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Music, Hear This The Breeders: Show Preview

The Breeders: Show Preview

If you, like us, were heartbroken to find out that Kim Deal isn't responsible for the backing vocals on the Pixies' recent single "Bagboy" (that's Bunnies vocalist Jeremy Dubs), and won't be on the next Pixies tour (Kim Shattuck from…
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Music, All Shook Down Grimes' "Genesis" Is a Post-Burning Man Freak Show, and Maybe the Weirdest Video of the Year

Grimes' "Genesis" Is a Post-Burning Man Freak Show, and Maybe the Weirdest Video of the Year

We wanted to like this. It's on 4AD for chrissakes. The same 4AD that gave us some of the greatest alternative music of the last century. Pixies! Throwing Muses! Cocteau Twins! Belly! The The! What's not to love? And the…
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Music, Hear This The Joy Formidable: Show Preview

The Joy Formidable: Show Preview

Welsh trio The Joy Formidable is the gastropub of '90s-flavored indie rock, serving up familiar, meaty fare elevated by craft and a smattering of inventive elements. Stomping on a plethora of effects pedals, the band peppers the soft-loud-soft dynamics of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Man Up

Man Up

Perhaps you’ve been there: You’re at your girlfriend’s parents’ house, unexpectedly in charge of the grill, incinerating everything that comes near it, and you say something stupid — I was too busy listening to the Pixies to learn to grill!…
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Music, Hear This Swans: Show Preview

Swans: Show Preview

When its rep as one of the world's loudest, most demanding bands finally grew too much to bear, Swans leader Michael Gira dissolved his cultish avant-rock group in the late 1990s to begin a kinder, gentler second career with Angels…
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Music, All Shook Down 100+ S.F. Musicians Teaming Up To Record -- and Perform -- Pixies' <i>Doolittle</i>

100+ S.F. Musicians Teaming Up To Record -- and Perform -- Pixies' Doolittle

Earlier this fall, more than 40 local musicians got together -- along with Liz Phair and Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins -- to perform the Velvet Underground's seminal debut album at Coda Jazz Supper Club. This project was the first…
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Music, Hear This Pixies

Pixies

Pixies' influence on modern rock is well documented, but the fact remains that no other band has been able to match its exquisite mix of pop hooks and unabashed weirdness. The bigger and balder version of the band took several…
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Music, The Breeders synthesizes the Deal sisters' symbiotic relationship

The Breeders synthesizes the Deal sisters' symbiotic relationship

The Breeders release albums so infrequently (this month's Mountain Battles is just the fourth in 18 years), guitarist Kelley Deal may be better known for playing caretaker to her twin, Pixies bassist and Breeders leader Kim, than for her musical…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Caught on KUSF: Wildildilfe's Helter-Skelter Mood Mash

Caught on KUSF: Wildildilfe's Helter-Skelter Mood Mash

Call me old-fashioned, but one of my favorite ways of discovering music is still through the radio. It reminds me of being a kid, staying up late waiting for some catchy new song to come on Portland's pop station so…
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Calendar, Night&Day Smart Pop Loop

Smart Pop Loop

Some bands are lovable because they sound so dumb: Take the Pipettes or Metallica, for instance. Local jangle freak-pop band 20 Minute Loop is just the opposite, with a distinct sound that says, "These people are perfectly nice, but they…
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Music, All Shook Down Pixies' Frank Black Back in SF: Last-Minute Show Added to the Utah

Pixies' Frank Black Back in SF: Last-Minute Show Added to the Utah

This is one of those things you brag home about. Small venue. Huge icon. Cheep beer. This monkey's gone to heaven. From the PR: JUST ANNOUNCED! BLACK FRANCIS of the Pixies, Frank Black and the Catholics 9 pm This…
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Music, Reviewed Black Francis

Black Francis

Frank Black's solo material has failed to find the mega-audience the Pixies enjoyed, but his last two countrified albums at least demonstrated the songwriter's faculty to move beyond all the screaming and post-punk noise. While that versatility is great and…
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Music, Bouncer

Bouncer

Before you set foot in Eagles Drift In, you have to reconcile yourself with the name. What does it mean? You'd expect the sign to read "Eagles Drift Inn," for one thing. At least then you would only have to…
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Music, Bouncer

Pot's for pussies

I'm an eight-at-a-time Netflix junkie, which means either I'm a cinephile or I have no life. Or both. Anywho, a documentary on the site caught my eye the other day. It was called Nietzsche and the Nazis. I put that…
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Music, Reviewed Jay Reatard

Jay Reatard

Remember the first time you heard the Pixies classic "Where Is My Mind?" It condensed the euphoria of cutting anchor and sailing into the abyss into a four-minute pop song. Now Jay Reatard (that Memphis garage punker from the Lost…
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Music, Hear This Smash your head on the noise rock; Another! Big! Buzz! Band!

Smash your head on the noise rock; Another! Big! Buzz! Band!

Drum 'n' bass means something different in the noise-rock world than in the electronic world. This disparity is especially true when discussing San Francisco's boulder-weight Burmese , a double-drum, two-bass quartet delivering riffs that hit like concrete blocks and erratic…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 Geniuses, man. They act kooky, wear weird clothes, work their highly intelligent fingers to the bone, and at some point, create stuff that blows your lower intelligence quotient out of the water, hopefully in a good…
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Year End,

Trend-Spotting

Britney got married. Ashlee was caught lip-synching. ODB died. Congress continued to wring its hands about the legality of downloads, which flourished anyway. Conservative groups condemned sex in popular culture, while Usher's sultry Confessions shot to No. 1. A major…
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Music, Reviewed Frank Black

Frank Black

Frank Black may be the godfather of quirk rock, but everyone would agree that much of the luster has been lacking since the Pixies originally disbanded, which is why Frank Black Francis comes as such a pleasant surprise. The record…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

It makes sense that Now It's Overhead would choose a Magnetic Fields cover ("The Book of Love") to complement the single for "Wait in Line," from this year's Fall Back Open, a warm, texture-rich combination of sparse drum-machine beats, sparkling…
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