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    Low Christmas (Kranky) Low has been cranking out moody, slowcore hits since the early '90s, and yet the band has the nerve to end the decade that embraced it with an album of completely reverent Christmas carols. The group's prolific…
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    Beck Midnite Vultures (DGC) With the ugliest cover art since late-'70s Hipgnosis, it would appear Beck Hansen is waving the flag for the imminent revival of new wave on Midnite Vultures. But the neon tubes that swoosh from the cover…
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    Music, A Hobo's Progress

    A Hobo's Progress

    Something everlastingly true about riding freight trains is that it's boring," says U. Utah Phillips. Among other disparate and curious credentials, he is a songwriter, a poet, a storyteller, a peace activist, a broadcaster, a collaborator with Ani DiFranco, and…
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    Velvet Crush Free Expression (Bobsled) Imagine you had the Beatles' White Album in your CD player and upon punching in song eight were expecting to hear John Lennon go, "She's not a girl who misses much," but instead, a gentle…
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    Ramblin' Jack Elliott The Long Ride (HighTone) For a while, there didn't seem to be a place in the world for a guy who sang songs by old friends -- friends like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan -- and…
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    Richard Thompson Mock Tudor (Capitol) As a musician who's spent three decades not only building a rep as one of England's greatest rock guitarists, but also as the master of the acidic lyrical kiss-off, it's worth noting that Richard Thompson…
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    Mike "Sport" Murphy Willoughby (Kill Rock Stars) Precious few people have heard the Skels, late of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Possibly even fewer got to hear Skels frontman Mike "Sport" Murphy's solo album, Willoughby, when it was first released on Mystery…
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    Eddie Hinton Hard Luck Guy (Capricorn) When Otis Redding died, Mrs. Redding asked Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section guitarist Eddie Hinton to teach the Redding children to play the instrument. She might as well have asked the session man to…
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    The Bevis Frond Vavona Burr (Flydaddy) The greatest thing about Nick Saloman's one-man band, the Bevis Frond, is that it exists. The entity keeps making records -- every damn one of the 16 made in the last 10 years is…
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    Verbena Into the Pink (Capitol) Souls for Sale, Verbena's 1996 debut album, is the sound of true desperation. A perfect combination of impossibly trashy male/female vocals and pummeling, Stooges-esque guitars, it stands as a monument to the redeeming power of…
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    Those Who Dared

    Virginia Dare songwriter Mary O'Neil and her husband, guitarist Brad Johnson, both work day jobs. They rent a tiny but cute Bernal Heights cottage, which they share with Kit, their 4-year-old son, and a cat. Some nights they strum…
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    Tom Waits Mule Variations (Epitaph) Tom Waits coined the word "surrural" to describe the music contained on his 14th studio recording. And it is true that Mule Variations fuses the surreal with the rural -- but Waits forgot to mention…
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    The Chamber Strings Gospel Morning (Bobsled) If your idea of heaven is a place where the rock singers wear eyeliner, then this is your music. The Chamber Strings excel at what's known as drunk and junkie rock, the genre of…
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    Ani DiFranco Up Up Up Up Up Up (Righteous Babe) Ani DiFranco has resolved to ignore the media chatter that surrounds her public persona. Systematically denied rotation on commercial radio, the folk-punk poetess has spent nine years exercising her creative…
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    One Nation Under a Guru

    Habib Khan Freight & Salvage, Berkeley Sunday, Jan. 31 Look around these days, and it's all about India. The subcontinent is everywhere -- from Talvin Singh and Bombay the Hardway to that heinous Alanis song and Madonna's clothes; even Beck…
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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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