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Music, Hidden Agenda Celebrate Your Independents and Go See Some Shows

Celebrate Your Independents and Go See Some Shows

Bay Area trio Bronze's sophomore album World Arena makes a solid foil for modern psychedelic music. In its reflection, supposed proponents of the genre appear static, held back by arrested development and bound to outmoded conventions. Forget the term's loaded…
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Music, Hear This Sugar Candy Mountain: Show Preview

Sugar Candy Mountain: Show Preview

Some people have too much music in them for one particular avenue. One such local is alt-pop doyenne Ash Reiter: Her solo trip finds Reiter building upon the Spector/Bacharach foundation of refined, poignant pop, while Sugar Candy Mountain — co-led…
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Music, Hear This Jacco Gardner: Show Preview

Jacco Gardner: Show Preview

How does someone born in 1989 have such a grasp of 1960s baroque pop? Did they have parents or older siblings with extensive record collections? Whatever it is, Netherlands multi-instrumentalist and whiz-kid Jacco Gardner has absorbed the styles and ambiences…
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Music, All Shook Down Noise Pop and GraffEats Offer a Culinary Tribute to the Art of the Cover Song

Noise Pop and GraffEats Offer a Culinary Tribute to the Art of the Cover Song

There's a shared culture between musicians and chefs, says Noise Pop Industries marketing manager Dawson Ludwig, ticking off concrete examples, like getting off work at 2 a.m., and the more esoteric shared sense of underground and independent spirit.…
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Music, Hear This Digital Leather

Digital Leather

Seemingly the byproduct of regular acid usage and too many Sparks albums, Digital Leather (aka Shawn Foree) has produced a body of experimental New Wave synth-punk as impressive as it is abnormal. After a clutch of sold-out singles and three…
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Music, Ariel Pink craves a label to call home

Ariel Pink craves a label to call home

It's been five years since home recorder Ariel Pink (né Rosenburg) landed on Animal Collective's Paw Tracks imprint, which released his years-in-the-can album The Doldrums and later a pair of reissues. Pink's freaky, no-fi work initially played like outsider art,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bummer, Man

Bummer, Man

As a member of the Skygreen Leopards, Glenn Donaldson released a dewy pop/soft-psych album called Disciples of California, which, true to its title, sounded like the work of men trying to capture sunlight on recording tape. But when he and…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Soothing Uncompromising Experience

The Soothing Uncompromising Experience

There's an excellent chance, given her singular approach, that singer/songwriter Laura Gibson will be tagged as part of the American neo-folk subgenre known variously as New Weird America, freak-folk, or free-folk. Gibson's songs are tantalizingly spare to an almost psychedelic…
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Music, All Shook Down Chef Daniel Serves Syd Barrett Raw at the Rock-It

Chef Daniel Serves Syd Barrett Raw at the Rock-It

Locally, Daniel Patterson is known as the celebrated chef of Coi on Broadway, which SF Weekly restaurant reviewer Meredith Brody liked so much during a visit last year she used the word coup de grace to describe dessert: “An…
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Music, Love Was Here and Now You're Gone

Love Was Here and Now You're Gone

Synchronicity? Early July saw the passing of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett. On August 4, Arthur Lee, perhaps Barrett's closest American counterpart, leader of the iconic 1960s band Love, departed this mortal coil. Both define the concept of "cult figure."…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Piper at the Pearly Gates

Piper at the Pearly Gates

R.I.P. Syd Barrett. The original crazy diamond is now a sparkle in the sky, having passed away last week of unnamed causes. The songwriter who helped usher into the music world genuine eccentricity was called "a kind of living dead…
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Music, Reviewed The Television Personalities

The Television Personalities

The Television Personalities' Dan Treacy has maintained a devoted cult following ever since his band's 1978 U.K. hit "Part-Time Punks," repeatedly offering wonderful collections of shambly punk, giddy modish pop, and harrowing psych-folk. Much like his hero Syd Barrett, however,…
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Music, Reviewed Kelley Stoltz

Kelley Stoltz

If there was ever a record guaranteed to get a four-star review in MOJO it was Kelley Stoltz's Antique Glow. That 2001 LP showcased the San Francisco resident's love of British music, drawing influence from the strutting post-punk of Echo…
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Music, Reviewed Jennifer Gentle

Jennifer Gentle

You're a couple of scruffy long-haired guys growing up in the laid-back northeastern city of Padova, Italy. Restless and bored, you drink lots of red wine, but the intoxicating grapes fail to transport you to the fairyland of your dreams…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Like any mood-altering substance that may be hazardous to your health, the Legendary Pink Dots require a certain leap of faith for a successful experience. Listeners must trust that Edward Ka-Spel's parade of freaky noise will send them somewhere over…
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Smog A cult of melancholy has grown up around the minstrelsy of Bill Callahan, guiding force behind Smog. His sixth full-length, Red Apple Falls, marks the denouement of an intense period of recording activity over the past year or so,…
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Radar Bros. (Restless) Whether or not you'll want to pick up the Radar Bros. self-titled debut depends on how you feel about those first few Pink Floyd albums in your record collection. (Mind you, this isn't as direct a relationship…
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