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Calendar, Night&Day Preview: Sun Ra Arkestra

Preview: Sun Ra Arkestra

It's been 15 years since the Sun Ra Arkestra last played San Francisco, and saxophonist Marshall Allen, the group's bandleader, isn't exactly sure how the group's upcoming performance will go. He's held rehearsals with core members of the Arkestra, and…
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Music, Hear This Sun Ra Arkestra: Show Preview

Sun Ra Arkestra: Show Preview

It's been 15 years since the Sun Ra Arkestra last played San Francisco, and saxophonist Marshall Allen, the group's bandleader, isn't exactly sure how the group's upcoming performance will go. He's held rehearsals with core members of the Arkestra, and…
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Music, Hear This Hieroglyphic Being: Show Preview

Hieroglyphic Being: Show Preview

Chicago has a history of fostering the talents of outsider jazz musicians. The most famous of these is Sun Ra, but look closer and you'll find others. The late '80s begat a small school of producers bent on combining cosmic…
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Music, All Shook Down

Salva Debuts XLR8R Podcast, Fisticuffs Video, Sun Ra Video Remix

We've all been on bad dates, but this one is pretty twisted. That's the new hotness from local DJ, producer, and house music magnate Salva -- it has nothing to do with the Clipse song of the same name, but…
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Music, All Shook Down Salva Channels the Spirit of Sun Ra for New Video 'Weeeird Science'

Salva Channels the Spirit of Sun Ra for New Video 'Weeeird Science'

Salva's new album, Complex Housing, is pretty damn good. And to go along with the album, he's dropped his first video in the form of "Weeeird Science," which is over three minutes of Salva's lithe and futuristic productions set to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Whaty Whaty?

Whaty Whaty?

There is little hope for Aaron Novik. In the world of mainstream professional musicians, "hope" means only one thing: bucks. As euphemized by "charting," "getting signed," and "touring with someone famouser than yourself," "success" has a horribly narrow definition. None…
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Music, All Shook Down

A 2010 Playlist for Outer Space (Update on Carl Sagan's '77 List)

New York's Vulture blog recently posted a link to the music Carl Sagan helped provide for robotic probes Voyager 1 and 2 back in the early days of space exploration. According to Lapham's Quarterly, Sagan was part of a curatorial…
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Music, Radioactive Clout

Radioactive Clout

The Bay Area rollers in Mushroom have synched up with some impressive outsider iconoclasts over their decade-long ride. Starting from their first 12-inch, the band has embraced and updated krautrock groove, melding it to soul-jazz, space-rock, and other hybrids, sharing…
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Music, Reviewed Sun Ra

Sun Ra

There have been many writings and recordings concerning jazz innovator Sun Ra. But even the most respected scholars on the topic can't really hold a candle to Millbrae's John and Peter Hinds, publishers of the Sun Ra Research books and…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Marshaling the Troupes

Marshaling the Troupes

SUN 6/26 Which of these options for your post-Pride Parade brouhaha sounds better: getting caught in an alley with a group of bridge-and-tunnel revelers from Orinda coming down off of their Ecstasy highs; or sitting poolside at the Bambuddha Lounge…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

How does an old-school avant-gardist who made his name with the legendary Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor connect with today's kids? He meets them on the dance floor. At least that's what trumpeter Eddie Gale, San Jose's officially designated "Ambassador…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sun King

Sun King

The continued existence of the Sun Ra Arkestra a full decade after its leader's passing testifies to the power of Sun Ra's music and mythology. Born Herman "Sonny" Blount in Chicago in 1914, the pianist who changed his name to…
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Music, To Sun Ra With Love

To Sun Ra With Love

Not exactly known as the cultural mecca of the Bay Area, Millbrae may be more familiar to San Franciscans as "the exit past SFO." Nonetheless, in a modest suburban dwelling between the 280 and 101 freeways rests a private archive…
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Calendar, Night&Day

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

For spacey jazzman and word magician Sun Ra, the official idea of "history" (which he denigrated as "his story") was always less interesting than the more personal "my story." Sun Ra's story is one of several irresistible tales in the…
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Music,

Riff Raff

Static KUSF Music Director Jason Knuth loved free jazz, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, and Cecil Taylor. He could talk endlessly about the Sun City Girls or Matthew Shipp. Lee "Scratch" Perry and anyone else who made serious, challenging music thrilled…
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Hear This

Marshall Allen Along with recently departed tenor saxophonist John Gilmore, altoist Marshall Allen was a mainstay in Sun Ra's groundbreaking Arkestra for nearly 40 years until the cosmic commander's passing in 1993. Allen's tenure with Sun Ra forced him to…
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Music,

Recordings

Mark Snow The Truth and the Light: Music From The X-Files (Warner Bros.) Canoofle Unorganized Flying Objects (Lazy Eight) I recall both a fondness for and an annoyance with Ben Cooper Halloween costumes -- a cheap, flimsy line of garish…
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