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Music, Hear This Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Barcelona-based duo The Pinker Tones might be the only Latin band participating in this year's edition of the Warped Tour. But audiences wouldn't guess the band's Spanish origin by the music, which is a blend of psychedelic pop and '80s-inspired…
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Music, Hear This Rachid the Casbah

Rachid the Casbah

As an Arab immigrant in Europe, Algeria-born, France-based Rachid Taha has faced plenty of intolerance and xenophobia, experiences he channels into lyrics about racial prejudice and everyday hardships. His music mixes raw punk energy with the spontaneity of rai, the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gil Still Gets It

Gil Still Gets It

Forty years after his appearance on the collaborative album Tropicália, Gilberto Gil is still able to bring together traditions old and new in his music. Like the idea of blending psychedelic influences with the musical flavors of Brazil in the…
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Music, Hear This Making Grown Indie Boys Weep: Xiu Xiu

Making Grown Indie Boys Weep: Xiu Xiu

"Fuzz" is for Muppets — the abrasive garage-punk of Japan's King Brothers more closely resembles steel wool. While these self-proclaimed "blues aliens" occasionally use a light touch for a quick scrubbing, their true purpose is to scrape through greasy, feedback-crusted…
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Music, Hear This Surf Rock Safari: The Cuban Cowboys

Surf Rock Safari: The Cuban Cowboys

The six-piece Syracuse-based Ra Ra Riot formed in 2006, but a lot has happened since then. The band released a self-titled EP and blew away festivalgoers at South by Southwest and CMJ last year. But it hasn't been all good…
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Music, Hear This Jeremy Jay: spare songs spotlight teen-idol vocals

Jeremy Jay: spare songs spotlight teen-idol vocals

With his colorful costumes, boogie-piano style, and distinctive growl, Dr. John embodies the spirit of his native New Orleans wherever he goes. The Louisiana Music Hall of Famer came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s after a…
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Music, Hear This Danish Garage Rockers Storm the Independent

Danish Garage Rockers Storm the Independent

When legendary U.K. space-rockers Spacemen 3 split circa 1991, member Jason Pierce channeled its lysergic drone into the eclectic, song-oriented Spiritualized while Pete Kember, aka Sonic Boom, continued his search for that lost chord with Spectrum. The latter's debut, Soul…
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Music, Hear This Crime pays: OG San Francisco "punks" offer rare live appearance

Crime pays: OG San Francisco "punks" offer rare live appearance

Fishbone is the quintessential hyphenated combo. From its inception in 1979, the spazztastic Los Angeles septet has been mashing genres, pioneering a ska-punk-thrash-funk sound that's as fresh, feral, and nutty as ever. Yet mainstream success has long been elusive for…
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Music, Hear This Get your gloom on with the Black Heart Procession

Get your gloom on with the Black Heart Procession

Just because it's a brand-new year doesn't mean you have to suddenly act all optimistic and shit — at least not with The Black Heart Procession coming to town. These sorrow-seeped San Diegans can make anyone weep like a coyote…
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Music, Hear This Underwater sirens stir local act Kitka to song

Underwater sirens stir local act Kitka to song

In Slavic folklore, rusalki are mythological female creatures of the sea who, after suffering untimely deaths as humans, become ghosts whose mesmerizing songs lead unsuspecting men to their demise. The San Francisco–based group Kitka traveled to Ukraine to learn about…
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Music, Hear This The Melvins melt your noggin this New Year's Eve

The Melvins melt your noggin this New Year's Eve

On first hearing Ledisi's major-label debut, Lost and Found, you might think that the New Orleans–born, Oakland-raised jazz and R&B singer is attempting to make more radio-friendly material. But a closer listen shows the vocals surrounded by complex arrangements, and…
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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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