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Music, Faith No More Will Re-Release Its Out-of-Print Debut After Founding Bassist Bill Gould Discovered The Masters

Faith No More Will Re-Release Its Out-of-Print Debut After Founding Bassist Bill Gould Discovered The Masters

It's San Francisco in the early '80s, and Faith No More is a little-known punk-rock band consisting of four musicians all under the age of 21. In their short time together, they've already had three name changes — previously they…
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Music, White Lung's New Record, <i>Paradise</i>, Is The Canadian Punk-Rock Band's Most Accessible Album Yet

White Lung's New Record, Paradise, Is The Canadian Punk-Rock Band's Most Accessible Album Yet

Guitarist Kenneth William has been asked so much about White Lung's "new" sound that's he's beginning to wonder if the punk-rock band accidentally created a pop masterpiece with its latest album, Paradise. "I wouldn't even know how to make a…
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Music, Hear This Ben Harper @ The Fox Theater

Ben Harper @ The Fox Theater

"Shibui" is a Japanese word used to describe an aesthetic that is simple and subtle, but at the same time covertly complex, with hidden details and depths. It is also the perfect word to describe Ben Harper's music. On its…
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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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Music, Hear This Alabama Shakes @ The Greek Theatre

Alabama Shakes @ The Greek Theatre

Remember the claw machine at the pizza parlor? Few things compared to the sheer joy of managing to snatch not one but two prizes with a single play. Well, the Alabama Shakes' upcoming concert at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre may…
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Music, Hear This Riff Raff @ Social Hall

Riff Raff @ Social Hall

It's hard not to admire Riff Raff. The 34-year-old dude — born Horst Christian Simco — grew up in a shitty suburb outside of Houston, the second-oldest of four children in a blue-collar family where his mom worked as a…
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Music, Some Thoughts of a Certain Sound Top Five Parties This Week Plus Notable Local Records

Top Five Parties This Week Plus Notable Local Records

Each year, As You Like It throws a free day party in Golden Gate Park — a kind of "thank you" to fans and supporters. Each year, the lineup features a diverse selection of mostly local DJs, spinning daytime-appropriate tunes…
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Music, Sonic Soul Food: With His Debut Album, <i>Jentrify</i>, Elujay Speaks For Himself and Oakland

Sonic Soul Food: With His Debut Album, Jentrify, Elujay Speaks For Himself and Oakland

Elujay is no stranger to Interstate 5. A third-year business student at the University of Redlands, he's made the roughly 400-mile journey between SoCal and his hometown of Oakland multiple times in the last few years. In fact, it was…
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Music, Why Electronic-R&B Duo Lion Babe Will Forever be Tied to its Breakout Single

Why Electronic-R&B Duo Lion Babe Will Forever be Tied to its Breakout Single

The song opens with a trickling keyboard melody, coated with a thick layer of analog fuzz that makes the tune sound old, and as if it were cascading through your speakers from a faraway place. Ten seconds in, a clapping…
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Music, Hear This Vic Mensa @ Social Hall SF

Vic Mensa @ Social Hall SF

Vic Mensa is young — 23 — so he's still figuring shit out, namely his musical style. His first two mixtapes, Trap House Rock (2012) and Innateape (2013), are filled with rapid-fire bars over clangy, bass-heavy instrumentals. But his debut…
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Music, Hear This Lucy Dacus @ Rickshaw Stop

Lucy Dacus @ Rickshaw Stop

Fuck being funny. Twenty-one-year-old Lucy Dacus is tired of "feeling like the odd man out" and would rather be "the cute one," "the best dressed," "the smartest," or "the artist." Or so she says in her rough, unpolished, and string-filled…
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Music, Hear This K. Michelle @ Mezzanine

K. Michelle @ Mezzanine

There are a lot of black female singers whose names start with a K: Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, Kelis, Kehlani, Kelela, and Keri Hilson. And then there's K. Michelle. Yes, she sings lovelorn R&B songs like the others do and…
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Music, Hear This The Sheepdogs @ The Chapel

The Sheepdogs @ The Chapel

Though they don't exactly sound like Kings of Leon — they have more of a Southern, retro sound — Canadian blues rock sextet The Sheepdogs owe a lot to that band. It was through playing Kings of Leon covers that…
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Music, Some Thoughts of a Certain Sound Top Five Parties This Week

Top Five Parties This Week

It's hard not to love Hot Chip. No matter if you're the kind of person who sold your guitars to buy turntables or sold your turntables to buy guitars — to quote the Chip's American counterparts, LCD Soundsystem — Hot…
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Music, John Mayer Lives The Dream With Grateful Dead Offshoot Dead & Company

John Mayer Lives The Dream With Grateful Dead Offshoot Dead & Company

John Mayer had only 100 days to learn 100 songs. But not just any songs: Grateful Dead songs. That was back in 2015, when Dead guitarist Bob Weir invited the "Your Body Is a Wonderland" singer to form Dead &…
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Music, Singer-Songwriter Chuck Ragan and His Many Oddball Side Projects

Singer-Songwriter Chuck Ragan and His Many Oddball Side Projects

Chuck Ragan has a "serious soft spot" for San Francisco. In fact, in 2001, the singer-songwriter and his future wife, Jill, had their first date in the city. After playing a show at Slim's with his former Gainesville, Fla., punk…
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Music, Hear This Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ SFJAZZ Center

Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ SFJAZZ Center

It's time to get dirty — old school dirty, that is. Formed in 1977, Dirty Dozen Brass Band is widely lauded for introducing nontraditional sounds — namely funk and R&B — into New Orleans' jazz scene. Not only has the…
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Music, Hear This Woods @ The Chapel

Woods @ The Chapel

At this point in Woods' career, it's almost strange for a full calendar year to pass without a new album from the band. This April, the band dropped its ninth full-length record, City Sun Eater in the River of Light,…
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Music, Hear This The National @ The Greek Theatre

The National @ The Greek Theatre

What is the secret to The National? The indie rock quintet has been on the scene for nearly 20 years, but despite frequent visits to the Bay Area, their live performances never get old. Last fall, they headlined what we…
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Music, Hear This Spindrift @ Slim's

Spindrift @ Slim's

The brainchild of Kirkpatrick Thomas and a shifting cast of wildly talented musicians, Spindrift has spent the last two-plus decades as an integral part of the West Coast psychedelic rock scene. Since it formed in 1992, Thomas and company have…
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