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Calendar, Night&Day Get Me to the Church on Time

Get Me to the Church on Time

Barn Owl's music is almost tailor-made for sacred spaces. The local duo's most recent album, The Conjurer, unfolds with meditative pacing, each guitar chord purposeful as a mantra and played against skeletal percussion. The beautiful instrumental record is meant to…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Let's Get Killed's Top Albums of 2009

Let's Get Killed's Top Albums of 2009

Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion Merriweather made it onto many favorite lists this year, and for good reason. It's a sonic fireworks show. Small explosions of electronic glee build into giant displays of happy handclaps, ecstatic voices, and upbeat instrumental…
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Music, The decade in ideas: local artists, DJs, studio heads, and tech geeks discuss the past and present in music

The decade in ideas: local artists, DJs, studio heads, and tech geeks discuss the past and present in music

This month marks not only the close of the year, but also the end of a decade in which we saw the way we create, listen to, and consume music become faster and easier for artists and fans. But all…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Ten years of music videos: A treadmill, a stanky romance, and a YouTube dream

Ten years of music videos: A treadmill, a stanky romance, and a YouTube dream

For this week's music section, SF Weekly scoured the local landscape, asking the people making, producing, DJing, and distributing music about the big ideas affecting the industry in the last decade. Among their answers, one important media development that didn't…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Artists and tech geeks debated the future of the industry at SF MusicTech

Artists and tech geeks debated the future of the industry at SF MusicTech

The fifth annual SF MusicTech Summit was only on its second round of panels last week when cellist Zoe Keating aptly summed up a major goal for the event. She was a panelist in a discussion concerning the ways musicians…
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Music, Let's Get Killed December's best holiday music events

December's best holiday music events

For some folks, December is insufferable, a month packed with blinking, twinkling reminders of just how commercially focused, environmentally callous, and falsely cheerful this country can get. But I'll admit it — I love every last bit of Christmas crap.…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Kev Choice’s song a day series gives Bay Area concerns a beat

Kev Choice’s song a day series gives Bay Area concerns a beat

Bay Area rappers spent 2009 responding to current events and social memes with memorable singles. Two prime examples: Mistah F.A.B.'s nod to trendy chatter, "Hit Me on Twitter," or Paris' late-November track, "Side Effect," which entered the health care debate…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Annie's Social Club to close at the end of the year

Annie's Social Club to close at the end of the year

New Year's Eve marks the close of more than a calendar decade — it's also the last night the lowbrow Folsom Street institution Annie's Social Club will be open. After four years of giving local bands, karaoke fans, and Britpop…
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Music, Let's Get Killed S.F. cops may have gone too far in seizing DJ gear at underground parties

S.F. cops may have gone too far in seizing DJ gear at underground parties

San Francisco DJs at underground parties in SOMA are claiming that their equipment is being unfairly seized, and in some cases being held beyond a reasonable amount of time, by the San Francisco Police Department. A national electronic-rights organization is…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Pirate Cat Radio slapped with hefty fine, pushed off the FM dial

Pirate Cat Radio slapped with hefty fine, pushed off the FM dial

Pirate Cat Radio has never been a clandestine operation. It's easy to locate in the Mission at the Pirate Cat Radio Cafe, on the radio dial at 87.9 FM, and online at www.piratecatradio.com. The San Francisco news and music outpost…
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Music, Let's Get Killed The Dutchess and the Duke break hearts on acoustic strings

The Dutchess and the Duke break hearts on acoustic strings

Breakups can be brutal, but the worst part is the dread before the expected split. Once you're single, your slate is nearly clean. It's when you haven't yet left the comforts of a relationship that a chilling sort of isolation…
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Music, Let's Get Killed The best of the Bay Area's "costume rock"

The best of the Bay Area's "costume rock"

While the rest of the country raids thrift store and drugstore bargain bins for sexy, dead, and dead-sexy looks every October, San Francisco is the proud home of the year-round costumer. We don't need Halloween on the calendar in order…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard, and a bad actress pay tribute to Kerouac&#146;s <i>Big Sur</i>

Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard, and a bad actress pay tribute to Kerouac’s Big Sur

Jack Kerouac's writing has strong musical ties. Jazz musicians provided the beat for his words. There's great musicality to his phrasings. "A lot of musicians like him because he's a very musical writer," says Tom Waits in One Fast Move…
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Music, Feature Music Awards intro

Music Awards intro

One of the toughest aspects of compiling an annual music awards package is working the nominees into 10 distinct ballot categories, which readers then use to vote for their favorite acts. It's a reductive action that goes against the nature…
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Music, Feature

Music Awards: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Stay • Smaller is better. Less competition means more space for creativity and collaboration. Identifying the key players and then networking is fairly easy. • San Francisco remains riddled with misfits. You and your band can get as weird as…
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Music, Music Awards Program Guide Intro

Music Awards Program Guide Intro

We spend the whole year, every year, obsessing about local music. Between our pop culture blog All Shook Down and the old-school printed paper, we tackle the Bay Area from as many angles as possible — interviewing and reviewing artists,…
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Music, Let's Get Killed New Bay Area punk oral history unearths dead babies, stinky roadies, and strong community networks

New Bay Area punk oral history unearths dead babies, stinky roadies, and strong community networks

Few music books have had the impact of Please Kill Me. Reading the classic 1996 "uncensored oral history of punk" was like breaking into your idols' diaries. It revealed outrageous stories about the genre's earliest progenitors, most of whom either…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Tim Cohen's possessed psych

Tim Cohen's possessed psych

Tim Cohen is on a songwriting tear. He's a central figure in San Francisco's very crowded, quite prolific psych-folk-garage scene, working on nearly enough projects to fill one of the bins at Amoeba, the record store that has employed him…
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Music, Feature Just Tweet It

Just Tweet It

Under the parking lot misters at the Greens Hotel in Sacramento, models with stilettos longer than their shorts are practicing their swagger across the stage. It's a sweltering July afternoon, and this gated motel is an oasis of beautiful fashionistas.…
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Music, Let's Get Killed <i>American Idiot</i> the musical fails to give Green Day&#146;s anthems narrative arc

American Idiot the musical fails to give Green Day’s anthems narrative arc

Five years ago, Green Day released a record many pop-punk fans felt was a middle finger to the status quo. American Idiot was taken as a grand, rock-operatic statement against various miseries — Bush in the White House, war in…
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