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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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Noah Gunderson, The Wild Reeds and Angelo De Augustine @ The Chapel

11/25/2014

Angelo De Augustine would probably say this was his worst show ever. But between apologies for being sick, coughs, and gulps of water, Angelo gave the most sincere, vulnerable performance of the night. Opening for a crowd that’s clearly there for guitar-driven indie folk-rock when your message must be conveyed in a whisper and a warble 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 Stone Foxes @ The Chapel

11/10/2014

The French Cassettes had the job of warming the crowd up on Saturday for the second night of The Stone Foxes residency at The Chapel, in San Francisco. This was not a problem for them as they came equipped with their fresh-faced and danceable brand of indie pop. Catchy tracks with tasty rhythms, like “We Read More

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SFCritic Road Trip: Humboldt County Pops Off with Halloween Special; Talib Kweli and Lyrics Born Rock Intimate Venue

11/03/2014

After weeks of anticipation, a charged Humboldt County donned their most eccentric Halloween garb and partied down with hip-hop icon Lyrics Born and the already-legendary conscious rapper, Talib Kweli. I’d been looking forward to this event for weeks, curious to explore the music scene in such a unique pocket of NorCal. Friday’s show did nothing Read More

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Treasure Island Day 2 Photos and Review: Massive Attack, alt-J, Chet Faker and More

10/20/2014

Sunday at Treasure Island Music Festival was predictably chill. Like years past, Sunday’s lineup of indie rock and downtempo electronic artists served as the perfect “hair of the dog” to Saturday’s cocktail of electronic and hip hop acts. Even the weather mellowed by a cool five degrees. The crowd, far soberer, drifted between sedentary cigarette puffs and stages. With Massive Read More

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Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic Play Intimate Set at BAM

10/20/2014

Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic have been friends and musical collaborators for over a decade, so it makes sense that their intimate show at the Berkeley Art Museum (BAM) was akin to watching two extremely talented pals have a jam session. Together, Cabic and Barnhart created the record label Gnomonsong around 2005 with their first Read More

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