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    Control Group

    In describing his work, Alex Zecca uses the phrases “precise formulaic structure,” “unique algorithm,” and “organic moiré forms.” He uses them in complete sentences, but more words would only confuse you further, and these are confusing enough. Zecca doesn’t lay…
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    Music, Reviewed Virgil Shaw

    Virgil Shaw

    Considering that I was never particularly taken with the Bay Area combo Dieselhed -- not a bad lot, mind you, but a tad too jokey for this writer -- the sophomore release from ex-Hed Virgil Shaw comes as a surprising…
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    Music, Character Crazy

    Character Crazy

    "The secret of writing is in the rhythm of urgency," noted Jack Kerouac. No Bay Area songwriter understands that principle better than Sonny Smith. His peculiar lyrics pour out in a cascade of images, conjuring crazy characters such as Officer…
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    Music, Home Is Where You Hang

    Home Is Where You Hang

    At one point in time, being a singer/songwriter was a high-minded calling. Troubadours across the country told of political unrest, the rights of the oppressed, and how the times they were a-changing. Now that the times have a-changed, many contemporary…
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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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