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    Various Artists American Rumble Volume One (Schizmatic) Cashing in on the second coming of rockabilly, American Rumble is a neobilly primer, a must-have for any real gone guy or dynamite doll who wants to be in the know. Featuring over…
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    Sonic Youth Washing Machine (DGC) We probably owe Sonic Youth a lot more than we realize. At the very least, the band reaffirmed the crucial relationship between music and the cultural context in which it's created, pointing out a fact…
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    The Barefoot Contessa

    Cape Verde is composed of 10 small islands, nestled in the Atlantic 350 miles off the coast of Senegal. When Cesaria Evora was a girl, her isle, S‹o Vicente, was green and lush, like a perfect tropical paradise. Today, after…
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    Red Aunts #1 Chicken (Epitaph) Three hundred words on #1 Chicken? Subtitled "14 Songs, 23 Minutes," there ain't even 300 words on Red Aunts' first Epitaph release, but no matter. Named for a hometown Long Beach restaurant, Chicken is a…
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    Rock of la Raza

    Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalape–o Band is baaad! One of the Bay Area's most popular live acts, the Jalape–os get the party going with a smokin' blend of musica latina -- from cha-chas to charangas to salsa to tejano. With a…
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    Aphex Twin I Care Because You Do (Sire) That disconcerting visage gracing the cover of I Care Because You Do is a self-portrait by none other than Richard James, aka Aphex Twin. A British bedroom experimentalist who rode to prominence…
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    Isaac Hayes Raw & Refined Branded (Pointblank/Virgin) Back in the late '60s and early '70s when James Brown was lugging around Papa's brand new bag and George Clinton was busy making the Mothership Connection, Isaac Hayes was getting down with…
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    Panda Panda (Kokopop) If you're wondering what Panda sounds like, don't expect many clues from the cryptic packaging of its debut CD; bin browsers across America must be scratching their heads in befuddlement over this one. Truth is, even after…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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