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    Music, Reviewed Basia Bulat

    Basia Bulat

    Think of Basia Bulat as one woman's answer to Antony and the Johnsons. The honeyed melodies and romantic melancholia contrived by the Canadian songwriter echo New York's premier chamber crooner in cinematic peaks and minimal valleys. Her song "Snakes and…
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    Music, Bringing It All Back Home

    Bringing It All Back Home

    Blame it all — the preponderance of acoustic guitars, unicorns, and beards in current popular culture — on Devendra Banhart. Of course, without the hirsute freak folker and his enduring influence, we'd also be without the recent parade of unbelievably…
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    Music, Reviewed Beth Orton

    Beth Orton

    For her fourth solo album, British singer Beth Orton — whose early career was all about merging techno and trip hop with Nick Drake-inspired folk — teamed up with producer/musician Jim O'Rourke, best known for weirding up albums by Wilco,…
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    Music, Reviewed Beth Orton

    Beth Orton

    Beth Orton has largely eschewed the spotlight during the four years since her last album, Daybreaker, making it all the more surprising that she spent just two weeks recording the follow-up, the startlingly minimalist Comfort of Strangers. It's an uncanny…
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    Music, Reviewed Joe Ely

    Joe Ely

    Anyone interested in the genesis of the so-called altcountry or Americana genres ought to investigate this Joe Ely fellow. In 1977, just as country music's "outlaw movement" was reaching its peak, Ely emerged from Texas with his lean melding of…
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    Music, Reviewed Various Artists

    Various Artists

    The New York-based dance label Ultra excels at neat summations of current electronic-music fads: Its recent electroclash compilation, Ultra. 80's vs. Electro, pitted young nü wavers like Chicks on Speed and Fischerspooner against their stalwart antecedents, and its new trance…
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    Music, Hear This The Week's Can't-Miss Performance

    The Week's Can't-Miss Performance

    Princess Superstar is the queen bee of hip hop comedy, a rhyme-wielding satirist with a cartoonishly inflated ego and libido. While Superstar -- nee Concetta Kirshner -- may look like a foxier Donatella Versace, she's no spoiled royalty. Raised on…
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    Hear This

    Beth Orton Perhaps a few words from the liner notes to Beth Orton's beautiful Trailer Park contain the key to understanding the British folkie's work: "One more thing ...," the singer/guitarist writes. "Gender is just an excuse, relationships shouldn't be…
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    Recordings

    Verbena Souls for Sale (Merge) Here's some advice for a record exec working at an entertainment conglomerate (and worrying a bit, in the face of all this Britronica, about the state of American Rawk, and how that trickles down to…
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    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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