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    Music, All Shook Down The High Five: 5 New Songs That You Need to Hear

    The High Five: 5 New Songs That You Need to Hear

    This week's selections are best understood and savored through steady repetition. While songs by the Weeknd and Neko Case build steadily into heart-wrenching wails, the antics of Hellogoodbye and Sebadoh reveal their sparkling complexity at a slower clip. The common…
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    Music, Hear This Sebadoh: Show Preview

    Sebadoh: Show Preview

    When Lou Barlow exited Dinosaur Jr. and formed Sebadoh in 1989, it was impossible to know or predict just how important his new lo-fi project would become. The influence of albums like III, Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock,…
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    Music, Let's Get Killed The snorification of indie rock

    The snorification of indie rock

    "When did indie rock get so boring?" That was the question posed by my fellow showgoer at Noise Pop's opening-night bash once Tapes 'n' Tapes launched into their set. And I hate to say it, but he was right. Here…
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    Music, Noise Pop Tip Sheet

    Noise Pop Tip Sheet

    If it seems that indie kids' wallets are slimmer than usual this week, it's because the annual Noise Pop fest is upon us. Now in its 15th year, the event — which includes art openings and film screenings along with…
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    Music, Hoppin' Up and Down

    Hoppin' Up and Down

    Listening to "Showtape '91," the nearly 12-minute compilation of self-deprecating concert intros that closes the bonus disc of demos, remixes, and outtakes that's part of the recently reissued/remastered/expanded version of Sebadoh's III, is good for a load of laughs. Revisiting…
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    Music, Reviewed Lou Barlow

    Lou Barlow

    The name Lou Barlow always comes up when discussing low-fidelity indie rock, so it's odd that he's never put out a solo record. A crucial part of Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, and early Dinosaur Jr., Barlow has made records by himself…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This

    Hear This

    Azalia Snail has been performing her brand of surreal folk-pop and damaged instrumental muckery in relative obscurity for over 10 years. (In its infinite wisdom, LA Weekly awarded her the Best New Genre/Uncategorizable Artist prize last year.) After listening to…
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    Sebadoh The Sebadoh (Sub Pop/Sire) Over the last decade, Lou Barlow's band Sebadoh has become synonymous with the type of heartsickness that usually motivates folks to climb out onto building ledges. With his steady, dark singing and open-wound lyrical style,…
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    Farewell to the Pathetic Aesthetic

    Ten years after his first tinkerings with a four-track recorder, Smog's Bill Callahan has traveled from Sacramento to Chicago to, on this day, a lounge in the Manhattan offices of his publicity company. He's here to describe the impetus behind…
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    Live It Down

    Sebadoh, Those Bastard Souls Fillmore Saturday, Feb. 8 Never mind their somewhat meritorious achievements on record -- Sebadoh are notoriously bad live. Guitarist and frontman Lou Barlow admits this, 'fessing to his dewy-eyed admirers on the Web, "I apologize to…
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    It's a Bi-Fi World

    This week's music feature takes us into the animal kingdom with a special guest, Gene Schoonveld, regional biologist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The featured animal is the Rocky Mountain goat. Schoonveld reports that the white and fuzzy 300-pound…
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    Recordings

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Songs and Music From the Motion Picture "She's the One" (Warner Bros.) One thing can be said in praise of this soundtrack: It is indeed a soundtrack. Scads of recent movie scores are force-fed hot…
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    Goofball makes good

    Former Pavement drummer Gary Young recently took his wife up to the resort at Konocti Harbor to see the Tubes in concert. That's hilarious right there. Konocti Harbor is funny. Fee Waybill is funny. Gary Young in the audience --…
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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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