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Culture, Summer Guide Summer Guide: The Life Aquatic: Get out on the Bay

Summer Guide: The Life Aquatic: Get out on the Bay

Summer fun tends to revolve around water. Because we live on the largest Pacific estuary in the Americas, you'd figure our Bay Area would be no exception — and you'd be right. In fact, due to our temperate weather, the…
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Culture, Summer Guide Summer Guide: The Best Obscure Tourist Attractions

Summer Guide: The Best Obscure Tourist Attractions

So you've got some friends visiting. They're of discriminating tastes, and expect you to show them the town. Sure, you could take them to Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz; those places have their own amusing, semi-ironic merits, and the Alcatraz headphone…
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Music, All Shook Down Omar Souleyman Brings His Middle Eastern Party Music to S.F.

Omar Souleyman Brings His Middle Eastern Party Music to S.F.

You may never have heard of Omar Souleyman, but he's something of a folk hero in his native Syria. Since 1994, he and his musical compatriots have released hundreds of cassette albums of predominantly live recordings, which have long been…
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News, Special Feature: Resolution Guide How to fund your project with online tools in 2011

How to fund your project with online tools in 2011

It's a new year, and you've decided to throw yourself headlong into a fresh project. Perhaps there's a little cottage-industry venture you want to start up. Maybe it's time to put some money into releasing your musical masterwork, or launching…
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Music, Clipd Beaks soar to new heights with <i>To Realize</i>

Clipd Beaks soar to new heights with To Realize

With an aesthetic that ranges all over the sonic map, hitting rhythmic postpunk and layered psychedelic drone, Oakland trio Clipd Beaks can be difficult to pigeonhole. Not that journalists haven't tried, sometimes with rather inaccurate results — giving the band…
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News, Special Feature: Resolution Guide Happy New Ear

Happy New Ear

Looking for a little more of the real thing for your listening pleasure in the new year? For cultural connoisseurs in pursuit of more authentic listening experiences, the polyglot city of San Francisco can be a goldmine. With its collision…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Monday's Pick: mr. Gnome at Elbo Room

What To Do? Monday's Pick: mr. Gnome at Elbo Room

mr. Gnome @ Elbo RoomThe new album by Cleveland duo mr. Gnome, Heave Yer Skeleton, is a surreal rock listen. Largely recorded at the Los Angeles studio of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, the band's sophomore full-length…
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Music, mr. Gnome brings surreal sounds from Josh Homme's studio

mr. Gnome brings surreal sounds from Josh Homme's studio

The new album by Cleveland duo mr. Gnome, Heave Yer Skeleton, is a surreal rock listen. Largely recorded at the Los Angeles studio of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, the band's sophomore full-length contains layers of echoey,…
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Music, Hear This Melt Banana

Melt Banana

Since launching in 1992, Tokyo's Melt-Banana has become Japan's quintessential No Wave spazz-punk outfit. While effects-whiz guitarist Agata and bassist Rika surgically intersplice short, incendiary song blasts, vocalist Yako shrieks twisted English lyrics like a bonkers banshee. It's always a…
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Music, Hear This Frisco Freakout

Frisco Freakout

San Francisco has seen a psychedelic renaissance in recent years, with a bumper crop of artists channeling styles from surrealist pop to acid rock. Last year, Ripley Johnson of hypnodrone masters Wooden Shjips and music journalist Richard Simon dedicated an…
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Calendar, Night&Day Manna from MONO

Manna from MONO

Tokyo’s MONO is one of those “ya gotta see 'em live” bands. Sure, the instrumental quartet’s recordings are lovely, filled with long tracks of glistening neoclassical compositions featuring fragile, Brahms-lullaby melodies slowly crescendoing into epic, crashing rock. And other groups…
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Music, On Land Festival brings sounds from the experimental periphery

On Land Festival brings sounds from the experimental periphery

While San Francisco has no shortage of music fests, the artists performing at this weekend's On Land Festival are an especially unusual, esoteric bunch. Over the course of three shows at two venues in two days, 21 artists will perform…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bent Brent

Bent Brent

Local comedian Brent Weinbach’s second full-length album, The Night Shift (on S.F. label Talent Moat), is a surrealist audio collage far removed from conventional comedy. Sure, there are some funny jokes — albeit odd ones — but there’s no shortage…
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Culture, Summer Guide Cheap Musical Thrills

Cheap Musical Thrills

Summer offers no shortage of ways to drop mad cash on musical diversions, from multiday festivals to hoary reunion tours. Consider the Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park August 28-30 (www.sfoutsidelands.com), where $225.50 will buy you a three-day pass…
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Calendar, Night&Day Way Above Average

Way Above Average

Vancouver-based guitar and vocals twosome Mecca Normal has always had a political bent. Sure, the band serves up smartly written songs and obstreperous guitar rock, but its lyrics and visuals reveal a fair amount of conscious advocacy, alongside a feminist…
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Music, Hear This The Crust Rises to the Top

The Crust Rises to the Top

In the late '70s, Amebix was one of the first to meld together punk and metal, and has been cited as an influence by such acts as Sepultura and Neurosis. On No Sanctuary, The Spiderleg Recordings — a recent collection…
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Music, The Dead C's harsh reality

The Dead C's harsh reality

Infamous New Zealand noise-rock trio the Dead C certainly isn't for everybody. Some music fans find the band's chaotic lo-fi din unlistenable, while others derive hypnotic bliss from the clamorous dirges created by Bruce Russell, Michael Morley, and Robbie Yeats.…
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Music, Legendary memories of Mission of Burma

Legendary memories of Mission of Burma

When Boston quartet Mission of Burma broke up in 1983, the band had a modicum of fans, but its legend didn't snowball until the years following its dissolution. Eventually, artists like Moby and R.E.M. would pay homage to the work…
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Culture, Summer Guide

Park It for the Summer

Attending open-air summer music events has universal hazards, from scorching sun and drunken lunkheads to the abject horror of overflowing Porta Pottis. San Francisco also offers the oddly nonsummer twist of absurdly broad temperature variables, as well as the possibility…
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Music, Hear This Boys, Noise

Boys, Noise

Using all manner of squealing electronics, distorted vocal yowls, and unruly effects units, Michigan trio Wolf Eyes spews a pulsating, industrial-strength din that carries the torch of such eardrum assailants as Whitehouse and Merzbow. But it ain't just noise; a…
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