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Friday, January 23, 2015

Marky Ramone On His New Book, the Tension Between Johnny and Joey, and the Tolls of Touring For 15 Years

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 4:34 PM

Marky Ramone will appear at the JCCSF tomorrow, Jan. 24.
  • Marky Ramone will appear at the JCCSF tomorrow, Jan. 24.

For more than two decades, New York rockers The Ramones were at the forefront of a musical revolution, leading the charge with the attitude and sound of the punk movement, and inspiring and empowering multiple generations of fans.

Rightly considered one of the greatest and most beloved rock n’ roll bands of all time, The Ramones blazed a path through the music world with their two minute, buzzsaw anthems that combined an independent spirit and raw approach coupled with sincere songwriting and a strict work ethic.

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Listen: Vetiver's Breezy New Single, "Current Carry"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 3:23 PM

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  • Vetiver's Andy Cabic

“I like a lot of space, I’m not a fan of vocals that take up a lot of room, so I was keeping myself to these very abrupt lines, practically like the rules of haiku, just a few syllables,” Andy Cabic, the voice of San Francisco folk staple Vetiver, told Vogue about his new album this week. 

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This Week: The Tears of Bjork, the Threat of Taylor Swift, and the Ego of the Prodigy

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 10:05 AM

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“When I did this album — it all just collapsed. I didn’t have anything. It was the most painful thing I ever experienced in my life. The only way I could deal with that was to start writing for strings; I decided to become a violin nerd and arrange everything for 15 strings and take a step further than what I’ve done before.…It’s been a strange album — the most painful one I’ve done, but also the most magic one.”
Bjork on how the breakdown of her relationship affected her devastating new album, Vulnicura. (Pitchfork)

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

After The Party Ends: Icee Hot Reflects on Five Years of Electronic Music in San Francisco

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 1:17 PM

Icee Hot's final party goes down Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24-25, at Public Works. - BRYANT RUTLEDGE
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  • Icee Hot's final party goes down Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24-25, at Public Works.
After five years of playing host to some of the most forward-thinking dance parties in San Francisco, Icee Hot – Shawn Reynaldo, Ryan Merry, Will Fewell, and Bryant Rutledge – are calling it quits. Ahead of their fifth-anniversary blowout (see flyer to the right, designed by Bryant), I caught up with Shawn, Ryan, and Will to talk about what they learned over the past five years, the perils of throwing parties, what worked and what didn't, and how to separate the wheat from the chaff. Read below to find out more.

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Grandtheft on The Evolution of His Production Career and Essential Bay Area Stops

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:30 AM

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Toronto-based DJ Grandtheft, who made his name on the Canadian club circuit as a member of party-rocking duo Team Canada, has ridden his versatile production skills to become one of North America’s most sought after electronic musicians. Working tirelessly in the studio while touring over 200 days last year, his releases last year ranged from a bass-heavy trap EP “Keep it 100” featuring Keys n Krates to an official remix of Alesso’s “Heroes.” We chat with Grandtheft about the evolution of his DJ career, playing festivals versus small stages, and his travel essentials. He will be headlining Temple's grand opening of LvL 55, Saturday, Jan. 24.

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The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Weekend: Robert Hood, Psychemagik, Tony Humphries and More

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 8:18 AM

Robert Hood headlines Icee Hot's final party and fifth anniversary at Public Works, Saturday January 24. - MARIE STAGGAT
  • Marie Staggat
  • Robert Hood headlines Icee Hot's final party and fifth anniversary at Public Works, Saturday January 24.
Icee Hot's 5-Year Anniversary and 28-Hour Final Goodbye Party at Public Works, 10 p.m. Saturday-2 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24-26. $20-$30; publicsf.com

If you're going to go out, go out on a high note. After five years of throwing parties and two years of putting out records by Bay Area electronic musicians, Icee Hot is calling it quits. To celebrate the occasion, organizers are throwing a party quite unlike anything the Bay Area has ever seen before — a 28-hour nonstop affair that is, by rights, more accurately a miniaturized music festival than a mere "party."

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Listen: Geographer's "I'm Ready"

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 1:45 PM

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  • Mike Deni, San Franciscan.
Because nothing gets you through Hump Day like the announcement of a new Geographer album: Here is an announcement about a new Geographer album!

"I'm Ready," which the the band released today as the first single off Ghost Modern, set for release March 24 on Roll Call, starts things off with a shimmery, atmospheric bang.

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Miranda July on Her Love For the Gilman and Growing Up In Berkeley

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 10:12 AM

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Polarizing screenwriter-actress-director-artist-novelist Miranda July was in town last night, talking about her new book, The First Bad Man, with Adam Savage at a City Arts and Lectures event at the Nourse Theater. 

In the course of conversation, July — who hails from Berkeley — mentioned that some her earliest performances were at a "punk club," before stopping herself. 

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5 Reasons Kid Rock is The (Absolute Fucking) Worst

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 8:03 AM

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Since you probably don't read Libertarian Yokel Monthly, you might not be aware of developments in the life of animate fedora with a ponytail attached, Kid Rock. We try not to talk about him if we can help it, but remarkably, earlier this month, Mr. Rock managed to move up a few levels on the Dumb Fucking Prick-Ometer and elevated his status from the Fred Durst Cluelessness Equivalency stage, all the way up to the Ted Nugent Special Department of Willful Ignorance and Cruelty (James Hetfield also resides on this level, btw).

That's right, kids! On January 3rd, Kid and Ted went a-huntin', with their gie-tars, and their shootin' machines, and their penises, and, yuk-yuk-yuk, showed dem animals who's boss. We know this because Ted Nugent posted a photo to his Instagram account (which, by the way, is basically a catalog of heinous animal cruelty) of him and Kid gleefully holding up — nay, cuddling — a beautiful, needlessly slaughtered, bleeding cougar. We're not including the picture here because it's horrific and we don't want to look at it anymore. 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Moment of Truth: Caleborate

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 4:36 PM

Caleborate will perform as part of Thizzler on the Roof's Freshmen 10 showcase, now TBA. - MAX CLAUS
  • Max Claus
  • Caleborate will perform as part of Thizzler on the Roof's Freshmen 10 showcase, now TBA.
When we first encountered Berkeley’s Caleborate, (pronounced “collaborate” ... you know, like people working together towards a common goal) it was on The Thizzler’s 2014 Bay Area Freshmen 10 List, which highlights the Bay’s best upcoming talent in hip-hop and has produced winners in the past like IAMSU!, Sage The Gemini, and Kreayshawn.

But there was something different about Caleborate and his TBKTR alias/label. Bumping “I’m Still Alive,” I heard a smooth jazzy beat and a confident and relaxed MC. Instead of the hot bass and “see my swag!” call-outs that’ve become typical of Bay Area hip-hop, this dude was settled, fluent, and his lyrics were still straight outta the Bay.

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