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Music, All Shook Down Wanna Talk to Thao and Mirah? All You Gotta Do Is Buy Their New Album

Wanna Talk to Thao and Mirah? All You Gotta Do Is Buy Their New Album

Okay, Kill Rock Stars, we really, really hope this isn't some kind of April fool's stunt. You're going to break a lot of Bay Area hearts if it is. What are we talking about? A new little note on the…
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Calendar, Night&Day We Love You, GW, Oh Yes We Dooooo ...

We Love You, GW, Oh Yes We Dooooo ...

It's a little annoying when a band that's putting San Francisco on the national radar is made up of women who are really level-headed. Grass Widow's trio of redhots is a wildly talented group that draws on the loud, contrapuntal…
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Music, All Shook Down Thao and Mirah Announce Details of New Collaboration Album

Thao and Mirah Announce Details of New Collaboration Album

We told you back in July that Bay Area local Thao (of Get Down Stay Down fame) and Pacific Northwesterner Mirah (of general indie whimsy fame) are working on an album together after touring with each other. Well, details are out kids:…
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Music, Marnie Stern's finger-tapping guitar wins hearts and minds

Marnie Stern's finger-tapping guitar wins hearts and minds

We really wanted to ignore the fact that indie-rock femme guitar virtuoso Marnie Stern is kind of a babe. We think her face-melting matters more than her heart-melting attributes, and worry that mentioning her half-smiling, half-winking glow might undermine years…
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Music, All Shook Down Grass Widow Get Blindfolded and Wet In New Video for '11 Of Diamonds'

Grass Widow Get Blindfolded and Wet In New Video for '11 Of Diamonds'

What has three soft voices and can rock out in the frigid surf, possibly after hanging out blindfolded? Why, San Francisco's Grass Widow, of course.…
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Music, All Shook Down An Intro to Elliott Smith: Why We're Not Comfortable with a Greatest Hits Collection

An Intro to Elliott Smith: Why We're Not Comfortable with a Greatest Hits Collection

On Wednesday Kill Rock Stars and Domino announced the early November release of An Introduction to... Elliott Smith. It's been almost seven years since Smith stabbed himself in the chest, since which time his grave has hardly been quiet,…
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Music, All Shook Down Grass Widow Comes Out of the Shadows With New Video

Grass Widow Comes Out of the Shadows With New Video

After rocking the All Shook Down Music Festival in North Beach on Sunday, Grass Widow planted another present in our laps. Today, their label, Kill Rock Stars, posted the trio's artsy, quirky video for "Shadow" on its blog. "Shadow" is…
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Music, All Shook Down Grass Widow Reflects on Tragedy, New Album, and Practicing in a Meat Locker

Grass Widow Reflects on Tragedy, New Album, and Practicing in a Meat Locker

​​A silver lining forced its way through a storm of tragedy -- including the death of one band member's parent -- when S.F. female post-punk trio Grass Widow signed to Kill Rock Stars this past winter. (Kill Rock Stars is a…
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Music, All Shook Down Tracks of the Day: Elliott Smith's "Last Call" and "Twilight"

Tracks of the Day: Elliott Smith's "Last Call" and "Twilight"

I'm a sucker for anything Elliott Smith related. From his stripped-to-the-marrow early recordings through the wall-of-sound arrangements that surrounded his intrepid melancholy on later albums, Smith never lost his grip on what made him such an esteemed musician. He nailed…
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Music, All Shook Down Xiu Xiu Takes Camel, Rolling Stone to Court Over Dastardly Ad Practices

Xiu Xiu Takes Camel, Rolling Stone to Court Over Dastardly Ad Practices

Even though they don't look like it, Xiu Xiu is fighting mad! Along with a plethora of other pissed-off indie bands, they've filed a class action lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds and Wenner Media, parent companies of Camel Cigarettes and…
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Music, All Shook Down Xiu Xiu, Deerhoof, Why? Rock the Lobot for AIDS Orphans Friday -- Gloomy all-Cure/Smiths/Joy Division Set Planned

Xiu Xiu, Deerhoof, Why? Rock the Lobot for AIDS Orphans Friday -- Gloomy all-Cure/Smiths/Joy Division Set Planned

Bay Area rock dudes from Xiu Xiu, Deerhoof and Why? are throwing an ultra mega dance party tomorrow night to raise money for the Nyumbani AIDS orphanage in Kenya. Get your freak on to some Moz, Robert Smith, and…
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Music, All the Sweet Stuff

All the Sweet Stuff

It's hard not to mention kitsch when discussing Gravy Train!!!! This is, after all, the band that posed on a green vinyl couch for an album cover, with one member wearing a fuzzy teddy and another shaking maracas. Onstage, the…
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Music, The Astute Aussie

The Astute Aussie

White. Female. Australian. Rapper. These words rarely appear in the same sentence. But with the debut album by Macromantics (Romy Hoffman), Moments in Movement, this alien concept blossoms into vibrant, verbose life. The disc (released in January by Kill Rock…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

Kill Rock Stars is owned by Slim Moon, a man who has better taste in music than you do. His ears are irrefutably sharp: The KRS roster is a dense handbook on indie-underground innovators and breakthrough wonders ranging from Sleater-Kinney…
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Music, Q&Atcha

Q&Atcha

With the outta-left-field success of the Arcade Fire seemingly proving there's a large, cash-carrying audience out there hungry for lush, quirky, theatrical chamber-pop, you can imagine the conversations being held among major-label brain trusts huddling in their executive suites: "What…
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Music, Reviewed Jeff Hanson

Jeff Hanson

Listen blind to a few tracks from the gorgeous Son, and some questions spring to mind. Like, "Did Elliott Smith release a new album?" And, "Hey, when did he go back to Kill Rock Stars?" And, "Wow, who's the lady…
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Mike "Sport" Murphy Willoughby (Kill Rock Stars) Precious few people have heard the Skels, late of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Possibly even fewer got to hear Skels frontman Mike "Sport" Murphy's solo album, Willoughby, when it was first released on Mystery…
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Hear This

Unwound Seven steps toward making an ultracool indie-rock band: 1) Bass, guitar, and drums. A minimal three-piece combo is ideal -- no pretentious frontperson to distract from the music. Extra guitars lead to metal (or Lynyrd Skynyrd), which, of course,…
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Busker Do!

Mary Lou Lord can have her bangs trimmed or dyed whenever she wants. There's plenty of cash for makeup. A record company will put her in a van and send her around the country. And still, Mary Lou Lord says…
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