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Music, Perfumed Genius creates glacial ballads

Perfumed Genius creates glacial ballads

Mike Hadreas is not who you'd expect him to be. It's hard not to approach the Seattle resident, who records as Perfume Genius, very carefully. His debut album, Learning, is a set of skeletal ballads, spotlighting fragile, double-tracked vocals and…
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Music, Hear This Show preview: Karen Elson

Show preview: Karen Elson

Depending on your point of view, Karen Elson is either starting with an unfair advantage or has two strikes against her. The British singer is a fashion model who has graced covers of Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire, and she's…
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Music, Reviewed The Rapture

The Rapture

More than five years have elapsed since the Rapture dropped club smash "House of Jealous Lovers." The New York dance-rock quartet has finally delivered another disc that defies listeners to sit still. While this mix CD may not include any…
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Music, Gettin' brassy with the Hornucopia Festival

Gettin' brassy with the Hornucopia Festival

Music is entering a new Brass Age. French horns and trumpets are stepping out of symphony orchestras and jazz combos, adding oomph everywhere from Kanye West's marching band spectacular at the 2006 Grammy Awards to the ongoing indie-rock vogue for…
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Music, Dolly Parton, Free Agent

Dolly Parton, Free Agent

There are myriad options today for the mature country star no longer welcomed by the major labels of Music Row. Johnny Cash found new fans by retrofitting Danzig and Depeche Mode songs. Loretta Lynn teamed up with Jack White. A…
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Music, Matmos find inspiration in the Armpit, USA

Matmos find inspiration in the Armpit, USA

Electronic duo Matmos always seems to be switching gears. Supreme Balloon, its latest record, marks yet another departure. M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel not only moved into new musical realms, they also submitted a change-of-address form at the post office.…
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Music, Charo says "Cuchi Cuchi" to flamenco

Charo says "Cuchi Cuchi" to flamenco

How far would you go to achieve your dreams? Would you marry a man old enough to be your grandfather? Could you smile brightly as Johnny Carson lampooned your lack of fluency in a different language? Would you appear on…
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Music, George Michael refuses to play the polite pop star

George Michael refuses to play the polite pop star

The passing years can be unkind to rebels. You survive booze, bad marriages, and car crashes, only to have the march of time leave its muddy boot print on your shining legacy. One day, you're Marlon Brando in The Wild…
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Music, New hipster coffee table tome on the New York music underground

New hipster coffee table tome on the New York music underground

Great books about music inspire readers to become listeners. Successful tomes of photojournalism do more: They transport audiences to other places and times. New York Noise: Art and Music from the New York Underground 1978-88 is a companion to a…
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Music, Disquiet Storm

Disquiet Storm

The name sounds so sweet and innocent: Jennifer Gentle. It's a tag fit for the Teletubbies' babysitter, or some loved-up hippie chick with daisies in her hair. But in truth, what lurks behind this moniker isn't so benign. It's an…
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Music, All for Love and Love for All

All for Love and Love for All

Ola Salo, flamboyant lead singer for Swedish glam quintet the Ark, does not practice false modesty. Warm and friendly? Yes. But oozing that just-one-of-the-guys phoniness some stars adopt? Far from it. Speaking via phone before hitting San Francisco with a…
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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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