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Music, Hear This George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic: Show Preview

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic: Show Preview

If one considers a Holy Trinity of Funk with James Brown standing as the unquestionable (God)Father and Sly Stone as the revolutionary if troubled Son, who but George Clinton makes sense as the profane prankster Holy Ghost? The subversive ringmaster…
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Music, Hear This Booker T. Jones: Show Preview

Booker T. Jones: Show Preview

For an artist who ended a two-decade stretch between solo albums only six years ago, legendary architect of the Stax sound, leader of the MGs, and Tiburon resident Booker T. Jones has been on a creative tear. The drought-ending 2009…
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Music, Hear This Russian Circles: Show Preview

Russian Circles: Show Preview

Over the past decade, Chicago-based trio Russian Circles has risen to become one of the leading lights of the Midwestern city's fertile experimental metal scene. Founded by guitarist Mike Sullivan and original bassist Colin DeKuiper after the split of their…
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Music, Hear This Budos Band: Show Preview

Budos Band: Show Preview

Over the past decade, Staten Island-based outfit the Budos Band has been refining its heady style of opiated instrumental funk, interweaving Fela Kuti's propulsive Afrobeat grooves and Mulatu Astatke's atmospheric Ethiopian jazz with strands of Latin, '70s cop show themes,…
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Music, Hear This OBN IIIs: Show Preview

OBN IIIs: Show Preview

Anyone who has experienced the unhinged live show of Austin, Texas-based rockers OBN IIIs knows what to expect: snarling, garage-punk riffs, beer-spilling mayhem, and no shortage of verbal abuse from square-jawed frontman and band namesake Orville Bateman Neeley III. The…
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Music, Hear This Seu Jorge: Show Preview

Seu Jorge: Show Preview

While he still may be best known for the sonorous recasting of David Bowie's glam-rock hits as acoustic sambas sung in Portuguese heard in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Brazilian songwriter Seu Jorge is far from a novelty act.…
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Music, Hear This Pond: Show Preview

Pond: Show Preview

Some may think of Australian outfit Pond as the unruly younger stepbrother of better known Down Under psych rockers Tame Impala, but the band has been in existence for nearly as long — while producing twice as many recordings as…
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Music, One King to Rule Them All: Legendary Experimental-Rock Band King Crimson Takes on Yet Another Form

One King to Rule Them All: Legendary Experimental-Rock Band King Crimson Takes on Yet Another Form

"King Crimson is completely over. For ever and ever," iconoclastic British guitarist Robert Fripp famously declared in 1974 after dissolving the groundbreaking band he founded five years earlier. Luckily for fans of his adventurous music, the dissonant siren's song of…
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Music, Free to Burn: High on Fire on the Rise of the Sponsored Tour and the Band's Next Album

Free to Burn: High on Fire on the Rise of the Sponsored Tour and the Band's Next Album

Is Oakland's High on Fire the best metal band in the Bay Area? The monolithically heavy power trio founded in 1998 by guitarist Matt Pike (already a local legend thanks to his work with dope-centric Sabbath worshippers Sleep) and ferocious…
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Music, All Shook Down Les Claypool on Creating His Duo De Twang and Recording the New Primus Album

Les Claypool on Creating His Duo De Twang and Recording the New Primus Album

In the nearly three decades since he emerged as the bass-playing madman behind Primus, Les Claypool has proven himself to be something of an alt-rock renaissance man. Besides leading Primus and a variety of side projects and solo bands, the…
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Music, All Shook Down Marc Ribot on Working With Tom Waits and Guitarists Who Play a Very Weird Saxophone

Marc Ribot on Working With Tom Waits and Guitarists Who Play a Very Weird Saxophone

One of the most versatile instrumental talents to ever emerge from New York City's downtown experimental jazz scene, guitarist Marc Ribot has established himself as a both a celebrated sideman and bandleader over the last four decades. First coming to…
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Music, All Shook Down Herbie Hancock Stuns at SFJAZZ Center, 5/17/14

Herbie Hancock Stuns at SFJAZZ Center, 5/17/14

Herbie Hancock Saturday, May 17, 2014 Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center Better than: Pretty much anything any other septuagenarian on the planet can do with a keytar. From the sounds of it, anyone involved with the SFJAZZ Center's gala tribute to…
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Music, All Shook Down Failure on Its Reunion Tour, Playing With Tool, and Finally Making a Follow-Up to <i>Fantastic Planet</i>

Failure on Its Reunion Tour, Playing With Tool, and Finally Making a Follow-Up to Fantastic Planet

One of the great unsung bands to emerge from the alternative-rock explosion of the early 1990s, Los Angeles' Failure earned a fiercely loyal cult of fans over the course of three albums. Founded by guitarist and songwriter Ken Andrews in…
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Music, All Shook Down Stoner-Rockers Kadavar on Avoiding the Obvious and Recording Without Overdubs

Stoner-Rockers Kadavar on Avoiding the Obvious and Recording Without Overdubs

They may be a more recent addition to the cresting wave of proto-metal obsessed bands paying homage to the classic sounds of the late '60s and early '70s, but Berlin power trio Kadavar has fast become a favorite among discerning…
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Music, All Shook Down Gary Numan on the Attraction of Synthesizers, Going Industrial, and Living in the USA

Gary Numan on the Attraction of Synthesizers, Going Industrial, and Living in the USA

One of the pioneering figures in synth-driven rock, Gary Numan laid the groundwork for new wave, electro-pop, and industrial music with his chilly, futuristic sound. His original band Tubeway Army offered an edgy mix of distorted guitars and pulsing…
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Music, Hear This Gary Numan: Show Preview

Gary Numan: Show Preview

One of the pioneering figures in synth-driven rock, British musician Gary Numan laid the groundwork for new wave, electro-pop, and industrial music with his chilly, futuristic sound. His original band, Tubeway Army, offered an edgy mix of distorted guitars and…
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Music, Hear This Truckfighters: Show Preview

Truckfighters: Show Preview

What is it about the chilly northern reaches of Sweden that inspires so many bands to worship at the desert-rock altar of Kyuss and Fu Manchu? Back in the early '90s, Nordic disciples like Dozer and Spiritual Beggars proved…
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Music, All Shook Down Truckfighters on How to Make Desert Psych-Rock in Snowy Sweden

Truckfighters on How to Make Desert Psych-Rock in Snowy Sweden

The fuzzed-out, down-tuned sounds of stoner rock acts like Kyuss and Fu Manchu have always inspired a similar style of amplifier worship from European bands, but perhaps nowhere more than Sweden. Back in the early '90s, Nordic desert-rock disciples like…
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Music, Hear This Peace Creep: Show Preview

Peace Creep: Show Preview

While plenty of locals lamented the dissolution of blistering S.F. acid-punk band Triclops! back in 2010, at least fans have gotten some solace from guitarist Christian Eric Beaulieu's prolific output since. After exploring more acoustic sounds with his solo project…
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Music, All Shook Down Hearing Hendrix's Romantic Side at Yoshi's, 2/14/14

Hearing Hendrix's Romantic Side at Yoshi's, 2/14/14

T.E.N. Yoshi's Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 Better than: More Hendrix cover bands than you can shake a flaming Stratocaster at. One might not think that an evening of Jimi Hendrix covers would be a major draw on a romantic holiday…
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