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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Alabama Shakes and Kurt Vile Made Their Own Weather at the Greek

Live Review: Alabama Shakes and Kurt Vile Made Their Own Weather at the Greek

Brittany Howard didn’t chat much between songs, but with a voice like that, why waste it on talking? Taking the stage for the second of two sold out shows at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre, the Alabama Shake's singer made sure…
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Music, All Shook Down Kurt Vile Is Not Depressed — He's Just Moody

Kurt Vile Is Not Depressed — He's Just Moody

Kurt Vile is an artist whose lyricism revels in the dark alleys of existentialism and identity crisis, yet is somehow simultaneously sprinkled with comic relief in the bluntest of ways. His most recent album b’lieve i’m going down…, released on…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Kurt Vile Bewitches the Fillmore

Live Review: Kurt Vile Bewitches the Fillmore

Kurt Vile & the Violators Cass McCombs Heron Oblivion Friday, October 16, 2015 The Fillmore, San Francisco Better Than: Most things really. Live acts who don’t say much to the crowd during their shows can be broken into two…
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Music, Outside Lands Artists as Muni Map: Must-See Acts for 2013

Outside Lands Artists as Muni Map: Must-See Acts for 2013

Download our Muni map of Outside Lands acts utside Lands 2013 has nearly 90 musical acts on the bill. What are the relationships between them? Well, let's try an experiment: What if each one was a Muni metro stop, somewhere…
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Music, Lands Ho! The Must-See Shows and Must-Eat Foods at Outside Lands

Lands Ho! The Must-See Shows and Must-Eat Foods at Outside Lands

Read on after our music picks for Anna's food recommendations. By Ian S. Port There are nearly 90 acts on the Outside Lands lineup this year, with a spectrum of musical offerings that includes R&B, funk, rock, hip-hop, and dance…
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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 • Derrick May proved Detroit techno is still very much alive with a riveting set at Public Works. Putting lots of mileage on the club's EQs, he kept the floor moving past 3 a.m. We thought we might fall…
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Music, All Shook Down Kurt Vile Shows Off Gorgeous Monotony at the Independent, 5/8/13

Kurt Vile Shows Off Gorgeous Monotony at the Independent, 5/8/13

Kurt Vile and The Violators The Fresh & Onlys Steve Gunn The Independent May 8, 2013 Better than: Listening to high quality Kurt Vile audio files The Fresh and Onlys were in the middle of a solo section, one more…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 5/30/12: Kurt Vile, Black Bananas, and True Widow Freak Out the Fillmore

Live Review, 5/30/12: Kurt Vile, Black Bananas, and True Widow Freak Out the Fillmore

Kurt Vile and the Violators Black Bananas True Widow Wednesday, May 30, 2012 The Fillmore Better than: The indie rock variety show that it could have been. And here is Jennifer Herrema, a veteran rocker formerly of Royal Trux,…
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Music, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands to See for Free

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands to See for Free

Illustration by Adam McCauley For its 11th year, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass got even bigger, adding a full Friday lineup and pushing the usual pre-weekend festivities back to Thursday. That means you'll face an even more difficult time deciding whom…
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Music Links: Kurt Vile in the Bedroom, 13-Year-Old's Benefit Show, More

Before his sold-out show tonight, Kurt Vile played in Yours Truly's bedroom. It was rad. Watch the video. Local eighth-grader organizes a Great American Music Hall show called "It Gets Indie" on Monday for a good cause. [The Bay…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: the Subversive Beauty of tUnE-yArDs, Del the Funky Homosapien's Trip to Hip-Hop's Past, and More

In Print: the Subversive Beauty of tUnE-yArDs, Del the Funky Homosapien's Trip to Hip-Hop's Past, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: On tUnE-yArDs: Welcome to the edge of experimental pop in 2011. Garbus has just seen the release of tUne-yArDs' second album, w h o k i l l, which seems all but…
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Music, Hear This Kurt Vile: Show Preview

Kurt Vile: Show Preview

The rusted guitar flourishes and quaking electronic textures of Kurt Vile's new album, Smoke Ring for My Halo, come across like a soundtrack for a frosty winter day. But the real treat here is Vile's delectably poignant baritone. The Philadelphia…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday's Pick: Woods, Kurt Vile, The Art Museums, The Mantles at Slim's

Friday's Pick: Woods, Kurt Vile, The Art Museums, The Mantles at Slim's

"It makes me wonder why anyone goes through that process," multi-instrumentalist Jarvis Taveniere says. Although Woodsist does use a regular publicist, its grassroots approach to getting word out seems a far cry from the more strenuous efforts of bands…
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Music, All Shook Down Real Estate, Woods, Moon Duo, Kurt Vile at Woodsist Show in Big Sur

Real Estate, Woods, Moon Duo, Kurt Vile at Woodsist Show in Big Sur

You know how lots of dudes have their "fantasy" sports teams, where they get all crazy about their dream combinations of men with bats and balls? Well I have fantasy concerts, all the time, most of them involving some picturesque…
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Music, All Shook Down Track of the Day: Kurt Vile

Track of the Day: Kurt Vile

If you can't get into the free, 'secret' Weezer show at the Regency--or if you just want your tunes a little muddier, a little more dirt under those fret-torn nails--there's another good music gig tonight we can recommend. Lo-fi troubador…
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Music, Hear This Cold Cave

Cold Cave

Nailing hardcore with Give Up the Ghost and then post-hardcore with Some Girls, the itinerant Wesley Eisold wound up in Philadelphia, where he has built his scrappy project, Cold Cave, into a proper band. Musically, he's now onto a claustrophobic…
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Music, Kurt Vile loses job, gains indie clout

Kurt Vile loses job, gains indie clout

Kurt Vile recently got fired. For the past six years, he operated a forklift at a Philadelphia brewery while moonlighting as a home-recording musician and songwriter. Now signed to Matador and touring cross-country, Vile found that his job and his…
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