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Music, Listen Up Talk of the Tastemakers

Talk of the Tastemakers

We're living in an era of New Music Overload, thanks to the ubiquity of fresh tracks on blogs, turntables, and indie radio stations. How do you cut a path through the thicket? One answer is to check out the recommendations…
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Music, Listen Up Techno Tease

Techno Tease

This isn't a Philadelphia story, even though it has brotherly love. It's not a St. Louis story, despite being full of spirit. This story isn't about the Motor City or the Big Apple, while it has ties to both. This…
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Music, Listen Up Electro Selectors

Electro Selectors

When you imagine hundreds of chic indie twentysomethings crowded into a cramped San Francisco dive, it's hard not to include Jefrodisiac and Richie Panic in that vision, with the DJs taking off their clothes as they spin records (and command…
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Music, Listen Up Producer, Label Honcho, Performer, Journalist

Producer, Label Honcho, Performer, Journalist

Over the past decade, Pat Thomas has done more for Bay Area music than nearly anyone whose name is not Tom Donahue, Ralph J. Gleason, or Bill Graham. Steve Wynn, founding member of epochal L.A. guitar-rockers Dream Syndicate and an…
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Music, Listen Up Soul of the Tenderloin

Soul of the Tenderloin

To the city's young gays looking for something outside the "superthumpy, Vocoder-Cher-style music" to dance to, Seth Bogart promises "You'll never hear that shit at my club." Indeed, Bogart's alternative to the Top 40-heavy Castro scene is the Hubba Hubba…
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Music, Listen Up Hug the DJ

Hug the DJ

I am just old enough to remember real radio. When I say "real," I mean radio that was largely DJ-driven: DJs made the playlists, DJs told you why they played certain tracks, DJs made up special funny names for their…
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Music, Listen Up Making a Buzz

Making a Buzz

I swear sometimes it feels like my head will fall off, what with all these cockamamie subgenres of music. Thankfully, we have DJ MikeBee to help us sort it all out. As a regular on Andrew Jervis and Tomas Palermo's…
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