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Snap Sounds: Kisses

KISSES"People Can Do the Most Amazing Things"(This Is Music)Kisses has become a Snap Sounds stalwart before even releasing a debut album, because the upcoming...

Snap Sounds: Kurt Vile

By Irwin SwirnoffKURT VILESquare Shells(Matador)Seven songs of drifter daydreams. There is something so beautifully lonely and core-hitting about the way Vile's sprawling songs continue...

Snap Sounds: H.U.N.X.

H.U.N.X."The Locomotion"/"Can a Man Hear Me"/"I Vant to Suck Your Cock"(www.myspace.com/gayestmusicever)Kylie Minogue's take on "The Locomotion" has been a highlight of Hunx's DJ sets. It...

Snap Sounds: Beach Fossils

BEACH FOSSILSBeach Fossils(Captured Tracks)Your pretty guitar — or in Beach Fossils' case, your gorgeous guitars. Lyrics and vocals are virtually beside the point, considering...

Snap Sounds: Kisses

To name a song “Midnight Lover” is ambitious, and perhaps dangerous. A song with a title so classically charged with sex and romance had...

Snap Sounds: New Young Pony Club

NEW YOUNG PONY CLUBThe Optimist(The Numbers)New Young Pony Club really got me revved when they released their debut album Fantastic Playroom  and packed it...

No Bra makes topless creepy

Exposed breasts usually make my heart beat a little faster in a good, sexy sort of way. But when Susanne Oberbeck, front-woman of post-...

Snap Sounds: Dum Dum Girls

DUM DUM GIRLSI Will Be(Sup Pop)Dee Dee. Jules. Bambi. Frankie Rose. Their names would be perfect for the pole and dollar-bill dances, but the...

Snap Sounds: YACHT

YACHTThe Afterlife(DFA)YACHT is to the river as an Oreo cookie is to a tall glass of milk-- fully dunked and soggy. The newly released...

Snap Sounds: The Consulate General

THE CONSULATE GENERALPerson Number(Circle Into Square)We loved him when he was creating music under the moniker Boy In Static and I think a few...

Snap Sounds (and Q&A): Art Museums

THE ART MUSEUMSRough Frame(Woodsist)San Francisco's Josh Alper and Glenn Donaldson lightly place these love songs within comic frameworks. The opening track describes a shy,...

Snap Sounds: Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba

Four ngonis -- that's a lot of ngonis! Bassekou Kouyate -- Malian maestro of the stringed instrument which not only calls up the resounding...

Snap Sounds: Rollercoaster Project

ROLLERCOASTER PROJECTRevenge(Absolutely Kosher)A Dickens quote culled from A Child’s History of England and the note, “All songs made with careful horror and loving attention”...

Snap Sounds: Yeasayer

YEASAYEROdd Blood(Secretly Canadian)A creepy terminator-type robot dude rolls up to the hottest party in a cage you’ve never even been privileged enough to attend....

Snap Sounds: Etienne Jaumet

ETIENNE JAUMETNight Music(Domino)The idea of nocturnal sound is circulating at the moment, though maybe it always does where electronic music intersects with clubland. Overseen...

Snap Sounds: ApSci

APSCIBest Crisis Ever(Quannum Projects)Kudos go out for the NYC-Australian ApSci for not so much keeping it real but plenty surreal. The hip-hop-electro duo takes...

Snap Sounds: Kammerflimmer Kollektief

KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEFWildling(Staubgold, released March 2)At first sonic glimmer, Germany’s Kammerflimmer Kollektief wax too softly, too New Agedly to stir many passions apart from recollections...

Snap Sounds: Elephant9

ELEPHANT9Walk the Nile(Rune Grammofon)Norwegian power trio Elephant9 lays on the acid-laced, "wildly cavorting in fields of fusion" prog -- light on the kraut and...

Snap Sounds: The Bundles

THE BUNDLESThe Bundles(K, March 9 release)“Don’t forget about your friends!” pleads Kimya Dawson from the thick of her new down-low supergroup of anti-folk pals...

Snap Sounds: Myles Cooper (and High Fantasy)

MYLES COOPER"Gonna Find Boyfriends Today"(demo; www.myspace.com/mylescooper) Yeah, 2010 needs some anthems, so thank Mr. Cooper for bringing one, dedicated to all those who want to...

Snap Sounds: Scene of Action

SCENE OF ACTION20 Minute Hourglass(PopSmear)San Francisco needs its own Stone Temple Pilots, no? One with a good dose of Killers sprightliness?Scene of Action may...

Snap Sounds: Blitz the Ambassador

BLITZ THE AMBASSADORStereotype(Embassy MVMT)Loving the string-drenched, ecstatically brassy, flamenco-guitar-and-handclap flourishes of production on this Ghanaian rapper's debut. (He'll be performing Mon/15 at the Elbo...

Snap Sounds: Lord Newborn and the Magic Skulls

LORD NEWBORN AND THE MAGIC SKULLSLord Newborn and the Magic Skulls(Ubiquity)What sort of magical concoction do you get when you mix SF skater and...

Snap Sounds: Richie Cunning

By Ben HopferIf you haven't heard about Richie Cunning yet, take a peek at his new Ferris Bueller-inspired video.This local SF rapper has been...