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Music, All Shook Down City Does Music Venues A Solid With New Noise Protection Law

City Does Music Venues A Solid With New Noise Protection Law

At 1015 Folsom, electronic dance music and international music can be heard in five rooms that, in total, can hold roughly 1500 people. The South of Market dance club has been at the same location for 30 years and…
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Music, All Shook Down This Is What Going To A Sold Out Kelela Show Is Like

This Is What Going To A Sold Out Kelela Show Is Like

The last (and only) time Kelela performed at The Independent was in 2012 when she opened for Solange. Back then, she was but a burgeoning low-fi R&B singer, and, as she confessed during Monday night's performance, was so green…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: James Ferraro & Oneohtrix Point Never Evoke Amoral Depths at the Independent

Live Review: James Ferraro & Oneohtrix Point Never Evoke Amoral Depths at the Independent

Soft blue light illuminates the rim of James Ferraro’s cowboy hat, which shadows his face completely. The electronic musician, who’s opening for Oneohtrix Point Never, settles behind a table the width of the Independent’s stage—flanked by two rectangular screens…
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Music, All Shook Down Noise Pop Festival Announces First Wave of 2016 Lineup

Noise Pop Festival Announces First Wave of 2016 Lineup

Noise Pop announced the first wave of its 2016 lineup yesterday, and even though no big headliners have been announced yet, you can still go ahead and color us effectively excited about this first slate. Noise Pop Fest isn't…
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Music, All Shook Down El Vy Get Chatty at the Independent

El Vy Get Chatty at the Independent

El Vy Hibou The Independent November 6, 2015 Better than: firing up Lou Reed and Metallica’s Lulu and downing a pint of Fireball. What do we talk about when we talk about side projects? There are more and more…
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Music, All Shook Down Tumbleweed Wanderers: Show Preview

Tumbleweed Wanderers: Show Preview

Oakland's Tumbleweed Wanderers are basically the musical equivalent of a feel-good story on Oprah — especially in today's economic climate in San Francisco, it's nice to know that it's possible for a band to go from busking for change…
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Music, All Shook Down Listen: Mikal Cronin's Poignant New Power-Pop Single, "Made My Mind Up"

Listen: Mikal Cronin's Poignant New Power-Pop Single, "Made My Mind Up"

So did every songwriter in the Bay Area retreat into their bedroom last year with the entirety of the Replacements' and Big Star's catalogs before writing their new record for 2015? To be clear: We're not complaining. Especially if…
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Music, All Shook Down Listen: Waterstrider's "White Light"

Listen: Waterstrider's "White Light"

It's been a busy year for Oakland's Waterstrider: When the electro-tinged indie-pop five-piece wasn't busy winning "Best Song From Oakland" in this year's Mayhem Festival (deservedly so, for "Redwood"), singer Nate Salman was busy contributing his unmistakable falsetto to Chaz…
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Music, The Golden Age: On 'Berkeley to Bakersfield,' Cracker Grapples With Its Split Personality — and the Realities of the Music Industry

The Golden Age: On 'Berkeley to Bakersfield,' Cracker Grapples With Its Split Personality — and the Realities of the Music Industry

"We're kind of in our Joan Didion phase," says David Lowery, co-founder of Cracker, when asked what inspired the band's new California-centric double album, Berkeley to Bakersfield. The singer-guitarist is taking a break from his office at the University of…
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Music, All Shook Down The Family Crest on Frozen Yogurt and The Belief That Anyone Can Be Musical

The Family Crest on Frozen Yogurt and The Belief That Anyone Can Be Musical

It was a rainy evening as I approached Easy Breezy, a frozen yogurt spot in the heart of Noe Valley. It seemed like as good a place than any to chat with six members of the seven-piece San Francisco band…
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Music, All Shook Down Cass McCombs Is Coming Home, Whatever Home Means, and You Should Probably Go See Him

Cass McCombs Is Coming Home, Whatever Home Means, and You Should Probably Go See Him

Cass McCombs is many things — a semi-famous musician who semi-famously hates interviews, a nomad who keeps circling back to the Bay Area, an entertaining and enigmatic-to-the-point-of-it-seeming-like-a-put-on folk-rock persona. But most importantly, he's an incredibly talented songwriter, one around whom…
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Music, All Shook Down Garth Brooks Is Throwing a Free Listening Party at The Independent This Evening

Garth Brooks Is Throwing a Free Listening Party at The Independent This Evening

Attention Bay Area Garth Brooks mega-fans! You exist, right? Well dust off your boots and sidle on up to the Independent, where the country crooner just announced he will be holding a free listening party for his new record,…
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Music, Few Words: On <i>Tied to a Star</i>, J Mascis Lets His Songs Do the Talking

Few Words: On Tied to a Star, J Mascis Lets His Songs Do the Talking

A famous musician who doesn't especially enjoy interviews isn't really that rare a concept. But unlike so many other divas and rock stars who are difficult to engage in conversation with the press, there's something inexplicably endearing about J Mascis's…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch Yesway Play In the Shadows In This New Video For "Let Go"

Watch Yesway Play In the Shadows In This New Video For "Let Go"

Yesway, the local duo whose magic rests heavily on the otherworldly harmonies made by singer-songwriters Emily Ritz and Kacey Johansing, have a way of transporting a listener to a place that feels very removed from city life, or you know,…
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Music, Hear This Pond: Show Preview

Pond: Show Preview

Some may think of Australian outfit Pond as the unruly younger stepbrother of better known Down Under psych rockers Tame Impala, but the band has been in existence for nearly as long — while producing twice as many recordings as…
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Music, All Shook Down Swans: Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Redemption, 9/8

Swans: Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Redemption, 9/8

Swans with Carla Bozulich Sept. 8, 2014 The Independent Better than: Praying, getting an MRI, or praying while getting an MRI. Confessional time: Prior to this gig, I have more or less never listened to Swans. I am a…
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Music, Cock of the Walk: Is Lil Dicky — Straight, White, Jewish Dude Extraordinaire — Rap's Next Big Thing?

Cock of the Walk: Is Lil Dicky — Straight, White, Jewish Dude Extraordinaire — Rap's Next Big Thing?

Sometime around fifth grade, Dave Burd — now professionally known as Lil Dicky — was sitting in a music class when the teacher played an instrumental of "Feel So Good," Ma$e's 1997 track. Sitting in front of Burd was "this…
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Music, In Tune With Survival: No Matter What Happens in Their Home Country, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Keep Playing

In Tune With Survival: No Matter What Happens in Their Home Country, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Keep Playing

Since their humble beginnings playing songs to fellow refugees in a Guinea refugee camp during Sierra Leone's civil war in the '90s, the group of musicians that became Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars aimed to make music that could help…
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Music, Hear This Fishbone: Show Preview

Fishbone: Show Preview

Most bands started in adolescence have the lifespan of houseflies. Not Fishbone. Created in 1979 by six teenagers — three of whom are still with the act — the Los Angeles crew soldiers on today, having survived drama within its…
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Music, Hear This Swans: Show Preview

Swans: Show Preview

Few musical forces can be as genuinely terrifying as Michael Gira, the visionary of Swans. On "Just a Little Boy (For Chester Burnett)" — a loping, drunken-sounding noise rock blizzard off To Be Kind, his band's 13th record — he…
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