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Music, All Shook Down Cass McCombs Is Coming Home, Whatever Home Means, and You Should Probably Go See Him

Cass McCombs Is Coming Home, Whatever Home Means, and You Should Probably Go See Him

Cass McCombs is many things — a semi-famous musician who semi-famously hates interviews, a nomad who keeps circling back to the Bay Area, an entertaining and enigmatic-to-the-point-of-it-seeming-like-a-put-on folk-rock persona. But most importantly, he's an incredibly talented songwriter, one around whom…
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Music, Hear This Meat Puppets

Meat Puppets

Formed by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood with drummer Derrick Bostrom almost 30 years ago, the Meat Puppets spent the '80s baking a punk-tinged, acid-drenched brand of Byrds-ish country rock in their hometown Phoenix sun. They finally got their props…
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Music, All Shook Down LastNight: Meat Puppets and Built to Spill at the Fillmore

LastNight: Meat Puppets and Built to Spill at the Fillmore

(Photos by Jeff Enlow) By Melissa Baron Better Than: Getting laid, finding God and winning the lotto combined. Download: Everything ever performed by Built to Spill (especially "Cars" or "the Plan") and the Meat Puppets (especially "Plateau" or "Lake…
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Music, Hear This Crime pays: OG San Francisco "punks" offer rare live appearance

Crime pays: OG San Francisco "punks" offer rare live appearance

Fishbone is the quintessential hyphenated combo. From its inception in 1979, the spazztastic Los Angeles septet has been mashing genres, pioneering a ska-punk-thrash-funk sound that's as fresh, feral, and nutty as ever. Yet mainstream success has long been elusive for…
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Music, Reviewed The USA Is a Monster

The USA Is a Monster

Over the past several years, the New York duo the USA Is a Monster -- Tom Hohmann (drums, synthesizer, and vocals) and Colin Matthews (guitar and vocals) -- has been developing a singular fusion of Lightning Bolt-inspired techno-metal, bong water-drenched…
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The Dog Bites Interview: Barista Champion

Andy Newbom, 34, is the owner of the Santa Clara coffeehouse Barefoot Coffee Roasters. Later this month, he and his employee Dominic Taylor will be competing in the United States Barista Championship in Atlanta, Ga. The first-place winner will receive…
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