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Music, A Piano Made Out of People: The Magik*Magik Orchestra Celebrates Five Years

A Piano Made Out of People: The Magik*Magik Orchestra Celebrates Five Years

In 2010, S.F. indie rocker John Vanderslice wrote the outline of a song called "Convict Lake." He had just a few chords, some lyrics, and a vocal melody. His demo recording of the song sounds monochromatic, almost empty. Between the…
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Music, All Shook Down John Vanderslice on Seeking Discomfort, Tripping on Acid, and Making Pure Art

John Vanderslice on Seeking Discomfort, Tripping on Acid, and Making Pure Art

It's a rare artist who, upon realizing all great art is danger, seeks first to test the idea upon their own nerves. This Friday night at the Herbst Theater, S.F. indie rock powerhouse John Vanderslice will play his acclaimed new…
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Music, Noise Pop matches orchestras with pop acts and art with sound

Noise Pop matches orchestras with pop acts and art with sound

Sitting shoulder to shoulder with her 28-piece Magik*Magik Orchestra last month, composer, vocalist, and musician Minna Choi performed a set of 10 grandiose songs with indie-rock darlings the Dodos inside the expansive SFMOMA. The collaboration was part of the museum's…
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