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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 • She & Him coated the Greek Theatre in sweet, sticky charm on Saturday night, playing a tight, 24-song set. It felt just like what an outdoor concert should be: thick weed smoke and wine-drunk twentysomethings twirling their arms…
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Music, All Shook Down High on Fire's Matt Pike on Life After Rehab: "Every Single Day Is a Struggle"

High on Fire's Matt Pike on Life After Rehab: "Every Single Day Is a Struggle"

One of the few bona fide six-string heroes to emerge from the Bay Area in past 20-odd years, Matt Pike has more than qualified for guitar-god credentials between his work with pioneering '90s stoner-rock trio Sleep and his continuing success…
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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 • Lost in the Night returned to the newly renovated 222 Hyde and found a dazzling party, thanks to both local hero DJ Mark. E Quark and the club's amazing new ceiling light array. Located in the middle of…
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Music, All Shook Down Oakland Metalheads High on Fire Pull out of Mayhem Tour; Matt Pike to Enter Rehab

Oakland Metalheads High on Fire Pull out of Mayhem Tour; Matt Pike to Enter Rehab

Only days after slaying a sold-out Fox theater with stoner-metal legends Sleep, Oakland heavy music figurehead Matt Pike has had to pull current band High on Fire out of its slot at this summer's Rockstar Mayhem Festival as he…
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Music, High on Fire polishes its metal weaponry

High on Fire polishes its metal weaponry

Oakland's (and possibly Earth's) heaviest band, High on Fire, is ready for its close-up. The trio's fifth studio album, Snakes for the Divine, is its first for the E1 label after several years on highly regarded metal imprint Relapse. The…
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Music, Hear This Metal on Fire

Metal on Fire

In the year since High on Fire released its last record — Death Is This Communion, an uncompromisingly forbidding, yet strangely melodic album — the Oakland metal gods have remained quite the road warriors. The Matt Pike–led trio has spent…
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Music, Reviewed High on Fire

High on Fire

Already regarded as one of modern metal's most face-meltingly fantastic bands, High on Fire further solidifies its reputation with Death is This Communion, the Oakland trio's fourth, most commanding album. For this outing, the band swapped one rock superproducer (Steve…
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Music, Reviewed Kalas

Kalas

Kalas is Matt Pike's new outfit, and for the Bay Area quintet's nine-track debut he wields his ax only on a single cut ("Frozen Sun"). That's because Pike's primary role is that of a lead vocalist, which is kinda fucked-up.…
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Music, Heady Metal

Heady Metal

When it comes to heavy metal, 2005 will be remembered as the year that the promising "Sounds of the Underground" tour debuted, metalcore dominated the scene popularity-wise, and Iron Maiden got egged at Ozzfest. There weren't a lot of big…
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Music, Flame On

Flame On

Thwap! I definitely heard it, even over a dodgy cell-phone connection and the persistent background whine of a van whose transmission had seen better days. It was enough to stop singer/guitarist Matt Pike, frontman of Oakland metal behemoth High on…
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