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Music, BeatBox Sub Swara: Show Preview

Sub Swara: Show Preview

Local crews Slayers Club and Surya Dub are putting on a club night, and they've snagged a couple of American bass music's killer live acts. One is vaunted Brooklyn duo Sub Swara, whose Triggers finds them refining their expertly swirled…
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Music, Marlena Shaw is often sampled, but she sounds great on her own

Marlena Shaw is often sampled, but she sounds great on her own

You may not instantly recognize Marlena Shaw's name, but you've heard her voice sampled in hip-hop and dance music, or featured in commercials or films. Shaw is one of the most versatile singers in post-World War II black music: She…
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Music, All Shook Down Thursday's Pick: Lazer Sword, Rainbow Arabia, Religious Girls, and Sister Crayon

Thursday's Pick: Lazer Sword, Rainbow Arabia, Religious Girls, and Sister Crayon

​Lazer SwordRainbow ArabiaReligious GirlsSister CrayonRickshaw Stop8 p.m., $12-$14As Lazer Sword, producers Low Limit and Lando Kal spearheaded San Francisco's experimental beat scene for a few years. Now that they're making their bones roaming the country and the world as ambassadors…
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Music, BeatBox Lazer Sword: Show Preview

Lazer Sword: Show Preview

As Lazer Sword, producers Low Limit and Lando Kal spearheaded San Francisco's experimental beat scene for a few years. Now that they're making their bones roaming the country and the world as ambassadors of their distorted, glitchy, buzzed-out bass-thump sound,…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday's Pick: Jogger, Shlohmo, We Are the World, Matthewdavid

Friday's Pick: Jogger, Shlohmo, We Are the World, Matthewdavid

JoggerShlohmoWe Are the WorldMatthewdavidRickshaw Stop8:30 p.m., $10-$12The beatmaker scene surrounding vaunted Los Angeles club night Low End Theory has not stopped sending San Francisco a steady stream of stoney bass-centered live lineups. But Friday's still stands out: Starting off is…
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Music, BeatBox Jogger: Show Preview

Jogger: Show Preview

The beatmaker scene surrounding vaunted Los Angeles club night Low End Theory has not stopped sending San Francisco a steady stream of stoney bass-centered live lineups. But Friday's still stands out: Starting off is young freak-rhythm whiz Shlohmo, who flavors…
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Music, All Shook Down Thursday's Pick: Josh Ritter, Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Fillmore

Thursday's Pick: Josh Ritter, Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Fillmore

​Josh Ritter & the Royal City BandCarolina Chocolate DropsThe Fillmore9 p.m., $25 Most people can't help but associate the banjo with "Dueling Banjos" from the backwoods nightmare film Deliverance. But the Durham, NC-based old-time string band Carolina Chocolate Drops trace…
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Music, Hear This Show preview: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Show preview: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Most people can't help but associate the banjo with "Dueling Banjos" from the backwoods nightmare film Deliverance. But the Durham, N.C.–based old-time string band Carolina Chocolate Drops trace the instrument's history from Gambia to the 1830s, when whites in America…
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Music, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros think big

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros think big

There's a new attitude in psychedelic pop this decade — think big, as in lots of people sharing the stage. We've seen a growth of grand-sounding assemblages with large, free-floating memberships like Polyphonic Spree, Lansing-Dreiden, and Henri Fabergé and the…
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Music, Hear This Concert preview: Pete Rock & J. Rocc

Concert preview: Pete Rock & J. Rocc

During hip-hop's golden era in the '90s, New York producer-DJs like Pete Rock highlighted the artistry of '70s soul-jazz and funk by collecting and sampling beats from those genres' records. Resulting anthems like 1991's "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" —…
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Music, BeatBox Clubs preview: Afrolicious anniversary

Clubs preview: Afrolicious anniversary

The recent revival of continental African and diasporic sounds in clubs throughout America and Europe didn't happen by accident. DJs like brothers Señor Oz and Pleasuremaker have put serious work into making their bumping, crowd-pleasing weekly Afrolicious a must for…
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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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