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    Music, Reviewed Black Moth Super Rainbow

    Black Moth Super Rainbow

    Ramshackle electro-psych collective Black Moth Super Rainbow first came to wider recognition with 2007's Dandelion Gum. Having dosed that record with some of the most psychotropic beat-driven sounds this side of Edan's fractured hip-hop masterwork Beauty and the Beat, Black…
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    Music, Reviewed Gojira


    France may not be the international hotbed for metal, but the extreme French quartet Gojira has emerged as one of the genre's leading lights. On the brutal, esoteric The Way of All Flesh, guitarist and vocalist Joe Duplantier and drummer…
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    Music, Reviewed Annihilation Time

    Annihilation Time

    The collision of '70s hard-rock riffs and '80s hardcore aggression has long been a volatile combination, successfully mined by the likes of Zeke, Nashville Pussy, and the late-lamented REO Speedealer. Though Oakland-based quintet Annihilation Time doesn't careen through songs at…
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    Music, Reviewed The Dandy Warhols

    The Dandy Warhols

    The acclaimed documentary DiG! spotlighted the late 1990s ascent of pretentious psych-lite outfit the Dandy Warhols, but by the time the film hit theaters in 2004, the band was on a slippery descent. Having alienated fans with the new-wave redux…
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    Music, Reviewed Totimoshi


    With more than a decade of bashing out sludgy, Melvins-inspired heaviness, Oakland power trio Totimoshi takes a step into new territory with a considerably more dynamic sound on its fifth effort, Milagrosa. Joined again by Helmet principal Page Hamilton as…
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    Music, Reviewed Modey Lemon

    Modey Lemon

    It's been three long years since experimental trio Modey Lemon released an album, but the corrosive madness of Seasons of Sweets proves well worth the wait. Craftily marrying mind-fracturing psych with pounding garage punk, the disc harnesses the Pittsburgh-based band's…
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    Music, Reviewed The Heavy

    The Heavy

    Throwback R&B acts on both sides of the Atlantic have struck gold by mining the classic sounds of James Brown, Motown, and Aretha Franklin, but few have touched on the fuzzed-out end of the soul spectrum occupied by the likes…
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    Music, Reviewed Jim White

    Jim White

    For more than a decade, songwriter Jim White has pushed the boundaries of alt-country music with his leftfield lyricism and penchant for spacey, downtempo beats; call it gothic y'all-tronica. On his fourth effort for David Byrne's Luaka Bop imprint, White…
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    Music, Reviewed Triclops!


    Triclops! followers expecting the local prog-punk behemoth to match the brutality quotient of its live assault won't be disappointed by the quartet's debut full-length. What may surprise some listeners are the warped lyrical genius and dynamic subtleties the band's onstage…
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    Music, Reviewed Dub Trio

    Dub Trio

    If Dub Trio keeps putting out albums as bludgeoning as Another Sound Is Dying, the threesome may come under Better Business Bureau scrutiny for false advertising on the basis of its moniker. Opening salvo "Not for Nothing" unleashes a monolithic,…
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    Music, Reviewed Boris with Michio Kurihara

    Boris with Michio Kurihara

    One never knows what to expect next from prolific Japanese avant-sludgmeisters Boris. The trio's propensity to change up its sound becomes even greater when the group collaborates with like-minded artists such as noise terrorist Merzbow or drone merchants Sunn 0))).…
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    Music, Reviewed Bad Brains

    Bad Brains

    Of the many influential outfits reuniting for albums this year, D.C. reggae/hardcore act Bad Brains held only a shadow of a promise with its resurrected lineup. The doubt stemmed from a combination of lead singer H.R.'s reputation for erratic behavior…
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    Music, Reviewed The Lovemakers

    The Lovemakers

    Oakland's electro-pop purveyors the Lovemakers have never made any bones about their aim for global domination. So it's no huge shock to hear principals Scott Blonde and Lisa Light step away from flogging their "We Love the '80s" template now…
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    Music, Reviewed Unsane


    While most of its New York City noise-rock contemporaries have either smoothed out their abrasive edges or disintegrated altogether, corrosive power trio Unsane has kept its brutal vision intact for nearly two decades. Known for blood-splattered album art that matches…
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    Music, Reviewed OOIOO


    Anyone familiar with Yoshimi P-we's schizophonic work in Japanese avant-rock pioneers UFO Or Die and Boredoms was probably surprised at the circular, sometimes pastoral prog-psych minimalism of OOIOO. A decade after P-we's other group started, it continues to confound expectations…
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    Music, Reviewed Fujiya & Miyagi

    Fujiya & Miyagi

    Given the group's name and its obvious love for the minimalist funk of Future Days-era Can, it isn't farfetched to think Fujiya & Miyagi are descendents of iconic krautrocker Damo Suzuki. While F&M have opened for the legendary singer, the…
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    Music, Reviewed Hella


    If you hadn't heard Hella's output during its original incarnation as an impossibly hectic spazzcore duo, you could characterize the group's latest effort as some of the most batshit-crazy rock to lurch its way out of a speaker. While one…
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    Music, Reviewed Hammers of Misfortune

    Hammers of Misfortune

    The mythical story line that propelled Hammers of Misfortune's acclaimed debut The Bastard helped set the band apart from its less-ambitious contemporaries in 2001. On the group's latest effort, though, local metal auteur John Cobbett ditches fantasy for an apocalyptic…
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    Music, Reviewed The Heads

    The Heads

    Despite being one of the more creative bands to emerge from the lemminglike tide of late ’90s stoner-rock acts committed to vinyl by the Man’s Ruin imprint, talented British fuzz merchants the Heads somehow never got the Stateside audience they…
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    Music, Reviewed Flesh Wounds

    Flesh Wounds

    East Bay stalwarts Fleshies have never shied away from thumbing a collective nose at the conventions of punk rock, so the frequently irreverent tone of the group's third full-length comes as no surprise. Where past efforts have been recorded in…
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    Music, Reviewed Code of Honor

    Code of Honor

    Though it never achieved the same level of international notoriety as contemporaries like the Dead Kennedys or Subterranean Records labelmate Flipper, politically charged local hardcore outfit Code of Honor produced some of the most bracing, radical punk music to emerge…
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    Music, Reviewed Various Artists

    Various Artists

    The Great White North may seem an unlikely hotbed for bad-ass breakbeats and soulful grooves, but Seattle-based imprint Light in the Attic offers ample evidence that the capitol of Ontario, Canada, indeed had it going on back in the day…
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    Music, Reviewed Brian Glaze|The Cuts

    Brian Glaze|The Cuts

    Local music maven David Katznelson and his Birdman Records imprint have long embraced sonic wayfarers traveling on the acid-fried fringe of music. Two of the label's latest offerings have as much to do with tasty melodies as experimental edginess, though.…
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    Music, Reviewed Dir en grey

    Dir en grey

    Japanese musical exports armed with experimental hard rock or punk sounds usually have strong ties to their native underground scene. Not so with gothic industrial-metalers Dir en grey. Formed in 1997, the quintet became the first independent band to chart…
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    Music, Reviewed Eric McFadden Trio

    Eric McFadden Trio

    Six-string axe slingers lauded for their digital dexterity are usually: a) crappy singers, and b) inept tunesmiths. Though local guitar wizard Eric McFadden has an unquestionable pedigree -- for four years he served as designated face-melting soloist in George Clinton's…
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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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