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Music, All Shook Down Gary Numan on the Attraction of Synthesizers, Going Industrial, and Living in the USA

Gary Numan on the Attraction of Synthesizers, Going Industrial, and Living in the USA

One of the pioneering figures in synth-driven rock, Gary Numan laid the groundwork for new wave, electro-pop, and industrial music with his chilly, futuristic sound. His original band Tubeway Army offered an edgy mix of distorted guitars and pulsing…
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Music, All Shook Down Here Are Some Shows You Need To See This Spring

Here Are Some Shows You Need To See This Spring

From the latest SF Weekly: Rite of Spring: April is here, winter is over, and that tax refund is burning a hole in your pocket. Well, at least two of those things are true, right? Also true is that spring…
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Music, Hear This Gary Numan: Show Preview

Gary Numan: Show Preview

One of the pioneering figures in synth-driven rock, British musician Gary Numan laid the groundwork for new wave, electro-pop, and industrial music with his chilly, futuristic sound. His original band, Tubeway Army, offered an edgy mix of distorted guitars and…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013 lineup is out, and it includes Calexico, Nick Lowe, Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Natalie Maines, Low, Father John Misty, Gogol Bordello, Bettye LaVette, and Sonny and the Sunsets. The festival takes place Oct. 4-6;…
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Music, All Shook Down Gary Numan Chills the Oakland Metro Opera House, 9/3/13

Gary Numan Chills the Oakland Metro Opera House, 9/3/13

Gary Numan Oakland Metro Opera House Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 Better than: Sitting at home listening to the new NIN album while staring into a strobe light. It was far from the warmest day of the summer in the Bay…
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Music, Hear This Maus Haus: Show Preview

Maus Haus: Show Preview

It's always a gamble for a young band to embrace a sense of weirdness. Balance the elements and you've got a product with a lot of personality; get the formula wrong and you may struggle to find an audience. Maus…
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Music, All Shook Down Gary Numan's New Wave Mastery Owns the Fillmore

Gary Numan's New Wave Mastery Owns the Fillmore

Gary Numan MotorNovember 2, 2010@The Fillmore  Better than: Carly Fiorina's concession speech.News on the car radio spoke in graveyard tones of a wholesale rout for President Obama and Democrats as we inched through traffic to the Fillmore for my first-ever visit. Months…
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Music, All Shook Down

Another Volcanic Ash Travel Casualty: No Gary Numan Shows

 With 17,000 flights canceled because of the volcanic ash clouds that traveled from Iceland over much of Europe, UK acts are having a very difficult time making their shows here in the States. It's still unclear when air travel will be…
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Music, Hear This Parlez-Vous Faux Français?

Parlez-Vous Faux Français?

Denver's DeVotchKa, a self-described "Eastern bloc indie-rock" quartet, is similar to the likes of Gogol Bordello and even Firewater — Slavic melodies, cabaret-punk theatrics, plenty of bouzouki, accordion, and sousaphone. It also adds Persian, South American, and Tex-Mex textures to…
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Music, Mixtape Shmixtape

Mixtape Shmixtape

Local mixtape purveyors might well be setting the bar for the rest of the country, with thought-out releases that defy the factory mentality. Maybe it has something to do with the creative juices flowing out here -- where else but…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

In Nick Broomfield's documentary Kurt & Courtney, Ms. Love is portrayed as a greedy, manipulative, vicious, untalented bulldozer of a woman who will threaten anyone who stands in her pathway to bigger cars and smaller noses. It's great fun to…
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Knodel

Most concept albums are overblown, misguided, and unintentionally silly. Take Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman's 1974 opus Journey to the Center of the Earth, which stuck his overcooked organ pomposity in the midst of a full orchestra and offered a pretentious…
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C4AM95 III (Frenetic) C4AM95, known as the Champs before another group of winners hinted at legal entanglement, play a heavy metal that's refined and highbrow enough for even the most self-conscious of hipsters to enjoy. (The new name, or the…
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