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Music, All Shook Down Listen: J. Kick Pens an Elegant Elegy for Our Twenties In the Mission on <i>Rent Control</i>

Listen: J. Kick Pens an Elegant Elegy for Our Twenties In the Mission on Rent Control

Lamenting the changing face of San Francisco on account of the recent influx of wealth is, well, hardly an original topic in the city these days. One silver lining? Anger, sadness, and nostalgia usually make for compelling music. But singer-guitarist…
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Music, All Shook Down Hear This: Maus Haus' Slow-Rumbling "Hey Jean"

Hear This: Maus Haus' Slow-Rumbling "Hey Jean"

Dark-hued S.F. electro-rockers Maus Haus are back with Light Noise, a brand-new record on brand-new local indie-electronic imprint Lavis Habits. And today we're premiering the song "Hey Jean," a slow-boil of monolithic bass, streaking guitar lines, and Maus Haus' eerie…
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Music, All Shook Down Om Records Celebrates New Lavish Habits Imprint Tonight with Maus Haus and Blackbird Blackbird

Om Records Celebrates New Lavish Habits Imprint Tonight with Maus Haus and Blackbird Blackbird

Here's another indication of the rising interest in that oft-discussed nexus between "indie" and "dance": San Francisco dance music label Om Records has a brand-new imprint that will specialize in it. Called Lavish Habits, the project got off the ground…
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Music, All Shook Down All Shook Down: Crystal Castles, Mistah F.A.B., and Maus Haus Rile up the Regency

All Shook Down: Crystal Castles, Mistah F.A.B., and Maus Haus Rile up the Regency

Better than: Your usual…
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Music, All Shook Down Isn't Your Average Music Fest

All Shook Down Isn't Your Average Music Fest

Looking at the list of performers for this year's All Shook Down Music Fest, you could be forgiven for thinking it's a bit strange. At the top of the list is Crystal Castles, a dark synth-pop duo whose best-known song,…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Fest: A Guide to the Artists

All Shook Down Music Fest: A Guide to the Artists

Crystal Castles www.crystalcastles.com If you don't already know how spectacularly special these Canadian electrogoth wunderkinds are, this is probably the first time you've read a music publication (a Crystal Castle is no longer just what She-Ra lived in). You should…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Washed Out Trades Sampling for Songwriting, and More

In Print: Washed Out Trades Sampling for Songwriting, and More

After Portlandia, Washed Out trades sampling for songwriting: Washed Out might be the most perfect band name ever conceived: It captures the gist of Ernest Greene's music in two simple words. Bright, explosive hues could have easily ruled his synth-driven…
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Music, Hear This Maus Haus: Show Preview

Maus Haus: Show Preview

It's always a gamble for a young band to embrace a sense of weirdness. Balance the elements and you've got a product with a lot of personality; get the formula wrong and you may struggle to find an audience. Maus…
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Music, All Shook Down All Shook Down Music Fest: Featuring S.F.'s Maus Haus

All Shook Down Music Fest: Featuring S.F.'s Maus Haus

This is the part where we say, "You haven't heard Maus Haus yet?" We'd point out that this S.F. outfit is at the forefront of the local weirdo synth-dance-pysch-pop scene, but there really aren't enough groups that sound like…
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Music, All Shook Down City Limits Records Offers Local Sounds Live and on Record Tonight

City Limits Records Offers Local Sounds Live and on Record Tonight

Local music bloggers Peter Arko (Ears of the Beholder) and Robert Khoury (See The Leaves) had an idea: Put out a series of compilations of the best bands from various cities. Naturally, they started with home -- San Francisco…
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Music, All Shook Down Links: SFJazz Breaks Ground, Big Freedia at Hard French, and More

Links: SFJazz Breaks Ground, Big Freedia at Hard French, and More

Oh wow: Big Freedia is playing El Rio's Hard French party on…
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Music, All Shook Down Night Market, Royal Baths, Morrissey Tribute, Seaweed Sway, Cheese Books, and More

Night Market, Royal Baths, Morrissey Tribute, Seaweed Sway, Cheese Books, and More

San Francisco is obsessed with artisan food. Perhaps the SF Appeal said it best earlier this week with its simple statement; "Things San Franciscans Like: Food." Simple as that. This weekend is bloated with food-friendly events along with the expected…
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Music, All Shook Down Exclusive Premiere: Maus Haus and Exray's Peeps Collaborate as Videos

Exclusive Premiere: Maus Haus and Exray's Peeps Collaborate as Videos

​So what do Jason Kick and Jon Bernson do when they're not playing in local synth-mischiefs Maus Haus and The Social Network-soundtrackers Exray's, respectively? Among other things, they have project called Videos, whose debut MP3 we are pleased to present to you.…
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Music, All Shook Down Listen to Blackbird Blackbird's New Album, Then See Him Live Tonight

Listen to Blackbird Blackbird's New Album, Then See Him Live Tonight

One of the many bedroom producers to recently creep out of obscurity and into the view of the Internet and the local scene is San Francisco-based Blackbird Blackbird. We've posted about the singer/producer before, sharing a music video and mixtape that…
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Music, Feature

Sonic Booty

Maus Haus (Noon Saturday, Bridge stage) Lots of bands claim it, but San Francisco's Maus Haus really does straddle genres and skirt categorization. The sextet's debut record, Lark Marvels, shows it can combine loads of electronics with live instrumentation to…
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Music, All Shook Down Local Frequency: Bay Area Band Q&A w/ Maus Haus

Local Frequency: Bay Area Band Q&A w/ Maus Haus

Like many of San Francisco's best acts, Maus Haus is tough to pin down stylistically. The group's idiosyncratic lyrics are matched with orchestral electronic arrangements reminiscent of Krautrock, Bollywood soundtracks, and Brian Eno's best work. The group's upcoming release, Sea-Sides,…
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Music, All Shook Down Weekend Party Preview: Rebellious Raves and Electro Birthdays

Weekend Party Preview: Rebellious Raves and Electro Birthdays

After weeks of bringing you only the best in dirty dance clubs and upbeat live acts, we've decided to throw our own little "slow jam" into the mix of local shindigs. We don't only love electronic music, obviously, so we've…
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Music, Reviewed Maus Haus

Maus Haus

Traces of Stereolab linger in the bleary vintage synths and breathy vocal harmonies that open Maus Haus' "Rigid Breakfast," the first track on the group's debut full-length, Lark Marvels. But the San Francisco six-piece is too restless to stay in…
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