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Music, Be More Positive: The New Pornographers' Carl Newman Explains Why the Band's Acclaimed New Album Isn't Acclaimed Enough

Be More Positive: The New Pornographers' Carl Newman Explains Why the Band's Acclaimed New Album Isn't Acclaimed Enough

Carl Newman is a happy man. Last month, his band the New Pornographers released its sixth album to almost universal praise. Brill Bruisers matches the band's muscular pop-rock with swirling synthesizers à la Electric Light Orchestra for a collection that…
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Music, Fall Out!: How to Navigate the Grooviest Time of the Year for Bay Area Concerts

Fall Out!: How to Navigate the Grooviest Time of the Year for Bay Area Concerts

It's September, which means San Francisco summer is here, the local tourist population is rapidly declining, and it's time to get to some concerts. Possibly the best time: After slogging it out on the festival circuit all summer, and with…
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Music, All Shook Down How Arcade Fire, the Hugest Band in Indie Rock, Stays Grounded

How Arcade Fire, the Hugest Band in Indie Rock, Stays Grounded

From the latest SF Weekly: An interview with Will Butler of Arcade Fire: One of the more interesting things about Arcade Fire — maybe as interesting as its music — is the way the band challenges the scope of what…
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Music, Big Heads, Small(er) Egos: How Arcade Fire, the Hugest Band in Indie Rock, Stays Grounded

Big Heads, Small(er) Egos: How Arcade Fire, the Hugest Band in Indie Rock, Stays Grounded

One of the more interesting things about Arcade Fire — maybe as interesting as its music — is the way the band challenges the scope of what so-called indie rock bands are supposed to be. It did this early on…
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Music, All Shook Down The First Hints of the 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup Are Here

The First Hints of the 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup Are Here

It's July 25, 2014, the day that would have been Warren Hellman's 80th birthday. Sadly, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder is now strumming at the big jam session in the sky. But today does bring the first hints of the…
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This Animated Video for Melted Toys' "Always" Is Melting Our Miiiinds

So there is a fluttering ghost with an expression like a Mexican wrestling mask, and everything is pink or orange, and there's a cloud with kind of a face in it, and morphing demon-like running figures, and a perpetual (seeming)…
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Music, All Shook Down Hackers Make New Instrument Out of Hard Drives and E-Junk

Hackers Make New Instrument Out of Hard Drives and E-Junk

It turns out old electronic junk can be pretty useful for making music. For one thing, you can program an array of floppy drives to play "Somebody That I Used to Know." And, as some Illinois hackers recently showed Wired,…
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News, Feature What Happens Here Gets Heard: Lessons from Four Years in the Trenches of San Francisco Music

What Happens Here Gets Heard: Lessons from Four Years in the Trenches of San Francisco Music

Lars Ulrich is not a scary man. He is short, Danish, and gabby. He often wears gym shorts onstage. But at the Fillmore that night, Lars Ulrich wasn't the one making threats. He was just delivering them. "If you fuck…
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Music, All Shook Down The Nostalgia Machine Takes the Work Out of Reliving the Music of Your Glory Days

The Nostalgia Machine Takes the Work Out of Reliving the Music of Your Glory Days

Everyone knows that _____ was the best year for pop music, when they were 16 (or 14 or 18) and when "______" was on the radio and MTV constantly. It's a scientifically proven fact. And now there's a website, where,…
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Music, All Shook Down Video: Street Eaters Make Their Own Eerie Video for the Pummeling "Empty Rooms"

Video: Street Eaters Make Their Own Eerie Video for the Pummeling "Empty Rooms"

Berkeley duo Street Eaters define themselves as a "truewave/punk" band. What "truewave" means, exactly, we can only infer -- but "Empty Rooms," for which bassist/guitarist John No and drummer Megan March just made their own video, is some seriously ear-exploding,…
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Music, All Shook Down Alt-Weekly Awards Snub Music Writing of the Nation's Largest Alt-Weeklies

Alt-Weekly Awards Snub Music Writing of the Nation's Largest Alt-Weeklies

This week, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the professional group representing papers like SF Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, LA Weekly, and Village Voice, announced the winners of its annual awards. Now these aren't the Pulitzers or anything, but…
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Music, All Shook Down Noise Pop Pairs Local Food, Local Music With Free 20th Street Block Party

Noise Pop Pairs Local Food, Local Music With Free 20th Street Block Party

As San Francisco grows ever more expensive, some in the more artistic, less remunerative cultural fields have come to see the city's flourishing food scene as a symbol for the troubles of artists and the middle class. The more elite…
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Music, All Shook Down Thao and Nick Waterhouse Rule Phono Del Sol, 7/12/14

Thao and Nick Waterhouse Rule Phono Del Sol, 7/12/14

Phono Del Sol 2014, with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Wye Oak, Nick Waterhouse, Blackbird Blackbird, White Fence, Tony Molina, Yalls, A Million Billion Dying Suns, The Tambo Rays, Bill Baird Saturday, July 12, 2014 Potrero Del Sol…
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Music, All Shook Down Will Too $hort's Full-Band Show at Public Works This Month Be a Disaster?

Will Too $hort's Full-Band Show at Public Works This Month Be a Disaster?

Life is, er, too short not to know that one of the Bay Area's most notorious rappers -- the man who made "Blow the Whistle," Get in Where You Fit in, "Blowjob Betty," and countless other somewhat funny/cringe-inducing assaults on…
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Music, All Shook Down Christopher Owens Goes Country-Pop in "Nothing More Than Everything To Me"

Christopher Owens Goes Country-Pop in "Nothing More Than Everything To Me"

At last, today brings a first taste of Christopher Owens' post-Lysandre, post-end-of-Girls music. Given that Owens' initial release after the breakup of the San Francisco indie pop band was too safe and too short to feel like a proper restart,…
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Music, Riptide: Making Sandy's First Album Nearly Dragged Alexi Glickman Under

Riptide: Making Sandy's First Album Nearly Dragged Alexi Glickman Under

Alexi Glickman always looked down on nonstandard ways of tuning the guitar, seeing them as a kind of cheating. But sometime around 2010, Glickman needed all the help he could get. His band the Botticellis, composed of many longtime friends,…
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Music, All Shook Down Here Are Set Times For Phono Del Sol, Where You Should Probably Be This Weekend

Here Are Set Times For Phono Del Sol, Where You Should Probably Be This Weekend

On a sunny Saturday in July, do you have anything better to do than sit in a park while bands, some of them local, some of them nationally famous, attempt to entertain you? We doubt it. Phono Del Sol is…
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Music, All Shook Down Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Murder the Devil at the Warfield, 7/7/14

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Murder the Devil at the Warfield, 7/7/14

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Mark Lanegan Monday, July 7, 2014 The Warfield Nick Cave is buried up to his waist in hands -- fists, palms, fingers, all grasping at him. He's cantilevered over the crowd so far it…
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The Wytches' Gothy Garage Rock Opens for Cloud Nothings and METZ Tonight

Those of you going to see Cloud Nothings and METZ tonight at Great American Music Hall -- and there must be a fair number of you, since the advance tickets are sold out -- need a warning: Get there early…
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Music, All Shook Down Hannah Lew on Cold Beat, the Inequities of Foodie Culture, and Why S.F. Music Is Doomed

Hannah Lew on Cold Beat, the Inequities of Foodie Culture, and Why S.F. Music Is Doomed

Hannah Lew was best known as one of the three ladies of Grass Widow, a principled, inventive Bay Area art-punk band whose lithe songs and embroidered harmonies attracted national attention. Starting last year, however, Lew turned her energies to…
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