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Music, Hear This Celestial Septet

Celestial Septet

Los Angeles–based electric guitarist (for Wilco and the Nels Cline Singers) and experimental composer Nels Cline has been called a "guitar god" by Rolling Stone and "the world's most dangerous guitarist" by Jazz Times. This week he teams up with…
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Music, BeatBox Choirgirl-cum-club diva DJ Colette headlines the 11th Annual Etd. Pop

Choirgirl-cum-club diva DJ Colette headlines the 11th Annual Etd. Pop

Chicago DJ and producer Felix Da Housecat (aka Felix Stallings) has been a fixture on the international dance scene since the early '90s, when he first came to prominence with disorienting tribal house cuts like "In the Dark We Live."…
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Music, Elusive folkie Jandek surfaces for a rare live show

Elusive folkie Jandek surfaces for a rare live show

Since 1978, someone known as Jandek has been quietly releasing records on a shadowy label out of Houston called Corwood Industries. The LPs, usually in plain white sleeves with a blurry photo on the front, total some 47 titles to…
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Music, Hear This Four-time Grammy nominee Mike Stern brings jazz guitar greatness to Yoshi's

Four-time Grammy nominee Mike Stern brings jazz guitar greatness to Yoshi's

While most attention to '90s Britpoppers Pulp focuses on lead singer Jarvis Cocker, member Richard Hawley deserves adoration as well. Pulp's guitarist for the band's later years, Hawley has assumed the underdog role very well, quietly releasing several albums that…
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News, Feature John Vanderslice's <i>Emerald City</i> Offers Parable for Paranoiac Times

John Vanderslice's Emerald City Offers Parable for Paranoiac Times

Local singer-songwriter John Vanderslice has released a number of albums that refer to the Iraq War, either in individual song details or in overall concept. He's a natural storyteller who crafts vivid characters and invests their stories with striking detail…
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Music, BeatBox Subtle: hip-hop collagists of the artiest caliber

Subtle: hip-hop collagists of the artiest caliber

Reminiscent of Zero 7 and Portishead, Bitter:Sweet sounds like it comes from England rather than Los Angeles. And that's a compliment, because American attempts at soulful downtempo often pale in comparison to their pasty cousins across the pond. Bitter:Sweet's popular…
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Music, Reviewed David Vandervelde

David Vandervelde

It makes sense that the stomping psych-pop of "Nothin' No," the opening track of The Moonstation House Band, bears a resemblance to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot-era Wilco. The song was co-written by ex-Wilco member Jay Bennett, who loaned his studio to…
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Music, War on Wusses

War on Wusses

Battles' new record, Mirrored, is unlike any other album you're likely to hear this year, or maybe any year. Something of an indie supergroup, the New York quartet comprises Ian Williams (Don Caballero, Storm and Stress), Dave Konopka (Lynx), John…
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Music, Hear This Radio Birdman: still tuned into the good shit

Radio Birdman: still tuned into the good shit

"Keeping it real" is overrated — better to keep it really retarded. The cryptic quartet No Doctors infiltrated the Bay Area in 2004 after a four-year stint in the Chicago area (where they befriended another subsequent Oakland transplant, Weasel Walter.)…
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Music, Summer Lovin'

Summer Lovin'

It's prime time to burn your party soundtracks for the long, hot summer. And in selecting those mixes, you'll want to include a track or two off the self-titled debut from Datarock, the Norwegian electro-pop duo of Fredrik Saroea and…
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Music, Hear This Spoon-feeding the buzz: indie's underdogs coming out on top

Spoon-feeding the buzz: indie's underdogs coming out on top

Though Austin's Spoon has been cranking out brainy indie rock since 1994, it wasn't until recently that it became coveted by a broader segment of the population. Just a few years back the group was dropped from its label. Now…
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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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