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Music, Hear This Psychic Ills

Psychic Ills

The music of Brooklyn art-drone quartet Psychic Ills has been described as "shamanic," with its compositional approach compared to astral traveling. The cover of its new album, Mirror Eye, features a blurred photo of a tambourine player, a quilt, and…
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Music, Reviewed Wooden Shjips

Wooden Shjips

On their second album, local boys Wooden Shjips have entirely abandoned the primitive psych of their previous work, opting for glossy production, anthemic choruses, and a seemingly shameless bid for the pop charts. Just kidding, stoners. On Dos, the Shjips…
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Music, Hear This Spectrum

Spectrum

Jason Pierce's band, Spiritualized, is the highest-profile act to emerge from the ashes of Spacemen 3. But pay close attention to fellow Spaceman Pete Kember — aka Sonic Boom — if the massively influential drone-rockers' catalog has left you wanting…
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Music, Hear This Midnight Sunshine

Midnight Sunshine

After Brian Wilson's notorious 30-year lost weekend, few could have expected this decade to be so triumphant for him. But after the successes of his Pet Sounds tours and his 2004 Smile album, Wilson is poised to release his first…
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Music, Hear This Fools and Urinals

Fools and Urinals

After forming in 1978, Los Angeles' Urinals perfected the "sound of three people struggling with their instruments," a singular approach that influenced the likes of the Minutemen and Yo La Tengo. The band's brief, monochord blasts of fly-buzz guitar, speedy…
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Music, Reviewed Devon Williams

Devon Williams

Devon Williams' debut album, Carefree, evokes '60s girl groups like the Shirelles and the Ronettes and songwriting teams like Goffin/-King and Barry/Greenwich. You know, the kind of music where the singer sounds as if she will surely die if her…
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Music, Reviewed New Thrill Parade

New Thrill Parade

Although local act New Thrill Parade enjoys flaunting the "goth" tag, its music hardly conjures visions of languid youths seducing one another over a Sisters of Mercy soundtrack. Rather, the group provides a visceral, melodramatic onslaught with an undercurrent of…
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Music, Hear This Crime pays: OG San Francisco "punks" offer rare live appearance

Crime pays: OG San Francisco "punks" offer rare live appearance

Fishbone is the quintessential hyphenated combo. From its inception in 1979, the spazztastic Los Angeles septet has been mashing genres, pioneering a ska-punk-thrash-funk sound that's as fresh, feral, and nutty as ever. Yet mainstream success has long been elusive for…
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Calendar, Night&Day

They Don't Really

Formed in Tucson in 1988 by a group of high school friends, the Supersuckers moved to Seattle (based on a coin-flip) a couple years before grunge could be found in JC Penney catalogs. The band didn't adapt to the sensitive…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bummer, Man

Bummer, Man

As a member of the Skygreen Leopards, Glenn Donaldson released a dewy pop/soft-psych album called Disciples of California, which, true to its title, sounded like the work of men trying to capture sunlight on recording tape. But when he and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Radio Play

Radio Play

Been itching to check out local acts that have been sopping up local ink while simultaneously supporting UC Berkeley's beloved free-form radio station? Well, the people behind tonight's KALX 45th Anniversary Show definitely have you in mind. The show opens…
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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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