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Music, Be More Positive: The New Pornographers' Carl Newman Explains Why the Band's Acclaimed New Album Isn't Acclaimed Enough

Be More Positive: The New Pornographers' Carl Newman Explains Why the Band's Acclaimed New Album Isn't Acclaimed Enough

Carl Newman is a happy man. Last month, his band the New Pornographers released its sixth album to almost universal praise. Brill Bruisers matches the band's muscular pop-rock with swirling synthesizers à la Electric Light Orchestra for a collection that…
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Music, Fall Out!: How to Navigate the Grooviest Time of the Year for Bay Area Concerts

Fall Out!: How to Navigate the Grooviest Time of the Year for Bay Area Concerts

It's September, which means San Francisco summer is here, the local tourist population is rapidly declining, and it's time to get to some concerts. Possibly the best time: After slogging it out on the festival circuit all summer, and with…
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Music, All Shook Down How Arcade Fire, the Hugest Band in Indie Rock, Stays Grounded

How Arcade Fire, the Hugest Band in Indie Rock, Stays Grounded

From the latest SF Weekly: An interview with Will Butler of Arcade Fire: One of the more interesting things about Arcade Fire — maybe as interesting as its music — is the way the band challenges the scope of what…
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Music, Big Heads, Small(er) Egos: How Arcade Fire, the Hugest Band in Indie Rock, Stays Grounded

Big Heads, Small(er) Egos: How Arcade Fire, the Hugest Band in Indie Rock, Stays Grounded

One of the more interesting things about Arcade Fire — maybe as interesting as its music — is the way the band challenges the scope of what so-called indie rock bands are supposed to be. It did this early on…
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Music, All Shook Down The First Hints of the 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup Are Here

The First Hints of the 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup Are Here

It's July 25, 2014, the day that would have been Warren Hellman's 80th birthday. Sadly, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder is now strumming at the big jam session in the sky. But today does bring the first hints of the…
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This Animated Video for Melted Toys' "Always" Is Melting Our Miiiinds

So there is a fluttering ghost with an expression like a Mexican wrestling mask, and everything is pink or orange, and there's a cloud with kind of a face in it, and morphing demon-like running figures, and a perpetual (seeming)…
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Music, All Shook Down Hackers Make New Instrument Out of Hard Drives and E-Junk

Hackers Make New Instrument Out of Hard Drives and E-Junk

It turns out old electronic junk can be pretty useful for making music. For one thing, you can program an array of floppy drives to play "Somebody That I Used to Know." And, as some Illinois hackers recently showed Wired,…
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News, Feature What Happens Here Gets Heard: Lessons from Four Years in the Trenches of San Francisco Music

What Happens Here Gets Heard: Lessons from Four Years in the Trenches of San Francisco Music

Lars Ulrich is not a scary man. He is short, Danish, and gabby. He often wears gym shorts onstage. But at the Fillmore that night, Lars Ulrich wasn't the one making threats. He was just delivering them. "If you fuck…
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Music, All Shook Down The Nostalgia Machine Takes the Work Out of Reliving the Music of Your Glory Days

The Nostalgia Machine Takes the Work Out of Reliving the Music of Your Glory Days

Everyone knows that _____ was the best year for pop music, when they were 16 (or 14 or 18) and when "______" was on the radio and MTV constantly. It's a scientifically proven fact. And now there's a website, where,…
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Music, All Shook Down Video: Street Eaters Make Their Own Eerie Video for the Pummeling "Empty Rooms"

Video: Street Eaters Make Their Own Eerie Video for the Pummeling "Empty Rooms"

Berkeley duo Street Eaters define themselves as a "truewave/punk" band. What "truewave" means, exactly, we can only infer -- but "Empty Rooms," for which bassist/guitarist John No and drummer Megan March just made their own video, is some seriously ear-exploding,…
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Music, All Shook Down Alt-Weekly Awards Snub Music Writing of the Nation's Largest Alt-Weeklies

Alt-Weekly Awards Snub Music Writing of the Nation's Largest Alt-Weeklies

This week, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the professional group representing papers like SF Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, LA Weekly, and Village Voice, announced the winners of its annual awards. Now these aren't the Pulitzers or anything, but…
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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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