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Music, All Shook Down Free Salamander Exhibit Restores Our Faith in Prog-Rock Freakery and Costumes at Bottom of the Hill, 3/1/14

Free Salamander Exhibit Restores Our Faith in Prog-Rock Freakery and Costumes at Bottom of the Hill, 3/1/14

Free Salamander Exhibit Black Map Lasher Keen Saturday, March 1, 2014 Bottom of the Hill Better than: Lamenting the demise of progressive guitar rock in the twenty-teens. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum was the last of a venerated avant-rock movement that put…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Papercuts' Stunning Sub Pop Debut, Killer Mike's Righteous Fury, and More

In Print: Papercuts' Stunning Sub Pop Debut, Killer Mike's Righteous Fury, and More

S.F.'s Papercuts Make a Stunning, Dreamy Sub Pop Debut: On Papercuts' Sub Pop debut, Fading Parade, Quever's vision of atmospheric, world-weary indie-pop is expanded to a stunning degree. Not only is it by far the best thing Papercuts has yet…
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Music, Hear This Sleepytime Gorilla Museum: Show Preview

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum: Show Preview

One of the Bay Area's foremost purveyors of DIY avant-rock insanity, Oakland's Sleepytime Gorilla Museum has crafted a uniquely fractured artistic vision since 1999. A collision of modern-classical dissonance, complex black metal, and otherworldly theatrics incorporating such exotica as Japanese…
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Music, All Shook Down Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Will Close Its Doors in S.F.  (Exit Through the Gift Shop, Please)

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Will Close Its Doors in S.F. (Exit Through the Gift Shop, Please)

And you will know by the trail of tearful tattooed chin-scratchers down Divisadero next month that the 12-year saga of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum is coming to an end. The Oakland enigma-core ensemble has announced three final California dates, culminating in…
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Music, Hear This San Francisco's Impalers Pursue the Groovy Over the Gritty

San Francisco's Impalers Pursue the Groovy Over the Gritty

Next month's Midnight Boom is the third album from London duo the Kills, whose seedy, deconstructive blues have a sensual cool most bands can only wish for. Built around handclaps and rudimentary beats, their new songs lean toward the dancefloor…
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Music, All Shook Down Oakland Dadaist Metal Legends " Sleepytime Gorilla Museum" are back !

Oakland Dadaist Metal Legends " Sleepytime Gorilla Museum" are back !

If you've ever listened to the Sleepytime Gorilla Museum you know these guys redefine the notion of what can be done with metal. Taking cues from the likes of everyone from the Futurists to the work of King Crimson,…
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Girl in a Coma, The Ladybug Transistor, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum -- ASD's live music picks for Friday June 15

File under Bands Named After Smiths Songs: Girl in a Coma, 8 at Fat City. $10. “While Nina is often referred to as "the female version of Morrissey," the band as a whole has been compared to The Smiths, the…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

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The Oneida American Indians were one of the original five tribes of the Iroquois Nation, and named in their honor are all kinds of municipalities, lakes, and, oddly enough, this freaky hi-NRG psych-rock trio from Brooklyn. Now, here's the deal…
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Music, Reviewed Carla Kihlstedt

Carla Kihlstedt

As a member of Tin Hat Trio, Carla Kihlstedt has charmed audiences by blending her virtuosic violin playing with an Eastern European classical sound. At the same time, she's contributed to the avant-metal crunch of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and the…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Originally spawned in the fecund fields of Bloomington, Ind., Japonize Elephants From Zorlock Land of the Lost recently found its second home in the swamps of the East Bay freak scene, cozying up with fellow postmodern genre-busters such as Sleepytime…
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Music, House of Tudor Sound Advice

Sound Advice

The Phantom Limbs could not have chosen their appellation more carefully. Squalling about forgone appendages and carnival nightmares, lead singer Hopeless is the skeletal storyteller with the self-destructive vocal chords who propels the Limbs' rock 'n' roll monster, but it…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of infamous avant-cabaret group Idiot Flesh, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum pushes its music to the extremes. Like a dadaist nightmare, the Bay Area cult band's highly anticipated debut album, Grand Opening and Closing, steers…
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Calendar, Night&Day Top of the Mountain

Top of the Mountain

Rova Saxophone Quartet is an inspiration in Bay Area experimental music circles not only because it has performed and recorded widely for two decades, but also because the group sponsors community events that include musicians of divergent backgrounds. One of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

Infamous Bay Area innovators Idiot Flesh used to open shows with a lively processional ironically dubbed "Dead Like Us." A madcap act of guerrilla theater, the group and its entourage of colorfully clad dancers, prancers, and anything-goes noisemakers would wend…
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