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    Last Night: Vetiver at Great American Music Hall

    Vetiver Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Great American Music Hall Better than: There's a fine line these days between jam bands and folk-leaning rock bands with guitar riffs that linger like the scent of patchouli. Vetiver loosens the reins wi...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on April 9, 2009 @ 8:26 am
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    Michael Franti Featured in "Rescue Me" Promo

    Firestarter: Michael Franti It's hard not to be a Denis Leary fan. The acerbic redheaded Irish-American comic is one of the best things about broadcast TV, and the return of his FX series "Rescue Me" for its fifth season--he plays a nervous, g...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on April 9, 2009 @ 8:00 am
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    Track of the Day: Monks

    Seattle's Light in the Attic Records does the crate-digging for vinyl enthusiasts, reissuing unknowns like Rodruiguez alongside collector classics like its reissue of Histoire De Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg (on CD and LP). Now they're poking ar...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on April 8, 2009 @ 4:15 pm
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    Last Night: Green Day's Last-Minute Show at the Independent

    Green Day April 7, 2009 The Independent Review by Ross Drake Better Than: Standing on the sidewalk in the rain, openly pining for Green Day tickets Arriving at the Independent quite unexpectedly for a surprise, sold-out show announced just hour...

    @ All Shook Down by Janine Kahn on April 8, 2009 @ 12:33 pm
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    Flipper Announces Two New Albums, Prepares to Tour

    Flipper, circa 2009 When last we heard from seminal Ess Eff punk icons Flipper, the band had reunited and was preparing to hit the road on the Warped Tour, in support of two new albums: a studio release called Love, and a live recording enti...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on April 8, 2009 @ 11:35 am
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    Treasure Island Music Fest Announces 2009 Dates

    Today, Another Planet Entertainment and Noise Pop announced the return--yaaargh!--of the Treasure Island Music Fest. The now-annual celebration of indie rock and sub-mainstream electronic acts is scheduled for October 17 & 18, 2009. At this early sta...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on April 8, 2009 @ 11:09 am
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    Last Night: Mirah at Bimbos 365

    Mirah Tuesday, April 7, 2009 Bimbos 365 Review By Melissa Baron Better Than: I mean, what else could you possible have to do on a cold and drizzly Tuesday night? It's easy to forget that Bimbo's is such a classy venue. You walk through the doors an...

    @ All Shook Down by Melissa Baron on April 8, 2009 @ 8:26 am
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    Joanna Newsom Sings for Fancy Panties

    getting their panties (Victoria's or not) into a bunch over licensing deals. Dudes, people know who Joanna Newsom is. They hear her music outside of exclusive cafes that charge $4 for an espresso. Let the gal make a little cash on the side for music ...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on April 8, 2009 @ 7:19 am
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    Green Day to Play the Independent Tonight

    Tickets at $20 a pop (2-ticket limit), and one imagines they're gonna go fast. ...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on April 7, 2009 @ 4:05 pm
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    Devendra Banhart Finishes New Record

    Those going to SoCal folkster Devendra Banhart's sold-out show at the Independent a week from today could get the treat of some new tunes. After the release of Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon in 2007, Banhart has remained busy--dating and breaking u...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on April 7, 2009 @ 2:06 pm
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    Track of the Day: The Drones

    Despite having a name that could set S.F.'s noise nerds in a tizzy, Australia's Drones are an indie rock band. But they're a damn good one, especially when frontman Gareth Liddiard is unwinding one of his heavily accented, highly tortured y...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on April 7, 2009 @ 1:34 pm
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    Moore Brothers Strike Mellow Gold

    You wouldn't know it from listening to all the AutoTuner-enhanced commercial pap, er, rap on today's "Hot Urban" stations, nor will you catch a gander from classic crock, er, rock outlets, but the American music world is in the midst of an acoustic f...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on April 7, 2009 @ 12:16 pm
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    I Heart Street Art: Count Your Blessings

    He's got a new book out called Caleb Neelon's Book of Awesome which documents a lot of his adventures, and he's currently in town readying an exhibition of new work, which opens Saturday at White Walls. I stopped by the gallery today and asked him e...

    @ All Shook Down by Allan Hough on April 7, 2009 @ 10:29 am
  • Bad Memories in Little Chinatown


    Bad Memories in Little Chinatown

    Why do negative memories stay with us longer than positive ones? I was recently walking through Chinatown, and remembered being there with my parents when I was a child. I'm sure there were many nice things that happened on that trip, and to be fair...

    by Katy St. Clair on August 12, 2009
  • Solillaquists of Sound


    Solillaquists of Sound

    The producer for Orlando's Solillaquists of Sound, DiViNCi, stacks his decks with MPC drum machines, which he attacks with full-body ferocity. He lays into manic drum and guitar solos on the touchpads, sometimes jamming his foot down on a wah-pedal....

    by David MacFadden-Elliott on August 12, 2009
  • Pissed Jeans


    Pissed Jeans

    Last heard tackling ice cream and scrapbooking in song, Pissed Jeans singer Matt Korvette has moved on to lip rings, R-rated movies, and sleeplessness on the new King of Jeans. The Sub Pop-signed Pennsylvania quartet has welcomed Pearls and Brass gu...

    by Doug Wallen on August 12, 2009
  • Down/Melvins



    On one level, this bill seems like a master class in thuggish heaviosity. Down's sludgy swamp doom is at the top of the pile, supported by the grungy stonerisms of the unsubtly named Weedeater. But what the hell are the Melvins doing here? Sure, the...

    by Phil Freeman on August 12, 2009
  • San Francisco’s Doomed fest


    San Franciscos Doomed fest

    San Francisco's doomed," O.G. proto-punks Crime sang, "I need me some kicks!" With that attitude in mind, the S.F. All-Ages Show Space Project, Thrillhouse Records, and Maximumrocknroll mag organized the five-day San Francisco's Doomed fest benefiti...

    by John Graham on August 12, 2009
  • Rafael Casal and Mistah F.A.B. give props to modern Yay Area communication


    Rafael Casal and Mistah F.A.B. give props to modern Yay Area communication

    Last week, Oakland rapper Mistah F.A.B. unleashed the official video for his "Hit Me on Twitter" single, which celebrates the art of 140-character-based stalking. The week before, Rafael Casal of East Bay hip-hop act the Getback reminded folks of th...

    by Jennifer Maerz on August 12, 2009
  • Tanya Tagaq modernizes Inuit vocal traditions


    Tanya Tagaq modernizes Inuit vocal traditions

    Tanya Tagaq's new album, Auk/Blood, is a portrait of a primeval past that is also quite futuristic. Animalistic grunts and howls mix with beatboxing and sensual gasps, the chorus of which emanates from Tagaq's vocal cords. An Inuit throat singer ...

    by Ezra Gale on August 12, 2009
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