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  • The Grouch & Eligh: Show Preview

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    The Grouch & Eligh: Show Preview

    Financing projects through crowdfunding sites provides musicians with several upsides -- and on a strictly creative level, no benefit beats these sites' ability to potentially bring ambitious ideas to life. In (successfully) using Kickstarter to fun...

    by Reyan Ali on February 19, 2014
  • Tales of a Blank Box: Perfect for All Shows but Always the Same, The Independent Is the Zen Master of Clubs

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    Tales of a Blank Box: Perfect for All Shows but Always the Same, The Independent Is the Zen Master of Clubs

    The Independent is a room on Divisadero Street with a bar on one side, a stage on the other, and a fair bit of empty space in between. The walls are mostly black, with a little wood trim here and there; the overhead lights, when they're on, glow red...

    by Ian S. Port on February 19, 2014
  • Brand-New Mess: Alt-Hop Weirdos Cibo Matto Return, as Uninhibited as Ever

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    Brand-New Mess: Alt-Hop Weirdos Cibo Matto Return, as Uninhibited as Ever

    About 20 years ago, Cibo Matto came up with an approach to music that was not complicated but tapped a nerve that was begging to be tapped: The two mixed funky hip-hop beats with synths and lyrics about food. They wore bright, thrift-store clothes. ...

    by Gary Moskowitz on February 19, 2014
  • How Often Should Bands Play?: Doesn't Matter -- Just Go See Some Shows, Ya Lazies

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    How Often Should Bands Play?: Doesn't Matter -- Just Go See Some Shows, Ya Lazies

    The music community is sharply divided over many things: whether a 12-inch record that has seven tracks and spins at 45 RPM constitutes an LP; the marketing efficacy of streaming an album in advance of its release date; or the position that live sou...

    by Sam Lefebvre on February 19, 2014
  • Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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    Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

    Sizzle How do you run an orchestra with no conductor? That's the aim of One Found Sound, a new chamber group founded by S.F. Conservatory grads where the old rules about classical music performance and listening don't apply. "If you play somethin...

    by Staff, SF Weekly on February 12, 2014
  • Thao and the Get Down Stay Down: Show Preview

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    Thao and the Get Down Stay Down: Show Preview

    Everyone has to start somewhere. For Thao Nguyen -- leader of S.F. band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down -- the point of origin was her mom's laundromat in Virginia. When she wasn't helping out customers, a tween Nguyen was strumming covers of "Brown...

    by Reyan Ali on February 12, 2014
  • What Do S.F. Gigs Pay? It Depends -- But Not Much

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    What Do S.F. Gigs Pay? It Depends -- But Not Much

    Perhaps, while standing inside a club, sipping a beer, and staring up at the stage, you've wondered: What is that band making for this show? You know you paid $15 (or $25, or $40) to get in, but how much will the band see at the end of the night? He...

    by Ian S. Port on February 12, 2014
  • Celebrate Your Independents and Go See Some Shows

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    Celebrate Your Independents and Go See Some Shows

    Bay Area trio Bronze's sophomore album World Arena makes a solid foil for modern psychedelic music. In its reflection, supposed proponents of the genre appear static, held back by arrested development and bound to outmoded conventions. Forget the te...

    by Sam Lefebvre on February 12, 2014
  • 2 Chainz: Show Preview

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    2 Chainz: Show Preview

    Of the many potential knocks against the rap game, one thing you can't say is that it has no tolerance for second acts. Maybe more so than other peformers, rappers are free to recycle themselves into new monikers and modes to fit the times. Even ex-...

    by Ian S. Port on February 12, 2014
  • Bassekou Kouyate: Show Preview

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    Bassekou Kouyate: Show Preview

    The West African spike lute or "ngoni" has a history dating back to the 14th century, but Malian griot Bassekou Kouyat has built a reputation for pushing the ancient instrument into fresh new territory. A virtuoso player who has been developing his...

    by Dave Pehling on February 12, 2014
  • Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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    Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

    Sizzle Here's how you judge a DJ: by the blends between songs, by their interaction with the dancefloor, by their track selection, by their sonic tweaks, and by how well they put each song in the context of a larger narrative. Few manage to do al...

    by Staff, SF Weekly on February 5, 2014
  • Poolside: Show Preview

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    Poolside: Show Preview

    If the name "Poolside" doesn't already imply super-chill intentions, the L.A. duo of Jeffrey Paradise and Filip Nikolic have coined the term "daytime disco" to describe their brand of laid-back, bright-and-sunny beat music. Yeah, it's like disco, bu...

    by Ian S. Port on February 5, 2014
  • The Pack A.D.: Show Preview

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    The Pack A.D.: Show Preview

    While they haven't achieved the same level of mainstream recognition as fellow Vancouver rock duo Japandroids, snarling garage-punk tandem the Pack A.D. may soon graduate from its longtime status as underground favorites. Guitarist/singer Becky Blac...

    by Dave Pehling on February 5, 2014
  • Elevate Oakland: Show Preview

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    Elevate Oakland: Show Preview

    Elevate Oakland's first benefit concert this week will pack soul (Michael Franti and Friends, Judith Hill, Goapele), spice (Ozomatli), and pure rock (Orianthi). Franti -- still in the midst of filming an autobiographical documentary about his song "...

    by Raymond Robles on February 5, 2014
  • Metallica's Kirk Hammett Talks Fear FestEvil, His New Horror and Metal Gathering

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    Metallica's Kirk Hammett Talks Fear FestEvil, His New Horror and Metal Gathering

    If you couldn't already tell by some of the ghoulish faces painted on his favorite axes, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is a serious horror fan. His San Francisco home houses the world's second-largest collection of horror memorabilia, including r...

    by Ian S. Port on February 5, 2014
  • Skrillex 101: A Primer on the Dubstep Demon Taking Over S.F.

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    Skrillex 101: A Primer on the Dubstep Demon Taking Over S.F.

    That sound you're hearing is not an earthquake. If San Francisco seems a little more cacophonous than usual this week, or if you wake up in the middle of the night hearing what you swear are dinosaur farts, fear not. That's just Skrillex, the 26-yea...

    by Ian S. Port on February 5, 2014
  • Confusion Intended: Scratching Our Heads with Local Rock Underdogs

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    Confusion Intended: Scratching Our Heads with Local Rock Underdogs

    People tend to resent bands they don't understand. Without identifiable reference points to privilege our self-image as informed aesthetes, or some instantly recognizable stylistic nods, blazing originality or willful difficulty usually turns us off...

    by Sam Lefebvre on February 5, 2014
  • Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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    Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

    Sizzle Holy shit was that a great wedding at the Grammy Awards. As Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and others performed the tolerance anthem "Same Love," a number of couples, straight and gay, were married en masse in the middle of the awards ...

    by Staff, SF Weekly on January 29, 2014
  • Cheap Time: Show Preview

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    Cheap Time: Show Preview

    With his close ties to the late, great Jay Reatard, perhaps it isn't surprising that Cheap Time guitarist and songwriter Jeffrey Novak has emerged as one of the most talented disciples of the Memphis garage-rock avatar. Novak -- who was living with ...

    by Dave Pehling on January 29, 2014
  • Mayer Hawthorne: Show Preview

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    Mayer Hawthorne: Show Preview

    When Mayer Hawthorne takes the stage in Oakland this Saturday, he and his four-piece touring band will no doubt deliver polished versions of songs off of his latest album, Where Does This Door Go, which has been likened -- both as praise and critiqu...

    by Gary Moskowitz on January 29, 2014
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