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Culture, Summer Guide Summer Guide: The Life Aquatic: Get out on the Bay

Summer Guide: The Life Aquatic: Get out on the Bay

Summer fun tends to revolve around water. Because we live on the largest Pacific estuary in the Americas, you'd figure our Bay Area would be no exception — and you'd be right. In fact, due to our temperate weather, the…
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Culture, Summer Guide Summer Guide: The Best Obscure Tourist Attractions

Summer Guide: The Best Obscure Tourist Attractions

So you've got some friends visiting. They're of discriminating tastes, and expect you to show them the town. Sure, you could take them to Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz; those places have their own amusing, semi-ironic merits, and the Alcatraz headphone…
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Music, All Shook Down Omar Souleyman Brings His Middle Eastern Party Music to S.F.

Omar Souleyman Brings His Middle Eastern Party Music to S.F.

You may never have heard of Omar Souleyman, but he's something of a folk hero in his native Syria. Since 1994, he and his musical compatriots have released hundreds of cassette albums of predominantly live recordings, which have long been…
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News, Special Feature: Resolution Guide How to fund your project with online tools in 2011

How to fund your project with online tools in 2011

It's a new year, and you've decided to throw yourself headlong into a fresh project. Perhaps there's a little cottage-industry venture you want to start up. Maybe it's time to put some money into releasing your musical masterwork, or launching…
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Music, Clipd Beaks soar to new heights with <i>To Realize</i>

Clipd Beaks soar to new heights with To Realize

With an aesthetic that ranges all over the sonic map, hitting rhythmic postpunk and layered psychedelic drone, Oakland trio Clipd Beaks can be difficult to pigeonhole. Not that journalists haven't tried, sometimes with rather inaccurate results — giving the band…
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News, Special Feature: Resolution Guide Happy New Ear

Happy New Ear

Looking for a little more of the real thing for your listening pleasure in the new year? For cultural connoisseurs in pursuit of more authentic listening experiences, the polyglot city of San Francisco can be a goldmine. With its collision…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Monday's Pick: mr. Gnome at Elbo Room

What To Do? Monday's Pick: mr. Gnome at Elbo Room

mr. Gnome @ Elbo RoomThe new album by Cleveland duo mr. Gnome, Heave Yer Skeleton, is a surreal rock listen. Largely recorded at the Los Angeles studio of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, the band's sophomore full-length…
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Music, mr. Gnome brings surreal sounds from Josh Homme's studio

mr. Gnome brings surreal sounds from Josh Homme's studio

The new album by Cleveland duo mr. Gnome, Heave Yer Skeleton, is a surreal rock listen. Largely recorded at the Los Angeles studio of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, the band's sophomore full-length contains layers of echoey,…
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Music, Hear This Melt Banana

Melt Banana

Since launching in 1992, Tokyo's Melt-Banana has become Japan's quintessential No Wave spazz-punk outfit. While effects-whiz guitarist Agata and bassist Rika surgically intersplice short, incendiary song blasts, vocalist Yako shrieks twisted English lyrics like a bonkers banshee. It's always a…
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Music, Hear This Frisco Freakout

Frisco Freakout

San Francisco has seen a psychedelic renaissance in recent years, with a bumper crop of artists channeling styles from surrealist pop to acid rock. Last year, Ripley Johnson of hypnodrone masters Wooden Shjips and music journalist Richard Simon dedicated an…
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Calendar, Night&Day Manna from MONO

Manna from MONO

Tokyo’s MONO is one of those “ya gotta see 'em live” bands. Sure, the instrumental quartet’s recordings are lovely, filled with long tracks of glistening neoclassical compositions featuring fragile, Brahms-lullaby melodies slowly crescendoing into epic, crashing rock. And other groups…
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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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