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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Exhuming Big Star’s <i>Third</i>, Pressurized Despair and All

Live Review: Exhuming Big Star’s Third, Pressurized Despair and All

“I remember getting a cassette of Third that seemed defective,” recalled Chris Stamey, referring to the Memphis power-pop group Big Star’s twilight recording. “But it wasn’t.” Stamey, who’s best known for fronting The dB’s, connected with Big Star bandleaders Alex…
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Music, Hear This

Hear This: Big Star at Great American Music Hall

One takeaway from Nothing Can Hurt Me — the 2012 documentary chronicling Memphis power-pop act Big Star's fraught 1970s tenure — is that the late bandleader Alex Chilton's career went in reverse: He stumbled into fame with the Box Tops,…
Music, Hidden Agenda Slight Return: Legs' Indie Pop and the Dead Kennedys' Visuals

Slight Return: Legs' Indie Pop and the Dead Kennedys' Visuals

Legs' debut, Pass the Ringo, earned its place on SF Weekly's list of 2013's best local albums by deftly executing minimalist pop. On it, a lush bedrock of guitar mingles with saturated analog production as the band strolls behind the…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Nick Cave's Fictional Day: Plus, Certain Death with Olympia's Gag, and a Sort-of-Classic Punk Film

Nick Cave's Fictional Day: Plus, Certain Death with Olympia's Gag, and a Sort-of-Classic Punk Film

The phrase "20,000 Days on Earth" evokes a Biblical scale. For that reason, it's a fitting title for a film about Nick Cave, a faux documentary chronicling the 20,000th day in the life of the revered Australian bandleader, composer, screenwriter,…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Punk Life After <i>Killed By Death</i>, and A Question About Breakfast

Punk Life After Killed By Death, and A Question About Breakfast

Earlier this year, Texas punk act the Secret Prostitutes posed a question to the churning crowd at the Knockout: "Okay, who knows 'Job'?" Several hands shot up. The guitarist continued, "Like, all of the words. Don't lie." Every arm remained…
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Calendar, Night&Day Preview: Priests

Preview: Priests

Bodies and Control and Money and Power is the laundry list of a title that introduces the debut album from Washington, D.C., punk band Priests. Each capitalized letter is outlined in white atop a rage-red album cover, and the lyrics…
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Music, S.F.'s Red Red Red Makes Industrial Music with Pastoral Impulses

S.F.'s Red Red Red Makes Industrial Music with Pastoral Impulses

The cover of Michael Wood's debut release looked striking online: Etched black spirals and notches cradled his solo moniker, Red Red Red, and the EP's title, Pattern Completion. His label, Function Operate, accepted pre-orders, and reviews of Wood's clamoring electronic…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Komodo Punks and the Journeyman Balladeer

Komodo Punks and the Journeyman Balladeer

Bodies and Control and Money and Power is the laundry list of a title that introduces the debut album from Washington, D.C., punk band Priests. Each capitalized letter is outlined in white atop a rage-red album cover, and the lyrics…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Comics Issue 2014: Hidden Agenda: Get Thee To a Show

Comics Issue 2014: Hidden Agenda: Get Thee To a Show

Writer Sam Lefebvre and artist Erin Allen illustrate three underground shows you should probably check out. Click here to read a larger version of this comic and the rest of SF Weekly's Comics Issue.…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Hidden Agenda: Work Is Gruesome

Hidden Agenda: Work Is Gruesome

Jon Kortland is one half of Iron Lung, the long-running hardcore duo known for conjuring greater intensity than bands with twice the members, but that's not his only ongoing collaboration. Kortland and Nic Schmidt create visual art as Feeding, an…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Hidden Agenda: Landfill Experimentalists

Hidden Agenda: Landfill Experimentalists

Concertgoers already know Mark Treise as the bassist of CCR Headcleaner. Live, he's bedazzled, bedecked with charms, and somewhat bedraggled, churning out the thick low-end beneath CCR Headcleaner's woozy riffs. He's graceful within the tempest of a rock group —…
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Music, All Shook Down Protomartyr on Making Budget Music and Why Detroit Might Be the Next Mecca for Artists

Protomartyr on Making Budget Music and Why Detroit Might Be the Next Mecca for Artists

Joe Casey talks like the smartest guy at happy hour. He watches the news playing above the bar, breaking down the bullshit story by story for other patrons. Casey is the vocalist of Detroit rock act Protomartyr, and a lot…
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Music, A Punk Returns to Make Bay Area Pop

A Punk Returns to Make Bay Area Pop

In March 2013, Tenderloin bar Aunt Charlie's hosted a rare event. Not one of the usual glamorous drag galas, but a rock show booked by Jess Scott as a farewell before her move to New York. Scott carried over gear…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Dejected Pop and Sopping Shoegaze: Or, Why You Might Try to Hit 10 Shows This Week

Dejected Pop and Sopping Shoegaze: Or, Why You Might Try to Hit 10 Shows This Week

Compiling this show-going advice column requires lots of difficult decisions, like whether to feature the crucial power-violence act's dive bar gig or a free jazz titan at the community center. If a gong ensemble is playing in a cave, that…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Pining for Australia: A Local Outfit That Shakes Us Out of Our Composure

Pining for Australia: A Local Outfit That Shakes Us Out of Our Composure

The Kinks' 1969 track "Australia" describes the country as an idyllic wonderland of carefree jubliance and boundless opportunity, where "no one hesitates at life," and all citizens don a "perpetual smile." The faux-tourism pitch advocates sailing on over to where…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Sleep Genius Records, Non-Singing Singers, Punk Reunions

Sleep Genius Records, Non-Singing Singers, Punk Reunions

The aptly named "(This Is Why We Can't Have) Nice Things" by Bad News is a riotous and enthralling track that's over too soon after nearly seven minutes. Bristling with electronic damage and vocals like anguished incantations, an assaultive drum…
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Music, All Shook Down Don Pyle on Photographing Toronto Punk in the 1970s, and How Pink Floyd Fit Into the Underground

Don Pyle on Photographing Toronto Punk in the 1970s, and How Pink Floyd Fit Into the Underground

Don Pyle's book of photography, ephemera, and memoir, Trouble in the Camera Club, documents his experience as a Toronto teen in the late 1970s, infatuated with underground rock and, once the word came around, punk. Close-ups depict Debbie Harry crouched…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Those Conservative Hardcore Kids

Those Conservative Hardcore Kids

Hardcore listeners tend to laud bands for updating the genre's traditional formula or adding a distinct touch. But lately, that sort of praise seems undeserved. Recent hardcore records haven't expanded the tradition, but many of them operate within the narrow…
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Music, Hidden Agenda A Native Returns: Scene Figurehead Jess Scott's New Band Flesh World Comes Home to S.F.

A Native Returns: Scene Figurehead Jess Scott's New Band Flesh World Comes Home to S.F.

In a music scene full of transplants from other cities, Jess Scott carries the distinction of hailing from San Francisco. Still, in a now-too-familiar story, she moved away last year, first to New York, then L.A. For a twist, though,…
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Music, Gather 'Round the Vinyl

Gather 'Round the Vinyl

In the center of René de Guzman's office at Oakland Museum of California, stacks of exhibition catalogs and trade journals form an improvised table. Crates of records rest nearby, with jackets jutting out at odd angles like the haggard shared…
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