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Calendar, Night&Day Take A Deep Breath

Take A Deep Breath

Billing itself as a "new music ensemble" gives Nanos Operetta the freedom to explore performance beyond any preconceptions of genre, style, or thematic convention. To this end, the seven-piece combo, founded in 2001, has forged an uncompromising rep in the…
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Music, No Sleep Till Oakland

No Sleep Till Oakland

"Our approach is to find a new instrument and figure out what new things it can do," says Sleepytime Gorilla Museum's Dan Rathbun. "And then we write songs around those abilities of the new instruments." When Rathbun speaks of finding…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

The first time I saw Dawn McCarthy step out onstage, she wore a long, black dress with a dark wig and shawl. She stood tall, with her acoustic guitar pressed high against her chest, plucking the strings as if she…
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Calendar, Night&Day Training Daze

Training Daze

People find it strange that I still don't know how to drive -- until I tell them I grew up in New York. In the Big Apple and some San Francisco neighborhoods, car ownership and its responsibilities can be a…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of infamous avant-cabaret group Idiot Flesh, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum pushes its music to the extremes. Like a dadaist nightmare, the Bay Area cult band's highly anticipated debut album, Grand Opening and Closing, steers…
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Music, Faun Fables

Faun Fables

Hailing from the sideshow circus scene in Manhattan, where she dabbled in cabaret-style skits and folk-singer ventures in the '90s, vocalist/guitarist Dawn McCarthy moved to the Bay Area three years ago to pursue "a fairy-tale romance" with Nils Frykdahl (multi-instrumentalist…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

Infamous Bay Area innovators Idiot Flesh used to open shows with a lively processional ironically dubbed "Dead Like Us." A madcap act of guerrilla theater, the group and its entourage of colorfully clad dancers, prancers, and anything-goes noisemakers would wend…
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Hearing a New World

The Residents have always been weird, but they've rarely been weird for its own sake. For 25 years and on 30-some-odd records the anonymous quartet has used off-kilter wit and bizarre imagination to force listeners to absorb and process the…
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