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Music, BeatBox Basement Jaxx

Basement Jaxx

Ten years down the line, dance-pop duo Basement Jaxx writes its own ticket in choosing collaborators. Its fifth album, Scars, features such marquee names as Santogold, Kelis, Sam Sparro, and Yoko Ono. The pair's patented jangly, unrestrained house music suits…
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Music, Hear This Get it? Glasgow + Las Vegas

Get it? Glasgow + Las Vegas

Scotland's Glasvegas is the latest in retrofuturism. The band's self-titled debut combines its hometown heroes Jesus and Mary Chain with My Bloody Valentine's shimmering walls of feedback and the surf and fuzz of '60s girl groups. There's a hint of…
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Music, Hear This <i>Neptune</i>'s Gravitational Pull

Neptune's Gravitational Pull

The Duke Spirit's excellent second album, Neptune, swaggers with the confidence of a group that has extracted the best of its influences — think Sonic Youth and PJ Harvey — into a bluesy grind all its own. The taut energy…
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Music, Reviewed Antony and the Johnsons

Antony and the Johnsons

Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons has an uncanny ability to make misery sound positively fabulous. On his sixth EP, Another World, he continues flaunting this talent, relying primarily on his distinct voice and a lone piano to express…
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Music, Reviewed Coldplay


Coldplay has a lot riding on its fourth release, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. Not only is the band's viability at stake, the survival of EMI (Capitol's parent company) also depends on its record sales. So…
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Music, Reviewed Moby


Moby's latest release is a return to the dancefloor that birthed him. This is especially true of the tracks that smack of his early-'90s compositions — "Everyday It's 1989" and "The Stars" resemble his rave anthems "Feeling So Real" and…
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Music, BeatBox Dust Galaxy: Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza Crafts Electro-Rock Stardust

Dust Galaxy: Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza Crafts Electro-Rock Stardust

The eight-year-old party "Compression" is almost single-handedly keeping drum 'n' bass alive in the Bay Area. The event is now in the palatial new digs of Temple, where its promoters set up shop every week. An expected highlight of Compression's…
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Music, Hear This Legendary Oddballs Ween Paint the Town Brown

Legendary Oddballs Ween Paint the Town Brown

A case could be made for San Francisco's American Music Club being a truly American counterpart to Britain's Joy Division. Although they're sonically different, the two groups share common ground in journeying through various ventricles of the Heart of Darkness,…
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Music, Reviewed Derrick Carter + Mark Farina

Derrick Carter + Mark Farina

Capturing DJs Derrick Carter and Mark Farina in their element -- that is, spinning back-to-back sets to a packed house last February at Om's monthly party at Mezzanine -- this double disc attempts to put you smack in the middle…
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Music, Reviewed Sandra Collins

Sandra Collins

Perfecto Presents ... Sandra Collins is the first offering from the eye-catching DJ since she signed with superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto label, and her first release in 2 1/2 years. Recorded at a time when Collins had rediscovered her…
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Music, Reviewed Starsailor


Starsailor's second album, Silence Is Easy, suffers from the dreaded sophomore slump phenomenon. The band members, particularly vocalist James Walsh, spent years contemplating -- and were under virtually no pressure to create -- their wonderfully tormented debut, Love Is Here.…
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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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