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Music, Reviewed Vetiver

Vetiver

Some consider local ensemble Vetiver part of the "new folk underground" that includes Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and Faun Fables. Yes and no — while most of Vetiver's sound is a modern, very distinctive take on American and U.K. folk…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

The first time I saw Dawn McCarthy step out onstage, she wore a long, black dress with a dark wig and shawl. She stood tall, with her acoustic guitar pressed high against her chest, plucking the strings as if she…
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News, Night Crawler To Hell and Back

To Hell and Back

As with the previously touted "scene," I am exasperated and beleaguered by the mention of "community." The word as a title does not imply a group with common interests or origins living in one place and considered as a whole;…
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Music, Various Activists

Various Activists

From psychedelic folk phenomenon Country Joe & the Fish, whose '60s anti-war anthem "Fixin' to Die" was the toast of Woodstock, to Spearhead's Michael Franti, who pleads persuasively for peace on his latest single, "Bomb the World," Bay Area musicians…
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Music, Faun Fables

Faun Fables

Hailing from the sideshow circus scene in Manhattan, where she dabbled in cabaret-style skits and folk-singer ventures in the '90s, vocalist/guitarist Dawn McCarthy moved to the Bay Area three years ago to pursue "a fairy-tale romance" with Nils Frykdahl (multi-instrumentalist…
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