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Music, The Top 10 Bay Area Dance Releases of 2013

The Top 10 Bay Area Dance Releases of 2013

Maybe it didn't feel like it, but 2013 was a landmark year for electronic dance music in the Bay Area. For the first time in what seems like forever, there was once again a thriving underground scene, and that's largely…
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Music, Charlie Duff is a Ghost in the Machine of Dance Music

Charlie Duff is a Ghost in the Machine of Dance Music

Matrixxman is more than just a production alias for Charlie Duff; it's a full-blown alter ego. Follow Duff's social-media exploits and you get the sense that he's a ghost in the machine, an Internet apparition that trades in Kurzweilian transhumanism,…
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Music, The xx Return to Headline Treasure Island

The xx Return to Headline Treasure Island

Success seems to be weighing on Jamie Smith. Or at least all the talking that comes with it. The British producer, who is one-third of the quietly smoldering electro-pop group the xx, sounds weary and a little bored over the…
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Music, Hear This Polica: Show Preview

Polica: Show Preview

Poliça is one of those fortunate bands with indie rock stardom written all over it. The four-piece treats its music — soulful, sparse pop built out of electronics, bass, drums, and vocals, all recently captured on February's Give You the…
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Music, The xx takes a victory-lap tour of the U.S.

The xx takes a victory-lap tour of the U.S.

On Tuesday, Sept. 7, the three low-key 20-year-olds who make up Brit indie-electro outfit the xx took to the stage at one of London's poshest hotels and awkwardly accepted one of the most prestigious music awards in the world -…
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Music, Nosaj Thing and the abstract beat generation

Nosaj Thing and the abstract beat generation

Though not fanning the flames of political upheaval or drug-fueled counterculturalism, a pocket of Los Angeles tone poets has emerged as a new beat generation of sorts. These laptop projectionists and rhythm scribblers — “beat artists” such as Elliot Lipp,…
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Music, Hear This The xx

The xx

Erasing the gap between industrial postpunk and minimal R&B, England's hotly tipped quartet, the xx, recognizes the power of a riled-up whisper against a nearly blank slate. Factor in hazy keyboards, flickering percussion, and the scanning guitar and bass of…
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