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Alias & Ehren Alias & Ehren Lillian August 31, 2005

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Music, Ladysmith Black Mambazo Views South Africa Through a Complicated Icon

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Views South Africa Through a Complicated Icon

In 1987, Ladysmith Black Mambazo released an album, Shaka Zulu, named after the 19th-century founder of the Zulu empire. The record was both the group's proper international debut (it was produced by Paul Simon, who worked with Mambazo for his…
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Music, The Passion of the Pile-Up

The Passion of the Pile-Up

"I was going for honesty more than anything else. ... It's oddly satisfying to get onstage and sing lyrics that are really blunt and sometimes very angry." Jim Yoshii Pile-Up frontman Paul Gonzenbach is telling me what it's like to…
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Music, Reviewed Alias & Ehren

Alias & Ehren

Lillian is like a halfway house for geeky high school band instruments. Beat-maker Alias (Brendon Whitney) and his brother, multi-instrumentalist Ehren, rehabilitate the wind section, remaking timbres that haven't had much pop-cultural cachet since the big-band era into hip, upstanding…
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Music, Afro-Beefs


Afrobeat has its origins in conflict. Using his thrilling musical hybrid of American soul, James Brown-style big-band funk, jazz, and the traditional West African pop genre Highlife to address and resist everything from colonialism to military violence, Fela Anikulapo Kuti,…
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Music, All Mixed Up

All Mixed Up

Founded by Bay Area Filipino-American musicians Jessie and Ogie Gonzales to highlight the grossly overlooked talents of Asian-American bands, the biennial piNoisepop festival is a commendable, perhaps one-of-a-kind event. But when you're talking about a celebration of "grossly overlooked" artists,…
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Music, The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

A handful of my friends and acquaintances have a fascination with all things trashy. The fetish includes the obvious, like those scummy Mötley Crüe T-shirts dredged up from the bowels of the local Goodwill, but it also extends to crappy…
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Music, Misc. Reviews Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

Indie Rock Cribs is a mouthwatering peek into the private life of a scorching-hot indie musician in the style of MTV's voyeuristic look at the homes of various and sundry FOPs (that's Friends of Paris). But instead of the same…
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Music, Reviewed Schoolyard Heroes

Schoolyard Heroes

Schoolyard Heroes aren't really a rock band -- they are Gothic operettists. Fantastic Wounds, the second album from this young Seattle band, indomitably scales monstrous, bloody themes, nicked out of pulp novels, sci-fi movies, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show,…
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Music, Reviewed Last of the Blacksmiths

Last of the Blacksmiths

This self-titled debut album from San Francisco band Last of the Blacksmiths has all the makings of a serious altcountry-substance abuse problem. "Saloon Song" surges and subsides like a night at the local watering hole with your equally down-on-his-luck drinking…
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Music, Reviewed Kinski


With unprecedented candor for a music critic, I'm going to admit that I don't know much about the kind of music Kinski plays. Those of you well versed in the language of space rock, post-rock, whatever, are undoubtedly already aware…
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Music, Reviewed Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott

Up until 2003's lackluster This Is Not a Test, Missy Elliott was like the student body president of hip hop, getting her yearbook signed by everyone via cameos and showing up in the picture for each important moment in recent…
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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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