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Music, Hear This Angel Olsen: Show Preview

Angel Olsen: Show Preview

For folk musicians who want to truly connect with audiences, sincerity must be job No. 1. In a way more marked than any other genre, great folk is contingent on creating primal, roaring empathy between narrator and listener — which…
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Culture, Art Boxer’s Rebellion: The Continuing Adventures of Mike Tyson

Boxer’s Rebellion: The Continuing Adventures of Mike Tyson

Since he hung up the gloves in 2005, Mike Tyson has been having the best post-sports career ever. The onetime undisputed heavyweight champ has crooned Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" for The Hangover, showed up on How I Met…
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Music, Hear This Mark Lanegan Band: Show Preview

Mark Lanegan Band: Show Preview

Taking the portrait painted on Phantom Radio as gospel, Mark Lanegan sure is one captivatingly fucked up guy. On Mark Lanegan Band's new album — the ninth under Lanegan's name — the former ringleader of grunge originals Screaming Trees delivers…
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Music, All Shook Down Rancid's Love Letters to the Bay: The Band's 5 Most Profound Punk Songs About Home

Rancid's Love Letters to the Bay: The Band's 5 Most Profound Punk Songs About Home

If there's one thing Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen really dig writing about putting drugs, poverty, depression, and rebellion aside — it's places. Comb through Rancid's discography and you'll hit at least a couple dozen references to locales, especially…
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Music, Hear This Kimbra: Show Preview

Kimbra: Show Preview

When Gotye hit it big with "Somebody That I Used to Know," he didn't do it alone. The chart-conquering 2012 track also featured the New Zealand-born, Australia-based singer-songwriter Kimbra Lee Johnson, who performs professionally as simply Kimbra. Johnson initially started…
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Music, Hear This Ensemble Mik Nawooj: Show Preview

Ensemble Mik Nawooj: Show Preview

If, as the cliché goes, variety is the spice of life, Ensemble Mik Nawooj truly knows how to live. The Oakland outfit is all about curious flair and compelling flavor, fusing threads of jazz, hip-hop, classical music, pop, and rock…
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Music, Hear This Cibo Matto: Show Preview

Cibo Matto: Show Preview

Ever experienced something and not been certain whether it's a joke or meant to be taken seriously? Cibo Matto's "Deja Vu" — song and video alike — sure fits that bill. The clip features Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori, the…
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Music, Hear This Wu-Tang Clan: Show Preview

Wu-Tang Clan: Show Preview

In consecutive order, this is how Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) starts: sampled dialogue from an '80s martial arts flick; a gritty, irrepressible drum beat; RZA repeatedly yelling, "Bring da motherfucking ruckus!"; and a violent boast from Ghostface Killah: "Ghostface,…
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Music, Hear This Cymbals Eat Guitars: Show Preview

Cymbals Eat Guitars: Show Preview

What makes New Jersey prime real estate for soul-on-sleeve storytelling? We don't have the answer, but The Sopranos, Garden State, the Wrens' The Meadowlands, and Bruce Springsteen's discography indicate that there's something special about New York's little brother. That phenomenon…
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Music, Hear This Goatwhore: Show Preview

Goatwhore: Show Preview

If any metal group truly savors the power of language, it's Goatwhore. Established in the late 1990s, the New Orleans four-piece draws its mammalian moniker from a drunken strip club trip taken by guitarist/vocalist Sammy Duet and friends. At the…
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Music, Cock of the Walk: Is Lil Dicky — Straight, White, Jewish Dude Extraordinaire — Rap's Next Big Thing?

Cock of the Walk: Is Lil Dicky — Straight, White, Jewish Dude Extraordinaire — Rap's Next Big Thing?

Sometime around fifth grade, Dave Burd — now professionally known as Lil Dicky — was sitting in a music class when the teacher played an instrumental of "Feel So Good," Ma$e's 1997 track. Sitting in front of Burd was "this…
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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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