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Music, Rebellious Roots: The Avant-Garde Other Minds Festival Celebrates 20 Years of Making Music on the Fringe

Rebellious Roots: The Avant-Garde Other Minds Festival Celebrates 20 Years of Making Music on the Fringe

What do bird flight patterns, Twin Peaks, and the traditional Japanese stringed instrument called the koto have in common? This weekend, they'll all come together when Other Minds celebrates its 20th anniversary as a convergence point for the outcasts, outliers,…
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Music, All Shook Down Selling the Drama: Wanna Buy a Font From Deafheaven?

Selling the Drama: Wanna Buy a Font From Deafheaven?

In what would seem to be a wholly unprecedented move, San Francisco’s own black metal deconstructionists Deafheaven are now selling the font used for their much-lauded 2013 release Sunbather. The “SUNBATHER" typeface, designed by Nick Steinhardt for the band, is…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Faith No More Leaves the Crowd Panting For More at Amoeba

Live Review: Faith No More Leaves the Crowd Panting For More at Amoeba

Faith No More Friday, November 28, 2014 Amoeba Records Better than: getting trampled at a Wal Mart. Black Friday 2014 saw the auspicious return of both Star Wars and Faith No More. And both “returns” were morsels that demanded feasts…
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Music, All Shook Down The Mars Volta Is Reborn As Antemasque

The Mars Volta Is Reborn As Antemasque

Antemasque Le Butcherettes August 12, 2014 Great American Music Hall Better Than: Seeing The Mars Volta at 2 p.m. at some big dumb festival. Antemasque is the third iteration of the ongoing creative collaboration between vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and…
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Music, Big Rock Prelude: Where to Point Your Ears During Outside Lands, Other Than Toward the Headliners

Big Rock Prelude: Where to Point Your Ears During Outside Lands, Other Than Toward the Headliners

Of course Kanye. Of course the Flaming Lips. And, yes, of course Tom Petty (because how much longer will the Heartbreakers be around?) But for those of us plunking upwards of $100 per day on this weekend's Outside Lands music…
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Music, Yes She Can: At 53, Melissa Etheridge Isn't Taking It Easy

Yes She Can: At 53, Melissa Etheridge Isn't Taking It Easy

Melissa Etheridge's career exceeded expectations even before she was a household name. Though she wanted to sign with female-focused indie label Olivia Records, its rejection eventually led her to press on and find a home at Island, the significantly more…
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Music, All Shook Down Pelican's Trevor De Brauw on Why Life Is Better as a Part-Time Metal Icon

Pelican's Trevor De Brauw on Why Life Is Better as a Part-Time Metal Icon

The early aughts were an improbably fallow time for the metal underground: While The New York Times (and some academics) expounded at length on the intellectual virtues of doom metal, Chicago-based Pelican -- an instrumental metal quartet whose songs filled…
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Music, All Shook Down Trans Am Comes Home, Almost, to the Independent, 6/4/14

Trans Am Comes Home, Almost, to the Independent, 6/4/14

Trans Am Golden Void June 4, 2014 The Independent Better than: Waking the neighbors with old vinyl on a school night. Absent from the local scene for a spell, due to reasons various and sundry, Trans Am came back to…
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Music, All Shook Down Sutekh Hexen Welcomes the Apocalypse at Hemlock Tavern, 5/28/14

Sutekh Hexen Welcomes the Apocalypse at Hemlock Tavern, 5/28/14

Sutekh Hexen Father Murphy Common Eider, King Eider Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Hemlock Tavern Better than: Waiting out the apocalypse alone. Gosh, it's nice out, isn't it? Having progressed from unseasonably warm to alarmingly, unflaggingly temperate for longer than any…
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Music, All Shook Down KFJC Gathers Local Musicians For a Live, 24-Hour Drone Performance

KFJC Gathers Local Musicians For a Live, 24-Hour Drone Performance

If you think 24 hours is a pretty poor lifespan for a robot, you'd be right -- but it is an exceptional lifespan for a human-generated live performance. 24-Hour Drone is an annual event broadcast on Foothill College's KFJC 89.7…
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Music, All Shook Down Inside Fat Wreck Chords' Blank Bayview Exterior Is a Punk Rock Empire -- and a Party Haven

Inside Fat Wreck Chords' Blank Bayview Exterior Is a Punk Rock Empire -- and a Party Haven

There's nothing to recommend Fat Wreck Chords' Bayview office from the exterior. Located in a beat-up suite in a tiny industrial park, a handful of withered LPs bake behind the shuttered windows. It's hard to believe they host live music…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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