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Music, All Shook Down No Genre Bias: Experimentalists Cosa Brava, Jack O' The Clock, and Grex Bend the Rules This Sunday

No Genre Bias: Experimentalists Cosa Brava, Jack O' The Clock, and Grex Bend the Rules This Sunday

"There is an interesting kind of movement emerging in the Bay Area music scene right now, and it revolves around...telling stories, both with and without words," says composer and musician Fred Frith, leader of the band Cosa Brava. "There's something…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Beat of His Own Drum

The Beat of His Own Drum

On October 7, 1955, five young poets read at an art gallery on Fillmore Street at an event that would change the face of American poetry. While the debut of Allen Ginsberg's infamous "Howl" is widely considered to be the…
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Music, Reviewed Robert Wyatt & Friends

Robert Wyatt & Friends

The lineup Robert Wyatt utilized for this rare live performance in '74 is a who's who of the mid-'70s English progressive-rock scene. There is Wyatt himself (a founding member of Soft Machine) on synthesizer and vocals, Laurie Allan and Nick…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature Reeling the Out Sound In

Reeling the Out Sound In

On any given night in art houses throughout the city, you'll find some of the 21st century's most dynamic musicians exploring unheard-of sound combinations that bend ears and spin heads. Drawing stylistic elements from jazz, classical, and countless other familiar…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

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For Paolo Angeli, musical innovation starts with adapting the instrument. In this case, it's the acoustic guitar of the artist's native Sardinia. A breed apart from the Martins and Guilds one encounters at a typical U.S. folk festival, the Italian…
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Though you won't find his name in the popular discographical guides to jazz and classical, Fred Frith has influenced countless creative players who long to push music beyond the status quo. From his groundbreaking work in the '70s British art-rock…
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Calendar, Night&Day Out of This World

Out of This World

The San Francisco Jazz Festival never fails to sponsor at least one or two ear-bending performances during its annual two-week celebration. Radical adventure-seekers should not miss the "Avant World" showcase, featuring a pair of trios that aim to redefine the…
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Music, Genie in a Bottle

Genie in a Bottle

It was the sort of oddball idea one has late at night at a club, perhaps after a certain amount of drinking. "Steve and I were watching some friends of ours in a band, who could almost resolutely be…
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Maybe MondayFor all the racket conjured up at times on its debut Saturn's Finger, Maybe Monday's Fred Frith (guitar), Miya Masaoka (koto, electronics), and Larry Ochs (tenor and sopranino sax) essentially focus on the power of nuance. The CD is…
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House of Tudor

Although they have been compared to Pere Ubu, Fred Frith, Frank Zappa, John Zorn, and the Residents, I must submit that Uz Jsme Doma is Prague's answer to Idiot Flesh. Odd men in doctors' scrubs create deranged attic polkas with…
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Fred Frith Like fellow Briton Derek Bailey, Fred Frith is one of the guitar's foremost deconstructors. For over 30 years he has explored demolition-style methods for evoking nonconventional sounds out of the standard rock 'n' roll axe. His successful collaborations…
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John Zorn, Mike Patton, Ikue Mori Saxophonist John Zorn first catapulted to improv infamy in the '70s by introducing birdcalls -- crow, goose, duck -- into his experimental arsenal of raw but deliberate sound-making techniques. A renegade artist who pumps…
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Sleeper Smart (Arista) Listen to the spark of the bite-size guitar implosions, the reconstituted Wire drum kicks, the cheeky cockney delivery: Yes, it would be easy to dismiss Sleeper as the latest commodity to roll off the U.K.'s new wave…
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