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Independent Thinking Independent Thinking Two new high-class local venues. Bruce Springsteen concerts. Sounds like the work of Clear Channel. But it's not. March 10, 2004

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Music, Reviewed Eels


Mark Oliver Everett, aka A Man Called E, or just E, is sort of a twisted dude who loves to overexplain his creativity. His tiny pop songs -- epic two-minute rock operas, occasionally ironic to a fault, full of ennui…
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Music, Reviewed Ben Lee

Ben Lee

Ben Lee's made a career out of being obscure. But his longest dance in the spotlight -- dating Claire Danes -- is now the stuff of history. Lee claims his new disc, Awake Is the New Sleep isn't a "breakup"…
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Music, Independent Thinking

Independent Thinking

Kevin Arnold remembers the Kennel Club as a venue of immeasurable importance in his development as a music fan. "I saw everyone there in the late '80s and early '90s," he says. "Superchunk, Galaxie 500, Dinosaur Jr., the Flaming Lips."…
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Music, Reviewed Oakenfold


Paul Oakenfold is, without question, one of the most successful dance music DJs to ever drop the needle on a record. The British knob-twiddler -- who began his career playing hip hop in the early '80s and has remixed everyone…
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Music, Reviewed Jazzanova


The spirit behind artistic collectives -- be they visual, theatrical, or musical -- is to bring together divergent perspectives to create something at once confluent and strongly independent. The six producers who make up the Berlin-based collective Jazzanova take that…
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Music, Reviewed Fila Brazillia

Fila Brazillia

It's ironic that the U.K. duo Fila Brazillia -- responsible for more than a decade of original material and remixes for artists as varied as Radiohead and Busta Rhymes -- took its name from a breed of fighting dog banned…
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Music, Joy to the New World

Joy to the New World

In one 24-hour period last year, Tim Quirk made more money from his recordings than he earned in 12 years fronting the revered underground act Too Much Joy. "Having come up through the indies and majors, I never made one…
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Music, Reviewed The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family

Since 1994, the husband-and-wife team of Brett and Rennie Sparks has been performing as the Handsome Family, recording Rennie's fractured suburban fairy tales in Brett's soothing Texas baritone. While great music has come out of numerous tumultuous couplings -- see…
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News, Feature SF Music Awards 2001

SF Music Awards 2001

It was a strange experience putting this show together in the midst of so much turmoil. The timing was all wrong. I found myself sending out congratulations to nominated musicians at a time when offering congratulations could not be more…
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Music, After School Special

After School Special

The first rule of DJ Club: School can be cool. Even though it's summertime, the doors of A.P. Giannini Middle School are unlocked. The school, located at 38th Avenue and Ortega in the Sunset District, hosts several summer and after-school…
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Music, Tracking Angles

Tracking Angles

"It happens at least once a party," says the fictional rave promoter Ernie in Groove, when he's queried on why he puts his freedom from prosecution on the line each time he throws an underground warehouse party. "Someone comes up…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    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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