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Music, All Shook Down Listen: Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn Have an Eerie New Single, "The Killers and Me"

Listen: Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn Have an Eerie New Single, "The Killers and Me"

Ben Chasny, of local outfits-of-note Six Organs of Admittance and Comets on Fire, has a new project with Donovan Quinn of twisted folk-rock outfit the Skygreen Leopards. Together they are New Bums, and have a debut full-length, Voices in a…
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Music, Hear This Comets on Fire: Show Preview

Comets on Fire: Show Preview

One of the most celebrated bands to emerge from the Bay Area underground since the turn of the millennium, beloved S.F. psych-noise crew Comets on Fire delivered a lo-fi blast of distortion heard around the world with its scorching self-titled…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 9/22/12: Six Organs of Admittance Pummels and Soothes at Bottom of the Hill

Live Review, 9/22/12: Six Organs of Admittance Pummels and Soothes at Bottom of the Hill

Six Organs of Admittance Young Moon Donovan Quinn Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 Bottom of the Hill Better than: Mushrooms -- either kind.  Ben Chasny used to be the Bay Area's premier cinematic psych-rock wunderkind. Though he's based out of Portland…
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Music, Hear This Six Organs of Admittance: Show Preview

Six Organs of Admittance: Show Preview

Psychedelic-folk soothsayer Ben Chasny (the main man behind Six Organs of Admittance) frequently lets his guitar instrumentals soar into the upper reaches of nowhere, so it's apropos that his new record is called Ascent. The formerly S.F.-based fingerpicker's latest is…
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Music, All Shook Down Q&A: How Howlin' Rain Survived a Four-Year Hiatus, Worked with Rick Rubin, and Finished <i>The Russian Wilds</i>

Q&A: How Howlin' Rain Survived a Four-Year Hiatus, Worked with Rick Rubin, and Finished The Russian Wilds

By DAVE GIL DE RUBIO When Howlin' Rain's Ethan Miller answers the door of the Brooklyn flat he's borrowing from a friend, the disheveled hair and wildly scraggly beard he's sporting gives him the look of a modern-day Rip…
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Music, Hear This Six Organs of Admittance

Six Organs of Admittance

San Francisco may have lost Six Organs of Admittance mastermind Ben Chasny to Seattle last year, but the adventurous spirit he weaves into his experimental compositions remains undeniably Bay Area in tone. His delicate fusion of psych, folk, and drone…
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Music, Folk of the Apocalypse: Six Organs of Admittance

Folk of the Apocalypse: Six Organs of Admittance

Local songwriter Ben Chasny admits that he often creates from the headspace of "Everything is kinda fucked; let's write a song about it." Despite working on fingerpicked themes in the tradition of steel-string players like John Fahey and Robbie Basho,…
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Music, Let's Get Killed The Return of Arthur Magazine

The Return of Arthur Magazine

Arthur may have a low print run of 50,000, but its influence is unquantifiable. The lefty counterculture magazine has been ground zero for antiwar activists, psychedelic drug enthusiasts, and, most importantly, weird-ass music. Arthur has been an early enthusiast for…
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News, Feature The Big Bang

The Big Bang

The concept behind the supergroup is that it's an impressive music personnel package composed of individual heavyweights. Take Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, for example. Or Blind Faith's reconfiguring of members of Cream and Traffic. Then there's, well, Velvet Revolver…
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Music, Reviewed Gary Higgins

Gary Higgins

The interest in psychedelic folk right now is so thick you could jab it with a pitchfork, and we should all be thankful for this, as it allows for the rediscovery of such lost gems as this Gary Higgins record.…
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Calendar, Performance The <i>People</i>'s Theater

The People's Theater

ONGOING 11/17-12/12 In a world ruled by dollars -- and how many you have in your bankroll -- you'd think that rich folks would have the pick of the litter when it comes to the choice of where to live.…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

It's an all too common club experience. As some artist softly pours his heart into a subtle folk tune or ambient noise suite, an oblivious audience member yammers at a volume that would be completely inappropriate at, say, a theatrical…
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Music, Straight Outta Eureka

Straight Outta Eureka

Ben Chasny is feeling a bit giddy these days. This past month, the 26-year-old musician's home-studio project, Six Organs of Admittance, went from having a small cult following to being the toast of the slightly larger international psychedelic underground. The…
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