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Music, Hear This Sugar Candy Mountain: Show Preview

Sugar Candy Mountain: Show Preview

Some people have too much music in them for one particular avenue. One such local is alt-pop doyenne Ash Reiter: Her solo trip finds Reiter building upon the Spector/Bacharach foundation of refined, poignant pop, while Sugar Candy Mountain — co-led…
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Music, All Shook Down Gilberto Gil Keeps Fans on Their Feet at the Paramount Theatre, 10/25/12

Gilberto Gil Keeps Fans on Their Feet at the Paramount Theatre, 10/25/12

Gilberto Gil Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 Paramount Theatre Better than: Bossa nova. Emotions were outsized last night in downtown Oakland as hundreds of protesters marched to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Movement. Defiance and darkness charged the air…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tropicália’s Swedish Stars

Tropicália’s Swedish Stars

It was bound to happen eventually. One day, some Brazilian musicians woke up and thought, "Hey, you know, Os Mutantes were a pretty cool band." So they threw away all their bossa nova records and their acoustic guitars and found…
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Music, All Shook Down 5 Things I'd Rather Hear About Than More Michael Jackson Coverage

5 Things I'd Rather Hear About Than More Michael Jackson Coverage

Believe it or not folks, there are other things happening in the entertainment world besides the seemingly endless Michael Jackson media feeding frenzy - which should have concluded with his memorial service and BET tribute. Here are a few:…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gil Still Gets It

Gil Still Gets It

Forty years after his appearance on the collaborative album Tropicália, Gilberto Gil is still able to bring together traditions old and new in his music. Like the idea of blending psychedelic influences with the musical flavors of Brazil in the…
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Music, Existential Samba

Existential Samba

Politically minded musicians often make public stands on specific issues, but rarely do they actually enter into the bureaucratic machinations of government. In this respect, Brazilian music icon Gilberto Gil stands out as an exception. A gifted songwriter who came…
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Film, The More the Merrier

The More the Merrier

The heroine of Andrucha Waddington's Me, You, Them is a force of nature who holds men in her thrall and deftly reshapes them to suit life. Without knowing it, they fall prey to her charms, her spirit, her very scent.…
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Music, Beats International

Beats International

You work through the lens of what your environment is," says Kevin Welch, singer, guitarist, and founder of the Brazilian-tinged Vivendo de Pão, as he relaxes in the sunlight of a Mission cafe patio. "It's an organic process. Whatever your…
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New World Disorder

It was an anxious Tom Ze, guitarist, singer, and experimentalist, who took the stage in New York City's Central Park six years ago. Back then, Ze was a complete unknown in America, and not even terribly famous in his native…
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Hear This

Virginia Rodrigues If Ivan Lins' jazz-lite, Gilberto Gil's Bob Marley covers, or Sean Lennon's bossa nova gesturing have left you hungering for something more substantial in the way of Brazilian pop lately, spend some time with Sol Negro (Hannibal) by…
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