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Best Web Site for Live Indie Rock Tips

There are just too many live-music options in San Francisco. How are you supposed to separate the wheat from the chaff, the peanut butter from the jelly, the indie rock buzz from the musical never-was? Even with clubs closing faster…
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Sol Hoopii -- Master of the Hawaiian Guitar, Vol. 1-2 (Rounder) Dazzling guitar work by one of the best-known Hawaiian guitarists. Kalama's Quartet -- Early Hawaiian Classics (Arhoolie) Elegant four-part harmonies and dual steel guitars from the '20s, initially reissued…
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Music, Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club

God bless Ry Cooder for the Buena Vista Social Club. But not, mind you, because Cooder actually had much to do musically with the success of their landmark 1997 album. Cooder's guitar heroics were overshadowed on that album by the…
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Music, Record Review


Eliades Ochoa Sublime Illusion (Higher Octave Music) It isn't hard to like Buena Vista Social Club, the enchantingly sensual collaboration between Ry Cooder and some of Cuba's legendary-but-almost-forgotten musicians that went on to become an unexpected worldwide smash. And…
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Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos Marc Ribot may be the most inventive guitarist to come out of New York's fecund downtown scene in the last two decades. A learned jazz and classical player, he often reduces pop, rock, or…
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