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Fresh Cuts: The sweeter side of Lemonade and the sensual vocal stylings of Laurel Halo

May 29, 2012
This week in music sees new sights, sounds, and surprises from some of 2012's most promising players. From San Francisco to New York to...

The silhouette of Cass McCombs at Great American Music Hall

May 28, 2012
"Shhhhh," hushed everyone around me. It was like being chided in multi-directional stereo.It was Friday night in San Francisco and folk rocker Cass McCombs...

The comeback kids: Indie-pop straight poppin’

May 24, 2012
The Bay Area has always been a warm breeding ground for bands and thus has always had a vibrant music scene. Indie-pop is a...

The Beat: Eclectic events spin heads, shake butts

May 24, 2012
Having too many options can prove paralyzing, but sometimes it can be the reason you end up shaking that ass for days on end....

Fresh Cuts: Kimbra makes good, Girls get limited, and the return of an indie-pop institution

May 22, 2012
This week in new music explores the depths of an ingenue with a siren attitude, the quiet ranges of Mount Eerie, mom as muse,...

The Beat: The two sides of Birds & Batteries

May 17, 2012
What do a parrot and a vibrator have to do with a well-known San Francisco band you ask? Well let me tell you.Birds &...

Fresh Cuts: Sunshine-y jams take spotlight as summer approaches

May 16, 2012
With dream-pop favorites and a randy R. Kelly, this week is both guilt-free and not-so-innocent. Fresh Cuts has selected the finest new records to...

The Beat: dirtybird’s Justin Martin gets rough, tough, and tender

May 11, 2012
Like many four-year-olds, Justin Martin abhorred piano lessons. Unlike most adults however, he's now grateful for those tedious moments in practice and memorization. "Now...

Fresh Cuts: Blur singer belts an opera, a new spin on Afrobeat



May 8, 2012
This week in new music sees an "English Opera" through the eyes of a Britpop prince, Afrobeat kings, and Adam Bainbridge's kind change of...

Fresh Cuts: Weird-fi, dual-meaning Deutsch wort, and so much more

May 2, 2012
This week in new music sees SF-originated the Brian Jonestown Massacre speaking in tongues (not really) with thirteenth release "Aufheben" and the Mowgli Sound...