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Music, All Shook Down Trey Spruance of Secret Chiefs 3 on Slayer, Stravinsky, and the Possibility of Reuniting Mr. Bungle

Trey Spruance of Secret Chiefs 3 on Slayer, Stravinsky, and the Possibility of Reuniting Mr. Bungle

As a driving force behind not one but two of the most challenging experimental rock bands to ever emerge from the Bay Area, guitarist Trey Spruance has been blurring and shredding the boundaries between musical genres for approaching three decades.…
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Music, Hear This Secret Chiefs 3: Show Preview

Secret Chiefs 3: Show Preview

Fans of long-dormant S.F. avant-rock band Mr. Bungle may long for a reunion, but some consolation can be found in its members' prodigious output. While not quite as prolific as singer Mike Patton, multi-instrumentalist Trey Spruance has covered a wide…
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Music, All Shook Down Mike Patton and Secret Chiefs 3 Deliver a Rousing Take on Scott Walker's "Jacky"

Mike Patton and Secret Chiefs 3 Deliver a Rousing Take on Scott Walker's "Jacky"

So here's a little energetic vibration to rev up your afternoon: Mike Patton, guesting with Secret Chiefs 3 -- the project of Trey Spruance, Patton's Mr. Bungle collaborator -- covering (the hell out of) Scott Walker's "Jacky." (Which is itself…
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Music, John Zorn’s wild imagination takes root at Yoshi’s

John Zorn’s wild imagination takes root at Yoshi’s

Avant-garde composer and saxophonist John Zorn has been the object of ecstatic praise and furious outrage, much like his iconoclastic forebears Igor Stravinsky and Ornette Coleman. With his omnivorous approach to music — drawing on everything from classical, free jazz,…
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Music, Hear This Helio Sequence, John Lee Hooker Jr., Secret Chiefs 3, and ... Goldfinger? Sorry about that last one.

Helio Sequence, John Lee Hooker Jr., Secret Chiefs 3, and ... Goldfinger? Sorry about that last one.

At an early age, John Lee Hooker Jr. seemed to have it all: an almost regal pedigree, instant name recognition, and the talent to back up his father and legendary bluesmen like Jimmy Reed before his 16th birthday. But the…
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Mr. Bungle If Mr. Bungle's 1991 eponymous debut was the madcap group's over-the-top coming-of-age opus, and 1995's Disco Volante their deep-end dive into more sophisticated experimentation, then California, the Bay Area cult band's third Warner Bros. disc, is a mature…
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