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    Music, Reviewed The Notwist

    The Notwist

    German brothers Markus and Michael Acher have recorded with programmer Martin "Console" Gretschmann and drummer Andi Haberl as the Notwist since 1989. The group was introduced to the U.S. in 2002 via its fifth full-length, Neon Golden, which brought an…
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    Music, Reviewed Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

    Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

    As the continued existence of the Warped Tour proves, I get older and the kids stay the same age. And as long as the latter is true, there will also be room for one more three-chord song based on a…
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    Music, Reviewed Journey


    The members of Journey must be feeling its name is more apt than ever these days. It's unlikely any band (Bay Area or otherwise) has as thoroughly modern and convoluted a resurgence story as these AOR mainstays pulled back into…
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    Music, Reviewed The Sword

    The Sword

    There's no denying rock and all its bastard children existed before videogames, but more and more there's a feeling that music and electronics are locked in a developmental standoff. This isn't even computer-aided composition being talked about, but rather salt-of-the-earth…
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    Music, Reviewed Born Ruffians

    Born Ruffians

    When it comes to musical simplicity, is there a more perfect, primary triumvirate than guitar, drums, and bass? The guitar flares with warning; the cymbals and snares flash in the heat of panic; the bass drops anchor in the depths.…
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    Music, Reviewed


    Longevity in hip-hop is increasingly rare, so milestones should be memorialized. Enter Well Deep, two CDs (31 tracks total) marking the first decade of U.K.–based indie label Big Dada. An offshoot of the quick-cut quarry known as Ninja Tune (home…
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    Music, Reviewed

    Boys Noize

    Berlin producer Alex "Boys Noize" Ridha believes in the concept of the sweet spot. His music provides no duck and weave — there is only a percussion-heavy center. And once that center is located, Ridha unremittingly wails on it with…
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    Music, Reviewed Prefuse 73

    Prefuse 73

    The production work of Scott Herren began as a study in diametric personalities. The Brooklyn- and Atlanta-based producer emerged full-force in 2000 under the aliases Delarosa & Asora, Savath and Savalas, and Prefuse 73. With each compounding persona he further…
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    Music, Reviewed The Warlocks

    The Warlocks

    As astral planes go, that of the Warlocks takes after Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose: it's part visionary, but mostly indulgent. The Los Angeles band has been flying high on the opalescent tailwinds of the Velvet Underground and Spiritualized for nearly…
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    Music, Reviewed Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    The best Yeah Yeah Yeahs songs have always felt like a balling or a brawling, and oftentimes both. Since emerging in 2000, the serrated sleaze-rockin' trio of vamping singer Karen O, bassy guitarist Nick Zinner, and primal drummer Brian Chase…
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    Music, Reviewed Bad Religion

    Bad Religion

    New Maps of Hell, Bad Religion's 14th original studio album, does an admirable job proving that the L.A. sextet is still the epitome of a tempestuous, polemically driven punk band. The anti-establishment espousers conform here to what they do best:…
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    Music, Reviewed Erasure


    Synth-pop pioneers Vince Clarke and Andy Bell don't go for a spot of revisionism throughout Light at the End of the World, the newest proper studio album from the flamboyant duo Erasure. Twenty-some odd years have neither tarnished nor diminished…
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    Music, Reviewed Air


    Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin, the French duo behind Air, are voyeurs. So much of their pursed-lips-and-smoke-wisps output has been delivered so close to the vest that it's easy to believe they permanently reside behind a two-way mirror. Air's sonic…
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    Music, Reviewed Miguel Migs

    Miguel Migs

    Spring break has given tequila a bad name. Often thought of as mere panty peeler, 100-percent artisan blue agave is actually a savory spirit. House music suffers from similar issues. There's the salt-streaked discharge of unadulterated Chicago and New York…
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    Music, Reviewed Bloc Party

    Bloc Party

    A crush can be such a mushy and inelegant experience. Unrequited love feigns the poetic even as it's pathetic. And full-on obsession has its big-budget explosions. But a band reaching for a tingling inkling of intimacy is like a romantic…
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    Music, Reviewed Lupe Fiasco

    Lupe Fiasco

    By decrying inflated grandeur over cinematic sound-swatches, this Chi-Town MC could have had a fiasco on his hands. But with equal parts Jay-Z cadence, Common consciousness, and Jurassic 5 pitch, Fiasco balances an adroit album that's urbane while not being…
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    Music, Reviewed Jimmy Edgar

    Jimmy Edgar

    Like a black box recorder, Jimmy Edgar's full-length debut is rather obvious on its glossy surface but contains meticulous intentions etched beneath that veneer. With their smudged melodies and static murmurs, most of the songs on Color Strip come across…
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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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