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Music, Hear This Cloud Nothings: Show Preview

Cloud Nothings: Show Preview

Some "bands" are the brainchild of one person: In the studio, person plays everything; for touring, person assembles a combo. Ultimately, it's the end result that matters, and Cleveland's Cloud Nothings — the vehicle for Dylan Baldi — delivers. Cloud…
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Music, Hear This Mark Mulcahy: Show Preview

Mark Mulcahy: Show Preview

Return with us now to the mid-1980s through the mid-'90s, when jangle-pop bands dotted the musical landscape: assorted combos with varying approaches but a common denominator of bright guitars and harmonious vocals. One such was Connecticut's Miracle Legion, initially dogged…
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Music, Hear This Sugar Candy Mountain: Show Preview

Sugar Candy Mountain: Show Preview

Some people have too much music in them for one particular avenue. One such local is alt-pop doyenne Ash Reiter: Her solo trip finds Reiter building upon the Spector/Bacharach foundation of refined, poignant pop, while Sugar Candy Mountain — co-led…
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Music, Hear This Merry Flippin' Christmas Variety Show: Show Preview

Merry Flippin' Christmas Variety Show: Show Preview

Not everyone can get away for the Holidaze, so if you're in town for Christmas week there's an audio-buffet awaiting, served up by some primo Bay Area talent. Your beloved Amnesia hosts the lonesome, Appalachian-tinged warbling of Paula Frazer (Tarnation);…
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Music, Hear This Vienna Teng: Show Preview

Vienna Teng: Show Preview

In 2010, after Bay Area-bred songster Vienna Teng had established herself with four albums of somber, sumptuously layered, piano-driven panoramas — think The Civil Wars and Tori Amos with overtones of Hazards-era Decemberists — she walked away for a graduate…
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Music, Hear This Destroyer: Show Preview

Destroyer: Show Preview

Some "bands" are manifestations of essentially one person. In 1995 Vancouver's Dan Bejar more or less became Destroyer: singing, writing, and playing most of his own instruments. Bejar's chief inspirations seem to be maverick U.K. songsters David Bowie and Kevin…
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Music, Hear This Jacco Gardner: Show Preview

Jacco Gardner: Show Preview

How does someone born in 1989 have such a grasp of 1960s baroque pop? Did they have parents or older siblings with extensive record collections? Whatever it is, Netherlands multi-instrumentalist and whiz-kid Jacco Gardner has absorbed the styles and ambiences…
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Music, Hear This Scout Niblett: Show Preview

Scout Niblett: Show Preview

There are certain albums whose content and ambience can be almost too palpable. Neil Young's Tonight's the Night is one. Scout Niblett's latest It's Up to Emma is another. Like Young's, it has a flinty quality of cathartic desolation that,…
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Music, Hear This Red Meat: Show Preview

Red Meat: Show Preview

In 1993, when life in S.F. was still cheap, Red Meat was born from the remains of local outfits the Movie Stars and Genuine Diamelles. Long before "Americana" was a useful marketing term, Red Meat played hard-edged, unadulterated honky-tonk country…
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Music, Hear This The Love Dimension: Show Preview

The Love Dimension: Show Preview

There's a tradition of performers utilizing male and female voices in a distinctive manner: Johnny Cash and June Carter, Jefferson Airplane, X, and the Mamas and the Papas, among others, are remembered for their surging, arresting vocal blend. Add to…
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Music, Hear This Rue '66: Show Preview

Rue '66: Show Preview

The 1960s still continue to yield tasty fruit, and locals Rue '66 bring some fresh spoils to market. Rue '66, consisting of former members of Cat Heads, Hard Rain, It Thing, and Jammists, specialize in yé yé, a style popular…
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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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