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  • Frisco Freakout

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    Frisco Freakout

    San Francisco has seen a psychedelic renaissance in recent years, with a bumper crop of artists channeling styles from surrealist pop to acid rock. Last year, Ripley Johnson of hypnodrone masters Wooden Shjips and music journalist Richard Simon dedi...

    by Mike Rowell on October 7, 2009
  • A new postpunk festival highlights a genre's revival

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    A new postpunk festival highlights a genre's revival

    Professor, DJ, and journalist Michael Stock takes music-nerd obsessiveness to new levels. In 1999, when researching a film about Joy Division leader Ian Curtis, he not only interviewed members of such late-'70s bands as New Order, Crispy Ambulance, ...

    by Dan Strachota on October 7, 2009
  • Kush Arora’s sonic conflicts

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    Kush Aroras sonic conflicts

    Although it's hard to tell from Kush Arora's cheerful demeanor, the electronic music producer thrives on tension. Over the past decade, the 27-year-old has forged a distinctively bass-centered idiom rooted in dubstep, evoking the push and pull among...

    by Ron Nachmann on October 7, 2009
  • Kraftwerk's Anthologie makes up for lost time

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    Kraftwerk's Anthologie makes up for lost time

    Once upon a time, before visions of tomorrow arrived with Tron and the Internet, Germany's Kraftwerk was the future -- a band of robots "dancing mechanik." Until recently, though, it's been anyone's guess what, exactly, the grandfathers of electroni...

    by Andrew Stout on October 7, 2009
  • New Bay Area punk oral history unearths dead babies, stinky roadies, and strong community networks

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    New Bay Area punk oral history unearths dead babies, stinky roadies, and strong community networks

    Few music books have had the impact of Please Kill Me. Reading the classic 1996 "uncensored oral history of punk" was like breaking into your idols' diaries. It revealed outrageous stories about the genre's earliest progenitors, most of whom either ...

    by Jennifer Maerz on October 7, 2009
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    Funk Man at the Fillmore Tonight

    Del tha Funky Homosapien has done his part to help in these challenging economic times with a 'funk stimulus package': a free digital album entitled Funk Man. If you were thinking of giving up food for funk, download the album for free instead. T...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on June 5, 2009 @ 12:07 pm
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    Berkeley World Music Festival This Weekend

    To travel around the world this weekend, all you have to do is hop on BART and come to Berkeley. The annual Berkeley World Music Festival happens Saturday, June 6, with various ethnic music specialists and purveyors of global rhythms in an around ...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on June 5, 2009 @ 11:53 am
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    10 Things to Do This Weekend for Under $10

    Our hand picked list of events worth your spare time, for the price of your spare change. Zombie Beach Party (Friday) In San Francisco, Zombies never say die. When they're not "killing" people during flash mobs, they're going to the beach--indoors...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on June 5, 2009 @ 9:09 am
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    Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: DJ Primo

    Tonight brings another edition of his Oldies gig to the Knockout. In addition to donning your best '50s/'60s attire for the evening, you can get ready for a night of retro fabulousness by digging into a bit of your host's history. Name: Primo Clu...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on June 5, 2009 @ 7:15 am
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    More Lady Sov in SF News: Trainwreck Show, Trashed Green Room

    We posted the video from Lady Sovereign's performance at Rickshaw Stop on May 24, but for those who want to skip to the highlights (or lowlights, as it were), she performed a whopping three songs, total. She stopped her set two songs in to go on a...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on June 4, 2009 @ 5:09 pm
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    Track of the Day: 39 Clocks

    Check out "78 Soldier Dead" posted on Impose and check out a couple more selections at 39 Clocks' MySpace page. ...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on June 4, 2009 @ 10:51 am
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    Heavyweight Dub Champion Open for Sly + Robbie

    No Time for Losers: Heavyweight Dub Champion One of the benefits of living in the Bay Area, and particularly San Francisco, is that you never have to go anywhere to hear great live music. It all comes to you. Case in Point: June 18's show at th...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on June 4, 2009 @ 10:00 am
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    Last Night: Little Joy at the Independent

    Little Joy Wednesday, June 3, 2009 The Independent Words by Jennifer Maerz, photos by Chrissy Loader Better than: Seeing the Strokes in Brazil. I think the Little Joy fan on the street corner summed up last night's show best. When her budd...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on June 4, 2009 @ 9:10 am
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    DJ Rascue Benefit Announced

    It's always nice when a community shows love. Especially when that love supports a friend in need. In this case, tha homie Rascue (aka Frankie Two-Hands aka Black Burgundy) is in dire need of a kidney transplant. For reals. This ain't no hipster grif...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on June 4, 2009 @ 8:00 am
  • Article

    I Heart Street Art: Whose Neighborhood Is This, Anyway?

    I've seen this character a handful of times scrawled in various Southern Mission toilets, but never big and bold and prominently placed like this, visible to everyone with eyes cruising Third Street south of the ballpark. And speaking of placement, ...

    @ All Shook Down by Allan Hough on June 3, 2009 @ 5:16 pm
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    Warped Tour Announces SF Date

    Newsom's Favorite Band? Dance Gavin Dance Now in its 15th year, America's longest-running alternative music festival, the Vans Warped Tour, hits Piers 30 and 32 in San Francisco June 27. Among the scheduled bands: NOFX, Punk Rock Karaoke,...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on June 3, 2009 @ 11:36 am
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    Track of the Day: Crystal Method and Jason Lytle

    I'll admit that I'm not totally sold on this song, but I'm posting it anyway because it's such a strange pairing. Former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle has used electronic flourishes in his music, but you'd hardly catch him lording over laptops and t...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on June 3, 2009 @ 11:30 am
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    Free Raashan Ahmad Download

    What's this? Yes yes y'all, more digital goodies from everyone's favorite Crown City Rocker, Raashan Ahmad . On "Lambada," a banging electro groove with clashing cymbals and pop-lock handclaps provide a template for another of Ahmad's testimonials...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on June 3, 2009 @ 11:11 am
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    Last Night: Puccini's Tosca at the War Memorial Opera House

    Adrianne Pieczonka (Tosca) and Lado Ataneli (Scarpia) Puccini's Tosca War Memorial Opera House June 2, 2009 Better than: The average episode of 24, for those who get off on torture and political intrigue. But no bitchy girl computer geeks, un...

    @ All Shook Down by Emily Hilligoss on June 3, 2009 @ 10:00 am
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    Like MST3K for Music: Literal Translation of 'Total Eclipse' Video

    Give any video for a serious ballad 20 years, and it's gonna look ridiculous in hindsight. Give a song from the '80s another gander, Mystery Science Theater 3000-style, and you have some serious parody material on your hands. But this Li...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on June 3, 2009 @ 7:58 am
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