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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Alabama Shakes and Kurt Vile Made Their Own Weather at the Greek

Live Review: Alabama Shakes and Kurt Vile Made Their Own Weather at the Greek

Brittany Howard didn’t chat much between songs, but with a voice like that, why waste it on talking? Taking the stage for the second of two sold out shows at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre, the Alabama Shake's singer made sure…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Dangermaker's New Single "I Won't Let You Down" Is A Love Song, But It's Definitely Not Mushy

Premiere: Dangermaker's New Single "I Won't Let You Down" Is A Love Song, But It's Definitely Not Mushy

Dark-pop quartet Dangermaker aren't known for crafting love songs. Formed in 2008, the San Francisco band has released three EPs and one full-length album, all the while managing to avoid the mushy topic of love, focusing instead on subjects related…
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Music, All Shook Down The Pessimist: Experiencing "1 Night" With Lil Yachty

The Pessimist: Experiencing "1 Night" With Lil Yachty

Eighteen-year-old rapper Lil Yachty has been making headlines for the last seven months, starting with his modeling stunt at Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 fashion show/album release party at Madison Square Garden. Since then, he's been remarkably active. The…
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Music, All Shook Down UK Post-Punkers, Shopping, Are The Best Band You've Never Heard Of

UK Post-Punkers, Shopping, Are The Best Band You've Never Heard Of

Who said punk music isn't for dancing? Certainly not the members of UK trio Shopping, because, well, that's exactly what their fast-paced, bass-heavy music is meant for.  Formed in 2012, the band released its debut album, Consumer Complaints, last…
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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, All Shook Down Kurt Vile Is Not Depressed — He's Just Moody

Kurt Vile Is Not Depressed — He's Just Moody

Kurt Vile is an artist whose lyricism revels in the dark alleys of existentialism and identity crisis, yet is somehow simultaneously sprinkled with comic relief in the bluntest of ways. His most recent album b’lieve i’m going down…, released on…
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Music, All Shook Down Six Notable Acts From Outside Lands 2016

Six Notable Acts From Outside Lands 2016

This year's Outside Lands was about as memorable and successful as one could ask for. In between the fancy, albeit ridiculous food stands — think ramen burgers and donut burgers — there were standout performances from Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem,…
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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: "I Feel Beautiful" by Robyn Hitchcock

Earworm Weekly: "I Feel Beautiful" by Robyn Hitchcock

Not all earworms are former Billboard Top Ten successes, well-known by everyone who hears even a few notes of their melody. Some earworms can be obscure songs that come to have personal meaning to the listener. They get burned into…
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Music, All Shook Down The 12 Best Songs With "Fuck" In Their Titles

The 12 Best Songs With "Fuck" In Their Titles

I still remember the first time I heard someone my own age say the word "fuck." I was in second grade in Mrs. Wright's class, and  I was sitting on the bench behind the dugout waiting my turn at…
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Music, All Shook Down Folk From Avalon: Globelamp On Songwriting, Le Tigre, and Broken Teeth

Folk From Avalon: Globelamp On Songwriting, Le Tigre, and Broken Teeth

Elizabeth Le Fey arranges her life in epiphanies. The singer-songwriter experienced her first epiphany in Los Angeles at 15 courtesy of a babysitter who took her and a friend to see Le Tigre at the El Rey. That night,…
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Music, All Shook Down Not Going to Outside Lands? Here's How You Should Spend Your Weekend

Not Going to Outside Lands? Here's How You Should Spend Your Weekend

So you don't have a ticket to Outside Lands and you feel kind of bummed because seemingly all of your friends do and they can't stop gabbing about how stoked they are to see Radiohead and J.Cole. You're a bit…
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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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