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Music, All Shook Down 10 Observations From Treasure Island 2014

10 Observations From Treasure Island 2014

Just across the bay from the Embarcadero, with lush views of the SF skyline and Bay Bridge, the Treasure Island Music Festival's slightly crusty, Ferris wheeled, seaside setting feels like the perfect spot to scarf down some funnel cake…
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Music, All Shook Down Treasure Island Music Festival 2014 Lineup: Outkast and Massive Attack Are Headliners

Treasure Island Music Festival 2014 Lineup: Outkast and Massive Attack Are Headliners

Treasure Island Music Festival announced its 2014 lineup today, and the headliners are Outkast and Massive Attack. The festival takes place Oct. 18 and 19 on, of course, Treasure Island. Here's the full lineup:…
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Music, All Shook Down Happy New Year! Here Are Five Songs to Cure Your Hangover

Happy New Year! Here Are Five Songs to Cure Your Hangover

Happy New Year's Day, everyone! If you're anything like us, you're probably reading this via your phone or tablet, from your bed, still under the covers, still wearing last night's clothes and/or make-up. You've probably been awake for a while…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Night: Massive Attack Intensifies the Horrors of Reality at the Greek Theatre

Saturday Night: Massive Attack Intensifies the Horrors of Reality at the Greek Theatre

Massive AttackThievery Corporation November 6, 2010 @ The Greek Theatre, Berkeley Better than: Watching CNN. If Massive Attack has a musical formula, it's one that's built around lulling you into a false sense of relaxed security, then turning the tables…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: Massive Attack

What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: Massive Attack

Massive Attack @ The Warfield The first thing you notice on "Pray for Rain," the opening track on Massive Attack's fifth full-length, Heligoland, is that it takes several minutes to build up. The U.K. trip-hop pioneers reintroduce themselves with a…
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Music, Massive Attack documents moods

Massive Attack documents moods

The first thing you notice on "Pray for Rain," the opening track on Massive Attack's fifth full-length, Heligoland, is that it takes several minutes to build up. The U.K. trip-hop pioneers reintroduce themselves with a single note and anchoring sub-bass. This absence…
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Music, All Shook Down Sasquatch! Music Festival Lineup: Pavement, Dam-Funk, Girls, Massive Attack, The xx

Sasquatch! Music Festival Lineup: Pavement, Dam-Funk, Girls, Massive Attack, The xx

​More music news today for festicationers: Sasquatch! Music Festival laid out its lineup last night at a party at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe. This Memorial Day Weekend (May 29-31) the indie rock caravans will head to Washington's Gorge for performances from…
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Music, Mark Lanegan Adds Grit and Gravitas to Soulsavers

Mark Lanegan Adds Grit and Gravitas to Soulsavers

When the noirish atmospheres and narcotic beats of downtempo electronica first surfaced in the early 1990s, a broad audience embraced the hazy hip-hop sounds made by the likes of Massive Attack, Portishead, and the Bay Area's own DJ Shadow. Before…
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Music, Reviewed Flash Hawk Parlor Ensemble

Flash Hawk Parlor Ensemble

You know those house parties that inevitably wind up as drunken 3 a.m. jams? Imagine that scenario, except instead of your glassy-eyed friends playing the same four chords on beat-up guitars and bongos, they're shredding the hurdy gurdy, a…
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Music, Let's Talk This Out

Let's Talk This Out

Brendan Fowler's not fucking around when he declares, "I'll fully talk this thing into the ground" on the title track of his new record Summary. Recording under the name BARR, Fowler makes a gangly, conversational art-rap that wants to squeeze…
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The Dutch Ryan Seacrest helps save the day

Alone again, naturally. I sat in the corner by myself and drank an Anchor Steam. I counted 23 disco balls hanging over the bartender and watched the dating couples touch each other's butts. I was at the Supperclub on Harrison.…
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Music, Reviewed Soul Position

Soul Position

Producer RJD2 shot into the spotlight with his 2002 debut, Dead Ringer. The sample-based album was filled with lush, evolving instrumentals, and critics ate it up, many branding him the Second Coming of DJ Shadow. After a Dead Ringer track…
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Music, Otaku

Otaku

After a short, ambient opening track, Otaku's debut album moves quickly into "Barbarian Whores," a trip hop cut that sounds like it's Straight Outta Bristol. Before you panic, rest assured that this local duo is not another rip-off of English…
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Hear This

Portishead The beautiful rolling textures of trip hop owe everything to the dub and hip hop captured within a few elegant blue lines. Blue Lines, the 1991 debut record from Bristol's Massive Attack, was the aural equivalent of a layered…
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Suffocated Love

Sometimes love strangles you slowly. You can't get close enough, at first. You'd crawl under his skin, but you settle for wearing his shirt around the house. You don't shower after sex because you want to smell like her all…
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Elastica Elastica (DGC) It's telling that rock criticism's favorite "strong women" -- Liz, Courtney, PJ -- have all recently stripped to their underwear in videos. Through approach and appearance, all three might (or might not) undermine supermodel standards of beauty,…
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