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Music, Reviewed Silver Jews

Silver Jews

To understand the novelistic genius of the Silver Jews, choose any of the band's albums and listen to the first line. On the sparkling '90s pop masterpiece American Water, it's "In 1984, I was hospitalized for approaching perfection." The lo-fi…
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Music, Reviewed Continental

Continental

As its band name suggests, Continental's sound is vast. What Was Gained From What Was Lost is also fittingly mournful: The eerily apt title took on added significance when Continental's bass player, Brent Kimble, passed away on the eve of…
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Music, Reviewed Holopaw

Holopaw

The six members of Holopaw live in four different cities, occasionally falling into one another's lives to record an album or tour. That long-distance relationship imbued the band's first album with a sort of melancholy, twangy wanderlust, a mood that…
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Music, Reviewed The Heavenly States

The Heavenly States

The first track on Black Comet comes off like a cheap ploy. Sure, "Look and Listen" proves that Oakland's Heavenly States can write a passable punk ditty. But the lackluster string arrangements make it sound like the band is tricking…
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Music, Reviewed Loquat

Loquat

Loquat is the quintessential hardworking local band. It records at home, gigs like mad, and took about four years to release its debut album. After two EPs of teasing, It's Yours to Keep arrives as a labor of love delivered…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

The Drive-By Truckers are the kind of band that makes big-city sissies wish they'd grown up in the South. And for those who did, the act's music is an authentic representation of the homeland -- full of conflicted charm, heartbreaking…
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Music, Grumpy Old Punks

Grumpy Old Punks

"It's like interviewing three Robin Williams at once," warns Ernst Schoen-Rene. "We have never in the history of our band answered an interview question," seconds Scott Healy. And they don't, really. Over two hours lounging in guitarist/vocalist Schoen-Rene's modest but…
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Music, Reviewed Of Montreal

Of Montreal

There are a whole bunch of bands -- Apples in Stereo, Lilys, Of Montreal, and the like -- whose British Invasion- styled rock draws endless comparisons to the Beatles and their compatriots. Problem is, much of that '60s-inspired pop is…
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Music, Reviewed Evening

Evening

It's often comforting when an album delves into our record-collection subconscious, and Evening's Other Victorians is one that leaves listeners pleasantly haunted by their musical pasts. It dredges up fond memories of old favorites -- say, Depeche Mode or OK…
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News, Dog Bites

Brain Drain

The last time Dog Bites took an IQ test, we were 4 years old and classified as "gifted." Figuring we had nowhere to go but down, we were always deathly afraid of taking another one. So it was with some…
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Music, Reviewed Enon

Enon

On "Hocus-Pocus," the only syrup-slow ballad on Enon's album of the same name, vocalist John Schmersal exhales a bizarre bit of sensual imagery -- namely, "drunk on the candy of you," an apt, if confusing, aphorism. Like the NYC trio's…
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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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