises a Concert, Media Invents a Controversy

Explosions in the Sky Advertises a Concert, Media Invents a Controversy

Of the 365 days in a year, maybe post-punks Explosions in the Sky shouldn't have picked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks to play a concert. Why? This marquee, spotted in Boise, Idaho, advertises said concert. The words…
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Music, All Shook Down

R.I.P. Jeff Jacobs, Trumpeter of SF Ensemble The Drift

Austin post-rock darlings Explosions in the Sky came to the Great American Music Hall in November to play a benefit show for the Jeff Jacobs Cancer Fund, set up for the trumpet player and keyboardist of San Francisco spaghetti-Western-jazz…
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Music, The Bell brothers achieve wordless brilliance with Lymbyc Systym

The Bell brothers achieve wordless brilliance with Lymbyc Systym

Instrumental rock bands are bound to get compared to each other, sometimes unfairly. If there are elements of jazz, a group suddenly sounds like Tortoise. If metal is referenced, it's Pelican. If things get heavy yet feel cinematic: Explosions in…
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Music, Hear This Ex-Clash Guitarist Mick Jones Rocks Again with Carbon/Silicon

Ex-Clash Guitarist Mick Jones Rocks Again with Carbon/Silicon

Your first mental image of a band with a name like Black Moth Super Rainbow might be a group of unicorns, wizards, and trolls pumping out long-winded prog rock for hopelessly outdated fans. And you'd be half correct. Yet this…
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Music, Going Off

Going Off

For a while there, if you wanted to bathe your ears in some truly orgasmic instrumental post-rock, you couldn't do much better than Scotland's Mogwai. Take its epic, 16-minute "Mogwai Fear Satan," for example. The opening guitar line repeats portentously,…
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Music, Reviewed Explosions in the Sky, et al.

Explosions in the Sky, et al.

The decision to use a popular-music soundtrack instead of traditional orchestral arrangements for your feature film can sometimes be disastrous (we're looking at you, Phil Collins). Occasionally, however, it works wonders: See Simon & Garfunkel's contributions to The Graduate or…
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