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Calendar, Night&Day Messrs. Gorgeous

Messrs. Gorgeous

The Skygreen Leopards' last album, 2006’s Disciples of California, was a sunny ode to the Golden State. The San Francisco outfit, founded by singer-guitarists Glenn Donaldson and Donovan Quinn, filtered the psychedelic country-rock of the Grateful Dead’s American Beauty and…
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Music, Magic Concept Ride

Magic Concept Ride

The BBC documentary Hotel California: L.A. from the Byrds to the Eagles includes one particularly awesome (and really quite hilarious) scene with Graham Nash. He's looking back upon the ye olde hippie days when he and his denim-clad pals were…
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Music, Reviewed Or, the Whale

Or, the Whale

Light Poles and Pines isn't the freshest bread in the bakery. Or, the Whale self-released the album in 2007. A year later, the local septet signed to Seany Records, but instead of inaugurating its relationship with a disc of new…
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Music, Reviewed Blitzen Trapper

Blitzen Trapper

Let's set the record straight. Despite a long list of rock writers claiming the contrary, Blitzen Trapper is not an Americana band. Sure, the band tinkers with roots rock: a little Creedence twang here, some Crazy Horse crunch there. But…
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Music, Donovan Quinn: lover of poetry, women, and heartache

Donovan Quinn: lover of poetry, women, and heartache

"Some people call it surreal," says Donovan Quinn, talking about his new solo album. "But it's more about examining all the weirdness that draws me to heartbreak. It's about wondering why I'm a screwed-up, weird little dude." In reality, Quinn…
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Music, Reviewed Growing


Social Registry puts out some righteous jams: Gang Gang Dance, Telepathe, and Psychic Ills are all top-shelf freaks. But the Brooklyn imprint shit the bed when it signed Growing last winter. Despite creating some killer drones in '03 and '04,…
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Music, Hear This Gram Parson’s Nudie Blues

Gram Parson’s Nudie Blues

The Bay Area has adored rhinestone-studded country-rocker Gram Parsons since the late '60s. Last year Amoeba Music released the Flying Burrito Brothers' Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969, an archival recording from one of San Francisco's premier hippie venues. Then…
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Music, Dark Meat drags underground rock below the Mason-Dixon Line

Dark Meat drags underground rock below the Mason-Dixon Line

On first pass, Georgia's Dark Meat fits snugly into underground rock's current zeitgeist. Like Feathers and Espers and all those other hairy freak-folkies, it's a large quasi-hippie ensemble wrapped in a cultish aura. The 17 or so members are known…
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Music, Hear This The Devil and Doctor Octagon: Kool Keith returns

The Devil and Doctor Octagon: Kool Keith returns

From his 1988 landmark album Critical Beatdown with Ultramagnetic MCs to the groundbreaking collaboration with S.F. producer Dan the Automator as Dr. Octagon, the rapper Kool Keith has covered new, strange ground at almost every turn. He is known for…
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Music, Devendra Banhart loves Karen Dalton -- Now You Can Too

Devendra Banhart loves Karen Dalton -- Now You Can Too

Since Karen Dalton's death in 1993, her fan base has grown faster than a Colorado mountain town. And folks can thank a retired builder from Indiana named Joe Loop for Cotton Eyed Joe, a batch of previously unheard recordings Dalton…
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Music, Reviewed Magik Markers

Magik Markers

On the surface, drawing comparisons between the Motor City Five and Magik Markers seems absurd: The former are proto-punk icons from the Vietnam era; the latter are modern indie upstarts. On the other hand, the two share key strengths 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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