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News, Trans Suicide Hotline Founder Heeds the Call

Trans Suicide Hotline Founder Heeds the Call

It is uncommon for someone to wake up for work each morning and immediately set about looking for ways to terminate her own employment. But that is exactly what Greta Gustava Martela does — every day — passionately. Martela, 46,…
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Music, Points of Anguish: Heartbreak Sharpens Sharon Van Etten's Songwriting

Points of Anguish: Heartbreak Sharpens Sharon Van Etten's Songwriting

In late 2012, nearly a year after the release of Tramp, her acclaimed third album, Sharon Van Etten was summoned to Avatar Studios in Manhattan to record a remake of the 1923 Irving Berlin ballad "What'll I Do." The song…
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News, Feature Puppet Maestros: How Oakland's tUnE-yArDs  Conquers the  World, One Bag of Rice at a Time

Puppet Maestros: How Oakland's tUnE-yArDs Conquers the World, One Bag of Rice at a Time

Barely post-slumber — definitely pre-caffeine — and nearing the exact midpoint between two seven-hour band rehearsals, Merrill Garbus appears both irreparably frazzled and warily content. It's 7:45 on a Thursday morning in mid-April, and Garbus, the 35-year-old creative epicenter of…
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Music, All Hail Annie Clark: How St. Vincent Became Indie Rock's Standard-Bearer

All Hail Annie Clark: How St. Vincent Became Indie Rock's Standard-Bearer

On the evening of Oct. 22, 2009, Annie Clark donned her guitar and stepped onstage at Castaways, a garage-sized dive bar in Ithaca, N.Y. Situated between a muddy canal and a gleaming fitness center, the venue was stippled with garish…
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Music, Angel Olsen's Roots Rock Prizes Feeling Over Certainty

Angel Olsen's Roots Rock Prizes Feeling Over Certainty

Certainties are not easily extracted from Angel Olsen. She does not pluck them from the air like floating candies, nor does she rattle them off in conversation, nor do they routinely bubble up in her songs. If present at all,…
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Music, All Shook Down Must-Hear Local Track: The Papercuts' "Still Knocking At The Door"

Must-Hear Local Track: The Papercuts' "Still Knocking At The Door"

Can anyone giftwrap emotional turmoil with more kaleidoscopic flair than Papercuts' Jason Quever? "Still Knocking at the Door," the first single off his forthcoming fifth album, "Life Among the Savages," is in many ways a return to form: It was…
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Must-Hear Local Track: Holly Herndon's "Chorus"

There's a bit of a Sharks/Nets-style dust-up happening in the world of electronic music these days. On one side, you've got the wildly successful club acts -- Skrillex, Disclosure, Avicii -- perched atop their neon stages as throngs of…
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Music, All Shook Down Soul Scholar Nick Waterhouse Sings the Opposite of What He Means

Soul Scholar Nick Waterhouse Sings the Opposite of What He Means

As if tailored to match San Francisco's schizoid weather patterns, this week's selections -- Sharon Jones, St. Vincent, Damien Jurado Nick Waterhouse and Chuck English - oscillate between wintry, kinetic and utterly peculiar. We tried to cover all our bases…
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Music, All Shook Down The High Five: Your First Batch of New Songs From 2014

The High Five: Your First Batch of New Songs From 2014

New year, new group of songs to enjoy and dissect. This very first High Five of 2014 is a joyous affair. From Painted Palms' eruptive jingles to Linnea Olsson's taut cello work all the way down to Danny Brown's unexpected,…
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Music, All Shook Down The High Five: Throaty Boasts, Joyful Funeral Music, Progressive Chamber Rap, and More

The High Five: Throaty Boasts, Joyful Funeral Music, Progressive Chamber Rap, and More

This week's selections are less a 2013 retrospective (it is, after all, the last High Five of the year) and more a preview about what sort of stylistic diversity the coming year might offer. Between Rick Ross's throaty boasts, St.…
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Music, Hear This Chance: Show Preview

Chance: Show Preview

Tough to tell what's crazier: that we expect more precocity from our young rappers than we ever have, or that they actually keep delivering. When 20-year-old Chance the Rapper's sophomore mixtape, Acid Rap, dropped in May, it landed like a…
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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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