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    Cesaria Evora

    Both sweet and sorrowful, the title track on Cesaria Evora's latest album attests to the Cape Verdean singer's recommitment to her roots. The languid tempo of "Voz d'Amor" ("The Voice of Love"), a minor-key ballad, underscores the tune's sad yet…
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    Riff Raff

    Left Of(f) the Dial Until recently, Dore Stein was host of a twice-weekly radio show called "Tangents," broadcast on KALW (91.7-FM), the San Francisco Unified School District's radio station. It's a program that is very bright, very much loved by…
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    House of Tudor

    Like low-hanging clouds on a warm Louisiana morning, Damon & Naomi's latest offering, Playback Singers, seeps into your clothes and clings to the hair on the nape of your neck. Before you know it, you're soaked through and through, but…
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    The House of Tudor

    With their throaty combination of groove-based funk, danceable hip hop, aggressive jazz, soulful raps, and an undeniably positive message, Lord of Word & the Disciples of Bass may be picking up where Spearhead left off in the early '90s. Their…
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    The House of Tudor

    On the Blue in the Face soundtrack, David Byrne tried to match the achievement of Wayne Wang's superlative film -- that is, to give the outsider an insider's look at Brooklyn. While the musical selection was inspired -- Lou Reed,…
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    Hear This

    Muzsiks & Marta Sebestyen After earning 67 seconds of fame by singing the opening theme of last year's most unaccountably popular art-house hit, Hungarian vocalist Marta Sebestyen's record label relentlessly hypes her as the "Voice of The English Patient." Milking…
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    Serge Gainsbourg Comic Strip Couleur Cafe Du Jazz Dans Le Ravin (Mercury) The music industry's cartoon characters are often even more amusing and intriguing (and less human) than those inhabiting your average Chuck Jones-era Warner Bros. cartoon. Take Serge Gainsbourg,…
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    The Barefoot Contessa

    Cape Verde is composed of 10 small islands, nestled in the Atlantic 350 miles off the coast of Senegal. When Cesaria Evora was a girl, her isle, S‹o Vicente, was green and lush, like a perfect tropical paradise. Today, after…
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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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