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Music, All Shook Down Friday's Pick: Woods, Kurt Vile, The Art Museums, The Mantles at Slim's

Friday's Pick: Woods, Kurt Vile, The Art Museums, The Mantles at Slim's

"It makes me wonder why anyone goes through that process," multi-instrumentalist Jarvis Taveniere says. Although Woodsist does use a regular publicist, its grassroots approach to getting word out seems a far cry from the more strenuous efforts of bands…
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Music, Woods returns to its indie-rock roots

Woods returns to its indie-rock roots

There's been much conjecture on how to get your music heard in a time of eroding CD sales. Many bands are encouraged to embrace technology and gimmicky marketing schemes. There is also the Woods way. Since 2006, the Brooklyn indie-rock…
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Music, All Shook Down What to do? Tuesday's Pick: Holy Fuck

What to do? Tuesday's Pick: Holy Fuck

It feels like ages since we've heard from Holy Fuck. The instrumental Canadian quartet had a breakthrough second album in 2007's LP, only to spend the intervening years on tour. Now we have Latin, another curtly titled album of delirious…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Prids Are All Right

The Prids Are All Right

If you make an indie-rock album and Built to Spill's Doug Martsch shows up, the battle is half-won right there. Martsch sings and plays guitar on "In the Fall" from the Prids' new album, Chronosynclastic, and his BTS bandmate Brett…
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Calendar, Night&Day Look Into Them

Look Into Them

Carey Mercer’s voice is uniquely expressive: Once you overcome the initial shock of his guttural quiver and strangled whoops, it’s possible to feel halfway comfortable inside the fitful songs of his longtime band, Frog Eyes. Listening back to the Canadian…
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Music, Hear This Concert preview: The National

Concert preview: The National

When it comes to nuanced gloom and prickly ennui, no one approaches the perfection of Matt Berninger. As the soul-plumbing baritone fronting the National, he bestows a late-night whiskey warmth to songs that are more about unlikely survival than abject…
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Calendar, Night&Day Say It Out Loud

Say It Out Loud

It feels like ages since we've heard from Holy Fuck. The instrumental Canadian quartet had a breakthrough second album in 2007's LP, only to spend the intervening years on tour. Now we have Latin, another curtly titled album of delirious…
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Music, Broken Bells' pop partnership

Broken Bells' pop partnership

If the Dead Weather, Atoms for Peace, and Them Crooked Vultures have taught us anything, it's that the supergroup is back. While it's easy to forget amid the feedback loop of hype and cynicism that accompanies each marquee-name–studded lineup, there's…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Monday's Pick: Unnatural Helpers @ Hemlock

What To Do? Monday's Pick: Unnatural Helpers @ Hemlock

Unnatural Helpers @ Hemlock TavernThere's an instant charm to Unnatural Helpers' one- and two-minute songs. Cramming 15 of them onto the Seattle group's latest release, the 25-minute Cracked Love & Other Drugs, drummer and frontman Dean Whitmore spouts funny, juvenile…
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Music, Hear This Concert preview: Unnatural Helpers

Concert preview: Unnatural Helpers

There's an instant charm to Unnatural Helpers' one- and two-minute songs. Cramming 15 of them onto the Seattle group's latest release, the 25-minute Cracked Love & Other Drugs, drummer and frontman Dean Whitmore spouts funny, juvenile lyrics over the band's…
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Music, BeatBox Clubs preview: Javelin

Clubs preview: Javelin

As foreshadowed by a pair of 12-inches on the Thrill Jockey label, Javelin's debut album is a feel-good free-for-all. No Más cruises through genres and decades with a dizzying looseness. There is psychedelic funk and soul, cosmic disco, strings-lathered pop,…
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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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