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Music, Hear This Pinback: Show Preview

Pinback: Show Preview

Much like Built to Spill and Elliott Smith before them, if there's one thing Pinback is exceptionally skilled at, it's being able to bum you out with poetic precision. Since launching the band in the late 1990s — the name…
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Music, Hear This Pinback: Show Preview

Pinback: Show Preview

Since coming together as Pinback in the early 1990s, Rob Crow and Zach Smith have long been a reticent, enigmatic pair who construct reticent, enigmatic indie rock. Last October's Information Retrieved, the first substantial Pinback release since 2007's Autumn of…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Night: Pinback Sorts Through the Chaos at Bottom of the Hill

Saturday Night: Pinback Sorts Through the Chaos at Bottom of the Hill

Pinback JP Incorporated January 1, 2011 @ Bottom of the HillBetter than: Not distracting one's self from a seething hangover. Sometimes it sounds like Pinback's Rob Crow and Armistead Burwell Smith IV are singing completely different songs, one of them…
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Music, All Shook Down Rejoice and Recoil: Three Mile Pilot Exists Again -- Stream Its New Album

Rejoice and Recoil: Three Mile Pilot Exists Again -- Stream Its New Album

​Good news for people who love bad mojo: San Diego indie-rock OGs Three Mile Pilot have returned from indefinite hiatus. You may know 3MP as the unassuming gloom-peddlers who released a few albums in the early 90s and then bifurcated…
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Music, All Shook Down Pinback's Rob Crow Talks His Many Projects, Band Names He Wishes He'd Thought of

Pinback's Rob Crow Talks His Many Projects, Band Names He Wishes He'd Thought of

Rob Crow and Zach Smith, the confirmed sci-fi geeks and indie-rock schizophrenics who mastermind Pinback, came to the Independent on Saturday night to present "The Rob and Zach Show," a pared-down version of their darkly enchanting pop reveries. After a…
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Music, Hear This Mexican six-string superheroes Rodrigo y Gabriela

Mexican six-string superheroes Rodrigo y Gabriela

Berkeley resident Sean Smith and the U.K.'s James Blackshaw are part of the underground acoustic guitar network, descending stylistically from American iconoclast John Fahey. Like Fahey, Smith and Blackshaw mostly perform unaccompanied, have tremendous technique that serves the music instead…
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Music, Made in the Shade

Made in the Shade

When major-label A&Rs started swarming San Diego's dives in the mid-'90s, everyone was saying the city was primed to be the next Seattle. Local bands like Drive Like Jehu and Three Mile Pilot were gonna be SoCal's longboard-riding, fish taco-scarfing…
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Music, Reviewed Transfer

Transfer

Rising from the ashes of Chico jam band Ten Pound Brown, San Diego's Transfer is already a fan favorite in its hometown and deserves to get noticed with this debut full-length. The band, which was nominated for a San Diego…
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Music, Bouncer

Amber-jacked

It is a truth universally acknowledged that two single women out by themselves should be in want of the approach of every greaseball in the bar with the understanding that sexual favors could be traded. At least, that is what…
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Music, Reviewed Pinback

Pinback

Pinback's songs have always been metronome precise, with airtight rhythmic patterns and guitars and synthesizers that bounce along in lock-step cadences, as if the band members had been implanted with silicon indie rock chips that map out intricate algorithms of…
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Music, Reviewed The Court & Spark

The Court & Spark

We'll be honest: We don't love Court & Spark frontman M.C. Taylor's twangy, low-register, sometimes Jerry Garcia-ish singing. In fact, if the group's latest, Witch Season, had been released on a label besides the local Absolutely Kosher, known for putting…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

You get the sense that Armistead Burwell Smith IV and Rob Crow, the co-conspirators behind Pinback, live in a house strewn with intelligent contraptions and futuristic doodads. Take, for example, the device that simultaneously wakes Pee-wee Herman up and cooks…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

San Diego native Rob Crow once wrote a clever little ditty called "Listen to This Song, Kill Pigs, and Try to Sue Me." That was back during his days in Heavy Vegetable, a San Diego indie rock band that played…
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