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Music, Hear This Mikal Cronin: Show Preview

Mikal Cronin: Show Preview

Rockers are particularly fond of commemorating beer in song, and though their odes typically profess the merits of whatever is cheap, the annual Bay Brewed Festival is set to radicalize their sorry palates' habitual swilling of PBR. Local outfits Mikal…
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Music, All Shook Down Chuck Prophet On Musicals, Mid-Market Development, and Not Using His Audience As an ATM

Chuck Prophet On Musicals, Mid-Market Development, and Not Using His Audience As an ATM

Chuck Prophet might not have known what a nerve he would hit with his most recent album, 2012's Temple Beautiful. It was an intimate-yet-raucous love letter to San Francisco in record form, and one that garnered critical praise from…
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Music, All Shook Down <i>SF Weekly</i>'s Music Issue: Hear a Song From Every Artist Featured This Week

SF Weekly's Music Issue: Hear a Song From Every Artist Featured This Week

This week, your friendly music section got to take over almost an entire edition of SF Weekly for our relaunched Music Issue. It might seem weird to say this on a blog, but if you're in S.F. or the Bay…
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Music, The Music Issue

The Music Issue

As with many Bay Area stories, music in 2013 is largely about technology: Hardware and software are developing in ways that make it easier for DJs and producers to perform live, bringing wild new experiences to clubs. Electronic artist Holly…
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Music, Kelley Stoltz: Psych-pop Savant Who Came to S.F. and Launched a Recording Revolution

Kelley Stoltz: Psych-pop Savant Who Came to S.F. and Launched a Recording Revolution

A month after moving from New York to San Francisco in 1996, Kelley Stoltz shook hands with the man behind the counter at Jack's Record Cellar in the Lower Haight. It was Roy Loney — the original vocalist of '70s…
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Not a Country Bar Review doesn't sound like the Make-Out Room: As someone who DJs and helps to book the Make-Out Room, I had to laugh at the ridiculous description of the bar in the 2013 Drink Issue [Drink, listings,…
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Music, All Shook Down Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and Other S.F. Bands Plan Tribute to <i>The Velvet Underground and Nico</i>

Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and Other S.F. Bands Plan Tribute to The Velvet Underground and Nico

Those of you with good memories will recall that back in 2010, a number of local artists like Mark Matos and the Blank Tapes released a very diverse and unusual whole-album cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico, and then…
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Music, All Shook Down Tricycle Records: The Music Industry Training Wheels for Promising Bay Area Bands

Tricycle Records: The Music Industry Training Wheels for Promising Bay Area Bands

Name: Tricycle Records Headquarters: Lower Haight, San Francisco Owners: Julie Schuchard and Don Joslin Founded: 2006 Label one-sheet: Tricycle Records is an independent record label based in San Francisco that exclusively signs local groups and offers such crucial services as…
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Music, All Shook Down Sonny Smith's 'Sees All Knows All' Project: Live Storytelling, With a Band

Sonny Smith's 'Sees All Knows All' Project: Live Storytelling, With a Band

It often seems that San Francisco's Sonny Smith is on a quest to leave his creative mark on as many different mediums as possible. Best known as the leader of Fat Possum-signed rock band Sonny and the Sunsets, Smith is…
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Music, Hear This Parker Gibbs' Annual Holiday Craptacular: Show Preview

Parker Gibbs' Annual Holiday Craptacular: Show Preview

Every year, late December brings cold weather, rampant consumerism, recreational gluttony, and — thankfully — Parker Gibbs' Annual Holiday Craptacular. It's an SF Food Bank benefit that draws the city's drinking classes out of their wintry caves for a night…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Man's an Enigma

The Man's an Enigma

"People who know, know how great he is." Around here, no one asks the title question of a recent documentary: Why Isn't Chris von Sneidern Famous? The person interviewed in Kathleen McNamara's film implies that not enough people "know," which…
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Music, All Shook Down How Long Will Pitchfork's S.F. Romance Last?

How Long Will Pitchfork's S.F. Romance Last?

Whether you agree with it or not, what Pitchfork says about records -- or perhaps more so how it quantifies them -- matters. In a world of ten thousand different music blogs, the Pitchfork review score (X.X/10) is a common…
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Music, All Shook Down Oogle The Fresh & Onlys Fun, Floury, Bouncy "Waterfall" Video

Oogle The Fresh & Onlys Fun, Floury, Bouncy "Waterfall" Video

What has a flour-faced Amoeba Music employee, trippy projections of nature scenes, a trampoline, and a lot of talk about TV being dead?Wrong! It's not a Mission hipster party. It's the new video for "Waterfall," the addictive first single from…
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Music, All Shook Down Download New Kelley Stoltz, Fresh & Onlys Tracks from Today's Releases

Download New Kelley Stoltz, Fresh & Onlys Tracks from Today's Releases

He remembers, you were wild​Holy shit whiz bang explosion disbelief. Not one but two of San Francisco's best garage/folk/psych (hell, let's just call them ROCK) outfits drop new records today: pop professor Kelley Stoltz and freak-rockers The Fresh & Onlys.…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Genuine Article

The Genuine Article

Dirty pop. Man-pop? Independent pop, obviously, but really, how do you call the kind of pop Kelley Stoltz and the Fresh and Onlys play? This guy and this band are the tippy-top of the post-punk, pro-soul, Kinks-worshipping pop scene around…
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Music, All Shook Down Yours Truly Makes a Kelley Stoltz Video That Makes Us (And Will Make You) Happy

Yours Truly Makes a Kelley Stoltz Video That Makes Us (And Will Make You) Happy

Have no choice but to share this cozy little clip of local dude Kelley Stoltz doing his music/kumquat thing, because 1) you will get to hear some of the songs coming out on Stoltz's excessively pleasant new album, To Dreamers…
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Music, All Shook Down Crunk's Not Dead, the Haberdash, Kelley Stoltz,  Godwaffle Noise Pancakes and More

Crunk's Not Dead, the Haberdash, Kelley Stoltz, Godwaffle Noise Pancakes and More

Let's get cultured, San Francisco. Put on your leopard-skin pill-box hat and paint the town red. But before you brave those cruel streets, check our list of cheap things to do this weekend for less than the cost of a…
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Music, All Shook Down Kelley Stoltz' New Album To The Dreamers Out Oct. 12

Kelley Stoltz' New Album To The Dreamers Out Oct. 12

San Francisco's Kelley Stoltz is practically a scholar on the matter of vintage rock. So we have high hopes for his next Sub Pop release, To the Dreamers, which is due out October 12. Stoltz's last record, Circular Sounds, tread…
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Calendar, Night&Day Local Yokels and Handsome Strangers

Local Yokels and Handsome Strangers

The Western Family Orchestra is a Grand Ole Opry–structured show, roving from town to town, leaving a trail of misty-eyed sweethearts. It can’t be tamed, and follows its crazy heart, the lonesome train’s whistle, and the wayward wind all at…
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Music, All Shook Down 'In a Cloud' Captures SF's Best Folk Pop Freaks. We Q&A its Mastermind.

'In a Cloud' Captures SF's Best Folk Pop Freaks. We Q&A its Mastermind.

Man, San Francisco is so strong on the indie music front these days. And that's not just empty cheerleading. Our pop bands (Girls, The Dodos) are getting prime festival slots and lots of press love, while experimental psych-garage act Sic…
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