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    Win tickets to Magik*Magik Orchestra's birthday show with Geographer, The Dodos and more!

Win tickets to Magik*Magik Orchestra's birthday show with Geographer, The Dodos and more!

Depending on the guest list, birthday parties can be a hit or miss affair, but The Magik*Magik Orchestra has assembled quite the lineup of performers for its fifth birthday [...]

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Premiere: Split Screens – "Close Your Eyes"

San Francisco's Split Screens, the band led by talented multi-instrumentalist Jesse Cafiero, created a distinct, dreamy laid-back vibe on their 2012 debut self-titled EP. Since the release, Split Screens [...]

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    Review & Photos: Parquet Courts, White Fence, CCR Headcleaner @ Great American Music Hall, 1/16/14

Review & Photos: Parquet Courts, White Fence, CCR Headcleaner @ Great American Music Hall, 1/16/14

Photos by: Ryan McDonald

Last night's sold-out Parquet Courts/White Fence show at Great American Music Hall is the kind of lineup that builds great expectations. And yet, throughout the sometimes [...]

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    Treefort Music Festival adds Poliça, Perfect Pussy & many locals to lineup

Treefort Music Festival adds Poliça, Perfect Pussy & many locals to lineup

Festival announcements are firing left and right - from Governors Ball and Rain Fest, to Coachella last week. As bands route their paths across North America in order to [...]

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    REPLICANT returns to Oakland with Bad News, plots February shows

REPLICANT returns to Oakland with Bad News, plots February shows

If the new year has given you the itch to seek out new artistic territory, you should direct your attention towards the local REPLICANT series. REPLICANT has been hosting [...]

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    The Bay Bridged Presents: WATERS kicks off a Brick & Mortar residency!

The Bay Bridged Presents: WATERS kicks off a Brick & Mortar residency!

Van Pierszalowski's WATERS is emerging from the studio next month for a Monday night residency at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall. At every show, they'll be joined by [...]

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Giveaway: UK psych band TOY comes to The Chapel

Photo: Danny Mitchell

Making their San Francisco debut at the Chapel this Saturday comes psych rock band TOY from London.  Their hazy sound is immediately recognizable yet uniquely distinct all [...]

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    "One experiment of many": Tides Theater hosts Subliminal Messages this Saturday

"One experiment of many": Tides Theater hosts Subliminal Messages this Saturday

Tides Theater describes its mission as "creating visceral theatre" and interprets that in some interesting ways. Last year I caught a play based on an investigative report about homeless [...]

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    Play It Cool: Avalon Emerson releasing debut 12" at Public Works

Play It Cool: Avalon Emerson releasing debut 12" at Public Works

Photo: J Astra Brinkmann

When San Francisco-based producer Avalon Emerson isn't busy developing code, she can often be caught DJing at late-night dance parties around the Bay Area. One of [...]

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    Giveaway: The Abigails, Useless Eaters, Creeping Pink head to the Fuzz Box tonight!

Giveaway: The Abigails, Useless Eaters, Creeping Pink head to the Fuzz Box tonight!

Want to help Brick & Mortar ring in its monthly night of psych rockin, Fuzz Box, at the first installment of 2014? It goes down tonight with The Abigails, [...]

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bAd bAd – "Problem Now/Leonel"

Everyone knows garage rock is "over", but what about "TURKISH SURF PUNK MARIACHIS"? That somewhat audacious description was my introduction to San Francisco's bAd bAd. Incredibly, about one minute [...]

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    Mixtape: Fourteen of the Bay Area's Best Record Labels (Podcast #325)

Mixtape: Fourteen of the Bay Area's Best Record Labels (Podcast #325)


Download: Mixtape: The Bay Area's Best Record Labels (Podcast #325)

It's conventional wisdom nowadays that bands no longer need record labels to release music into the world. Still, it would [...]

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