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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Flipper Bring the Noise With David Yow

Live Review: Flipper Bring the Noise With David Yow

Flipper with David Yow Street Eaters Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco October 10, 2015 It made perfect sense that the first ever public performance of pioneering San Francisco noise-punks Flipper with iconic Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard frontman…
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Music, Hear This METZ: Show Preview

METZ: Show Preview

Have you ever considered eating breakfast with your father or getting a haircut as symbols of deep existential doom? In the gloomy video for "Wet Blanket" — a track off METZ's freshly issued self-titled debut album — those ordinary moments…
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Music, All Shook Down Scratch Acid Inflicts a Profanity-Howling, Fist-Throwing Mayhem Session on the Fillmore

Scratch Acid Inflicts a Profanity-Howling, Fist-Throwing Mayhem Session on the Fillmore

Scratch Acid Thee Oh Sees Dec. 14th, 2011 The Fillmore Better than: The "Rowdy" Roddy Piper fight scene in John Carpenter's They Live. Last night, Scratch Acid's frontman, David Yow, took the stage at the Fillmore and immediately informed…
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Music, Hear This Scratch Acid: Show Preview

Scratch Acid: Show Preview

Though probably best known as an integral part of the lurching, corrosive juggernaut the Jesus Lizard, singer David Yow and bassist David William Sims arguably exerted more influence with the artful dissonance of pioneering '80s noise-punk outfit Scratch Acid. Rounded…
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Music, The Jesus Lizard: Still crazy after all these years

The Jesus Lizard: Still crazy after all these years

The Jesus Lizard is one of the few heavy bands to emerge from second-wave punk's golden era with a commitment to totally insane fun. Back when fanzines ruled and alternative rock was truly alternative, most groups were either angsty and…
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Music, PJ Harvey and the Banshees

PJ Harvey and the Banshees

PJ Harvey is the woman of our nightmares. She's a commanding shape-shifter, shadow, and siren. Wailing to the black-and-blue heavens above, she opens herself up to the ugly-beauty of humanity and channels the collective voice of our passions and sufferings.…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Snapshots in time from the Nodzzz' phono album

Snapshots in time from the Nodzzz' phono album

Nodzzz' excellent self-titled 2008 debut is on the turntable, and the tunes by this basement pop trio are impatient. They expire at a minute and change. Blink to their beat, and the San Franciscans will rapidly convey you back in…
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Music, Noise Nerds Unite

Noise Nerds Unite

David Yow, former frontman for the ever-influential, post-hardcore noise acts Scratch Acid and Jesus Lizard (predecessors to bands like Nirvana, Liars, and Lightning Bolt), has lived some amazing music moments. His favorite: playing Johnny Rotten in a Sex Pistols cover…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Picture a dusky barroom pungent with ale, sweat, familiarity. Its odd mix of strangers and strange friends feels like a second home. Sight and sound blur in the intoxicating dark; with each successive act, the anticipation grows, charging the collective…
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Music, Record The Jesus Lizard

The Jesus Lizard

The Jesus Lizard Bang (Touch and Go) It's a familiar story: Hard-working indie band gradually scrabbles its way to infamy and success, lands a major label deal, gets dropped two discs into a three-release contract, disbands, and is memorialized with…
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Love, Albini Style

Shellac Terraform (Touch and Go) Shellac's second album is the sound of Steve Albini going soft. Relatively speaking, that is: Fifteen years after he started his career with Big Black, Albini's vocals are still choked screams, his guitar still sounds…
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Hear This

Jesus Lizard I've seen Jesus Lizard singer David Yow deliriously throw down shot after shot of cheap booze before a gig, prance atop a tiny bar kicking bottles to and fro, then crash backward onto a hardwood floor. I've seen…
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