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Music, All Shook Down The 8 Coolest NYE Parties Happening in S.F.

The 8 Coolest NYE Parties Happening in S.F.

Depending on your perspective, New Year’s Eve is either the greatest party night of the whole year or an overpriced struggle to force fun on the world. Well, fear not, San Francisco, for this year, as we bid farewell…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Black Prairie, the Portland old-timey band that shares members with the Decemberists, gave a helluva music lesson at Bottom of the Hill. Playing accordion, autoharp, marxophone, and a few more conventional instruments, the band aired a gorgeous, largely…
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Music, All Shook Down Black Prairie Leads a Joyous Music Lesson at Bottom of the Hill, 3/15/13

Black Prairie Leads a Joyous Music Lesson at Bottom of the Hill, 3/15/13

Black Prairie Ashleigh Flynn Friday, March 15, 2013 Bottom of the Hill Better than: Your class field trip to the symphony Everyone looks for certain things in a show. Maybe you want to see extreme technical skill, or perhaps showmanship…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Outhouse on the Final Frontier

The Outhouse on the Final Frontier

If you never want to finish a particular novel, join a book club that’s reading that novel. This isn’t an adage, just a bit of wisdom we forget every time we join a book club. The truth is, nobody should…
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Calendar, Night&Day Clean Pickin’

Clean Pickin’

The specter of the South may loom large in the songs of the Builders and the Butchers, as do God and the Devil, but the five-piece has its origins much further north. Based in Portland, Ore., each member is a…
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Music, All Shook Down Treasure Island Music Festival, Day Two

Treasure Island Music Festival, Day Two

​Day Two: The Flaming Lips, Beirut, The WalkmenOctober 18, 2009Treasure Island Music FestivalBetter Than: Being stranded on any other island.Sunday's festival goers had to be a little more hardy and wind-resistant to enjoy day two of the Treasure Island Music…
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Music, Hear This Decemberists

Decemberists

Decemberists mainman Colin Meloy must have a dandy record collection. The influences throughout the band's latest opus, The Hazards of Love, are enough to make older prog-heads glow with sweet nostalgia. Love is a suite, each track leading into the…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: The Decemberists at the Warfield

Last Night: The Decemberists at the Warfield

The DecemberistsNovember 25, 2008The Warfield (982 Market St.)Review by Melissa BaronBetter than: Sitting on the plane headed home for Thanksgiving, dreading the weekend ahead filled with irritating family affairs and listening to the Decemberists on your iPod.Portland's Decemberists infused a…
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Music, All Shook Down Decemberists Tonight at the Warfield

Decemberists Tonight at the Warfield

Portland, Oregon's notorious indie spectacle the Decemberists play the Warfield (982 Market St.) tonight as part of their Bridesmaid Revisited tour. They're touring alongside the release of three new EPs from the Always the Bridesmaid: A Single Series. Said new…
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Music, Hear This Colin Meloy’s heartfelt approach is Donovan-esque

Colin Meloy’s heartfelt approach is Donovan-esque

Live performance skills separate the truly talented from those just getting by in a studio or band context. Take Colin Meloy, frontman with the Decemberists, for example. His album Sings Live! is a true solo project, vocals accompanied only by…
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Music, Hear This From slugs to semen, there's little Matmos doesn't sample

From slugs to semen, there's little Matmos doesn't sample

Although its members have made musical recordings of petting a cat and the rapid-fire flipping of Bible pages, the best story of Matmos ' aural inventiveness is, well, a bit blue. For the appropriately titled "Semen Song for James Bidgood,"…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

How can an Elliott Smith tribute album go wrong? The guy was practically deified before his apparent suicide in 2003, and the exaltation has only continued since. But such an homage presents a dilemma: Adding too much of a new…
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Music, Q&Atcha

Q&Atcha

With the outta-left-field success of the Arcade Fire seemingly proving there's a large, cash-carrying audience out there hungry for lush, quirky, theatrical chamber-pop, you can imagine the conversations being held among major-label brain trusts huddling in their executive suites: "What…
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Music, Story-tellers

Story-tellers

On Sept. 9, 2003, Billy Liar was born whole and complex, with an elaborate back story, behavioral tics, habits, a profession, fears, desires, opinions, and a penchant for touching himself. His creator was Colin Meloy, the brains, voice, and guitar…
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