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Music, All Shook Down S.F.'s Sic Alps Scrubbed the Noise, But Still Want to Freak You Out

S.F.'s Sic Alps Scrubbed the Noise, But Still Want to Freak You Out

"I'm kind of like Ron Swanson -- I fucking hate paperwork." Mike Donovan, figurehead of San Francisco rock band Sic Alps, is grinning in the kitchen of his ground-floor apartment, explaining what he likes about driving a cab for a…
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Music, Hear This Sic Alps: Show Preview

Sic Alps: Show Preview

There's a reason that the latest album from San Francisco rock band Sic Alps is self-titled: It's meant to follow in the great tradition of bands issuing eponymous records as a way of hitting the reset button. For Sic Alps,…
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Music, Fall Album Frenzy: New Local Albums You Need to Know

Fall Album Frenzy: New Local Albums You Need to Know

To call it "crowded" would be putting the onslaught of this fall's album release schedule way too mildly. Everyone and their ex-drummer is putting out a new record this season, and that includes some of the Bay Area's funniest, smartest,…
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Music, All Shook Down Inside Slumberland Records, Berkeley's Legendary Indie Pop Label

Inside Slumberland Records, Berkeley's Legendary Indie Pop Label

Name: Slumberland Records Owner: Mike Schulman Founded: 1989 Headquarters: West Berkeley Creation story: Inspired by mid-80's Lower East Side noise rock artists like Swans and Sonic Youth, Schulman formed Big Jesus Trash Can without any prior musical experience in…
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Music, Hear This Mikal Cronin: Show Preview

Mikal Cronin: Show Preview

Fans of gritty S.F. rockers Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, and Sic Alps better get to know this name: Mikal Cronin. A longtime collaborator of Segall's — and the dark-haired dude who plays bass in his band, as well as…
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Music, All Shook Down Sic Alps, Bare Wires, and the Younger Lovers are Free Tonight at Cafe Du Nord

Sic Alps, Bare Wires, and the Younger Lovers are Free Tonight at Cafe Du Nord

Everyone stop for a second and muster a smidgen of gratitude at the fact that indie rock is supercool now. Your beverage companies, your marketing firms, your Taco Bells, they all wanna get in on the flannel-and-wayfarers party you…
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Music, All Shook Down Thee Oh Sees, Sic Alps, Ty Segall, and the Sandwitches Give a Primer on S.F. Rock

Thee Oh Sees, Sic Alps, Ty Segall, and the Sandwitches Give a Primer on S.F. Rock

Thee Oh SeesSic AlpsTy SegallThe SandwitchesFebruary 9, 2011@ Great American Music HallBetter than: Train.If you're looking for a primer on the state of independent rock in San Francisco in 2011, you could hardly do better than last night's lineup at…
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Music, Hear This Sic Alps: Show Preview

Sic Alps: Show Preview

Sic Alps may seem like the perennial also-rans of the local garage-rock scene, but this nearly-decade-old trio deserves higher esteem. And if earning the approval of indie headmasters like Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo hasn't been enough to yank…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch Sic Alps Grainy, Disorienting New Video for 'Do You Want to Give $$?'

Watch Sic Alps Grainy, Disorienting New Video for 'Do You Want to Give $$?'

Now here's a video that fits well with the accompanying song -- we can't get a clear grip on either. Sic Alps new album Napa Asylum (out tomorrow) is a bewildering, dirty, vaguely depressing slog, and we mean that in a…
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Music, All Shook Down MySpace's Days as a Vital Music Site May Be Numbered

MySpace's Days as a Vital Music Site May Be Numbered

To call a MySpace page essential for bands would be an understatement. These clunky, ugly, music-streaming pages are valuable for many up-and-coming artists as well as big names -- partly because they were among the first places where anyone could…
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Music, All Shook Down Monday Morning Hangover: An Embarrassment of Riches

Monday Morning Hangover: An Embarrassment of Riches

As the Summer(ish) months start rolling in, it seems the possibilities for weekend distractions multiply exponentially. This past weekend offered an embarrassment of riches: comedy, music, art and bawdiness abounded. Yo La Tengo and the Sic Alps played the Fillmore…
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Music, All Shook Down Yo La Tengo and Sic Alps Show is *Not* Sold Out

Yo La Tengo and Sic Alps Show is *Not* Sold Out

In this week's issue, we made a mistake listing the info for the Sic Alps gig on Saturday at the Fillmore. The show is not sold out. You can still grab tickets to see the San Francisco act both locals and…
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Music, Sic Alps is the opening act of choice for indie elder statesmen

Sic Alps is the opening act of choice for indie elder statesmen

Imagine being Mike Donovan and Matt Hartman of San Francisco trio Sic Alps. You get home from a long day of work fixing bikes or driving a taxi, and sit down to a cup of tea. You put on a…
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Music, All Shook Down Openers: Three Opening Act You Don't Want to Miss This Week

Openers: Three Opening Act You Don't Want to Miss This Week

​Coachella tour mayhem may be in the past, but we're set for another busy week of spring shows here in the city -- opening bands included. A few best bets are below:Wednesday: Best Coast The guitar pop of Best Coast…
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Music, All Shook Down Sic Alps News: Free Beach Show and New Video (for Quasi)

Sic Alps News: Free Beach Show and New Video (for Quasi)

Sic Alps have been busy dudes these days. When they're not opening for Pavement in London and Yo La Tengo here, they're touring Europe for a good chunk of the next two months. So if the weather cooperates on Easter…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rock Mountain High

Rock Mountain High

In the fuzz-infested waters of garage rock, none rules supreme-er than Sic Alps. The local trio is just back from a tour with Sonic Youth, for example. Musically, the Alps come throbbing and clanging through town like surf guitar took…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Sonic Youth and Sic Alps at the Independent

Last Night: Sonic Youth and Sic Alps at the Independent

Sonic Youth Monday, August 3rd The IndependentBetter Than: The Year Punk BrokeBy Brian Moss Perhaps the quintessential indie rock band, for nearly three decades Sonic Youth has been demolishing genre conventions and redefining the sound of subculture. The band's…
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