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Music, Hear This BEAK>: Show Preview

BEAK>: Show Preview

Since the 1990s, band name punctuation has grown increasingly peculiar. Nowadays, monikers are enhanced by exclamation points (Against Me!), question marks (Why?), periods (fun.), and parentheses (Sunn O)))). BEAK> — an experimental electronica three-piece from Bristol, England, that features Portishead's…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday: Portishead Works Its Haunting Magic at the Greek Theatre

Friday: Portishead Works Its Haunting Magic at the Greek Theatre

Portishead Thought Forms Oct. 21, 2011 The Greek Theatre Better than: Listening to the drum circle at Occupy Oakland. Friday night at the Greek Theatre, Portishead delivered the set that eager concertgoers were likely yearning for when they purchased…
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Music, Hear This Anika: Show Preview

Anika: Show Preview

Germany's Anika is a study in paradoxes. Her lyrics convey desperation and self-erasure as she delivers them in an unflappable monotone. She's among a growing roster of weirdos on the L.A. hip-hop label Stones Throw, although her music veers closer…
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Music, Reviewed The Horrors

The Horrors

Whereas 2007's Strange House found the Horrors meeting the Cramps and the Ramones halfway while singing about Jack the Ripper, its follow-up finds the English youngsters trading in their scrappy verve for atmospheric brooding. Here the Horrors look for inspiration…
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Music, Reviewed Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man

Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man

British chanteuse Beth Gibbons once provided the emotional anchor for Portishead's haunting trip-hop, entwining her mournful voice with the cinematic soundscapes constructed by Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley. Ditching turntable scratches, swooping theremin, and programmed beats for decidedly organic accompaniment,…
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Hear This

Portishead The beautiful rolling textures of trip hop owe everything to the dub and hip hop captured within a few elegant blue lines. Blue Lines, the 1991 debut record from Bristol's Massive Attack, was the aural equivalent of a layered…
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Comfortably Numb

When Portishead kicked off a highly anticipated American junket last weekend, the Bristol group had performed a grand total of three gigs. Bandleader Geoff Barrow laughs nervously when asked whether those U.K. shows were enough preparation for his band's stateside…
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