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Music, All Shook Down Sunn O))) Spreads Its Sludge at Mezzanine, 12/18/12

Sunn O))) Spreads Its Sludge at Mezzanine, 12/18/12

SunnO))) Dead in the Dirt Loincloth December 18, 2012 Mezzanine Better than: A full-body massage. If you've never been to one, a SunnO))) performance is a thing. More of a movable feast with two fixed leaders than a proper band, every…
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Music, All Shook Down The Five Best Concerts in San Francisco This Week

The Five Best Concerts in San Francisco This Week

Sunn O))) @ Mezzanine, Tuesday, Dec. 18 Over the 14 years that Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley have run Sunn O))), the pair have eagerly tested threshold after threshold. The Seattle-born drone metal project's songs are long -- the shortest…
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Music, Hear This Sunn O))): Show Preview

Sunn O))): Show Preview

Over the 14 years that Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley have run Sunn O))), the pair have eagerly tested threshold after threshold. The Seattle-born drone metal project's songs are long — the shortest track on 2009 LP Monoliths & Dimensions…
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Music, King Cannibal's bloody Valentine mixtape

King Cannibal's bloody Valentine mixtape

Valentine's Day is the soppiest date of the year. Dewy-eyed lovebugs would have you believe it's exemplified by bunches of red roses and teddy bears and boxes of candy and cards with pink hearts on the front and cloying sentiments…
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Music, Sunn O))) slowly inverts expectations

Sunn O))) slowly inverts expectations

Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson, the duo behind Sunn O))), embody the doom-drone aesthetic wholly within the folds of their druid robes. Read any article about the band, though, and the reactions are generally split between two factions. Sunn O)))…
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Music, After years of drone and addiction, Earth hears the light

After years of drone and addiction, Earth hears the light

The general public made Dylan Carlson's acquaintance via his appearance in Nick Bloomfield's 1998 muckraking Kurt Cobain documentary, Kurt & Courtney. Then in the throes of addiction to heroin and speed, Carlson bordered on incoherent as he talked about his…
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Calendar, Night&Day Australian for Rock

Australian for Rock

Recordings of the Grey Daturas show off the majestic noise-metal drone the Melbourne band is famous for. But the trio is an improvisational instrumental group, meaning that from a purist's perspective, recordings are a moot point and a pale snapshot…
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Music, Reviewed Boris with Michio Kurihara

Boris with Michio Kurihara

One never knows what to expect next from prolific Japanese avant-sludgmeisters Boris. The trio's propensity to change up its sound becomes even greater when the group collaborates with like-minded artists such as noise terrorist Merzbow or drone merchants Sunn 0))).…
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The Hundred Days, Sunn O))), Will Smith! -- ASD's Live Music Picks, July 4

The Hundred Days, 9 at Elbo Room. $6. “In a seemingly effortless blend of relentless rhythms, stirring vocals, layered guitars, and atmospheric keyboards, SF rockers The Hundred Days paint euphoric soundscapes on their eponymous new release. With a wall of…
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Music, Reviewed Earth

Earth

Formed in 1990 and infamous for epic, lumbering walls of buzzing sludge, Earth is widely considered the progenitor of the drone doom genre, which includes the likes of Sunn O))) and Japan's Boris. Helmed by Dylan Carlson, the band has…
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Music, Winning the Drone Wars

Winning the Drone Wars

Since its inception, metal has evolved because of a certain stylistic one-upmanship. Whether you're talking about the constantly rising bar for amp wattage and guitar virtuosity during the '70s, thrash and death metal's fixations with speed and blasphemous subject matter,…
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