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Music, Seu Jorge and Almaz create beautiful samba-pop

Seu Jorge and Almaz create beautiful samba-pop

There's a charming naïveté to the story of Seu Jorge and Almaz, the new album from the Brazilian samba-pop quartet of the same name. "When we made this record, the only thing guiding us was to follow where the music…
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Music, BeatBox Globetrotting Crate-Diggers

Globetrotting Crate-Diggers

Remember that high school friend who would pop a random cassette in the deck and blow your mind with some obscure Brazilian funk, Afrobeat, or Cuban hip-hop? Chances are that friend is now a music writer, choosing tracks for Wes…
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Music, Hear This

Stern Grove goes 'Aquatic'

Noise: it's hip, it's underground, and a growing number of young people are doing it — that is, feigning insanity onstage while kicking up storms of epileptic percussion and squealing-pig distortion. Unfortunately, a lot of these scenesters aren't too terribly…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Those with a lingering fondness for the '80s -- and, judging by the enduring popularity of Bay Area cover bands like Tainted Love, there are more than a few of you -- can get their nostalgia fix when leather-clad icon…
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