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Music, Hear This Sic Alps: Show Preview

Sic Alps: Show Preview

Sic Alps may seem like the perennial also-rans of the local garage-rock scene, but this nearly-decade-old trio deserves higher esteem. And if earning the approval of indie headmasters like Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo hasn't been enough to yank…
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Music, Sic Alps is the opening act of choice for indie elder statesmen

Sic Alps is the opening act of choice for indie elder statesmen

Imagine being Mike Donovan and Matt Hartman of San Francisco trio Sic Alps. You get home from a long day of work fixing bikes or driving a taxi, and sit down to a cup of tea. You put on a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rock Mountain High

Rock Mountain High

In the fuzz-infested waters of garage rock, none rules supreme-er than Sic Alps. The local trio is just back from a tour with Sonic Youth, for example. Musically, the Alps come throbbing and clanging through town like surf guitar took…
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Music, Sic Alps makes cracked genius look easy

Sic Alps makes cracked genius look easy

Over the last year, local duo Sic Alps has become massively popular in a small scene of record fiends and lo-fi garage-band freaks. Through record sales and touring, guitarist Mike Donovan and drummer/bassist Matthew Hartman have achieved the ideal of…
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Music, Obscure to Unavailable

Obscure to Unavailable

As a businessman, Dial Records owner Mike Donovan is a complete failure. "No one gets paid; I never get paid. The bands get paid in records; that's about it," he laughs. Running his tiny label is difficult, especially since he…
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