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Music, Hear This Cursive: Show Preview

Cursive: Show Preview

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Cursive, an Omaha-based confederacy of musicians committed to questioning the meanings of life and love by way of emotionally combustible, exhaustively literate, secretly funky concept albums. There have been…
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Music, Hear This Tiny Moving Parts: Show Preview

Tiny Moving Parts: Show Preview

One of last year's better nouveau-emo releases was Pleasant Living, the sophomore effort from Tiny Moving Parts. The Minnesota trio plies a relatively wholesome brand of confessional angst, one that manages to be simultaneously hysterical and urbane; this split comes…
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Music, Defying Darwin: On 'Individ,' The Dodos Celebrate Resilience, Despite All Odds

Defying Darwin: On 'Individ,' The Dodos Celebrate Resilience, Despite All Odds

Go ahead, reach up and take hold of the low-hanging fruit: extinction. Get it out of your system. Done? Good. The dodo is extinct, yes, but The Dodos are still here — you have to give them that. If you…
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Music, All Shook Down Beacon: Show Preview

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Over the course of three EPs and a full-length, 2013’s The Ways We Separate, Brooklyn duo Beacon has mapped a slow but determined course over the waters between gently burbling morning-after techno and neo-Teutonic synthetic menace. Their new EP,…
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Music, Hear This Tyler, the Creator: Show Preview

Tyler, the Creator: Show Preview

The end of 2014 finds Tyler, the Creator, multitalented impresario of the Los Angeles rap syndicate and youth-culture conglomerate Odd Future, making up his mind between vocations: enfant terrible or artiste? Since turning 23 in March, he's been arrested for…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Common Is a Conscious Dick at Regency Ballroom

Live Review: Common Is a Conscious Dick at Regency Ballroom

Common Jay Electronica Wednesday, September 26, 2014 Regency Ballroom Better than: Thanksgiving at Erykah Badu’s house For reasons I never bothered to ascertain, the Ohio neo-soul-hop duo Fly.Union never showed up, so Wednesday night’s show began around 8.30 p.m.…
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Music, Hear This Gardens & Villa: Show Preview

Gardens & Villa: Show Preview

At first blush, Santa Barbara's Gardens & Villa appears to traffic in unflappably chilled-out post-disco synth-pop. Tug at any of the loose threads on this February's Dunes LP, though, and what seemed like painted-on ornamental bluster reveals itself to be…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: The Black Keys Play It Safe at Oracle Arena

Live Review: The Black Keys Play It Safe at Oracle Arena

The Black Keys Jake Bugg November 3, 2014 Oracle Arena Better than: Two hours of Nissan commercials, I guess. In defense of The Black Keys, I will say that it’s not, causally speaking, their fault. Their brand of raggedly good-timey…
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Music, Hear This ScHoolboy Q: Show Preview

ScHoolboy Q: Show Preview

If you're not heading down the Peninsula on Friday night to see Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube represent the heyday of West Coast gangsta rap, there's a contemporary analog right in the city. Its thug-life mainstay is Los Angeles rapper…
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Music, Hear This The War on Drugs: Show Preview

The War on Drugs: Show Preview

The idea of a Philadelphia indie rock renaissance is probably fictitious, but if one existed, The War on Drugs would stand squarely at its forefront. Led by former Kurt Vile bandmate Adam Granduciel, the quartet thrives in the middle distance…
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Music, Hear This Wand: Show Preview

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Los Angeles gentle-weirdo troupe Wand has just released its first album, Ganglion Reef, an alternately caustic and ecstatic affair filled with propulsive stoner rock and jammy psychedelia, interspersed with the occasional transcendental bliss-out. Think of an unholy yet basically irresistible…
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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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