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Music, Hear This The Phenomenauts: Show Preview

The Phenomenauts: Show Preview

If you're a sci-fi nerd who also happens to be passionate about Devo, Elvis Costello, the Clash, and men in uniform, The Phenomenauts are basically everything you love in the universe, fused together. For the rest of you, some suspension…
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Music, Hear This La Plebe: Show Preview

La Plebe: Show Preview

Punk is an international language. So even though most San Franciscans probably haven't heard of La Plebe — a local punk band whose name means "The People," and which has been inciting mosh pits around the Bay Area since 2001…
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Music, Hear This Rupa and the April Fishes: Show Preview

Rupa and the April Fishes: Show Preview

Rupa and the April Fishes is one of those Bay Area groups that's been around for years, and never quite gotten its due. But that may be about to change: Build, the newest album by working physician Rupa Marya and…
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Music, Hear This 10th Anniversary Tribute to Joe Strummer

10th Anniversary Tribute to Joe Strummer

In its earliest days, punk rock was a genre almost entirely populated by assholes — artful, incendiary, culture-changing assholes, but assholes nonetheless. From his time in pub-rockers The 101ers in the early '70s, through the versatile Clash, up to his…
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Music, James Blake's Lonely Beginnings

James Blake's Lonely Beginnings

The time in James Blake's life we might call his long winter — from which he emerged this year with a phosphorescent debut album — began as far back as the early '90s with his first piano lesson. There, at…
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Music, Sound and Vision Broken, Not Shattered: Adam Stephens and his band celebrate life after a tour accident

Broken, Not Shattered: Adam Stephens and his band celebrate life after a tour accident

Adam Haworth Stephens awoke to shouts. His drummer, Omar Cuellar, was at the helm of their tour van, yelling that the vehicle carrying Stephens' band and its gear was sliding out of control on ice and snow somewhere on Interstate…
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Calendar, Night&Day Love Doesn't Actually Kill

Love Doesn't Actually Kill

Quick, name a zillion-selling white -guy rock musician who is and has always been a loudmouthed anti-racist? Bono doesn't count, because we don't like his music. And we realize that Billie Joe Armstrong is a stand-up guy, but … we…
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Music, Major Lazer introduces electro dancehall fans to animated moves

Major Lazer introduces electro dancehall fans to animated moves

Major Lazer is a Jamaican renegade commando who fights vampires with a prosthetic laser arm when he isn't running a club. He's also a fictional character, the mascot for the group of the same name crafted by genre-crashing DJ and…
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Music, The Slits continue giving wild women a place in punk

The Slits continue giving wild women a place in punk

Music historians position the Slits as British punk pioneers alongside the Sex Pistols and the Clash. In the 30 years since the Slits broke up, they've been recognized as the proto–riot grrrl band that played punk and reggae. But with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Very Post-Punk

Very Post-Punk

Thirty years have elapsed since the Mekons fired their first missive, “Never Been in a Riot,” across the bow of the music industry. That single, a plucky, jagged swipe at the Clash, suggested we needn’t expect too much from a…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Brut!

You Brut!

Fans of Bournemouth, England’s Art Brut adore its pop-punk sneering and snarking demigods, and we don’t blame them; frontman Eddie Argos has the angry wit of a young Joe Strummer. The band backing him up sounds as if it’s taking…
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Music, Hear This Rachid the Casbah

Rachid the Casbah

As an Arab immigrant in Europe, Algeria-born, France-based Rachid Taha has faced plenty of intolerance and xenophobia, experiences he channels into lyrics about racial prejudice and everyday hardships. His music mixes raw punk energy with the spontaneity of rai, the…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

It wasn't until Chromatics ringleader Adam Miller split with the band's other founding members that he began mastering a different form of popular music. He kept the name for himself, and eventually ditched the unapologetic basement no-wave of the band's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

It's a bit of a shock to discover there's nary a song by the Sex Pistols or the Clash, the bands who denounced Margaret Thatcher's regime most fervidly, on the soundtrack of This Is England. But then Shane Meadows' autobiographical…
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