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    Music, Holy Grails

    Holy Grails

    I remember the exact moment that I first heard Tortoise's Millions Now Living Will Never Die. It was a spring night, 1996, and some friends and I were speeding up the 405 freeway in Southern California, desperate to get to…
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    Music, The Lunatic Fringe

    The Lunatic Fringe

    Four days of challenging, uncompromising, and occasionally assaultive sounds might not be everyone's idea of a slice of heaven. But for the members of the long-running Bay Area punk/metal/industrial enigma Neurosis, this weekend's Beyond the Pale festival is a fantasy…
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    Music, Steve Von Till

    Steve Von Till

    Heavy music is seldom associated with acoustic guitars and sparse piano, but on the solo debut by Neurosis vocalist and guitarist Steve Von Till, instruments and song styles typically dominated by simpering two-dimensional coffeehouse crooners are craftily enlisted to create…
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    Psychotic Reaction

    Everything about Oakland's Neurosis is overwhelming. The sextet's latest album, Times of Grace, is built around the suffocating sheets of guitars, impenetrable keyboards, tribal rhythms, and cathartic screams that have long been the trademark of its epic, sonically saturated…
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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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