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Music, Hear This French Cassettes @ The Independent

French Cassettes @ The Independent

Well, this is one of the better local bills in a long time. French Cassettes, O (f.k.a. Black Cobra Vipers), and Hot Flash Heat Wave represent the best of San Francisco's current indie-rock scene, each occupying slightly different subgenres. The…
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News, Feature UK Rockers Foals Look Forward to Taking a Much-Needed Break

UK Rockers Foals Look Forward to Taking a Much-Needed Break

"Sometimes it can be quite a shock when he decides to dive in," says Foals bassist Walter Gervers of lead singer Yannis Philippakis. It's right before the band performs on the main stage at Panorama Festival in New York in…
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News, Feature Kamasi Washington: How Collaboration With Other Genres is Changing Jazz For the Better

Kamasi Washington: How Collaboration With Other Genres is Changing Jazz For the Better

For decades, jazz's influence has been waning, and that style of music is tough to crack for those who weren't raised on it. But Kamasi Washington is trying to change that by bringing jazz to new genres. He's exposing people…
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Music, OIM Records: Breaking the Bay Area Band Exodus

OIM Records: Breaking the Bay Area Band Exodus

You've heard it before, a thousand times: The Bay Area is really expensive to live in. And rising rents have made it harder than ever to be a working musician in San Francisco, Oakland, or Berkeley — but you already…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Spooky Mansion's Single "Mrs. John" is a Rollicking Guitar Ballad Dolled Up in Makeup

Premiere: Spooky Mansion's Single "Mrs. John" is a Rollicking Guitar Ballad Dolled Up in Makeup

Every musician has their own methods of writing songs and getting inspired. For Grayson Converse, the singer/guitarist of San Francisco surf rock band Spooky Mansion, removing his wisdom teeth is his key to writing songs. “A long time ago,…
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Music, Hear This M. Ward @ UC Theatre

M. Ward @ UC Theatre

M. Ward can do it all. As a solo artist? Check: nine full-length albums and two EPs. As a duo? Check: five records with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him. As a supergroup? Check: two releases — one as Monsters…
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Music, All Shook Down M. Ward Gave Me Shit After The Warriors Lost Game 7

M. Ward Gave Me Shit After The Warriors Lost Game 7

I listen to M. Ward on some of my worst days. His relaxed, soothing croon is perfect for calming me down. Whether my head is pounding from too much whiskey from the night before or my heart is broken…
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Music, All Shook Down Five On It: The Five Best Take Away Shows Filmed in San Francisco

Five On It: The Five Best Take Away Shows Filmed in San Francisco

In April of 2006, YouTube was still in its infancy and uploading videos was not nearly as commonplace as it is today. But that all changed the day that Vincent Moon, a French independent filmmaker and photographer, grabbed a…
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Music, All Shook Down I’m Just a California Boy: 10 Songs That Make Me Nostalgic For The Bay Area

I’m Just a California Boy: 10 Songs That Make Me Nostalgic For The Bay Area

Until September 2013, I had never spent more than a few months at a time outside of the Bay Area. Growing up in Moraga, a pristine suburb in the East Bay devoid of any sort of culture, I had…
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Music, Songs of Suffering: In Difficult Times, Andrew Bird Reveals Himself

Songs of Suffering: In Difficult Times, Andrew Bird Reveals Himself

"The thing with these loops is you have to live with your mistakes over and over again," joked violinist, songwriter, and noted whistler Andrew Bird after having to restart a song during a solo set at Santa Cruz's Rio Theatre…
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Music, Drinking With Australia's DMA's

Drinking With Australia's DMA's

It was June of last year and the Australian band DMA's had just finished playing a short acoustic set at Tumblr's office in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan. Coming from Brooklyn, I initially went to the wrong address and then…
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Music, Oakland's Foxtails Brigade and its Auditory Escapism

Oakland's Foxtails Brigade and its Auditory Escapism

I've always joked that at least 50 percent of music journalism is figuring out who else a band sounds like. With so many press releases clogging my inbox each day advertising unknown sounds, having an established band or at least…
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Music, New Day Rising: Almost 40 Years After Joining His First Band, S.F. Resident Bob Mould Is Still Churning Out New Albums

New Day Rising: Almost 40 Years After Joining His First Band, S.F. Resident Bob Mould Is Still Churning Out New Albums

"Walls of sound that keep the sky from falling down," sings Bob Mould on the closing track of his upcoming solo record, Patch The Sky (out March 25). The line references the last few years of Mould's life, which have…
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News, Feature Find Your Festival: Coachella

Find Your Festival: Coachella

Arguably America's biggest music festival, Coachella truly offers everything that a festival goer could ever want, dream, or desire. Started in 1999, this year's event offers the headlining trio of Calvin Harris — better known as Taylor Swift's boyfriend —…
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News, Feature Find Your Festival: Lightning In A Bottle

Find Your Festival: Lightning In A Bottle

Have you ever wanted to go to a TED Talk on acid or molly? Did you go to Outside Lands last year and think, "Man, this food is great, but I wish I could take nutritional classes instead of seeing…
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Music, Fresh Off Her Critically-Acclaimed, Self-Released Debut, Julien Baker is Coming to Noise Pop

Fresh Off Her Critically-Acclaimed, Self-Released Debut, Julien Baker is Coming to Noise Pop

Julien Baker silenced New York City. On a cold January night, I felt the saying "you could hear a pin drop" come to life when I saw Baker, a 20-year-old rising singer/songwriter from Memphis, at the Mercury Lounge on the…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Feed Me Jack Perfects The Art of Meticulous Chaos in Their EP <i>Ultra Ego</i>

Premiere: Feed Me Jack Perfects The Art of Meticulous Chaos in Their EP Ultra Ego

The Lake Merritt-by-way-of-Santa Cruz band Feed Me Jack releases their EP Ultra Ego today, with five tracks that are insanely hard to pin down (but sound a lot like something from Grizzly Bear or Animal Collective, but with less electronica). Each song…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Hot Flash Heat Wave Prove That It's Better When You Work With Friends

Live Review: Hot Flash Heat Wave Prove That It's Better When You Work With Friends

As people slowly flooded into the Chapel last night around 9 p.m. to see Hot Flash Heat Wave’s set, it was clear that the band, through their gnarly sense of humor and charming stage presence, held the audience’s attention…
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