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Music, Hear This Jon Hopkins: Show Preview

Jon Hopkins: Show Preview

London producer and erstwhile Brian Eno weed-carrier Jon Hopkins hit his stride earlier this year with the warmly percolating Immunity LP, which channels Four Tet at the best possible intersection of blissed-out and grounded. But he can also be counted…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

Sizzle • Portishead brought its spellbinding moodscapes to a sold-out Greek Theatre on Friday, and dazzled an adoring crowd with all the tension, balance, and subtle despair that make its records so memorable. Beth Gibbons' lonely voice on a stripped-down…
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Music, Hear This Four Tet: Show Preview

Four Tet: Show Preview

San Francisco's party nightlife has been dominated recently by a surge in multi-headliner extravaganzas. One of the venues driving the movement is 103 Harriet. The club's upcoming party features the rhythmically experimental antics of Four Tet (a.k.a. Kieran Hebden), who…
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Music, BeatBox Amon Tobin: Show Preview

Amon Tobin: Show Preview

Rio de Janeiro-by-way-of-London producer Amon Tobin chops and splices samples with the precision of DJ Shadow. He has an ear for musicality that recalls Tim Hecker, and his tracks are as haunting as anything by Four Tet. Really, though, Tobin's…
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Music, Feature Saturday Night Fever Indie Division

Saturday Night Fever Indie Division

It's midafternoon on an overcast day at the Long Beach harbor, and !!! frontman Nic Offer is having a dance party of one in the midst of thousands of skinny-jeaned twentysomethings. The year is 2003, the festival is All Tomorrow's…
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Music, Feature

Sonic Booty

Maus Haus (Noon Saturday, Bridge stage) Lots of bands claim it, but San Francisco's Maus Haus really does straddle genres and skirt categorization. The sextet's debut record, Lark Marvels, shows it can combine loads of electronics with live instrumentation to…
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Music, Caribou's Dan Snaith aims to ignite the dancefloor

Caribou's Dan Snaith aims to ignite the dancefloor

For songwriter Dan Snaith, who records as Caribou, it took a crowded room to show him how he could unclutter his sound. Releasing his first record in 2000 under the name of Manitoba (he changed it in 2004 after a…
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Music, Reviewing Noise Pop headliners' new CDs

Reviewing Noise Pop headliners' new CDs

Noise Pop offers opportunities to check out up-and-coming bands from home and abroad, but it's also a chance to hear established acts show off new wares. Get up to speed on the recent releases festival headliners will be supporting this…
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Music, BeatBox Live Ringer

Live Ringer

Ahead of its fifth, untitled studio album, Four Tet (DJ and producer Kieran Hebden) is hitting the road for a North American tour. The U.K. act's most recent release, Ringer, hinted at a livelier direction in sound than past efforts.…
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Music, BeatBox Chillout Folk

Chillout Folk

It's been three years since U.K. artist Kieran Hebden released a full-length album as Four Tet, but he's recently remixed friend Thom Yorke of Radiohead and released his own EP, Ringer. Best known for emotive chillout music with folk influences,…
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Music, Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

Stop me if you've heard this one. You and your friends are sitting around the television watching Blind Date or Paradise Hotel or Hannity & Colmes (hey, it could happen). Maybe you're drinking a few beers, maybe you've just passed…
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Music, Four Tet

Four Tet

Four Tet is the solo project of Kieran Hebden, a member of London's eclectic trio Fridge. While Fridge has never achieved significant recognition in the U.S., the Four Tet project remains even more obscure here, despite 1999's critically acclaimed album…
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