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Land of the Lost Land of the Lost After 13 years, Savage Republic returns to find its Middle Eastern post-punk world largely intact November 13, 2002

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Not much has changed since Iggy Pop first wailed, "It's 1969, OK?/ War across the U.S.A." Our government is still bombing the shit out of foreign countries, and the kids are still playing garage rock. But unlike today's more polished,…
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Music, Land of the Lost

Land of the Lost

To achieve godlike status, a rock group must have more than just songs -- it must have a concept. The Rolling Stones had satanic decadence; Devo had its "new traditionalism." David Bowie changed his model for every album, which, paradoxically,…
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Music, Preaching to the Disconcerted

Preaching to the Disconcerted

The Bay Area experimental music scene is a small one: small clubs, small groups, and most often small crowds. In this microcosm, one local man is making a big noise. Not only has pianist/guitarist Ernesto Diaz-Infante recorded and performed with…
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Music, Flock You

Flock You

Outside the Bay Area, rock bands with women playing guitars and drums are still somewhat scarce. Sure, you'll get acts with female singers and bassists, but not very many girls are in the so-called "power positions." It's even more unusual…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

A visit by New Zealand noise trio The Dead C is cause for much rejoicing, considering that the legendary group has toured the U.S. only once before, in 1995. Since its debut cassette in 1987, the band -- and related…
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Music, Sound Bites

Sound Bites

Sometimes the difference between noise and music is all in your head. The above quote is not from a John Cage manifesto; rather, it's from a Tylenol commercial in which a toddler bashes pot lids together and Dad dances along…
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Music, Globs and Monsters

Globs and Monsters

"There's a music of everyday life for people who are kind of removed from external life in some ways," says Michael Gendreau from his garage in Daly City, which is more avant-Romper Room than rock studio. Surrounded by gongs, bells,…
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Music, Obscure to Unavailable

Obscure to Unavailable

As a businessman, Dial Records owner Mike Donovan is a complete failure. "No one gets paid; I never get paid. The bands get paid in records; that's about it," he laughs. Running his tiny label is difficult, especially since he…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Azalia Snail has been performing her brand of surreal folk-pop and damaged instrumental muckery in relative obscurity for over 10 years. (In its infinite wisdom, LA Weekly awarded her the Best New Genre/Uncategorizable Artist prize last year.) After listening to…
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Music, Under the Microscope

Under the Microscope

"I've yet to start pretending I'm a "rock' musician," says Greg Bianchini, singer/lute player for the Muons -- a claim that isn't surprising when one considers his in-depth knowledge of mid-20th century scientist/philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller, his use of ancient…
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Music, The  Fab One

The Fab One

If mental health surveys are to be believed, most people would prefer death to performing in public. Fortunately, Alameda superstar Mario Hernandez, in his solo act From Bubblegum to Sky, has channeled his anxiety into a miraculous one-man Beatlemania. In…
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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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