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    Music, Hear This Angel Olsen: Show Preview

    Angel Olsen: Show Preview

    For folk musicians who want to truly connect with audiences, sincerity must be job No. 1. In a way more marked than any other genre, great folk is contingent on creating primal, roaring empathy between narrator and listener — which…
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    Culture, Art Boxer’s Rebellion: The Continuing Adventures of Mike Tyson

    Boxer’s Rebellion: The Continuing Adventures of Mike Tyson

    Since he hung up the gloves in 2005, Mike Tyson has been having the best post-sports career ever. The onetime undisputed heavyweight champ has crooned Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" for The Hangover, showed up on How I Met…
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    Music, Hear This Mark Lanegan Band: Show Preview

    Mark Lanegan Band: Show Preview

    Taking the portrait painted on Phantom Radio as gospel, Mark Lanegan sure is one captivatingly fucked up guy. On Mark Lanegan Band's new album — the ninth under Lanegan's name — the former ringleader of grunge originals Screaming Trees delivers…
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    Music, All Shook Down Rancid's Love Letters to the Bay: The Band's 5 Most Profound Punk Songs About Home

    Rancid's Love Letters to the Bay: The Band's 5 Most Profound Punk Songs About Home

    If there's one thing Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen really dig writing about putting drugs, poverty, depression, and rebellion aside — it's places. Comb through Rancid's discography and you'll hit at least a couple dozen references to locales, especially…
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    Music, Hear This Kimbra: Show Preview

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    When Gotye hit it big with "Somebody That I Used to Know," he didn't do it alone. The chart-conquering 2012 track also featured the New Zealand-born, Australia-based singer-songwriter Kimbra Lee Johnson, who performs professionally as simply Kimbra. Johnson initially started…
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    Music, Hear This Ensemble Mik Nawooj: Show Preview

    Ensemble Mik Nawooj: Show Preview

    If, as the cliché goes, variety is the spice of life, Ensemble Mik Nawooj truly knows how to live. The Oakland outfit is all about curious flair and compelling flavor, fusing threads of jazz, hip-hop, classical music, pop, and rock…
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    Music, Hear This Cibo Matto: Show Preview

    Cibo Matto: Show Preview

    Ever experienced something and not been certain whether it's a joke or meant to be taken seriously? Cibo Matto's "Deja Vu" — song and video alike — sure fits that bill. The clip features Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori, the…
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    Music, Hear This Cymbals Eat Guitars: Show Preview

    Cymbals Eat Guitars: Show Preview

    What makes New Jersey prime real estate for soul-on-sleeve storytelling? We don't have the answer, but The Sopranos, Garden State, the Wrens' The Meadowlands, and Bruce Springsteen's discography indicate that there's something special about New York's little brother. That phenomenon…
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    Music, Hear This Wu-Tang Clan: Show Preview

    Wu-Tang Clan: Show Preview

    In consecutive order, this is how Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) starts: sampled dialogue from an '80s martial arts flick; a gritty, irrepressible drum beat; RZA repeatedly yelling, "Bring da motherfucking ruckus!"; and a violent boast from Ghostface Killah: "Ghostface,…
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    Music, Hear This Goatwhore: Show Preview

    Goatwhore: Show Preview

    If any metal group truly savors the power of language, it's Goatwhore. Established in the late 1990s, the New Orleans four-piece draws its mammalian moniker from a drunken strip club trip taken by guitarist/vocalist Sammy Duet and friends. At the…
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    Music, Cock of the Walk: Is Lil Dicky — Straight, White, Jewish Dude Extraordinaire — Rap's Next Big Thing?

    Cock of the Walk: Is Lil Dicky — Straight, White, Jewish Dude Extraordinaire — Rap's Next Big Thing?

    Sometime around fifth grade, Dave Burd — now professionally known as Lil Dicky — was sitting in a music class when the teacher played an instrumental of "Feel So Good," Ma$e's 1997 track. Sitting in front of Burd was "this…
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    Music, Hear This Fishbone: Show Preview

    Fishbone: Show Preview

    Most bands started in adolescence have the lifespan of houseflies. Not Fishbone. Created in 1979 by six teenagers — three of whom are still with the act — the Los Angeles crew soldiers on today, having survived drama within its…
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    Music, Hear This The Rentals: Show Preview

    The Rentals: Show Preview

    As Weezer's quality continues to decline, every passing album lends credence to a theory about the band's ex-bassist Matt Sharp. Some consider Sharp to be that X-factor who provided Weezer with certain balance, energy, and the right ear for editing.…
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    Music, Hear This Swans: Show Preview

    Swans: Show Preview

    Few musical forces can be as genuinely terrifying as Michael Gira, the visionary of Swans. On "Just a Little Boy (For Chester Burnett)" — a loping, drunken-sounding noise rock blizzard off To Be Kind, his band's 13th record — he…
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    Music, Hear This Bombino: Show Preview

    Bombino: Show Preview

    Part of the allure of music is its ability to occasionally whisk you away to someplace new or unfamiliar via sound alone. Bombino is capable of doing just that. In 2011's Agadez, Niger-based guitarist/singer Omara Moctar concocts a blend of…
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    Music, Hear This Corrosion of Conformity: Show Preview

    Corrosion of Conformity: Show Preview

    "We didn't want to play a single style of music ... We were never interested in being put in any particular box," Corrosion of Conformity bassist/singer Mike Dean told Denver Westword in a recent interview, and man, he wasn't kidding.…
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    Music, Hear This Slint: Show Preview

    Slint: Show Preview

    For certain records, context is crucial. Take Spiderland by Slint. If released in 2014, the Louisville, Ky.-rooted four-piece's second album probably wouldn't be an item of great interest to post-rock/indie rock listeners who have been exposed to all sorts of…
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    Music, Hear This The Zombies: Show Preview

    The Zombies: Show Preview

    Writing a truly sexy song — not just a track about sex but one that actually feels sexy — is one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish in pop music. For a decades-old lesson in how to get it…
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    Music, The Fugazi Paradox: Hardcore's Most Daring Band Goes Soul-Searching About Its Success

    The Fugazi Paradox: Hardcore's Most Daring Band Goes Soul-Searching About Its Success

    If there's any good reason for award shows to exist, it's for the moments of unfiltered passion they're liable to produce: the heartfelt shout-outs, the spontaneous bursts of crying, the gestures of overwhelming affection and exhilaration. Stationed in the audience…
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    Music, Hear This Built to Spill: Show Preview

    Built to Spill: Show Preview

    Western music isn't exactly overflowing with tracks about math — two rare examples include They Might Be Giants' "Nonagon" and Kate Bush's "Pi" — but Built to Spill wrote the best-ever song involving the subject anyway. On 1999's Keep It…
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    Music, Hear This FKA twigs: Show Preview

    FKA twigs: Show Preview

    Few things in music these days are more alluring than the videos of FKA twigs (aka Tahliah Barnett). The English singer, whose alias partially stems from a nickname concerning the way her bones crack, has assembled a handful of majestic,…
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    Music, Hear This Ceremony: Show Preview

    Ceremony: Show Preview

    Traditionally, "summer music" associates the hottest season with bright, carefree, catchy pop and rock — a soundtrack fit for relaxing and partying. But what of songs for the less desirable elements of summer — relentlessly scorching afternoons, days when the…
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    Music, Hear This Juicy J: Show Preview

    Juicy J: Show Preview

    Juicy J is having a moment. The Memphis rapper rose to hip-hop fame in the 1990s as part of Southern-style outlaws Three 6 Mafia, later winning an Academy Award with them, but the last few years have really cranked up…
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    Music, All Shook Down The Hold Steady Brings Indie Rock Epics to Great American Music Hall Tonight

    The Hold Steady Brings Indie Rock Epics to Great American Music Hall Tonight

    The worlds of indie rock and sprawling, bloodthirsty pseudo-medieval epics rarely overlap. But an episode last year of HBO's Game of Thrones closed with the Hold Steady's rendition of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," a song whose lyrics appear…
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    Music, Hear This The Hold Steady: Show Preview

    The Hold Steady: Show Preview

    The worlds of indie rock and sprawling, bloodthirsty pseudo-medieval epics rarely overlap. But an episode last year of HBO's Game of Thrones closed with the Hold Steady's rendition of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," a song whose lyrics appear…
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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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