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Music, Please don't hate Andrew Bird

Please don't hate Andrew Bird

There are plenty of reasons people might hate Andrew Bird. For one, he seems kind of gimmicky. Remember the Squirrel Nut Zippers, who spent the late '90s re-creating old-time swing music? That fad came and went — and Bird was…
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Music, Reviewed Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams can get very personal on her recordings, for better or for worse. Last year's West was a melancholy collection about the loss of her mother. It was also a rather downtrodden buzzkill if you weren't in the mood…
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Music, Fleet Foxes: the new buzz on Seattle's softer side

Fleet Foxes: the new buzz on Seattle's softer side

It's been nearly 20 years since the Northwest first affected pop culture in a profound way with the explosion of grunge. While the DIY-punk spirit of the early '90s still rages through dirgy guitars and authority-bucking attitudes of rock bands…
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Music, Tift Merritt Faces the Unknown Overseas

Tift Merritt Faces the Unknown Overseas

In late 2005, North Carolina native Tift Merritt needed a break. She wanted to escape from her comfort zone. So she holed up in Paris for several months — not exactly a hotbed for country musicians such as herself, but…
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Music, Hear This Four-time Grammy nominee Mike Stern brings jazz guitar greatness to Yoshi's

Four-time Grammy nominee Mike Stern brings jazz guitar greatness to Yoshi's

While most attention to '90s Britpoppers Pulp focuses on lead singer Jarvis Cocker, member Richard Hawley deserves adoration as well. Pulp's guitarist for the band's later years, Hawley has assumed the underdog role very well, quietly releasing several albums that…
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Music, Brooklyn Noise Addicts Black Dice Blow Your Mortal Coil

Brooklyn Noise Addicts Black Dice Blow Your Mortal Coil

The popularity of individual-track downloads on iTunes has demonstrated the renewed strength of the "single" with music fans in recent years. The digital market boom provides easy access to that realm of song consumption, but the electro-experimenters in Brooklyn's Black…
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Music, Ex-Tussle head Alexis Georgopoulos Goes for Brian Eno-esque Ambience with Arp

Ex-Tussle head Alexis Georgopoulos Goes for Brian Eno-esque Ambience with Arp

An excuse of "creative differences" is often given as the reason for a band split, or for the departure of a specific member. In Alexis Georgopoulos' case, his decision to leave San Francisco's Tussle was indeed the result of clashing…
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Music, Mark Ronson by Michael D. Ayers

Mark Ronson by Michael D. Ayers

Best known for his production work with Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson's résumé also includes DJ stints at celebrity events. Versions has too much in common with the latter — initially this collection of Ronson-ized covers is pretty…
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Music, Reviewed Dean & Britta

Dean & Britta

In their first record since dissolving indie-pop staple Luna (and second release as a couple), Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips take the classic girl-guy dynamic and spin it into something a bit more modern. On Back Numbers, it's easy to…
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Music, Reviewed Tom Waits

Tom Waits

In a year when we dissect bands like Arctic Monkeys and Wolfmother, it's reassuring to think that Tom Waits can spew out his leftover crap and still lambaste a vast majority of these potential one-album-wonders. Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards…
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Music, Hear This Punk rockers raid your mom's record collection

Punk rockers raid your mom's record collection

Austin's Peter and the Wolf is fronted by one Red Hunter, a songwriter who gravitates toward back-porch, lo-fi folk traditions. On his first proper Peter release, Lightness, he falls somewhere between Devendra Banhart, Sun Kil Moon, and the Songs: Ohia.…
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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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