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    Music, Hear This Destroyer: Show Preview

    Destroyer: Show Preview

    Some "bands" are manifestations of essentially one person. In 1995 Vancouver's Dan Bejar more or less became Destroyer: singing, writing, and playing most of his own instruments. Bejar's chief inspirations seem to be maverick U.K. songsters David Bowie and Kevin…
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    Music, Reviewed The Dead Science

    The Dead Science

    Seattle-based Dead Science is either a pop band with experimental inclinations or an avant-garde combo disguised with contemporary mannerisms. On its fifth album, Villainaire, the trio offers feverishly fuzzed-out guitar, spastic rhythms, and melodramatic instrumental outbursts. Such jarring elements are…
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    Music, Reviewed Destroyer

    Destroyer

    "Arch," "grandiose," and "affected" are terms used by some music critics to condemn rock records, but Dan Bejar embraces these descriptors as positive attributes. As Destroyer, his vocals are often melodramatic and self-satisfied: Think David Bowie, Suede, and Robyn Hitchcock…
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    Music, The New Pornographers' Feel Good Rush

    The New Pornographers' Feel Good Rush

    A.C. Newman, the New Pornographers' driving force and principal songwriter, has a bone to pick with music critics who lump the band into the "power-pop" genre. "I'm not really sure what power-pop is," says Newman on the phone from his…
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    Music, Reviewed The New Pornographers

    The New Pornographers

    On Twin Cinema, the pop-tastic songs of Carl Newman and company wrap themselves around you in ways that are stranger and more uninhibited than ever. Sure, you might want to pump your fists to the more muscular indie gems (and…
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    Music, Reviewed Destroyer

    Destroyer

    On this six-track EP, a handful of tunes from Destroyer's totally awesome 2004 art-synth overload Your Blues are given a rock/folk/freak facelift courtesy of last year's tourmates, Frog Eyes. Anyone who saw the Destroyer/ Frog Eyes circus is probably still…
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    Music, Pinup Energy

    Pinup Energy

    "Aw, fuck off!" explodes Carl Newman, the singer/guitarist behind Vancouver pop combo the New Pornographers. He's just been informed that his band will have some stiff competition on its upcoming tour -- across Denver that same night another venue will…
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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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