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

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

Sizzle The Knife led a Viking bacchanal over two nights at the Fox Oakland, putting on what might have been one of the best shows of the year. The Swedish outfit expanded from a brother-and-sister duo to a nine-piece phalanx…
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Music, Hear This Scout Niblett: Show Preview

Scout Niblett: Show Preview

There are certain albums whose content and ambience can be almost too palpable. Neil Young's Tonight's the Night is one. Scout Niblett's latest It's Up to Emma is another. Like Young's, it has a flinty quality of cathartic desolation that,…
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Music, Chelsea Wolfe, Demon Girl

Chelsea Wolfe, Demon Girl

Chelsea Wolfe's newest album, Apokalypsis, begins with a bang. But it's not so much a literal bang as an otherworldly howl. It's like she's exorcising demons before the record can begin. That first scream is the 25-second "Primal/Carnal." As the…
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Calendar, Night&Day You, Gene

You, Gene

Eugene Robinson is, among many other things, the American-man version of P.J. Harvey — where she's eccentric and howling about what's been done to her, he's menacing and howling about what he'll do to you. The iconic frontman of art-metal…
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Music, PJ Harvey and the Banshees

PJ Harvey and the Banshees

PJ Harvey is the woman of our nightmares. She's a commanding shape-shifter, shadow, and siren. Wailing to the black-and-blue heavens above, she opens herself up to the ugly-beauty of humanity and channels the collective voice of our passions and sufferings.…
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Music, Steve Albini is built for the long haul

Steve Albini is built for the long haul

Renowned audio engineer Steve Albini has spent most of the last two decades running hundreds of recording sessions out of Chicago's Electrical Audio studios. Music geeks know about his work on totemic alternative rock albums like Nirvana's In Utero, PJ…
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Music, Hear This <i>Neptune</i>'s Gravitational Pull

Neptune's Gravitational Pull

The Duke Spirit's excellent second album, Neptune, swaggers with the confidence of a group that has extracted the best of its influences — think Sonic Youth and PJ Harvey — into a bluesy grind all its own. The taut energy…
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Music, Reviewed PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

Sometimes the simplest music is the most affecting. So it goes with PJ Harvey's new studio album, White Chalk, which often feels like a sequel to Björk's Vespertine. Absent are the scorched-earth guitars and feral vocals for which the songwriter…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Really Getting Rid of Me

Continuum Books' 33 1/3 series is a set of tiny volumes, each one focused on a remarkable record: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Court and Spark, Abba Gold. Many are the literary equivalent of a making-of DVD feature, with…
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Music, Reviewed Heartless Bastards

Heartless Bastards

Seeing that the attention span for band development is at an all-time low, it's jarring to hear a group artfully pushing its sound forward. In that context, the leap Cincinnati's Heartless Bastards have taken from their 2005 debut (Stairs and…
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Music, Reviewed Young People

Young People

It's interesting, yet not all that surprising, to learn that when not working with the bicoastal, avant-garde duo Young People, singer Katie Eastburn is a dancer and choreographer. The band's brooding third album bears aesthetics similar to a modern dance…
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Music, Reviewed Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull's majestically unnerving croak is the sound of funerals on drizzly days; of midnight ashtrays overflowing with stubbed regrets. Yep, it's often a downer, but absolutely magnetically so, which is one reason the 58-year-old "unsinkable Molly Brown" of the…
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Music, Reviewed The Kills

The Kills

The Kills are the latest entry in what might be termed "the new garage rock," differentiated from the old by the lack of 1960s orientation or accouterments; it includes bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Strokes, and Jon Spencer…
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Music, PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea is a good album. Unfortunately, it's not a good PJ Harvey album. Harvey's earlier work was brilliant because she tapped into something just below consciousness, something almost primal, an energy that powered…
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Pop Philosophy

New York City was abuzz with World Series fever this past weekend. Or at least much of it was. On the Lower East Side, there was a different kind of electricity in the air, the kind brought on by the…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

Not long ago, a perfect mock-up of SF Weekly arrived on my desk. Closer examination of the newspaper revealed the comedic genius of one Kurt Weitzmann. SF Weakly, as he named it, offered an informative cover story on the gay…
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The Murder City Devils Empty Bottles, Broken Hearts (Sub Pop) Sunny Day Real Estate How It Feels to Be Something On (Sub Pop) What is it with guys and their feelings these days? On one side there're navel-gazing emotional-flagellates who…
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Girls Against Boys House of GVSB (Touch & Go) Someone slipped a little Spanish fly into the rock critic water cooler, if the press clips for Girls Against Boys are any indication. You'd be hard-pressed to find a write-up that…
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The Book of Lists

James Sullivan's Best Music, 1995 1. Insurgent Country/Twangcore/Cowpunk: Two of my favorite records of the year -- the Geraldine Fibbers' Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home and Tarnation's Gentle Creatures -- took white trashdom to new extremes. The…
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The Sound vs. Fury

Was 1995 terrible for music? In their annual roundups, a slew of critics have slammed the year as the pale successor to the glory days of 1994 (which, incidentally, met the same censure last year), when Courtney Love ruled with…
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