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If Your Friends Tell You Horse Feathers is Average Live, Your Friends are Wrong

12/05/2014

Horse Feathers is great rainy day music. (They’ve been a staple for me in the weather we’ve had the past few days in the Bay.) But I was warned they give only an average live performance. With that looming in the back of my mind, I walked in to their show at Great American Music Read More

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Giveaway + Interview: Dustin Brown of NTNT on Portland Music Scene, Yeasayer and Being a SF Tourist

12/02/2014

Saturday December 13th, Portland-based NTNT will bring a little bit of the Pacific Northwest and a lot of synthed up indie pop to Neck of the Woods. They are sharing the stage with local act Scissors for Lefty and Dangermaker in what is bound to be a high energy, dance heavy billing. The only thing that Read More

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The Gods Bring Rain, Smallpools and Magic Man to San Francisco

11/25/2014

It poured last Thursday evening in the city, and the fortunate ones found refuge at The Independent. I welcome being stuck indoors if the entertainment includes Panama Wedding, Magic Man, and Smallpools. Panama Wedding got the night started, and I can’t stress enough how surprisingly good these guys were. They played a rich set highlighted Read More

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Noise Pop 2015 Lineup Announced, Features Caribou, Slow Magic, Cathedrals and Many More

11/20/2014

Noise Pop is returning February 20th through March 1st to showcase great music and art here in San Francisco. The initial lineup has some amazing acts including Caribou who recently released the killer LP Our Love. We will also see sets from Craft Spells who stopped in SF this summer on tour, masked percussion maniac Read More

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Story Time With Slick Rick @ Public Works

11/19/2014

MC Melina Jones served as Slick Rick The Ruler’s Bay Area ambassador, and along with DJs Supreme and Pos Red, had the dance party popping off for a couple hours before Rick hit the stage well after midnight. The crowd, which was thick with golden era hip-hop heads, ate up the classic rap tracks being blasted, Read More

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The Presets Will Violate Your Gummy Bears, Melt Your Face

11/17/2014

The weekend came early for a primed Warfield crowd Thursday night, as award winning Australian dance band, The Presets, added to the long list of fiery performers to hit the storied downtown theater. The electric duo of Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes have acquired a pretty well deserved reputation for producing monster light shows, and Read More

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Run The Jewels at Mezzanine: A Thugs and Biffles Performance

11/17/2014

Run The Jewels performed at Mezzanine Friday with a lineup that hailed exclusively from their hometown of New York City. The openers were Despot, a solo act signed to El-P’s label Definitive Jux, and RatKing some scrappy looking teens from Manhattan that synthesize hardcore music with hip hop. El-P made a brief appearance before the Read More

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Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover – Live Review of SOHN and Wet

11/16/2014

A band’s sound should not be judged if heard through a laptop speaker. The disingenuous projection lacks the underlying bass, showcasing the distinguishably unbalanced highs. So, it’s hard for me to say much about the up-and-coming bands Wet and SOHN‘s performances from this past Saturday at the Mezzanine, because their sound was clearly off. Where was the bass? The nocturnal Read More

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Fuckboys Beware, Run The Jewels Duo Killer Mike and El-P Recently Dropped Their Sophomore Album RTJ2 and it’s Exactly What Hip Hop Needed

11/14/2014

RTJ2 is grown up gangster rap. These men give a damn and make indifference look embarrassing. They muse over politics and power with verses that are refreshingly original. The album is blunt and goes straight for the throat. In “Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck),” they place themselves on the inmate side of a Read More

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High on Harmonies from a Tim & Nicki Bluhm and Scott Law House Concert

11/11/2014

Sunday night, in an intimate KC Turner House Concert set at the doorstep of the grand Pacific, Tim & Nicki Bluhm along with friend Scott Law filled about fifty people with true blue delight. The show was not mystical, not heavy, not wound up in too many emotions. It was the lighter side of Americana — a Read More

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