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    Sammy Hagar Has a Posse Aerosmith sucks: Apparently Sam Prestianni doesn't remember Aerosmith from the '80s when they were all so wasted they couldn't tie their own shoes or show up for a performance . Yep,…
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    Music, Reviewed Kayhan Kalhor/Erdal Erzincan

    Kayhan Kalhor/Erdal Erzincan

    Iranian kamancheh (spike fiddle) player Kayhan Kalhor and Turkish baglama (lute) instrumentalist Erdal Erzincan are arguably their respective country's greatest cultural ambassadors. While infamous President Ahmadinejad continues to flex his nuclear ambitions and the authorities in Turkey dare to prosecute…
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    The beauty of Boredoms is that they're anything but. This 20-year-old experimental brainchild of madcap Japanese vocalist Yamatsuka Eye -- who earned considerable avant-garde cred early on from his work with John Zorn's Naked City -- is a veritable freak…
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    The Bay Area and New York City could have quite the tug o' war between their respective freaky rock acts. On our side you've got bands like Comets on Fire, Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and Six Organs of Admittance, and…
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    SAT-SUN 5/1-2 In Mountain Views: Still/Life With Dancing, local choreographer Nina Haft explores the concept of sanctuary -- communing with the land, history, and spirits of the living and the dead -- with a performance set in the Bay Area's…
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    Music, Reviewed Lou Reed

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    Maybe it's wrong to suggest that Lou Reed isn't much of a musician. After all, he's successfully played the role of an attitudinal rock star since founding cult band the Velvet Underground in 1965, and has written some of the…
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    I Am, I Am, I Am Superman Hello Ms. Bites: When I arrived in San Francisco in 1989 a writer friend told me the only columnist worth reading in the local papers was Jon Carroll. The first JC column I…
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    Zakir Hussain Top 10 Reasons to See Percussionist/Composer Zakir Hussain at Yoshi's World Music Festival: 10) He comes from a deep musical family: His father is Ustad Alla Rakha, the original master tabla player in sitarist Ravi Shankar's groundbreaking '60s…
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    Mr. Bungle If Mr. Bungle's 1991 eponymous debut was the madcap group's over-the-top coming-of-age opus, and 1995's Disco Volante their deep-end dive into more sophisticated experimentation, then California, the Bay Area cult band's third Warner Bros. disc, is a mature…
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    Matt Ingalls Clarinetist, composer, theorist, and software designer Matt Ingalls foresees a brave new world in which advanced digital sound reproduction systems will obliterate the way we currently experience music -- a future where "no sound coming out of loudspeakers…
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    John Bischoff Tired of warm and fuzzy music, electronics wiz John Bischoff set out 25 years ago to invent a compositional language based on a sonic reality nearly devoid of human emotion. A pioneer in the concept of computer-network bands,…
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    Huun-Huur Tu When Shanachie issued Huun-Huur Tu's debut album, 60 Horses in My Herd, in 1993, few industry insiders could have predicted that these cultural ambassadors from the remote Siberian republic of Tuva would hook the ears of world-music fans…
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    Mark Growden After years of behind-the-scenes collaboration with choreographers and filmmakers, multi-instrumentalist Mark Growden steps into the spotlight as an extraordinary songwriter and bandleader on Downstairs Karaoke, his debut full-length CD of warped pop balladry and evocative folk-based storytelling. Released…
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    Hellworms Far below the earth, beyond the fiery gates of eternal damnation, the Hellworms pound out tuneful noise that's about as underground as it gets. Not unlike the San Francisco band's previous incarnation as Victim's Family -- one of punk…
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    The Wags On inspired nights, the Wags' good-time country blues and rags may make you want to holler in your pitcher of homebrew, drop your drawers on the barroom floor, and prance around like a sailor on shore leave in…
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    Mudhoney I last saw proto-grunge doomsayers Mudhoney about six years back at the old Kennel Club (now the Justice League). On the street as I was heading for the show, I met a fresh-faced young woman with ratty hair, rattier…
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    Pamela Z Vocalist Pamela Z knows more about the complex music of language than a lecture hall full of Shakespearean scholars. She's a singer with a poet's ear, a composer with a director's eye, and a performer with a…
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    Peter Whitehead Without formal training, composer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Whitehead makes sense of the vast world of music by finding harmony in the most unlikely places. He free-associates between the arts as both a principal collaborator in Oliver DiCicco's musical-theater…
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    Suckers Normally we don't fall for cheap publicity stunts. But every once in a while some band -- well, it's usually the Gun & Doll Show -- manages to impress us with clever, if sometimes poorly executed, promotional gimmicks. (They…
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    Anonymous 4 Anonymous 4 is one of a handful of peculiar a cappella groups to top the Billboard classical chart in the past decade by making the church palatable for the spiritually bereft masses. Scholarly explorers of medieval chant and…
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    Matthew Shipp & William Parker Sometimes Matthew Shipp sees the piano as a spaceship, an enigmatic vehicle for transporting both player and listener to unfamiliar galaxies. William Parker often views the strings of his contrabass as bands of light, the…
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    Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir After singing for years in common pop and R&B bands, Linda Tillery woke up one day while watching a concert on PBS. The program of Negro spirituals shook her; she knew at once…
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    Optimist International Optimist International is a band of three anonymous San Francisco boy scouts dedicated to bringing the virtues of kind, helpful, obedient, cheerful, clean living to the masses. Founded in late 1996 on the dual premise of "blending a…
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    Quagmire Before migrating to the Bay Area a couple of years back, the Wisconsin natives in Quagmire must have indulged in the coming-of-age reality trip of the great American Midwest: torching fat bowls beneath starry night skies, prowling for magic…
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    Roscoe Mitchell Best known for his pioneering sound-and-space explorations over the past three decades with Art Ensemble of Chicago, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, at 57, performs with the power and passion of someone half his age. He also brings to his…
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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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