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Music, Hear This The Art Museums

The Art Museums

A collaboration between Whysp's Josh Alper and Skygreen Leopards' Glenn Donaldson, the Art Museums have cited early Style Council as a primary influence. And yet the San Francisco band alights on various shades of classic indie rock and twee on…
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Music, All Shook Down Track of the Day: The Art Museums

Track of the Day: The Art Museums

New York's Woodsist label has released vinyl from a number of eclectic psych- and folk-leaning acts. You can thank the indie label for records by the Fresh & Onlys, Meth Teeth, Real Estate, Thee Oh Sees, Woods, and Wavves, among…
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Calendar, Night&Day Messrs. Gorgeous

Messrs. Gorgeous

The Skygreen Leopards' last album, 2006’s Disciples of California, was a sunny ode to the Golden State. The San Francisco outfit, founded by singer-guitarists Glenn Donaldson and Donovan Quinn, filtered the psychedelic country-rock of the Grateful Dead’s American Beauty and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bummer, Man

Bummer, Man

As a member of the Skygreen Leopards, Glenn Donaldson released a dewy pop/soft-psych album called Disciples of California, which, true to its title, sounded like the work of men trying to capture sunlight on recording tape. But when he and…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Sly Samara

An accomplished violin player, guitarist, recording engineer, and vocalist, Samara Lubelski has proven to be one of the most unjustly unheralded musical contributors to the American underground. Lubelski has loaned her talents to Tara Jane O'Neil's languid meditations in the…
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Music, Reviewed Giant Skyflower Band

Giant Skyflower Band

The patron saint of San Francisco psych pop, the Skygreen Leopards' singer/guitarist Glenn Donaldson has teamed up with fellow Skygreen-er bassist Shayde Sartin to record an album of bummer folk under the guise of the Giant Skyflower Band. Blood of…
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Music, Reviewed Flying Canyon

Flying Canyon

Singer-songwriter Cayce Lindner sports a thick gray beard, calls Northern California home, and plucks an acoustic guitar. This means most music writers are gonna describe his new project, Flying Canyon, as a symptom of this whole freak-folk, indie-hippie fad. And…
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Music, California Sunshine

California Sunshine

A sun-soaked San Francisco afternoon is a dreamy, almost spiritual affair, even without psychedelics and a chilled bottle of white wine. But here we are, Glenn Donaldson and I, passing a clear rubber hose back 'n' forth, filling our lungs…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature Freak Folk Shmreak Shmolk

Freak Folk Shmreak Shmolk

Saturday morning: A light but persistent rain falls. I am settled into a classic art deco club chair tucked into the corner of a spacious living room near Dolores Park. It's a place of intriguing objets d'art, abstruse music instruments,…
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Music, Pop Goes the Formula

Pop Goes the Formula

Here's how the Knit Separates make a song: Jason Honea thinks up a title, something like "Jangle in Skulls." He tells Glenn Donaldson. Donaldson keeps the title in his head for a couple of days, and thinks of pop songs…
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