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Calendar, Night&Day Music for Emergencies

Music for Emergencies

If the current San Francisco punk-rock scene can be described as a tsunami wave of distortion-pedal–enthused, home-recorded garage, then the Hospitals are a little tugboat just past the horizon, flipping out on ferocious sounds outside the flux of the tide.…
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Music, Hear This Swearing in the Mayyors

Swearing in the Mayyors

Sacramento's Mayyors spent 2008 spreading a wild rock 'n' roll fury throughout the Golden State. John Pritchard (Sexy Prison) vomits buckets of drool to deliver a static-ridden howl over the grating wall of guitar created by Chris Woodhouse (FM Knives).…
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Music, Grass Widow: From the Raincoats to raw harmonies

Grass Widow: From the Raincoats to raw harmonies

All-female trio Grass Widow is rapidly commanding attention in a local music scene that has grown tired of the same old garage-rock racket. A year into the group's existence, after months of courting drummer Lillian Maring to relocate from Seattle,…
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Music, Hear This Totally Wired

Totally Wired

In a decade saturated with bloated rock songs, it's easy to appreciate the concise methods of Wire in 1976, when the band's tense, polished angularity helped define the postpunk approach. Wire has since veered in and out of hiatus, dropping…
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Music, Reviewed Cheap Time

Cheap Time

Nashville punks Cheap Time put the timeless formula of matching loud hooks with lightning-speed rhythms to the test on their self-titled debut. The band spits out 14 tracks of mindless rock and roll in less than 30 minutes. The record…
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Music, Hear This Seattle's Sex Vid shoot their hardcore wad

Seattle's Sex Vid shoot their hardcore wad

Punks around the Bay will help sell out another hardcore explosion with Seattle's Sex Vid. The four-piece, armed with homemade cassette releases and a handful of 7"s, is creating some of the wildest thrash out there. The group is equally…
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Music, Jonathan Richman finds more dry humor in the simplest situations

Jonathan Richman finds more dry humor in the simplest situations

Jonathan Richman's musical importance is generally understated, despite his having released nearly two dozen records over the past three decades. While he has been heralded as something like the godfather of offbeat singer-songwriting, it's easy for his reported eccentricities (such…
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Music, Listen Up Soul of the Tenderloin

Soul of the Tenderloin

To the city's young gays looking for something outside the "superthumpy, Vocoder-Cher-style music" to dance to, Seth Bogart promises "You'll never hear that shit at my club." Indeed, Bogart's alternative to the Top 40-heavy Castro scene is the Hubba Hubba…
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Music, Hear This Crime pays: OG San Francisco "punks" offer rare live appearance

Crime pays: OG San Francisco "punks" offer rare live appearance

Fishbone is the quintessential hyphenated combo. From its inception in 1979, the spazztastic Los Angeles septet has been mashing genres, pioneering a ska-punk-thrash-funk sound that's as fresh, feral, and nutty as ever. Yet mainstream success has long been elusive for…
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Music, Reviewed Sia

Sia

Sia, a contributing vocalist for British electronica artists like Jamiroquai and Zero 7, recently released her third studio effort, Some People Have Real Problems. True to the album title, this record is a collection of flavorless to the point of…
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Music, Reviewed Times New Viking

Times New Viking

After releasing two records on quaint indie-noise label Siltbreeze, Times New Viking jumped to the supersized indie Matador, and its latest release is equally ambitious. Rip It Off is an extension of the young Ohio trio's trademark distortion-laden pop; the…
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Music, Hear This The Turks embrace Amphetamine Reptile's abrasive edge

The Turks embrace Amphetamine Reptile's abrasive edge

One of the most eclectic guitarists to emerge in the last three decades, Bill Frisell has traversed a vast terrain of music during his remarkable career. From his early days as go-to session recruit for atmospheric jazz label ECM, through…
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