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2007 Stories by J. Poet

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  • The Court & Spark's M.C. Taylor re-emerges as Hiss Golden Messenger

    published December 26, 2007

    M.C. Taylor's last band, the Court and Spark, developed a strong cult following in San Francisco. Over four excellent albums, the group... More >>

  • The Devil Makes Three

    published November 21, 2007

    The Devil Makes Three doesn't have a drummer, but the band doesn't need one. Cooper McBean's percussive banjo accents and Lucia Turino's... More >>

  • Punk Rock's Nine Lives

    published September 19, 2007

    On Friday, Sept. 7, the space at 443 Broadway, once known as the Fab Mab (Mabuhay Gardens), and more recently the Velvet Lounge, reopened its... More >>

  • Beat Box

    published August 29, 2007

    You can either use or abuse what you're given, and since San Francisco's thing is foggy maritime moodiness, it's no surprise that an industry... More >>

  • Red Meat

    published July 18, 2007

    Red Meat's hardcore country music has been winning the band raves since it emerged from a Mission District garage 14 years ago. In the intervening... More >>

  • Original smooth crooner Johnny Mathis returns to the stage

    published July 18, 2007

    Some Queens of the Stone Age fans still rue the day that bassist Nick Oliveri got the heave-ho from the band back in 2004. But the punk quickly... More >>

  • Dave Gleason's Wasted Days

    published July 11, 2007

    Shrink-wrapped emotions don't have any place in the music of honky-tonk heroes like Dave Gleason. Gleason and his Wasted Days are welcome... More >>

  • SunnO))), Band of Horses, the Court and Spark, Hugh Cornwell

    published July 4, 2007

    SunnO))) is more than merely a collection of skilled purveyors of bilious drop-D drone. Forged by monk-clad metalheads Stephen O'Malley... More >>

  • John Doe

    published June 27, 2007

    Despite the volume and punky posture, L.A. punks X always had a rootsy side. Bassist John Doe's solo work since the band's demise has emphasized... More >>

  • The Pipettes doll up pop in polka dots

    published June 6, 2007

    The ironic title of Lucinda Williams ' 1980 album Happy Woman Blues sums up the contradictions of this mercurial artist. She... More >>

  • E.S.T.

    published May 16, 2007

    The Esbjörn Svensson Trio has managed a rare feat. By dropping rock, funk, electronica, European avant-garde, and classical music into the... More >>

  • Keeping the beat in New Orleans: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    published February 21, 2007

    For two decades, the world-renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet has aimed to bring classical music to the masses by expanding conventional... More >>

  • Seattle art rock climax

    published February 14, 2007

    Two of the Bay Area's more notable experimental rock upstarts are celebrating new releases this Friday. KIT is a quartet that wields... More >>

  • The Finches

    published January 31, 2007

    Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, the Finches' lead singer, has a perfect folk voice. It's a timeless, fragile warble that's country and urban, childlike... More >>

  • Paul Weller

    published January 17, 2007

    Although he hasn't made much of a splash on this side of the pond, Paul Weller's British career marks him as one the most successful artists to... More >>

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