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Music, All Shook Down The Best Speakers of 2015

The Best Speakers of 2015

Whether playing back a symphony or heavy metal sludge, headphones such as the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless, Plantronics BackBeat PRO+ or Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless, all of which I wrote about earlier this week, make sure there is no murk…
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Music, All Shook Down Striking the Right Cords: 4 Great Wireless Headphones of 2015

Striking the Right Cords: 4 Great Wireless Headphones of 2015

This year, it felt like I didn’t even have time to blink before retail went from pumpkins to peppermints and flurries of Beats By Dre discounts started showering across the Internet like so much white noise. There is no…
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Music, All Shook Down Local Record Review: Deafheaven's <i>New Bermuda</i>

Local Record Review: Deafheaven's New Bermuda

Band: Deafheaven Record: New Bermuda Label: ANTI- Deafheaven is not a lot of things to a lot of people. The California-based quintet — tagged black metal, shoegazer, indie rock, post-hardcore, screamo and/or post-rock, depending on outlet — is considered not true…
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Music, Bassnectar Returns to Basecamp

Bassnectar Returns to Basecamp

Lorin Ashton's future holds sold-out arenas and packed festival grounds, but his past is full of empty spaces. There were the various beaches, the artichoke fields in Watsonville, the wooded hillsides — all places that Ashton helped scout out as…
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Music, Hear This Hear this: Failure at Great American Music Hall

Hear this: Failure at Great American Music Hall

In 1997, Failure could not have been more aptly named. Emotionally beleaguered and commercially stalled despite tours with Tool and critical acclaim, the space-rock trio split while just hitting a peak of inflammatory riffs and ignitable textures. Now, 19 years…
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Music, All Shook Down TIDAL Waves and Positive Disruptions: What Gear Pairs With Streaming Services Best?

TIDAL Waves and Positive Disruptions: What Gear Pairs With Streaming Services Best?

Even if audio streaming services haven’t been in your headphones over the last few months, they’ve undoubtedly been in your newsfeed. Sure, you might have missed when, in March, Jay-Z and his cadre of photo opportunists (Kanye, Madonna, Jack…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Excavated Sounds of Underground Dance

hardkissmusic.com Hardkiss Music successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign to reissue a 20th anniversary remaster of Delusions of Grandeur, a long out-of-print double album of hallucinatory acid funk that revives a hedonistic, idealistic, outlaw era. Nowadays EDM is burning up the…
Music, All Shook Down Sound Advice for a New Gear Year

Sound Advice for a New Gear Year

So, you exited Christmas flush with gift cards and $12 checks from grandma. You poured over all the “Best of 2014” lists and hit up iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc., to cherry-pick albums you missed. As one of your New…
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Music, All Shook Down Worker/Parasite on OPD Helicopters, Role-Playing Games, and the Importance of Visual Art

Worker/Parasite on OPD Helicopters, Role-Playing Games, and the Importance of Visual Art

Oakland tech-house producer Ben Versluis has been working under the moniker Worker/Parasite since 2010, sequencing systolic cadences, squelches, inversions and fibrillations into insistent robofunk. His serrated, driving, live-to-tape aesthetic balances gritty naïveté with graphic precision. Having worked with a variety of…
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Music, Hear This Julio Bashmore: Show Preview

Julio Bashmore: Show Preview

Julio Bashmore emerged from Bristol producing impeccably machined throwback house. His bouncy, synth-stabbed and cymbal-driven four-on-the-floor and reverb-washed disco gained early support from San Francisco's own Claude VonStroke and his Dirtybird imprint, followed by tremendous critical and commercial success with…
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Music, Hear This Jon Hopkins: Show Preview

Jon Hopkins: Show Preview

Immunity, the latest album by East London sound designer Jon Hopkins, opens with the sound of someone unlocking a reverberant space. Whether it's a field recording of Hopkins entering his Hackney home studio or a more figurative entrance, the feeling…
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Music, Hear This Silver Hands: Show Preview

Silver Hands: Show Preview

The Push the Feeling parties, held monthly at Underground SF, take their name from a classic cut of British-by-way-of New York deep house, but gather their vibe from a much wider genre cross-pollination. There are soulful, boogie-down BPMs aplenty, but…
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Music, All Shook Down Which Wireless Speaker System Should You Buy?

Which Wireless Speaker System Should You Buy?

If you've had even a cursory glance at the year's big pop music videos -- Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" or Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," for instance -- you may have noticed the unabashed placement of one specific product: Beats…
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Music, Hear This Depeche Mode: Show Preview

Depeche Mode: Show Preview

Like pumpkin-spice lattes and questionable flavors of Oreos (candy corn, we're looking at you), a Depeche Mode tour brings a feeling of old-fashioned but newfangled comfort. Expect modern LCD walls backing familiar sexual brooding and electro-blues, as The Boys from…
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Music, Hear This Duke Dumont: Show Preview

Duke Dumont: Show Preview

In 2012, Duke Dumont stepped out from behind the mixing console with two For Club Play EPs, and he's been in the spotlight ever since. Known for emotionally charged remixes, Dumont compiles disco, tech-house, and U.K. garage influences into harmonious,…
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Music, Hear This Blockhead: Show Preview

Blockhead: Show Preview

New York's Blockhead produces a style of funky, psychedelic hip-hop that counts DJ Shadow as its deity and Amon Tobin, Thievery Corporation, and Danger Mouse (among others) as patron saints. Blockhead is not new to the game, though, having contributed…
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Music, All Shook Down Headphones for DJs and Fans of DJs: These Sound Better Than Beats By Dre

Headphones for DJs and Fans of DJs: These Sound Better Than Beats By Dre

Last year, we lamented the role Beats By Dre headphones have played in popularizing a sound profile that's top-heavy with low end. One reader left a comment that we'd ignored a specific headphone, the AIAIAI TMA-1, that he felt is…
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Music, The Sickness of the Audiophile: Behind the Obsession with Fancy Gear

The Sickness of the Audiophile: Behind the Obsession with Fancy Gear

On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, My Bloody Valentine released mbv, the legendary British shoegaze band's follow-up to 1991's Loveless, and a white whale for an entire generation of tone-mangled musicians and fans. Like numerous other geeks of a certain age,…
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Music, Hear This FaltyDL: Show Preview

FaltyDL: Show Preview

New York's FaltyDL (born Drew Lustman) draws from a wide variety of dance sounds, including gliding house, two-step swing, wonky dubstep, and jazzy grooves. On his latest album, Hardcourage, Lustman presents his most fluid integration of these transatlantic influences yet.…
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Music, Hear This Thomas Gold: Show Preview

Thomas Gold: Show Preview

Berlin producer/DJ Thomas Gold makes and plays the type of tunes that make club light techs feel like they earned their paychecks. Gold's selections — an assortment of original productions, bootleg edits, and mashups — are a style of build/climax/breakdown/climax…
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