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Music, All Shook Down How Arcade Fire, the Hugest Band in Indie Rock, Stays Grounded

How Arcade Fire, the Hugest Band in Indie Rock, Stays Grounded

From the latest SF Weekly: An interview with Will Butler of Arcade Fire: One of the more interesting things about Arcade Fire — maybe as interesting as its music — is the way the band challenges the scope of what…
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Music, All Shook Down Toro y Moi Moves to Berkeley, Thao Nguyen Finds Inspiration in Jail, and More

Toro y Moi Moves to Berkeley, Thao Nguyen Finds Inspiration in Jail, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print edition: Toro y Moi Thaws Out: In 2011, Bundick made his biggest hop yet: He moved from his native South Carolina to Berkeley, accompanying his longtime girlfriend as she entered graduate school. It was in…
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Music, All Shook Down Yo La Tengo Is Playing an In-Store at Amoeba This Month

Yo La Tengo Is Playing an In-Store at Amoeba This Month

San Francisco is a Yo La Tengo kind of town, a place where the lauded New Jersey rock trio can come, play three nights at the Fillmore supported by the best local acts of the day, and sell out each…
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Music, All Shook Down 'I'm Extremely Uncool': 9 Lively Bassnectar Quotes That Didn't Make Our Cover Story

'I'm Extremely Uncool': 9 Lively Bassnectar Quotes That Didn't Make Our Cover Story

Our cover feature this week is on Bassnectar, the dance music behemoth that hails from right here in the Bay Area. The man behind Bassnectar is Lorin Ashton, who said a lot of interesting things in interviews that we didn't…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Defending the Lowly CD From Oblivion

In Print: Defending the Lowly CD From Oblivion

From the latest edition of SF Weekly: In Defense of the CD: No one loves CDs. The cool kids today want to either dig through crates of dusty old vinyl or pay four times too much for the new stuff.…
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Music, All Shook Down Making <i>Myth</i>: How S.F.'s Geographer Keeps "Failing" Forward, and More

Making Myth: How S.F.'s Geographer Keeps "Failing" Forward, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print edition: Geographer: While Geographer's Mike Deni isn't given to pretense, he's been known to wax a little philosophical from time to time. One such pearl of wisdom: "You never want to accomplish what you set…
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Music, All Shook Down <i>SF Weekly</i>'s Noise Pop Issue: Here's a Guide to This Week's Cover

SF Weekly's Noise Pop Issue: Here's a Guide to This Week's Cover

To illustrate this week's package of stories about the 20th Anniversary of Noise Pop, SF Weekly photographed some of the local artists headlining shows this year's festival. The music of Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Sonny Smith (of Sonny &…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Exploring Bhi Bhiman's Funny, Compassionate Folk Songs

In Print: Exploring Bhi Bhiman's Funny, Compassionate Folk Songs

Bhi Bhiman: It might surprise anyone who's heard his booming tenor of a voice, but San Francisco singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman didn't always want to be a musician. His first chosen profession? Comedian. Which goes some way toward explaining the sharp…
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Music, All Shook Down Lana Del Rey Arrives, Shaky and a Little Grim

Lana Del Rey Arrives, Shaky and a Little Grim

From the latest edition of SF Weekly: No Pleasure in the Spotlight: "Feet don't fail me now," Lana Del Rey groans as her debut album, Born to Die, ushers itself in with a flourish of strings and sampled moans.…
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Music, All Shook Down V-Nasty on Watching Friends Get Shot, the N-Word, and Her Rap Career

V-Nasty on Watching Friends Get Shot, the N-Word, and Her Rap Career

From the latest issue of SF Weekly: V Nasty, as She Wanna Be: "He got shot." Blunt but with a quiver in her voice, V-Nasty recalls the day her best friend died in her arms. The grisly incident happened on…
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Music, All Shook Down Wilco's Nels Cline on Working with Jeff Tweedy and His Reputation for Weird Sounds

Wilco's Nels Cline on Working with Jeff Tweedy and His Reputation for Weird Sounds

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: The Wizard of Wilco: Nels Cline is extremely lucky, and he knows it. Widely regarded as one of the world's finest living guitarists, Cline came up playing styles of music whose audience is…
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Music, All Shook Down How Wallpaper. Got a Record Deal, Local Artists Tackle Nick Drake's <i>Pink Moon</i>, and More

How Wallpaper. Got a Record Deal, Local Artists Tackle Nick Drake's Pink Moon, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Wallpaper. Gets a Record Deal: It was around 10 o'clock on a Friday night in December when Ricky Reed walked into a meeting at the Sony Music building in Beverly Hills with no…
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Music, All Shook Down Prince Paul's 'Negroes on Ice' Wants the Rap World to Take a Joke

Prince Paul's 'Negroes on Ice' Wants the Rap World to Take a Joke

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Prince Paul's Musical: Negroes on Ice. That's the name of producer Prince Paul and his son's new hip-hop play. The title is provocative; it evokes scathing images of mainstream millionaire rappers with Bambi-like…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: A Wish List for S.F. Music in 2012, and More

In Print: A Wish List for S.F. Music in 2012, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Wish List for 2012: Optimists say that if you want to have your dreams come true, you should write them down. We frankly doubt that elucidating the things we want to happen in…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Looking Back at the Year in Bay Area Music

In Print: Looking Back at the Year in Bay Area Music

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Looking Back on 2011: A lot happened in Bay Area music in 2011 -- and not all of it had to do with a female rapper from Oakland called Kreayshawn. Remember KUSF…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Is the Local Cassette Label Revival Just a Fad?

In Print: Is the Local Cassette Label Revival Just a Fad?

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Cassette-only labels are back: With vintage tape duplicators whirring beneath a dizzying backdrop of art supplies, busted keyboards, and shelves of tapes, Billy Sprague describes his long-term relationship with cassettes and the outlandish…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Assessing Metallica After 30 Years and Four Nights at the Fillmore, and More

In Print: Assessing Metallica After 30 Years and Four Nights at the Fillmore, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Metallica at 30: Text messages like the one I got from a friend before the third Metallica show last week -- "You are dead to me" -- were exactly the reason I decided…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Exploring the Hazy Landscapes of Tycho's Vivid Electronica

In Print: Exploring the Hazy Landscapes of Tycho's Vivid Electronica

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Tycho: Scott Hansen may not actually have synesthesia -- the condition where one's sensory perceptions are connected, so that they see music or hear colors -- but you'd be forgiven for assuming he…
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Music, All Shook Down Don't Call 'Em Slow: The Weakerthans Bring Their Deliberate Albums to the Live Stage

Don't Call 'Em Slow: The Weakerthans Bring Their Deliberate Albums to the Live Stage

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: The Weakerthans: Staying abreast of contemporary music is an exhausting and nearly futile enterprise. Too many bands exist, as do too many songs, too many shows, too many tweets, too many everything. Thankfully,…
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Music, All Shook Down <i>Distortion 2 Static</i> Turns Off the Mic After 10 Years, and More

Distortion 2 Static Turns Off the Mic After 10 Years, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: No More Static: "Me and Ariel Nuñez walked into the public access TV studio on a Friday in 2002, and they gave us a time slot for that Monday!" Halline Overby, who performs…
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