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Music, All Shook Down Tri Angle Records Fetes Its Birthday with oOoOO and Water Borders, Outside Lands 2011 Wrap-Up, and More

Tri Angle Records Fetes Its Birthday with oOoOO and Water Borders, Outside Lands 2011 Wrap-Up, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Tri Angle Records showcase: Roughly a year ago, a young New York-based blogger named Robin Carolan did what many lovers of music often only dream of: He started his own record label. Calling…
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Music, Reviewed Paula Frazer and Tarnation

Paula Frazer and Tarnation

After some fine discs on her own, S.F. songstress Paula Frazer revives the name/concept Tarnation — alt-country locals who released two fine albums in the '90s, Gentle Creatures and Mirador, with Frazer as the sole constant and principal songwriter. While…
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Music, Reviewed Richard Buckner

Richard Buckner

Like so many others who steer their V-8s into the burned-out Brigadoon of altcountry, Richard Buckner has a hard-on for the classics: heartache, rotgut liquor, and bleak backdrops. Even though Buckner stays this course, his sixth studio effort does try,…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Dark and Handsome

Dark and Handsome

SAT-SUN 1/24-25 With their unfailing ennui, Brett and Rennie Spark seem to prefer storm cloud to silver lining. As the Handsome Family, the husband-and-wife songwriting team has been spinning gloomy yarns for the better part of a decade, slowly attracting…
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Music, Reviewed Richard Buckner

Richard Buckner

In the early 1990s, then-local singer Richard Buckner detached himself from his longtime band, the Buckets, to become one of altcountry's rising stars. Although steeped in traditional country and old-timey lore, Buckner opted for a spacey folk sound closer to…
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Music, Walk a Crooked Mile

Walk a Crooked Mile

Jeff Kazor is the leader of the Crooked Jades, a local group that specializes in "old-time" string band music, an antiquated forerunner of the better-known bluegrass style. Old-time's instrumentation is the same as bluegrass' -- fiddle, guitar, banjo, and bass…
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Music, Richard Buckner

Richard Buckner

When Edgar Lee Masters published his Spoon River Anthology in 1915, he had no idea what was in store for him. Somehow the lawyer-turned-poet's 244 dark, interconnected monologues on small-town life touched a nerve, and Masters became an overnight celebrity.…
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Music, Out of the Country

Out of the Country

Richard Buckner signed to a major label and all he got was a stupid eight-track recording console. It wasn't surprising when word came out last spring that Buckner and his record company, MCA, had parted ways. In 1994, when Buckner…
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A Minor Forest Inindependence (Thrill Jockey) Local trio A Minor Forest is to be commended for bringing a dose of metallic aggression to the polite little world of indie rock. Brilliantly angry, loud and combative, the band's music makes its…
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Lick and a Promise

Richard Buckner Devotion & Doubt (MCA) Ever get a promise from a rock song? No, not "We're gonna have ourselves a rock 'n' roll party tonite!" A quiet promise, a subtle one. A hint of something not quite there, of…
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The House of Tudor

Richard Buckner said once that he was as likely to head a klezmer band as a country band, it just depended on the musicians he was with at the time. Still, Buckner and his Doubters have been credited for helping…
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Delusions of Banjer

"If I'm not mistaken, you're calling from San Francisco, right?" asks Bad Livers' bassist Mark Rubin when I ring him up. "Okay, this is interview number three. They said I was supposed to be urbane and verbose for this…
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