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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, More Is More in Mwahaha's Chaotic Synth-Rock

More Is More in Mwahaha's Chaotic Synth-Rock

It's a few days into this year's South by Southwest festivities, and the members of Oakland-based synth-rock band Mwahaha are 1,744 miles from Austin, sitting on well-worn couches at their Fruitvale studio. They drink shitty beer and smoke nicer-than-average cigarettes.…
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News, Venturing Onward: What do Investors Really Want in a Start-Up?

Venturing Onward: What do Investors Really Want in a Start-Up?

Of the three San Francisco-based tech companies -- Koozoo, Zumper, and Contextly — that put it on the line last week at South by Southwest's Accelerator start-up competition, only Koozoo advanced to the second round, where the team got to…
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News, Feature iHustle: S.F. Tech at South by Southwest

iHustle: S.F. Tech at South by Southwest

It's a warm day in Austin and people are wearing T-shirts. Some, like Drew Sechrist, CEO and founder of San Francisco-based Koozoo, wear brightly colored tees sporting the logo of their own company. This sort of plumage is standard…
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SF Weekly Letters

Not Made for TV Serious drama may appeal to a teen's dark side: No matter how darkly they portray the perpetrators on the proposed miniseries , someone out there is thinking, "I can do…
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Music, Finding the Yay Area: Local Artists Pull a Few Surprises at South by Southwest

Finding the Yay Area: Local Artists Pull a Few Surprises at South by Southwest

Rapping Oakland spliff-nymph Kreayshawn played at South by Southwest, and it wasn't a disaster. It wasn't embarrassing. It wasn't a joke. Her 20-minute set actually felt like a success. Which was quite an achievement considering the factors working against her:…
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Calendar, Night&Day Barely Skating By

Barely Skating By

Dragonslayer is Tristan Patterson's lyrical and formally audacious documentary portrait of Josh “Skreech” Sandoval, 23-year-old wastoid pro-skater with corporate sponsors, a place in the unofficial skateboarding hall of fame, a gorgeous teenage girlfriend, a history of crippling depression, and no…
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Music, S.F. at SXSW: Six Bay Area Artists to See in Austin

S.F. at SXSW: Six Bay Area Artists to See in Austin

John Vanderslice It's 2004, and S.F. indie-folk figurehead John Vanderslice is midway through a set at the Parish in downtown Austin, trying to make sense of the mayhemic music carnival that is South by Southwest. "It's pretty overwhelming," he said,…
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Music, Iran's Hypernova braves cultural repression to rock out

Iran's Hypernova braves cultural repression to rock out

Indie rock has become so washed out in recent years that it's a challenge just to stay awake through many songs, never mind whole albums. Through the Chaos, the full-length debut by Hypernova, is a thrilling exception. Frontman Raam cuts…
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The year SXSW film broke

The tagline for the recently concluded 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival was "Tomorrow Happens Here," slick marketing shorthand for the event's reputation as a test tube for new cinematic trends and a breeding ground for incestuous indie collaborations (most…
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Music, A San Franciscan’s guide to SXSW

A San Franciscan’s guide to SXSW

Every year, they descend on Austin like locusts with bedhead — the musicians, booking agents, writers, labels, dotcommers, and corporate sponsors looking for their Next Big Thing fix at the annual live music marathon, South by Southwest. This year the…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Noise Pop fosters industry while playing it safe

Noise Pop fosters industry while playing it safe

San Francisco's music scene carries with it a proud independent spirit. We run our bands, labels, and studios without much concern for mainstream acceptance. While this self-made attitude fosters incredible creativity, it can also leave the city scattered into a…
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Music, Hear This Surf Rock Safari: The Cuban Cowboys

Surf Rock Safari: The Cuban Cowboys

The six-piece Syracuse-based Ra Ra Riot formed in 2006, but a lot has happened since then. The band released a self-titled EP and blew away festivalgoers at South by Southwest and CMJ last year. But it hasn't been all good…
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Music, Let's Get Killed SXSW highlights: David Banner, Bon Iva, MGMT, Clockcleaner, and Dark Meat

SXSW highlights: David Banner, Bon Iva, MGMT, Clockcleaner, and Dark Meat

After spending five days in Austin for SXSW, doing tasks one at a time seems odd. Why eat dinner at a table when you can be scarfing beans and tortillas by the taco truck while cross-checking club schedules until your…
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Music, Bay Area Picks for SXSW

Bay Area Picks for SXSW

South by Southwest is again upon us, which means the Bay Area's musicians, rappers, DJs, and experimentalists are filling up their gas tanks and heading south. Our loss is Austin's gain, though, as the Texas music marathon gets a peek…
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Music, First Vintage

First Vintage

Listen to Amy Winehouse and think the Shirelles. Billie Holliday. Nina Simone. Picture a depressive, impassioned woman of color and of size, singing 'bout love and pain with a voice that's been around the block more times than the ice…
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Music, Targeted Delays

Targeted Delays

It's not the easiest task to track down Bradford Cox, the lead singer in Deerhunter (also credited with guitar, keyboards, and a myriad other instruments), as he drives around his hometown of Atlanta. Already boasting a critically lauded second album,…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Nursing the SXSW hangover

Nursing the SXSW hangover

Last weekend marked my seventh year at my favorite music extravaganza, Austin's SXSW, and this time the experience felt especially bananas. The entertainment at the five-day event was exhaustive in every sense. There were too many all-day-into-all-night parties, too many…
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Music, In the Year 2005

In the Year 2005

There's only one thing worse than someone going to the South by Southwest music festival and coming home ranting about the once-in-a-lifetime musical moments he witnessed. And that's someone coming back and trying to stitch those moments together into an…
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Music, Reviewed Secret Machines

Secret Machines

Under an outdoor party tent at this year's SXSW, the Secret Machines played way longer than their allotted set time. The stage manager didn't have the heart to stop them though, because he knew it would have been like stopping…
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