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Music, Reviewed Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Think of Basia Bulat as one woman's answer to Antony and the Johnsons. The honeyed melodies and romantic melancholia contrived by the Canadian songwriter echo New York's premier chamber crooner in cinematic peaks and minimal valleys. Her song "Snakes and…
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Music, Kate Nash's straight-talking Brit-pop evokes Lily Allen

Kate Nash's straight-talking Brit-pop evokes Lily Allen

It's almost too easy to give Kate Nash flak for her foul mouth. After all, her trash-talking comes just a few songs into her debut, Made of Bricks, on a number titled "Dickhead." Wait a minute — really? People actually…
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Music, The Bookish Bunch

The Bookish Bunch

You can be guaranteed three things in reading about Vampire Weekend. First, there will be a mention of esoteric references in the nascent Brooklyn quartet's lyrics and song titles. Next, you'll probably find a description of the members' appearance as…
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Music, Hear This Punk Royalty Still Reigns Supreme: Naked Raygun and Suicidal Tendencies

Punk Royalty Still Reigns Supreme: Naked Raygun and Suicidal Tendencies

One day in 1970, Japanese singer Kenji "Damo" Suzuki was heard busking on a Munich street by members of innovative German rockers Can. That very night, Suzuki became Can's new frontman, his eerily elastic, voice-as-instrument approach dovetailing with the band's…
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Music, Hear This The Bravery Far from Bold

The Bravery Far from Bold

With FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake gained an unlikely spot as the present king of R&B, a position that he seems likely to hold for some time. The former Mickey Mouser's cultural timeliness and canniness in collaboration make him an undeniable pop…
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Music, Reviewed The Frames

The Frames

If time is kind to the Frames, the current swooning over singer Glen Hansard's appearance in indie flick Once will die down without overshadowing The Cost, the Irish rock band's sixth and strongest album. In the film, Hansard and Czech…
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Music, Hear This SunnO))), Band of Horses, the Court and Spark, Hugh Cornwell

SunnO))), Band of Horses, the Court and Spark, Hugh Cornwell

SunnO))) is more than merely a collection of skilled purveyors of bilious drop-D drone. Forged by monk-clad metalheads Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson, the group's live shows are designed to send you head-first beyond the wall of sleep (see Black…
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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, Reviewed Loney, Dear

Loney, Dear

Emil Svanängen has a knack for the understated. One of those conductor-without-an-orchestra types, the Swedish multi-instrumentalist otherwise known as Loney, Dear flaunts his rocker capabilities in the Grandaddyish blog buzz tune "I Am John." But decibels don't really suit him.…
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Music, Reviewed The Nightwatchman

The Nightwatchman

While he shows formidable skill with drop-D riffs and fuzzbox solos, Tom Morello clearly hasn't spent much time manipulating words on a page. The Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist takes a noble stab at Billy Bragg-esque proletariat folk…
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Music, Hear This Melodic grandstanding from our boisterous buddies in Muse

Melodic grandstanding from our boisterous buddies in Muse

If the pounding pianos and shrieking voices on last year's Six Demon Bag caught you off guard, consider this: There was a time when Man Man was exponentially weirder. On its 2004 debut The Man in a Blue Turban With…
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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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