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Music, All Shook Down Beacon: Show Preview

Beacon: Show Preview

Over the course of three EPs and a full-length, 2013’s The Ways We Separate, Brooklyn duo Beacon has mapped a slow but determined course over the waters between gently burbling morning-after techno and neo-Teutonic synthetic menace. Their new EP,…
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Music, Hear This Jon Hopkins: Show Preview

Jon Hopkins: Show Preview

Immunity, the latest album by East London sound designer Jon Hopkins, opens with the sound of someone unlocking a reverberant space. Whether it's a field recording of Hopkins entering his Hackney home studio or a more figurative entrance, the feeling…
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Music, Hear This Shabazz Palaces: Show Preview

Shabazz Palaces: Show Preview

First, Ishmael Butler rapped as "Butterfly" in Digable Planets, a '90s jazz-rap group produced by King Britt — their 1993 single, "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" won a Grammy. By the end of the 2000s, Butler quietly re-emerged as…
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Music, Hear This Main Attrakionz: Show Preview

Main Attrakionz: Show Preview

The sky clearly isn't the limit for Oakland hip-hop duo Main Attrakionz, that seems to thrive in its current residence of outer space. Bursting from the nascent "cloud rap" scene of five years ago — think lo-fi SoundCloud mixtapes and…
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Music, Hear This The Hold Steady: Show Preview

The Hold Steady: Show Preview

The worlds of indie rock and sprawling, bloodthirsty pseudo-medieval epics rarely overlap. But an episode last year of HBO's Game of Thrones closed with the Hold Steady's rendition of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," a song whose lyrics appear…
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Music, Hear This White Lung: Show Preview

White Lung: Show Preview

Vancouver punk quartet White Lung released its third LP, Deep Fantasy, last month to what the smart money says will be universal acclaim: It's a 23-minute wallop of stridently in-your-face riot-grrrl paranoia, superficially led by Mish Way's declamatory yawp but…
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Music, Hear This The Summer Slaughter Tour: Show Preview

The Summer Slaughter Tour: Show Preview

Are you the type of person who enjoys wearing outfits festooned with inverted pentagrams and upside-down crosses? Who likes the idea of spending a midweek afternoon facing down 10 metal bands all trying to make your ears bleed? If so,…
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Music, Hear This The Dwarves: Show Preview

The Dwarves: Show Preview

On the surface, the Dwarves and the Queers have little in common, aside from having two of the most memorable band names in punk. It's hard to see this lineup without immediately wondering how the Queers' lovingly juvenile, three-chord songs…
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Music, Hear This Hot Chip: Show Preview

Hot Chip: Show Preview

You'd think a song titled "Ready for the Floor" that begins, "Do it, do it, do it now/Say it, say it, say it now" would be a four-alarm dance track about going wild in a dark club somewhere. In reality,…
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Music, Hear This Amen Dunes: Show Preview

Amen Dunes: Show Preview

Like last year's Sky Ferreira album, Damon McMahon's third LP as Amen Dunes is rather matter-of-fact in its cover-art representation of naked female breasts. Then the similarity ends. McMahon, whose earlier work tended toward the freak end of the folk…
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Music, Hear This Cloud Nothings: Show Preview

Cloud Nothings: Show Preview

Some "bands" are the brainchild of one person: In the studio, person plays everything; for touring, person assembles a combo. Ultimately, it's the end result that matters, and Cleveland's Cloud Nothings — the vehicle for Dylan Baldi — delivers. Cloud…
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Music, Hear This Silver Hands: Show Preview

Silver Hands: Show Preview

The Push the Feeling parties, held monthly at Underground SF, take their name from a classic cut of British-by-way-of New York deep house, but gather their vibe from a much wider genre cross-pollination. There are soulful, boogie-down BPMs aplenty, but…
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Music, Hear This Veruca Salt: Show Preview

Veruca Salt: Show Preview

Once upon a time, in the 1990s, women ran amok with guitars and dominated the alt-rock landscape. A couple of these ladies — Nina Gordon and Louise Post — made up one half of the Chicago quartet Veruca Salt. These…
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Music, Hear This Quantic: Show Preview

Quantic: Show Preview

The English producer, DJ, composer, and musician Will Holland spent the past seven years writing, performing, and recording music largely in Cali, Colombia, surrounded by local and regional artists, designed mostly for home listening. But Holland, aka Quantic, was itching…
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Music, Hear This Yesway: Show Preview

Yesway: Show Preview

Yesway is an experimental folk project fronted by former Bay Area residents Emily Ritz (DRMS and Honeycomb) and Kacey Johansing (Honeycomb). Sumptuous harmonies and two chiming acoustic guitars are the duo's hallmark, but they stretch the boundaries of traditional songwriting…
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Music, Hear This King Khan & the Shrines: Show Preview

King Khan & the Shrines: Show Preview

With membership in multiple hell-raising bands, outlandish press photographs aplenty, a daring, off-kilter stage presence, and statements like "When I tour, I'm neither homosexual or heterosexual — I'm hobo-sexual" to his name, King Khan is one of the true characters…
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Music, Hear This Comics Issue 2014: Nobunny: Show Preview

Comics Issue 2014: Nobunny: Show Preview

Jim Kettner illustrates the lurid charm of costumed Bay Area garage-rocker Nobunny. Click here to read a larger version of this comic and the rest of SF Weekly's Comics Issue.…
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Music, Hear This Comics Issue 2014: Dawn of Midi: Show Preview

Comics Issue 2014: Dawn of Midi: Show Preview

Ian S. Port and Jim Kettner visualize the startlingly powerful minimalism of avant-jazz trio Dawn of Midi. Click here to read a larger version of this comic and the rest of SF Weekly's Comics Issue.…
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Music, Hear This Iamsu! and DJ Mustard: Show Preview

Iamsu! and DJ Mustard: Show Preview

The Bay Area is like a black hole for rappers — lots of talented ones never escape the strong gravity of their home region, and even some of the boldest voices are content to remain big nugs in the region's…
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Music, Hear This Sylvan Esso: Show Preview

Sylvan Esso: Show Preview

Before Oakland's tUnE-yArDs takes the stage at the Fillmore this Friday, Sylvan Esso will do its part to remind audiences that plenty of pop music in 2014 is interesting: subtle, smart, and infused with artistic sensibility. In Sylvan Esso songs,…
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