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Music, Hear This I Break Horses: Show Preview

I Break Horses: Show Preview

If you've been finding yourself wondering what San Francisco would feel like as a desolate, wintry tundra, we respectfully recommend peeling yourself off that grassy knoll and heading downhill to catch Stockholm-based hypnotronica duo I Break Horses, whose slow-burn scorched-earth…
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Music, Hear This Elliphant: Show Preview

Elliphant: Show Preview

Sometimes, it's best to completely disregard musicians' thoughts on their own work. Case in point: Elliphant architect Ellinor Olovsdotter described her music as "pop punk with some electronic influence" in one interview. Based on that assessment, this one-woman project should…
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Music, Hear This First Aid Kit: Show Preview

First Aid Kit: Show Preview

If First Aid Kit's music is proof, Stockholm must be much closer to the American South than any maps have had us believe. In "Emmylou," off January's The Lion's Roar, Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg pay perfect homage to…
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Music, Reviewed A.C. Newman

A.C. Newman

Picking up precisely where his winning 2004 solo debut, The Slow Wonder, left off, New Pornographers leader Carl Newman (aka A.C.) has created another platter that sounds stripped-down next to the over-the-top bustle of his regular band. Still, there are…
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Music, Dungen finds new inspiration in an old piano

Dungen finds new inspiration in an old piano

Two years ago, Gustav Estjes was ready to quit rock music. The 28-year-old multi-instrumentalist mastermind behind Swedish psych-folk rockers Dungen had just put the finishing touches on Tio Bitar, the group's fourth release since forming in Stockholm in 1999, and…
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Music, Lykke Li learns to love

Lykke Li learns to love

By the time Swedish chanteuse Lykke Li entered the studio to make her first album, she'd spent half her life fantasizing about it. The music that emerged from those recording sessions, Youth Novels, retains the gauziness of her adolescent reveries.…
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News, Sucka Free City

Neither rain nor snow, nor heavy campaign mail sidelines mail carrier

An ascent up the 250-odd steps of Harry Street — a street in name only — carries you past wildly painted cottages, verdant gardens, and, finally, lush vegetation seemingly transplanted from the Amazon basin. At the summit of this little-known…
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Music, Hear This San Francisco's Impalers Pursue the Groovy Over the Gritty

San Francisco's Impalers Pursue the Groovy Over the Gritty

Next month's Midnight Boom is the third album from London duo the Kills, whose seedy, deconstructive blues have a sensual cool most bands can only wish for. Built around handclaps and rudimentary beats, their new songs lean toward the dancefloor…
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Music, Reviewed Freddie Cruger

Freddie Cruger

The name Freddie Cruger might be new to most, but for the past several years, Cruger's alter ego, Red Astaire, has been tearing up hip-hop and soul dance floors. He's put out a steady stream of mash-up 12-inch-only releases that've…
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Film, His Will Be Done

His Will Be Done

Hey, have you heard about that new Danish film that just came out? Distributed by Lars von Trier's Zentropa Entertainments, has the same star as one of the Dogme 95 movies, and features a dysfunctional family full of people who…
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Music, Reviewed The Concretes

The Concretes

The Concretes were reportedly named after the most prevalent building material in their hometown of Stockholm. A better moniker for the symphonic pop band might've been the Delicate Flowers. Or Thrift Store Ski Lodge. Or Sexy Mumbling Epics. On its…
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Swede Victory

In the early 1850s, a German music critic asked Franz Berwald if he was still a composer. His surly reply was, "No, I am a glass blower." Such was the sorry fate of Berwald's career. Underappreciated and ahead of…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): After poring through the encyclopedias of mythology and decoding the mystic clues in fairy tales and ferreting out divine oracles while channel-surfing after midnight, I have found out why we are all here. Yes, it's been…
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