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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: So, How Was Everyone's Kraftweek?

Music Links: So, How Was Everyone's Kraftweek?

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

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

Sizzle • German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk came to the Fox Oakland for a three-night stand. The first show on Sunday saw the foursome dishing out classic songs like "Trans-Europe Express" and "Autobahn" — but reinterpreting them to fit more into…
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Music, All Shook Down Kraftwerk Explores the Hits and Responds to its Legacy at the Fox Theater

Kraftwerk Explores the Hits and Responds to its Legacy at the Fox Theater

Kraftwerk Fox Theater Sunday, March 24, 2014 I've always thought Kodwo Eshun hit the nail on the head when he conceptualized Düsseldorf, Germany as the Mississippi Delta of electronic dance music culture. That sentiment, expressed in his book More Brilliant…
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Music, All Shook Down Kraftwerk To Play First Bay Area Show in 10 Years

Kraftwerk To Play First Bay Area Show in 10 Years

Good news, robots: Kraftwerk, the pioneering German electronic outfit and original android-human music band, is playing its first show in the Bay Area in 10 years. This is, ahem, pretty rare and special. "The Kraftwerk live experience is a perfectly…
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Music, All Shook Down Why Kraftwerk Make Me Laugh

Why Kraftwerk Make Me Laugh

Kraftwerk have been a lot of different things to a lot of different listeners. To the '70s American mainstream, the Düsseldorf electronic music pioneers were a novelty group responsible for the unlikely Beach Boys-meets-"Tubular Bells" hit "Autobahn." To David Bowie…
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Music, All Shook Down Yellow Magic Orchestra on Kraftwerk and How to Write a Melody During a Cultural Revolution

Yellow Magic Orchestra on Kraftwerk and How to Write a Melody During a Cultural Revolution

Have you heard Yellow Magic Orchestra? Might be the best pop group ever. Now, if you're the kind of reader who's suspicious of such shameless hyperbole (and huzzah for you if you are), then consider these crunchy, fact-like nuggets:…
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Calendar, Night&Day Your Slacker, My Hero

Your Slacker, My Hero

The Big Lebowski opened in 1998 to mixed reviews and a so-so box office. Fresh off the smash success of their breakthrough 1996 movie Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen had raised critics' expectations for yet another dark, demented comedy in…
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Music, BeatBox Jimmy Edgar: Show Preview

Jimmy Edgar: Show Preview

Since the sprightly age of 15, Jimmy Edgar has been making his mark in the world of electronic dance. The precocious Detroit native is a visual artist as well, but it was the austere music he produced for massive record…
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Music, Seu Jorge and Almaz create beautiful samba-pop

Seu Jorge and Almaz create beautiful samba-pop

There's a charming naïveté to the story of Seu Jorge and Almaz, the new album from the Brazilian samba-pop quartet of the same name. "When we made this record, the only thing guiding us was to follow where the music…
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Calendar, Night&Day Whaling Vessel

Whaling Vessel

Australia’s Chris Hearn has long made music as Alps, although he’s currently going by Alps of New South Whales. The name is a play on the Aussie state of New South Wales, where he’s based, and is also the name…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hip-Hop’s High Priest

Hip-Hop’s High Priest

Planet Rock New Year’s Eve 2010: A Bass Odyssey may be named in honor of its headliner, but it will also be a hot gathering of local hip-hop, electro, and reggae talent — three sonic flavors beloved by San Francisco…
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Music, Kraftwerk's <i>Anthologie</i> makes up for lost time

Kraftwerk's Anthologie makes up for lost time

Once upon a time, before visions of tomorrow arrived with Tron and the Internet, Germany's Kraftwerk was the future — a band of robots "dancing mechanik." Until recently, though, it's been anyone's guess what, exactly, the grandfathers of electronic music…
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Music, Mexican Institute of Sound: the best of Latintronica

Mexican Institute of Sound: the best of Latintronica

Camilo Lara is a product of his environment. The Mexican DJ and producer (who also happens to hold down a day job as the president of EMI Mexico) didn't grow up with dreams of making Latin music. "I always wanted…
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Music, BeatBox Stranger Than Techno

Stranger Than Techno

Events thrown by local crews like and Dirtybird have revived the techno scene in the Bay Area, and Fiction is putting down its footprint with "Below," a night hosting Brooklyn-based veteran producer and DJ Rob Rives. Though best known…
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Music, BeatBox Father Afrika commands large-scale musical hypnosis

Father Afrika commands large-scale musical hypnosis

If you want to understand just how vital Afrika Bambaataa was to hip-hop's early development, it's still best to listen to "Planet Rock." Besides its all-encompassing vision of a world united by music — elevating the feel-good vibe of South…
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Music, All Shook Down Kraftwerk/Neu! Drummer Klaus Dinger Dies at Age 61

Kraftwerk/Neu! Drummer Klaus Dinger Dies at Age 61

Founding Kraftwerk drummer Klaus Dinger's death was announced today. Dinger, who went on to create Neu!, died March 21 of heart failure. His influence on music spreads far and wide throughout every modern genre and decade. Go ahead and…
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Music, BeatBox Beat Box

Beat Box

Loco Dice (born Dice Corleone) currently resides in Brooklyn but hails from Düsseldorf, home of original German techno robots Kraftwerk, an obvious influence on this DJ/producer. He's better known among other techno artists than among the general public; Dice's few…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Plus

A Plus

Though the A-Frames hail from the lush environs of Washington state, the landscape described on their 2005 release Black Forest is barren and charred. Singer Erin Sullivan (credited as "emphysema" in the liner notes) offers deadpan ruminations on a near…
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Music, BeatBox Jam on the return of Brooklyn's Newcleus

Jam on the return of Brooklyn's Newcleus

They're from opposite coasts, but Brooklyn's Newcleus (best known for the '80s club hit "Jam on It") and L.A.'s Egyptian Lover (who penned "Egypt, Egypt" for that same decade) explore similar musical territory, fusing Kraftwerk robotics with hip-hop rhyme schemes.…
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Music, All Shook Down SF Weekly Previews Jazz Fest of North Beach

SF Weekly Previews Jazz Fest of North Beach

“… channel your inner James Brown while thinking fondly of a recent sexcapade …” By Johanna Hauser…
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