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Music, All Shook Down All Shook Down Festival: More Crowds, Even More Cupcakes

All Shook Down Festival: More Crowds, Even More Cupcakes

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Music, All Shook Down Odessa Chen Talks to the Animals For New Album

Odessa Chen Talks to the Animals For New Album

Odessa Chen decided four years ago that she was done with romance -- at least until her next CD. For her current project, Archives of the Natural World, the singer-songwriter cast aside songs for an ex named Jeff (not to…
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All Shook Down: A cross-section of the festival schedule

There's the sarcastic rap of Rondo Brothers, the nearly timeless country-folk of Tiny Television, and a lot of other musical territory covered by the artists performing at the festival. These handy biographies — which cover many of the artists performing…
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Music, All Shook Down Neon Indian, Janelle Monae, Jazz Mafia All Stars, More at All Shook Down Music Fest

Neon Indian, Janelle Monae, Jazz Mafia All Stars, More at All Shook Down Music Fest

That's right: we're throwing a party. This July 25 in North Beach, you can catch Neon Indian and Janelle Monae along with a hefty smattering of local talent -- the Jazz Mafia All Stars, The Ferocious Few, and the Oakland…
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Music, Odessa Chen leaves her music open to interpretation

Odessa Chen leaves her music open to interpretation

Whether crafting the thematic arc of an album or collaborating on a multidisciplinary project, Odessa Chen isn't afraid to be vulnerable. She embraces the creative process with an open heart, giving listeners an intimate experience, as if we're sharing in…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Odessa Chen

What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Odessa Chen

Odessa Chen @ First Unitarian Universalist Society Local singer-songwriter Odessa Chen is self-taught on guitar and classically trained in cello and voice; she belonged to choirs specializing in medieval styles. Her singing is mellifluous as the late Jeff Buckley's, while…
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Music, The decade in ideas: local artists, DJs, studio heads, and tech geeks discuss the past and present in music

The decade in ideas: local artists, DJs, studio heads, and tech geeks discuss the past and present in music

This month marks not only the close of the year, but also the end of a decade in which we saw the way we create, listen to, and consume music become faster and easier for artists and fans. But all…
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Music, Hear This Odessa Chen

Odessa Chen

Local singer-songwriter Odessa Chen is self-taught on guitar and classically trained in cello and voice; she belonged to choirs specializing in medieval styles. Her singing is mellifluous as the late Jeff Buckley's, while her distinctive songs balance temperate emotional intimacy…
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Music, Emerge From Nothing

Emerge From Nothing

Thee More Shallows. It may be one of the worst names ever, and David "Dee" Kesler, the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and chief songwriter for the cerebral indie rock band, knows it. " an incredibly bad name that we have," he exclaims…
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Calendar, Performance Playing Horsie

Playing Horsie

ONGOING 8/5-15 There's a reason terms like "horsing around" and "horseplay" are common in English. Horses are some of the most naturally playful animals known to humans, but like people, they're not quite as playful when they're saddled and harnessed.…
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Music, OK Then Holiday Jeer

Holiday Jeer

One of the hardest things about this job is saying "No thanks" to a band that really wants to be mentioned in the paper. This goes double for local acts, many of which have worked their asses off for years,…
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