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Music, Hear This Cloud Nothings: Show Preview

Cloud Nothings: Show Preview

Some "bands" are the brainchild of one person: In the studio, person plays everything; for touring, person assembles a combo. Ultimately, it's the end result that matters, and Cleveland's Cloud Nothings — the vehicle for Dylan Baldi — delivers. Cloud…
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Music, Hear This Mark Mulcahy: Show Preview

Mark Mulcahy: Show Preview

Return with us now to the mid-1980s through the mid-'90s, when jangle-pop bands dotted the musical landscape: assorted combos with varying approaches but a common denominator of bright guitars and harmonious vocals. One such was Connecticut's Miracle Legion, initially dogged…
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Music, Hear This Sugar Candy Mountain: Show Preview

Sugar Candy Mountain: Show Preview

Some people have too much music in them for one particular avenue. One such local is alt-pop doyenne Ash Reiter: Her solo trip finds Reiter building upon the Spector/Bacharach foundation of refined, poignant pop, while Sugar Candy Mountain — co-led…
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Music, Hear This Merry Flippin' Christmas Variety Show: Show Preview

Merry Flippin' Christmas Variety Show: Show Preview

Not everyone can get away for the Holidaze, so if you're in town for Christmas week there's an audio-buffet awaiting, served up by some primo Bay Area talent. Your beloved Amnesia hosts the lonesome, Appalachian-tinged warbling of Paula Frazer (Tarnation);…
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Music, Hear This Vienna Teng: Show Preview

Vienna Teng: Show Preview

In 2010, after Bay Area-bred songster Vienna Teng had established herself with four albums of somber, sumptuously layered, piano-driven panoramas — think The Civil Wars and Tori Amos with overtones of Hazards-era Decemberists — she walked away for a graduate…
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Music, Hear This Destroyer: Show Preview

Destroyer: Show Preview

Some "bands" are manifestations of essentially one person. In 1995 Vancouver's Dan Bejar more or less became Destroyer: singing, writing, and playing most of his own instruments. Bejar's chief inspirations seem to be maverick U.K. songsters David Bowie and Kevin…
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Music, Hear This Jacco Gardner: Show Preview

Jacco Gardner: Show Preview

How does someone born in 1989 have such a grasp of 1960s baroque pop? Did they have parents or older siblings with extensive record collections? Whatever it is, Netherlands multi-instrumentalist and whiz-kid Jacco Gardner has absorbed the styles and ambiences…
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Music, Hear This Scout Niblett: Show Preview

Scout Niblett: Show Preview

There are certain albums whose content and ambience can be almost too palpable. Neil Young's Tonight's the Night is one. Scout Niblett's latest It's Up to Emma is another. Like Young's, it has a flinty quality of cathartic desolation that,…
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Music, Hear This Red Meat: Show Preview

Red Meat: Show Preview

In 1993, when life in S.F. was still cheap, Red Meat was born from the remains of local outfits the Movie Stars and Genuine Diamelles. Long before "Americana" was a useful marketing term, Red Meat played hard-edged, unadulterated honky-tonk country…
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Music, Hear This The Love Dimension: Show Preview

The Love Dimension: Show Preview

There's a tradition of performers utilizing male and female voices in a distinctive manner: Johnny Cash and June Carter, Jefferson Airplane, X, and the Mamas and the Papas, among others, are remembered for their surging, arresting vocal blend. Add to…
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Music, Hear This Rue '66: Show Preview

Rue '66: Show Preview

The 1960s still continue to yield tasty fruit, and locals Rue '66 bring some fresh spoils to market. Rue '66, consisting of former members of Cat Heads, Hard Rain, It Thing, and Jammists, specialize in yé yé, a style popular…
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Music, Hear This Justin Townes Earle: Show Preview

Justin Townes Earle: Show Preview

When you're a son or daughter of someone famous, you're often expected to live up to a parent's achievements. For Justin Townes Earle, son of country maverick Steve (and named for folk icon Townes Van Zandt), that's not a big…
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Music, Hear This Wax Idols: Show Preview

Wax Idols: Show Preview

Wax Idols began as a vehicle for Bay Area garage-punk songstress Heather Fedewa, aka Hether Fortune (Bare Wires, Hunx & His Punx), but since has become a proper Oakland-based combo. Their 2011 debut No Future shows a spot-on awareness and…
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Music, Hear This Seapony: Show Preview

Seapony: Show Preview

At one time, the terms "pop," "sweet," and "dissonance" were totally incompatible — how could you enjoy all of 'em at the same time in the same song? Seattle-spawned Seapony routinely makes an art of that feat. Inspired by the…
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Music, Hear This Dawn Penn: Show Preview

Dawn Penn: Show Preview

From 1966 to 1970, between the decline of Jamaican ska and the rise of reggae, rocksteady held sway in Jamaica, impacting the U.S. and U.K. charts as well. Figureheads like Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, and Dawn Penn laid the foundation…
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Music, Hear This Redd Kross: Show Preview

Redd Kross: Show Preview

The East Coast had the Dictators, and the West Coast had Redd Kross. While not as proto-punk as the former, Redd Kross and the Dictators were kindred spirits, sharing a love of American trash culture (B-movies, silly TV, cartoons) and…
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Music, Hear This Dar Williams: Show Preview

Dar Williams: Show Preview

A true daughter of the coffeehouse scene, Dar Williams has grown beyond her acoustic roots without forsaking the essence of her New England folk pedigree. Her songs are still like eloquent short stories that can make the personal sound universal…
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Calendar, Night&Day Uncommon Folk

Uncommon Folk

A true daughter of the coffeehouse scene, Dar Williams has grown beyond her acoustic roots without forsaking the essence of her New England folk pedigree. Her songs are still like eloquent short stories that can make the personal sound universal…
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Music, Hear This Jigsaw Seen: Show Preview

Jigsaw Seen: Show Preview

Tradition-versed critics love it, fanboys and girls adore it, and charts seem immune to it: Call it power pop, or indie pop — it's music based in the verities of the Beatles, Beach Boys, Big Star, and XTC, laced with…
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Music, Forget Pedigree: Wild Flag Is a Great New Rock Band

Forget Pedigree: Wild Flag Is a Great New Rock Band

The concept of a "supergroup"— wherein performers with cool and/or exciting pedigrees find themselves in something resembling a "band" — dies hard. Imagine your favorite musicians playing together! Frequently, expectations exceed results — a collection of individuals does not necessarily…
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