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Music, Reviewed Scott Tuma

Scott Tuma

As the lead guitarist for Chicago's revered altcountry pioneers Souled American, Scott Tuma created a signature sound of reverb-drenched atonal twang. His licks were expressive and rhythmically awkward -- more atmospheric than lyrical -- and served as a wonderful foil…
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Music, LiLiPUT/Kleenex

LiLiPUT/Kleenex

For decades, the Zurich-based art-punk ensemble Kleenex has held a peculiar fascination for high-minded music listeners. From 1978 to 1983, this all-woman combo released a series of screechy, off-kilter records that placed it amongst other purposefully difficult bands such as…
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The Lonesome Death (and Life) of Souled American

The telling of party stories reminded me of a band named Souled American. As our stories mounted, we grew quiet in the conviction that what we think of as "life" was deceptive. In truth the scattered instants when we slipped…
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Graveyard Shift

You don't have to be a scholar to appreciate the colorful history of San Francisco. From resident eccentrics like Emperor Norton through the wild and woolly Barbary Coast era to the rat's maze of opium dens that once covered Chinatown,…
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Samples

Five-Alarm Crash First a miniriot, now this: Valencia Street was the site of more havoc last Wednesday, when two firetrucks collided and one plunged through the front window of Radio Valencia. Miraculously, only one patron was injured, although eight firefighters…
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