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Music, Hear This BEAK>: Show Preview

BEAK>: Show Preview

Since the 1990s, band name punctuation has grown increasingly peculiar. Nowadays, monikers are enhanced by exclamation points (Against Me!), question marks (Why?), periods (fun.), and parentheses (Sunn O)))). BEAK> — an experimental electronica three-piece from Bristol, England, that features Portishead's…
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Music, Hear This Schoolboy Q: Show Preview

Schoolboy Q: Show Preview

Thematically speaking, there's nothing particularly fresh about Habits & Contradictions, the acclaimed second album from L.A. rapper Schoolboy Q: The 25-year-old deals with street hustling, his all-encompassing love of malt liquor and marijuana, and, of course, his physical encounters with…
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Music, All Shook Down Friday: Portishead Works Its Haunting Magic at the Greek Theatre

Friday: Portishead Works Its Haunting Magic at the Greek Theatre

Portishead Thought Forms Oct. 21, 2011 The Greek Theatre Better than: Listening to the drum circle at Occupy Oakland. Friday night at the Greek Theatre, Portishead delivered the set that eager concertgoers were likely yearning for when they purchased…
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Music, All Shook Down Portishead Will Play the Greek Theatre in October

Portishead Will Play the Greek Theatre in October

Today, British downtempo legend Portishead announced its first North American tour in 13 years, including a stop in the Bay Area. The band will be supported by Thought Forms, a trio signed to Invada, the record label of Portishead's…
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Music, All Shook Down Portishead Announces New Album, Box Set Out in April

Portishead Announces New Album, Box Set Out in April

Portishead is finally putting out a new full-length since their last self-titled album over a decade ago. Titled Third, their latest effort hits shelves April 29 and will also be available in a limited edition box set. Portishead's first…
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Music, Mark Lanegan Adds Grit and Gravitas to Soulsavers

Mark Lanegan Adds Grit and Gravitas to Soulsavers

When the noirish atmospheres and narcotic beats of downtempo electronica first surfaced in the early 1990s, a broad audience embraced the hazy hip-hop sounds made by the likes of Massive Attack, Portishead, and the Bay Area's own DJ Shadow. Before…
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Music, Reviewed Kid Beyond

Kid Beyond

When I was 11 years old, quarantined at home with chicken pox, I learned a simple, important lesson: Watching Fourth of July fireworks on TV isn't nearly as ooh-ahh-inspiring as getting the full effect in person. Kid Beyond's Amplivate suffers…
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Music, Reviewed Psapp


The problem with a lot of electronic music is that it either takes itself too seriously or not seriously enough. Psapp offers the perfect solution (if also a less than perfect name): Do both. On the duo's debut CD, German…
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Music, Reviewed Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man

Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man

British chanteuse Beth Gibbons once provided the emotional anchor for Portishead's haunting trip-hop, entwining her mournful voice with the cinematic soundscapes constructed by Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley. Ditching turntable scratches, swooping theremin, and programmed beats for decidedly organic accompaniment,…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Music to Eat Sushi By

Japanese lanterns, bamboo, and chopsticks are things you expect to find in a Japanese restaurant. Portishead on the PA and wasabi in the shape of a happy face are not. Those are just two reasons we love Hanabi, a haven…
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Marc Almond Open All Night (Instinct) The former Soft Cell electro-pop crooner has always been slippery, but on his latest album, Marc Almond has gotten ... well, Tricky. That is, in the 15 years since unplugging the two-man synth-dance band…
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Hear This

Portishead The beautiful rolling textures of trip hop owe everything to the dub and hip hop captured within a few elegant blue lines. Blue Lines, the 1991 debut record from Bristol's Massive Attack, was the aural equivalent of a layered…
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Zen Guerrilla, Cash Money Bottom of the Hill Wednesday, Oct. 15 Even though they dropped out of Philadelphia three years ago, Zen Guerrilla are an S.F. band -- and that's a good thing. San Francisco mainstream bands are pathetic (Counting…
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Dubbed Dialogue

The times may not exactly be sour, as the Portishead song puts it, but much of the British pop currently being fashioned from American and Jamaican ingredients is far from good-time music. Dub's hollow beats and heavily echoed sound have…
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Comfortably Numb

When Portishead kicked off a highly anticipated American junket last weekend, the Bristol group had performed a grand total of three gigs. Bandleader Geoff Barrow laughs nervously when asked whether those U.K. shows were enough preparation for his band's stateside…
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