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Calendar, Night&Day Playing Music Backwards

Playing Music Backwards

Normally, people make a record and then go out and play the songs from that record. It’s a fine way to do things, but now that we think about it, why don’t people do it the other way around sometimes,…
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Music, All Shook Down Mark Growden's New Traditionalism, and What Green Day's Mike Dirnt Does On His Days Off

Mark Growden's New Traditionalism, and What Green Day's Mike Dirnt Does On His Days Off

Local jazzman-turned-folkie Mark Growden: There are many ways to interpret and preserve the traditions of musical Americana. One is treat it like a museum piece, with pious reverence -- thereby sucking the fun clean out of it. Another is to…
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Music, Mark Growden’s New Traditionalism

Mark Growden’s New Traditionalism

There are many ways to interpret and preserve the traditions of musical Americana. One is treat it like a museum piece, with pious reverence — thereby sucking the fun clean out of it. Another is to revamp it, keep its…
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Calendar, Night&Day Monster of Accordion

Monster of Accordion

Mark Growden strikes a precarious balance between charismatic stylist and pretentious artist. He belts out melodies as if proselytizing from the mountaintops, and rocks an accordion like he's channeling Black Sabbath; his soundtrack-moody music ricochets from hell to the stars…
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Music, All Shook Down Bay Area Music Links: Ukulele Hendrix, Springtime Death Metal, Bad Dad's Laments

Bay Area Music Links: Ukulele Hendrix, Springtime Death Metal, Bad Dad's Laments

Video: Mark Growden plays bike handlebars like a flute -- and it sounds good!…
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Music, All Shook Down

Mark Growden's New Video is a Beautiful Noir Mini-Movie

Some videos look cool, while others go beyond eye candy into fully-realized works of art. The clip for local songwriter Mark Growden's slow-burning gothic blues ballad "Coyote" is stunning. Award-winning filmmaker Christiane Cegavske turned the song about a broken-hearted animal as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shake Shake Shake … Shake Shake Shake …

Shake Shake Shake … Shake Shake Shake …

Accordion legend turned bluesman meets undulation princesses gone flamenco? That sounds very interesting. Throw in a couple of out-of-town belly-dance companies and some steampunk, and we totally don’t know what to wear, but it’s definitely an art hybrid multimedia WIN.…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

My opinions about sampling and file sharing are not popular among my musician friends, but I maintain that the free exchange of music over the Web is not unlike pollution and global warming: unpleasant for inhabitants perhaps, but an evolutionary…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

A proud byproduct of "Eastbaynian" culture, the Lemon Lime Lights fuse the hybrid traditions of freak-scene stars past (Charming Hostess) and present (Mark Growden) with the legacy of Gilman Street. Absent razor-edged guitars, the multigendered septet pits genteel instruments --…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

The origin of Valentine's Day is said to have its roots in the Roman feast of Lupercalia, a pagan love festival held in tribute to Juno, the goddess of women and marriage. During the festival, boys drew the random names…
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The House of Tudor

To the casual observer, all scooterists buzzing around town in stovepipe pants and wraparound shades might be part of a single supportive scooter league. Not so. As with any group of two or more people, there are conflicts in music,…
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Hear This

Mark Growden After years of behind-the-scenes collaboration with choreographers and filmmakers, multi-instrumentalist Mark Growden steps into the spotlight as an extraordinary songwriter and bandleader on Downstairs Karaoke, his debut full-length CD of warped pop balladry and evocative folk-based storytelling. Released…
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