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    Music, Reviewed Lichens; White/Lichens

    Lichens; White/Lichens

    Lichens is Chicago musician Rob Lowe, whom you may know from his stints in 90 Day Men and a very popular band from New York City that's often compared to the Pixies and Peter Gabriel. Those are fine groups and…
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    Music, French Kicks

    French Kicks

    Dance music is going through a boom period. Literally. Labels like Kitsuné, DFA, and Institubes are giving clubbers and DJs more crank for their currency with a brand of track-making that emphasizes gnarly textures, confrontational attitude, boisterous beats, and thrusting…
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    Music, The Astute Aussie

    The Astute Aussie

    White. Female. Australian. Rapper. These words rarely appear in the same sentence. But with the debut album by Macromantics (Romy Hoffman), Moments in Movement, this alien concept blossoms into vibrant, verbose life. The disc (released in January by Kill Rock…
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    Music, Reviewed Clinic


    Disenchanted Clinic fans may think Revisitation is a better title for the Liverpool band's fourth album. Accusations of sonic repetition increased following 2004's Winchester Cathedral, and they'll surely continue apace with Visitations' release. While there's truth to these claims, Clinic's…
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    Music, Reviewed Psychic Ills

    Psychic Ills

    In 2006 no rock album spent more time augmenting my headspace than Psychic Ills' Dins. The Brooklyn quartet updated the heat-blasted, exploratory psychedelia of Texan '60s legends 13th Floor Elevators and the Red Krayola while leaving no cheesy aftertaste. What…
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    Music, Hear This Seattle art rock climax

    Seattle art rock climax

    Two of the Bay Area's more notable experimental rock upstarts are celebrating new releases this Friday. KIT is a quartet that wields guitars and sing-song female vocals to create spastic pop that's surprisingly catchy, as evidenced by the band's debut…
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    Music, Hear This Sonic Boom burrows into the inner E.A.R.

    Sonic Boom burrows into the inner E.A.R.

    It's fitting that Helmet recently completed a string of dates opening for Guns N' Roses: Frontman Page Hamilton might be post-hardcore's version of Axl Rose, having reconstituted his long-running, highly influential band with a bunch of hired guns after a…
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    Music, Senses Burning Overtime

    Senses Burning Overtime

    Seemingly more of a cult with ever-morphing lineups than a rock band proper, Indian Jewelry taps into psychedelia's darker, more tribalistic veins with often equilibrium-upsetting results. Starting life in Houston as Swarm of Angels, Indian Jewelry "began in a shitstorm…
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    Music, Hear This The subtle arithmetic of My Morning Jacket

    The subtle arithmetic of My Morning Jacket

    Imagine leaving an iconic-during-its-heyday band — jazz pianist McCoy Tyner did exactly that, departing the John Coltrane Quartet in the mid-1960s. With his pioneering, harrowing style, Coltrane was virtually deified, but his overall methodology — increasingly "out," way beyond conventional…
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    Music, It Was a Year Of ...

    It Was a Year Of ...

    In case you haven't been paying attention, we're here to remind you that it's that time again. As December gets tossed away like so many holiday cocktail napkins, we critics are busy making our ultra-scientific, down-to-the-last-decibel-point-ratings, you-know-you-just-loved-the-new-Hold Steady-record lists for…
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    Music, Hear This Punk rockers raid your mom's record collection

    Punk rockers raid your mom's record collection

    Austin's Peter and the Wolf is fronted by one Red Hunter, a songwriter who gravitates toward back-porch, lo-fi folk traditions. On his first proper Peter release, Lightness, he falls somewhere between Devendra Banhart, Sun Kil Moon, and the Songs: Ohia.…
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    Music, Reviewed Wolf Eyes

    Wolf Eyes

    In its live sets, Michigan trio Wolf Eyes' music has been known to trigger pain in unlikely places of its audience members' bodies. (For instance, the last time I saw the group perform, these maleficent Midwesterners' high frequencies sent ripples…
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    Music, Hear This New York's OG glam punks saunter up to the mic once again

    New York's OG glam punks saunter up to the mic once again

    The Lights prove that there's still juice in certain over-familiar post-punk maneuvers. The Seattle trio's new Diamonds and Dirt CD is full of meat-and-potatoes (organic, of course) rock that efficiently gets the job done. Starting the album with an ominously…
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    Music, Indie Dim Sum

    Indie Dim Sum

    A decade after its founding, the annual Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival is back to blow your senses, featuring a mix of mediums that includes literature, film, and, of course, a ton of great music. The festivities sprawl throughout…
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    Music, Reviewed Fischerspooner


    Now that electroclash has gone the way of countless rails of yayo, New York's Fischerspooner confronts that difficult second album in a post-Scissor Sisters soundscape. Perhaps not coincidentally, Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner opt for a warmer, less processed sound…
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    Music, Reviewed Moby


    Moby is far too wealthy to care about credibility in the dance-music world he left behind after 1996's ill-conceived rock album Animal Rights and the megasuccess of 1999's Play. Dissed as a crass merchant of bogus blues, soul, and gospel…
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    Music, Hard Gore

    Hard Gore

    Fantômas singer Mike Patton possesses the most versatile voice in all of music. The strain he puts on it as he shrieks, bellows, cackles, croons, and yelps must be unbelievable. (Skeptical? Check out Adult Themes for Voice, his 1996 solo…
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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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