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Music, Patterson Hood's flannel anthems

Patterson Hood's flannel anthems

Perhaps the biggest difference between Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose — though there are many — can be found in the ways they handled albums that were long in coming. Rose obsessively retooled…
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Music, Hear This The Mother Truckers: Cowpunk Coitus

The Mother Truckers: Cowpunk Coitus

What currently passes for racy humor in mainstream country music are winking, beat-around-the-bush abstractions like Brad Paisley's "Ticks." But Austin-based country-rockers the Mother Truckers don't subscribe to that play-it-safe formula (hell, their band name alone proves as much). With the…
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Music, Shelby Lynne digs into Dusty Springfield’s archives

Shelby Lynne digs into Dusty Springfield’s archives

Shelby Lynne has strong opinions when it comes to new technology, although many of her arguments boil down to her belief that turntables are vastly superior to iPods. Her philosophy is based on pragmatic considerations (i.e., you can roll a…
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Music, Hear This The Turks embrace Amphetamine Reptile's abrasive edge

The Turks embrace Amphetamine Reptile's abrasive edge

One of the most eclectic guitarists to emerge in the last three decades, Bill Frisell has traversed a vast terrain of music during his remarkable career. From his early days as go-to session recruit for atmospheric jazz label ECM, through…
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Music, Reviewed Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine

It used to be that Iron and Wine (aka Sam Beam) relied mostly on negative space — that is, quietness or the absence of sound — to accentuate the simplicity of its lo-fi folk songs. That's not the case with…
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Music, Forget Amy Winehouse: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Choose R&B Over Rehab

Forget Amy Winehouse: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Choose R&B Over Rehab

Much has been made of British soul sensation Amy Winehouse employing Sharon Jones' soul-funk band, the Dap-Kings, to create the sound — and success — of her album Back in Black. But "rivalry" is really the wrong word to use…
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Music, Reviewed Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette

The follow-up to LaVette's potent 2005 LP I've Got My Own Hell to Raise stays true to its title, as The Scene of the Crime is the sound of a survivor's sure-footed stand. Here LaVette returns to Muscle Shoals' FAME…
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Music, Drastic Elastic

Drastic Elastic

The best descriptors for Devendra Banhart's latest album, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, come in pairs; one at a time doesn't do justice to its heady tensions or its creator's labyrinthine mystique. The record is kinetic yet placid, pensive yet…
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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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