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Music, Classical Import: How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Classical Import: How Yoshiki Went From Stadiums to Concert Halls

Yoshiki Hayashi, the drummer, pianist, and principal composer of X Japan, is a genuine rarity: a flashy rock star who's also a classically trained pianist with serious chops and the ability to shift seamlessly between genres. Arguably the most influential…
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Music, All Shook Down Johnny Marr on Making a Solo Album and Not Caring About His Age

Johnny Marr on Making a Solo Album and Not Caring About His Age

It's been more than 25 years since the Smiths broke up. Why did it take guitarist Johnny Marr so long to finally come out with a solo album, this year's The Messenger ? Well, he's been a bit busy. Not…
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Music, All Shook Down Peter Hook on Joy Division, New Order, and His New Book, <i>Unknown Pleasures</i>

Peter Hook on Joy Division, New Order, and His New Book, Unknown Pleasures

There are few bands that have generated as much mythology about their origins and eventual destruction as Joy Division. But most of the discussion around this pioneering Manchester punk outfit has come from the perspective of an outsider looking in.…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday: Peter Hook and the Light Tackle Joy Division's <i>Closer</i>

Saturday: Peter Hook and the Light Tackle Joy Division's Closer

Peter Hook and The Light performing Closer September 17, 2011 Mezzanine Better than: Sitting at home listening to old records by yourself "That was fucking intense" Peter Hook said, right at the beginning of the encore. He wasn't kidding.…
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Music, All Shook Down While New Order Members Bicker, Peter Hook Comes to Play Joy Division at Mezzanine

While New Order Members Bicker, Peter Hook Comes to Play Joy Division at Mezzanine

Looks like Joy Division and New Order fans now have something of a dilemma on their hands. The story goes all the way back to the beginning, really -- band members Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner have always had…
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Music, All Shook Down Interpol Holds a Mass Celebration of Ennui at the Warfield

Interpol Holds a Mass Celebration of Ennui at the Warfield

Interpol School of Seven Bells January 30, 2011 @ The Warfield Better than: Your average rock band's light show. So, how did everyone enjoy their night at the Planetarium with Interpol? Not that Interpol is a bad band. In fact…
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Music, All Shook Down Tricky Makes Friends with Everyone at the Independent

Tricky Makes Friends with Everyone at the Independent

Tricky Odd Nosdam Jel December 21, 2010 @ The Independent Better than: Sitting around, listening to the albums at home. Despite the crappy weather, the familiar inconvenience of attempting to find parking near The Independent, and the fact that it…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday Night: Joy Division's Peter Hook Performs <i>Unknown Pleasures</i> at Mezzanine

Friday Night: Joy Division's Peter Hook Performs Unknown Pleasures at Mezzanine

Peter Hook and The Light perform Unknown Pleasures December 10, 2010 @ Mezzanine Better than: You'd expect a nostalgia-themed show to be. There aren't many live performers that can make even the most cynical, jaded reporter a bit misty eyed.…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Night: Electric Six Incites <i>Girls Gone Wild</i> Behavior at the Independent

Saturday Night: Electric Six Incites Girls Gone Wild Behavior at the Independent

Electric SixOctober 23, 2010@ The Independent Better than: Anything else you could have found to do on a rainy Saturday night. Some of the best bands never get the kind of recognition they deserve. Detroit rock band Electric Six gave the crowd…
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Music, All Shook Down X Japan's Sugizo Wants to Save the Whales

X Japan's Sugizo Wants to Save the Whales

Sugizo​Following up on an interview we did a couple of years ago when he was here with Juno Reactor, we sat down with new X Japan guitarist Sugizo backstage after the band's recent show at the Fox Theater. Always an…
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Music, All Shook Down X Japan's Yoshiki on Touring the U.S., the Loss of Hide, and the Future of the Band

X Japan's Yoshiki on Touring the U.S., the Loss of Hide, and the Future of the Band

Shortly after X Japan's historic show at the Fox Theater last Tuesday, we got the chance to sit down with drummer, pianist, and band leader Yoshiki as he relaxed in his dressing room. A genuinely charming man, Yoshiki was…
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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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