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Music, Hear This Hightower


The members of Hightower are just as likely to be found on skateboards as they are to be found onstage. The S.F. trio's Thrasher-sanctioned, hardcore-infused, and frequently instrumental brand of metal picks up right where predecessor skate punks left off.…
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Music, Hear This Extra Golden

Extra Golden

Here's a heartwarming story: Cross-cultural collaboration makes good, endures death of original member, overcomes visa troubles courtesy of then-Senator Barack Obama, and helps relatives endure political maelstrom in Kenya through fan donations. Extra Golden, formed in Nairobi while American guitarist…
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Music, Hear This Jam in the Family

Jam in the Family

Akron/Family started under the wing of Swans frontman Michael Gira and ended up at the High Sierra festival, bridging the gap between art rock and jam-band indulgence. Along the way, the group lost a member to a Dharma center, but…
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Music, Reviewed Wavves


All hail the shitty recording. Nearly everything counterculture has been pillaged and repackaged, but the shitty recording remains a floodwall against wider mainstream acceptance. With the new crop of in-the-red punkers, from Vivian Girls to Times New Viking and now…
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Music, Examining inner space at Mi Ami's studio

Examining inner space at Mi Ami's studio

The recent release show for Mi Ami's "Echononecho" single at Bottom of the Hill went off with a couple of hitches. The guitarist suffered three broken strings, and the drummer's shoes kept coming untied. Maybe it was the tall stage…
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Music, Reviewed The Alps

The Alps

This is the third offering from S.F. psych-folk supergroup the Alps, aka Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Tarentel), Alexis Georgopoulos (Arp, ex-Tussle), and Scott Hewicker (Troll). It's also the group's first official studio album. Phil Manley of the Champs and Trans Am stepped…
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Music, Exploring Grayceon’s epic … rehearsal space.

Exploring Grayceon’s epic … rehearsal space.

Grayceon's tunes are mammoth in scope. Since 2005, the trio — cellist-vocalist Jackie Perez Gratz, guitarist-vocalist Max Doyle, and drummer Zach Farwell — has mixed metal, prog, and post-rock influences, with an emphasis on the sprawling and cinematic. They've refined…
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Music, Hear This Rock, Unraveling Gowns

Rock, Unraveling Gowns

Gowns have an odd pedigree. Erika Anderson did time in noise-folk collective Amps for Christ, and Ezra Buchla in L.A.'s spastic punkers The Mae Shi. Buchla's father also happens to be synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla, giving Ezra an ancestral imperative…
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Music, Home studio inspection with Dominique Leone

Home studio inspection with Dominique Leone

Dominique Leone is a recovering music critic. His writing has appeared everywhere from Pitchfork to Paste. It's easy to take this fact and run with it, as his piecemeal grabs from rock history could easily come from academically ingesting truckloads…
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Music, Abe Vigoda and No Age: weird guitar warriors

Abe Vigoda and No Age: weird guitar warriors

Listen to Juan Velazquez and Michael Vidal's chiming guitars on Abe Vigoda's new full-length, Skeleton, and you'll feel it: Guitar still rules. Almost three decades after Sonic Youth saved us from the shredders, playing detuned, beat-up axes without regard for…
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Music, Reviewed Earlimart


With its sixth full-length, L.A.'s Earlimart has perfected its brand of bipolar indie rock. Hymn and Her wallows in earnest heavy-heartedness while still allowing some California sunshine to infiltrate the proceedings. On Hymn, the band — basically Aaron Espinoza 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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