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Music, All Shook Down Oakland Trio, Devil Makes Three, Shares Its Top Five Influential Songs

Oakland Trio, Devil Makes Three, Shares Its Top Five Influential Songs

The Oakland trio, The Devil Makes Three, formed in Oakland in 1999 and consists of guitar, bass, and banjo, but, surprisingly, lacks drums. The band is known for bright, upbeat music that is best described as a medley of ragtime,…
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Music, Hear This Langhorne Slim @ The Independent

Langhorne Slim @ The Independent

Langhorne Slim (born Sean Scolnick) decided he was going to be a rock star when he heard his cousin's punk band rehearsing in a New Jersey basement in 1991. Soon after, he bought a broken-down acoustic guitar and started figuring…
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Music, All Shook Down San Francisco Band Scary Little Friends Talks Upcoming Show and Second Album

San Francisco Band Scary Little Friends Talks Upcoming Show and Second Album

“We’re a rock’n’roll band,” says Chris Jones, lead guitarist and main songwriter of San Francisco’s Scary Little Friends. He’s speaking from his apartment in the Mission near one of the city’s busiest intersections. The band – which includes drummer…
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Music, All Shook Down Old-Time Ditties Get a Modern Makeover With Shannon And The Clams

Old-Time Ditties Get a Modern Makeover With Shannon And The Clams

Oakland band Shannon and The Clams made their mark in 2009 as a party band, with plenty of soul in the mix. They built their sound around the simple, emotion-drenched sounds of the ‘50s, overlaid with their own modern…
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News, Feature HSBG Preview: Asleep at the Wheel

HSBG Preview: Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel moved from Paw Paw, West Virginia, to Berkeley in the early '70s, looking to make a splash in the thriving Bay Area club scene. Bandleader Ray Benson and his cohort combined rock with swing and country…
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News, Feature HSBG Preview: Gillian Welch

HSBG Preview: Gillian Welch

"I've always tended to listen to music backwards," Gillian Welch says. "When I started listening to REM and The Stones, the music sent me back to the early rock artists. When I heard electric blues, it was the same, back…
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News, Feature HSBG Preview: Ben Miller Band

HSBG Preview: Ben Miller Band

The Ben Miller Band hits the stage with the force of a tidal wave. An enormous tsunami of rhythm and noise is driven by Miller's clattering banjo, Scott Leeper's powerful washtub bass — and the ripping, ringing tones of Doug…
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Music, All Shook Down Remembering Jean Ritchie: The Voice of America

Remembering Jean Ritchie: The Voice of America

The first time I heard Jean Ritchie sing, I couldn’t believe my ears. I’d only been listening to folk music for a few months and my friend Lou, the guy who turned me onto Doc Watson, The Greenbriar Boys,…
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Music, All Shook Down Four Funky Bay Area Bands to Know

Four Funky Bay Area Bands to Know

When George Clinton and his Parliament/Funkadelic crew sang “We want the funk, give up the funk!,” they were expressing a universal truth. Another word for funk is “the one,” the upbeat at the heart of African music. James Brown once…
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Music, All Shook Down Flamin’ Groovies: <i>Shake Some Action</i> Live

Flamin’ Groovies: Shake Some Action Live

When the Flamin’ Groovies went into Rockfield Studios in Wales to record Shake Some Action with producer Dave Edmunds in 1972, they had no idea they’d be making a classic. The San Francisco-based band was just doing what came…
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Music, Unmade Movies: On <i>Talent Night at the Ashram</i>, Sonny and the Sunsets Pen a Messy, Human Soundtrack For Your Mushroom Trip to the Health Food Store

Unmade Movies: On Talent Night at the Ashram, Sonny and the Sunsets Pen a Messy, Human Soundtrack For Your Mushroom Trip to the Health Food Store

Talent Night at the Ashram, the latest offering from San Francisco's Sonny and the Sunsets, continues the band's unpredictable musical journey. It features pumping new-wave dance rock, '60s girl group R&B, and intimate, cinematic ballads, the latter befitting an album…
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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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