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    Tuvan Grooves

    Smack dab in the center of Asia is a tiny nation called Tuva, an ancient Siberian republic so obscure (at least from our ethnocentric perspective) that no dictionary exists to translate its language into English. This little place has given…
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    Riff Raff

    Goodbye to All That Here's a challenge: Try to find a travel article on San Francisco that somehow avoids invoking the word "heaven" every third or fourth paragraph. As summer kicks in, ink-stained interlopers from New Orleans to Miami to…
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    Music, Riff Raff Riff Raff

    Riff Raff

    Back in Bleak Mark Kozelek's in a good mood these days -- surprising news for a fellow whose perkiest song is titled "Lord, Kill the Pain." Around this time last year, the Red House Painters frontman's career was in chaos:…
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    Music, Riff Raff Riff Raff

    Riff Raff

    Tuvans! Everywhere! Riff Raff isn't in the business of declaring what the Next Big Trend is -- it's thankless work, makes our head hurt, and changes every nanosecond in the high-pitched late '90s anyhow. (Remember the Latin pop boom of…
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    Riff Raff

    Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, Download No Evil Robert Reid's favorite artists are the Clash, Green Day, Kate Bush, and Black Grape, and none of their songs are available on the downloadable music Web site of which he is…
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    Riff Raff

    Postscript: "Bluesman's Blues" At the San Francisco International Film Festival's screening of Genghis Blues on April 29, the approximately 600 patrons were handed envelopes with a leaflet inside as they entered the AMC Kabuki 8's main theater. Those handing out…
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    Bluesman's Tribute Your Paul Pena cover blew my f'ing mind ("Bluesman's Blues," April 21). In 1969, I was a college dropout living with my girlfriend in Worcester, Mass., hanging out with students at Clark U. Some friends of friends knew…
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    Bluesman's Blues

    Two men showed up to offer their own tribute: Jorge Molina playing a conch and Paul Pena blowing into a five-foot-long digeridoo, an Australian instrument crafted from a hollow eucalyptus branch. Stopping to chant in what he called a Tuvan…
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    Night Crawler

    Hippies, yuppies, and cultural thrill-seekers line up outside the Asian Art Museum on the off chance that an additional performance of "Chinggis Blues," the collaboration of local bluesman Paul Pena and Tuvan throat-singer Kongar-ool Ondar will be added. (One is.)…
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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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