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Calendar, Night&Day Chris’ Cross

Chris’ Cross

April saw one of the most bizarre indie-music placements yet. In an ad for the 2012 Honda Civic, a young girl in a superhero costume jumped into a car and raced away from pursuers to the sound of MC Chris'…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not For Stars

Not For Stars

In 2004, local indie rock band For Stars released its fourth LP, It Falls Apart, a daring combination of arty Radiohead-ish rock and achingly pretty folk. But just when the band seemed destined for a major breakthrough, it broke up…
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Calendar, Night&Day Eeet Dozen’t Really Bozair Me

Eeet Dozen’t Really Bozair Me

Oh, the miseries of being a woman who sings in French. Always, in every review and in all articles, to be called a "chanteuse." Even if you don't sing in French anymore! And you aren't even French, although you grew…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pairing

Pairing

Usually, when a male and a female singer decide to collaborate, they choose a partner who's vastly different from themselves. Think Lee Hazlewood's deep baritone sweetened by Nancy Sinatra's arid croon, Isobel Campbell's breathy chirp grounded by Mark Lanegan's deep…
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Calendar, Night&Day It’s the Only Thing That There’s Just Too Little Of

It’s the Only Thing That There’s Just Too Little Of

Most likely, the first song ever written had something to do with love. Perhaps it was penned by a Cro-Magnon besotted with some lady or triceratops. These days, it's just what songs are about: love of man, woman, God, baseball,…
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Calendar, Night&Day PB&J

PB&J

If Peter Bjorn and John have taught us anything (besides how to put our lips together and blow), it's that figuring out what to do after having a hit record might be harder than actually writing one. Following the runaway…
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Calendar, Night&Day Symbiotic Scores

Symbiotic Scores

It's hard to imagine the suspenseful works of Alfred Hitchcock without Bernard Hermann's spooky counterpoint. Or the giddy blockbusters of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas without the symphonic grandiosity of John Williams. Not to mention the over-the-top imagery of Tim…
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Music, All Shook Down Wednesday's Pick: Bettye LaVette at Great American Music Hall

Wednesday's Pick: Bettye LaVette at Great American Music Hall

​Bettye LaVetteMiltonGreat American Music Hall7 p.m., $26Oftentimes, the problem with tribute albums is that they sound far too reverent of the original songs. If you're not going to do anything special with the tunes, why even bother covering them at…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bettye Reign O’er Me

Bettye Reign O’er Me

Oftentimes, the problem with tribute albums is that they sound far too reverent of the original songs. If you're not going to do anything special with the tunes, why even bother covering them at all, since the originals are usually…
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Calendar, Night&Day Won't You Take Me to …

Won't You Take Me to …

Electro-funk was initially an "urban" experience, relegated to the R&B charts. But in the mid-'80s, the synthesizer-driven sound crossed over to the mainstream, delivering hits for Cameo, Midnight Star, and, of course, Prince. Soon, synths were everywhere, driving smashes by…
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Calendar, Night&Day Play That Bluesy Music

Play That Bluesy Music

Jimmy Page don't know dick about the blues. Same goes for Jack White. And David Evans? Come on, no ridiculous nickname ("The Edge"? Really?) will make you sound like an expert on the torn and the frayed. It Might Get…
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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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