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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013 lineup is out, and it includes Calexico, Nick Lowe, Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Natalie Maines, Low, Father John Misty, Gogol Bordello, Bettye LaVette, and Sonny and the Sunsets. The festival takes place Oct. 4-6;…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Night: Arcade Fire Hurls Mics, Swordfights with Drumsticks, and Remembers Grandpa Vino at the Greek Theatre

Saturday Night: Arcade Fire Hurls Mics, Swordfights with Drumsticks, and Remembers Grandpa Vino at the Greek Theatre

Arcade FireCalexicoOctober 2, 2010@ The Greek Theatre, BerkeleyBetter than: Living in the suburbs.Drumstick battles, microphones hurled into the crowd, pianos turned into standing platforms, a rolling tom-tom that looked more like a piece of artillery than a musical instrument, and a…
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Music, Hear This Border crossing with Calexico

Border crossing with Calexico

When Dinosaur Jr. emerged in the 1980s, it catalyzed a new era in indie rock. Whereas The Guitar Solo was virtually anathema to the class of '77, the subsequent wave of electric youth, raised on Black Sabbath more than the…
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Music, Reviewed Calexico/Iron & Wine

Calexico/Iron & Wine

This DIY release of In the Reins makes it official: Lite rock is the new indie cool. The seven-song collaboration between Tucson's sun-baked rootsy virtuosos Calexico, a borderland backing band with few peers, and Miami singer/songwriter Sam Beam, the one-man…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

The most obvious and irrevocably frustrating thing about music award shows is the constraint of musical categories. How do you possibly pigeonhole a band that blends Gypsy violin with four-part rock harmonies, jazz percussion, punk rhythms, symphonic song styling, '80s…
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Music, Reviewed The Ladybug Transistor

The Ladybug Transistor

Without any retro accouterments in its "look" or presentation (nary a hint of paisley, even), the Ladybug Transistor is a '60s-pop-rock fetishist's wet dream, recalling such un-trendy second- and third-tier wonders as the Cowsills, the Left Banke, and the Cryan'…
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