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Music, Reviewed Thee More Shallows

Thee More Shallows

Thee More Shallows' offbeat indie rock finds a cozy home in Anticon Records. The San Francisco-based label is known for embracing tweaked hip hop and ambient soundscapes. Here its roster expands to include Book of Bad Breaks — pop dressed…
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Music, Hear This Stacy's Mom vs. Yolanda at the DMV counter

Stacy's Mom vs. Yolanda at the DMV counter

Japan's Mono balances the feral and the fastidious. On previous albums, the post-rock quartet has released oppressive swarms of claustrophobic guitar, bass, and drums, sounding as majestic as it was malevolent. The group explored themes of dystopia and disconnection within…
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Music, Hear This Another Marley makes his mark in the reggae business

Another Marley makes his mark in the reggae business

Trans Am 's latest disc, Sex Change, begins with the echo of Afrobeat guitars washing over a trance-inducing synth riff. But things move swiftly along, droning psychedelic vocals tugging against a percolating beat, and by the third track, it's almost…
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Music, Reviewed Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon

The whole point of Because of the Times, according to Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill, is to throw the unsuspecting listener for a loop. And the group's third full-length should have no trouble pulling off that one. The Kings…
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Music, Hear This The blissful strings 'n' things of Amiina

The blissful strings 'n' things of Amiina

For the past eight years, Amiina has been best known as Sigur Rós' string section. Since 2005, however, the Icelandic act has also struck out on its own, first with the AnimaminA EP, and now with a debut full-length, Kurr.…
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Music, Get on the Guest List

Get on the Guest List

From the opening track of the brilliantly titled I'll Sleep When You're Dead, it's clear that El-P hasn't lost his feel for hip hop's cutting edge. The tune is an atmospheric audio collage paired with an urgent chorus of "This…
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Music, Hear This Metal boys and their Lesbian lovers

Metal boys and their Lesbian lovers

Christened with a deliberately deceptive moniker, the hirsute lads in Seattle's Lesbian marry psychedelic metal with prog rock for stylistically succinct results. Like King Crimson ordered to deconstruct Metallica's Ride the Lightning, guitarists Arran McInnis and Daniel LaRochelle, bassist/cryptic vocalist…
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Music, Reviewed Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes

Apparently, that Vote for Change tour really got to Conor Oberst. He opens his latest release, Four Winds, with a violin-fueled title track channeling a previously untapped inner Springsteen. The song feels like an outtake from Greetings From Asbury Park,…
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Music, Hear This Mountain Goats graze through three sold out shows

Mountain Goats graze through three sold out shows

Portland's Charlie Salas-Humara is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist best known as Panther . Like a one-man short-wave set with purposely faulty control knobs, his new mini-album Secret Lawns integrates hellish hip-hop rhythms, surreal soul, arty/noisy collages, mock prog-rock pomp, and…
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Music, Hear This Shed excess pop with OK Go's power calisthenics

Shed excess pop with OK Go's power calisthenics

The guys in OK Go are coming off a Grammy win for their video "Here It Goes Again," a classic moment in the history of goofy music videos that shows them executing truly ridiculous dance routines on a series of…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

He's already had his way with Christmas, but has any holiday come closer to practically begging for a John Waters mixtape than Valentine's Day? OK, not counting Mother's Day. The director delivers in style here, saluting the season with 14…
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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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