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Music, All Shook Down Tycho's Scott Hansen on His Next Album and People Sleeping to His Music

Tycho's Scott Hansen on His Next Album and People Sleeping to His Music

Tycho, the blissful electronic brainchild of Scott Hansen that's mutated into a live trio with guitar, bass, and real drums, made 2011's best easy listening disc. Dive accrued slow, deserved notice for its happier-Boards of Canada pop-scapes as on the…
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Music, All Shook Down Atoms for Peace's <i>Amok</i>: A First Listen

Atoms for Peace's Amok: A First Listen

Who's the audience for Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, and Flea's stutter-skip project Atoms for Peace? Well, me, probably. Preferring the contained chaos of Yorke's 2006 solo bow The Eraser (and his incredible cover of Miracle Legion's "All for the Best")…
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Music, All Shook Down My Bloody Valentine's <i>mbv</i>: A First Listen

My Bloody Valentine's mbv: A First Listen

This'll be a bit perverse, but so will every review. I'm not My Bloody Valentine's No. 1 fan but I do love them, and not just the timeless pyramid Loveless. More so than any other critics' band, I've never thought…
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Music, All Shook Down Big Boi's <i>Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors</i>: A First Listen

Big Boi's Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors: A First Listen

Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is the title. Why? Does Big Boi even have any enemies? Has anyone ever beefed with him...ever? Who is he referring to, disgruntled Idlewild ticket-buyers? Or is he increasingly in denial that Outkast -- his…
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Music, Hear This Dum Dum Girls: Show Preview

Dum Dum Girls: Show Preview

Kristin "Dee Dee" Gundred's yelping on Grand Ole Party's stomping blues-punk already cemented her as an indie rock lifer (and worthy Beth Ditto successor). But with Dum Dum Girls, Gundred ushered back into the fold girl-group pop that would pave…
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Music, All Shook Down Ke$ha's <i>Warrior</i>: A First Listen

Ke$ha's Warrior: A First Listen

A quick scan of the titles on Ke$ha's second album means it better be her pop masterpiece -- nothing looks as hilarious or striking as "D.I.N.O.S.A.U.R." or "Party at a Rich Dude's House." But even those of us who wanted…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Nas Albums Better Than <i>Illmatic</i>

Five Nas Albums Better Than Illmatic

Illmatic is fine. A hardass young upstart rapper plays an old pro over dusty, eerie (read: "cinematic") beats with samples that never fully conjoin and keeps it all under 40 minutes. It's an ideal debut. What it's not is a…
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Music, All Shook Down Aerosmith's <i>Music from Another Dimension!</i>: A First Listen

Aerosmith's Music from Another Dimension!: A First Listen

It's gonna suck. But contrary to popular belief, Aerosmith is new to sucking. At its best -- "Cryin'," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Dream On," "Love in an Elevator" -- American rock has never been better, bawdier, or more maximal. Aerosmith…
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Music, All Shook Down Taylor Swift's <i>Red</i>: A First Listen

Taylor Swift's Red: A First Listen

Imma let you finish Kanye, but Taylor Swift made one of the best albums of 2010. While indeed beautiful, dark, and twisted, Kanye's forbidding masterpiece didn't get stick it to abusers like "Mean" or "Dear John," get laid like "Sparks…
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Music, All Shook Down Green Day's <i>&iexcl;Uno!</i>: A First Listen

Green Day's ¡Uno!: A First Listen

Green Day broke my heart. American Idiot I can forgive -- it exists for the right reasons, even if it got too famous and made them think they could conceptualize, and its half-good tunes are still half-good. Plus they snuck…
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Music, All Shook Down Kreayshawn's <i>Somethin 'Bout Kreay</i>: A First Listen

Kreayshawn's Somethin 'Bout Kreay: A First Listen

Kreayshawn's contribution to Western culture is one classic line: "One big room/ Full of bad bitches." It's still awaiting its hot song. Her success is somewhere between William Hung and Jesse Camp and the 8th Street Kidz. She's an eliminated…
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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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