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    Music, Hear This Mastodon: Show Preview

    Mastodon: Show Preview

    If you think you feel the ground shaking on Friday night, don't be afraid — it's more likely to be Mastodon and Opeth shredding people's faces off than an actual earthquake. The bearded mind-melters from Georgia are co-headlining with the…
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    Music, Hear This Metal on Fire

    Metal on Fire

    In the year since High on Fire released its last record — Death Is This Communion, an uncompromisingly forbidding, yet strangely melodic album — the Oakland metal gods have remained quite the road warriors. The Matt Pike–led trio has spent…
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    Music, Hear This Swedish Skull Crush

    Swedish Skull Crush

    For the better part of two decades, Swedish death-metal band Opeth has been redefining its genre with audacious experiments in heaviness. Marrying the complex dynamics of '70s prog and elegiac folk atmospheres to extreme riff brutality, the group's music is…
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    Music, Reviewed Ludicra

    Ludicra

    Contrary to the average music fan's perception that black metal automatically equals singers who sound like they're gargling battery acid and relentless, guitar-in-a-Cuisinart riffs, the better bands of the genre actually employ a sonic palette considerably broader than most heavy…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This

    Hear This

    Mainstream American metal may have transformed into a pathetic parade of tattooed guys whining about how their daddies didn't love them, but at least die-hard headbangers can look to Sweden for hope. From Meshuggah's experimental, slide-rule riffs to In Flames'…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    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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