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    Music, Some Kind of Monster

    Some Kind of Monster

    Rajko Müller's choice of artist alias, Isolée, means "isolated" in French. But a better choice of name -- at least after his recent, second album, Wearemonster -- might have been Legion, as in the famous biblical citation, "My name is…
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    Music, True Blue

    True Blue

    In the summer of 1986, as they had for many years before that, my parents sent me off to camp in the hills above Santa Cruz. Care packages filled with sugar were strictly verboten, but one sunny day mail call…
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    Music, BeatBox BeatBox


    In the rest of America, it may be no more than a holiday for dazed deviants, but in the Republic of the Bay, where there are more bongs than Republicans, 4/20 is something special. It's a day for family and…
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    Calendar, Resolution Guide

    Get Started as a Bedroom Musician

    Sometime in December, I realized that I was burned out on the writing life. I was sick of long days spent sitting in my apartment, staring at the screen, and trying to come up with ever more creative ways of…
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    Music, BeatBox


    We should consider ourselves lucky that two of the hardest-working men in Bay Area hip hop, DJ/producer Zeph and MC Azeem, also happen to be among the region's most talented. And the fact that these artists have decided to pool…
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    Music, Reviewed The Soft Pink Truth

    The Soft Pink Truth

    What's punker than punk? Well, duh: an album of electro-pop covers of punk songs -- nothing pisses off a purist like swapping Marshall stacks for sampled blips and bleeps. But then, Drew Daniel -- ex-punk rocker, current Björk collaborator and…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This

    Hear This

    In an effort to acknowledge the wide-ranging music culture of Brazil and its contribution to the evolution of American jazz -- most notably via the bossa nova craze of the early '60s -- the concert promoters at SFJAZZ have put…
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    Music, BeatBox


    Experienced DJs Sake-One, J-Boogie, and Jesse Saunders (who released the first house record in the '80s) will be on hand at Club Six to preside over a different sort of election at the DJ competition "Get Selected! Finals: Selection Day."…
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    Music, Reviewed März


    März, the German duo of Ekkehard Ehlers and Albrecht Kunze, opened its first album with a short loop of Nick Drake's "From the Morning," nailing down its aesthetic -- yearning, melancholic, Romantic with a capital "R" -- in a single…
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    Music, Pop Goes the Mouse

    Pop Goes the Mouse

    If you visit Cologne, Germany, and venture forth a few blocks from a square called Barbarossaplatz, tucked along a residential side street -- just past the pastry shop with a smiling doughnut stickered on the glass -- you'll find a…
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    Music, Reviewed Panthers


    Panthers -- the George W. Smith School Panthers, to be precise -- were my grade school's official mascots, but I'm pretty sure that these Panthers are exactly the kind of thing our well-meaning teachers and Officers Friendly wanted to protect…
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    Music, Reviewed Octet


    Bushies may think that the French are a bunch of girlie-men, but today's French musicians are proving that they can bench-press plenty. Just as Sofia Coppola's favorite Frenchies, Phoenix, easily heft a sound overloaded with disco, country, and rock, Cash…
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    Music, Reviewed Akufen


    Akufen, Montreal's master of "microsampling," loves things that go bump in the night -- and click, and thunk, and skefiddle. As a producer, he's made his name chopping up fragments of fragments of other people's funk into finer and finer…
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    Music, Reviewed Jake Fairley

    Jake Fairley

    When considering the divided nature of America, the "red states versus blue states" model is just the beginning. With guitars in the ascendant and DJs fighting for hard-won turf, the tussle between rockers and ravers is shaping up to be…
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    Music, Reviewed Mission of Burma

    Mission of Burma

    The Pixies may have been this year's big reunion story, but no recorded reformation held greater risk for the post-punk generation than Mission of Burma's OnOFFOn. By the time Boston's Burma disbanded in 1982, after four meager years together, the…
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    Music, Reviewed James Coton

    James Coton

    What year is it again? Judging from the churning drum machine sequences and low-end magma bubbling of James Coton's debut LP, it might be 1992 all over again. Then again, given Coton's unhinged rhythmic sensibility, which seems to take inspiration…
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    Music, Reviewed Zero 7

    Zero 7

    Air's sundown set at Coachella last month was reportedly a make-out fest of epic proportions. With spring decidedly in the air even here in San Francisco, one hopes that the sultry/sun-kissed/ slow-jammy sounds of England's Zero 7 will inspire similar…
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    Music, Reviewed Wiley


    U.K. garage superproducer Wiley's rise to the spotlight, right behind his erstwhile collaborator Dizzee Rascal, has made him, of all things, quite defensive. "Goodbye to the fingers pointing at me," he carps on "Wot Do U Call It?," the first…
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    Music, Reviewed John Vanderslice

    John Vanderslice

    Once upon a time, indie rock thrived on tropes of immediacy and authenticity, "real" sounds in "real" time, no overdubs, no fancy effects, and for God's sake no keyboards. But San Francisco's John Vanderslice, taking inspiration from both Guided by…
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    Music, On Grime

    On Grime

    It is in the nature of buzz that it obscures the sounds behind it, so it's no surprise that one of the year's most astonishing – and astonishingly hyped – albums has become one of the hardest to hear clearly.…
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    Music, BeatBox


    Paul Dolby, aka Seiji , is one of the most well-known members of the West London production collective Bugz in the Attic. He was also one of the early innovators of an electronica subgenre known as "broken beat" or "nu…
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    Music, Reviewed Triosk Meets Jan Jelinek

    Triosk Meets Jan Jelinek

    Ken Burns' documentary Jazz, which ended with the 1960s, may have left out a thing or two. 1989: DJ Premier folds jazz into the hip hop lexicon with Gang Starr's debut. 1994: Mo' Wax announces a new birth of cool…
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    Music, BeatBox


    Jazz great Roy Ayers is one of those veteran cats whose music has reached far beyond his original milieu to inspire a new generation of sounds. His giddy and fuzzy vibraphone has been nicked by dozens of hip hop and…
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    Music, The Germans Are Coming!

    The Germans Are Coming!

    Eminem has said a lot of asinine things over the years, but when he carped, "Nobody listens to techno," he had a point. The style may have been born in Detroit, but as any number of DJs, producers, promoters, and…
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    Music, Reviewed Luke Vibert

    Luke Vibert

    If current trends are any indication, we're going to be hearing a lot about acid in the coming months. Not the chemical that bound Haight to Ashbury to create 1967's Summer of Love, but the catalyst behind the other so-called…
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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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