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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: James Ferraro & Oneohtrix Point Never Evoke Amoral Depths at the Independent

Live Review: James Ferraro & Oneohtrix Point Never Evoke Amoral Depths at the Independent

Soft blue light illuminates the rim of James Ferraro’s cowboy hat, which shadows his face completely. The electronic musician, who’s opening for Oneohtrix Point Never, settles behind a table the width of the Independent’s stage—flanked by two rectangular screens…
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Music, All Shook Down Julia Holter Generates New Visions of Her Golden Songs at the Greek

Julia Holter Generates New Visions of Her Golden Songs at the Greek

Julia Holter Greek Theater, Berkeley October 10, 2015 Julia Holter’s most recent album, Have You in My Wilderness is a golden, beaming statement, belied by a meshwork of voice and strings but defined more by the foreground, where the…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Exhuming Big Star’s <i>Third</i>, Pressurized Despair and All

Live Review: Exhuming Big Star’s Third, Pressurized Despair and All

“I remember getting a cassette of Third that seemed defective,” recalled Chris Stamey, referring to the Memphis power-pop group Big Star’s twilight recording. “But it wasn’t.” Stamey, who’s best known for fronting The dB’s, connected with Big Star bandleaders Alex…
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Hear This: Big Star at Great American Music Hall

One takeaway from Nothing Can Hurt Me — the 2012 documentary chronicling Memphis power-pop act Big Star's fraught 1970s tenure — is that the late bandleader Alex Chilton's career went in reverse: He stumbled into fame with the Box Tops,…
Music, Hidden Agenda Slight Return: Legs' Indie Pop and the Dead Kennedys' Visuals

Slight Return: Legs' Indie Pop and the Dead Kennedys' Visuals

Legs' debut, Pass the Ringo, earned its place on SF Weekly's list of 2013's best local albums by deftly executing minimalist pop. On it, a lush bedrock of guitar mingles with saturated analog production as the band strolls behind the…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Nick Cave's Fictional Day: Plus, Certain Death with Olympia's Gag, and a Sort-of-Classic Punk Film

Nick Cave's Fictional Day: Plus, Certain Death with Olympia's Gag, and a Sort-of-Classic Punk Film

The phrase "20,000 Days on Earth" evokes a Biblical scale. For that reason, it's a fitting title for a film about Nick Cave, a faux documentary chronicling the 20,000th day in the life of the revered Australian bandleader, composer, screenwriter,…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Punk Life After <i>Killed By Death</i>, and A Question About Breakfast

Punk Life After Killed By Death, and A Question About Breakfast

Earlier this year, Texas punk act the Secret Prostitutes posed a question to the churning crowd at the Knockout: "Okay, who knows 'Job'?" Several hands shot up. The guitarist continued, "Like, all of the words. Don't lie." Every arm remained…
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Music, S.F.'s Red Red Red Makes Industrial Music with Pastoral Impulses

S.F.'s Red Red Red Makes Industrial Music with Pastoral Impulses

The cover of Michael Wood's debut release looked striking online: Etched black spirals and notches cradled his solo moniker, Red Red Red, and the EP's title, Pattern Completion. His label, Function Operate, accepted pre-orders, and reviews of Wood's clamoring electronic…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Komodo Punks and the Journeyman Balladeer

Komodo Punks and the Journeyman Balladeer

Bodies and Control and Money and Power is the laundry list of a title that introduces the debut album from Washington, D.C., punk band Priests. Each capitalized letter is outlined in white atop a rage-red album cover, and the lyrics…
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Calendar, Night&Day Preview: Priests

Preview: Priests

Bodies and Control and Money and Power is the laundry list of a title that introduces the debut album from Washington, D.C., punk band Priests. Each capitalized letter is outlined in white atop a rage-red album cover, and the lyrics…
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Music, Hidden Agenda Comics Issue 2014: Hidden Agenda: Get Thee To a Show

Comics Issue 2014: Hidden Agenda: Get Thee To a Show

Writer Sam Lefebvre and artist Erin Allen illustrate three underground shows you should probably check out. Click here to read a larger version of this comic and the rest of SF Weekly's Comics Issue.…
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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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