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Magnetic Fields, Mark Kozelek, Atlas Sound to play Noise Pop 2010 Feb. 23-March 1

December 12, 2009
By Kimberly Chun Word's come in about the dates and lineup for Noise Pop 2010 - this year highlighting headliner Magnetic Fields. This from the...

Sonic Reducer Overage: Timbaland, Grooms, Metallica, Grace Potter, Zero 7, Man/Miracle, and more

December 12, 2009
By Kimberly Chun Love the rain, hate the frizz, love the fuzz box -- more SF sounds than we could fit into print. Captured! By...

SF Street Art: End of the line

December 11, 2009
By Kimberly Chun I always appreciate a good street-sign alteration: this one is on Eighth Street, near Gama-Go HQ.

Sonic Reducer Overage: Black Crowes, Califone, Rob Cantrell, and more

December 5, 2009
Whoa, get ready for the El Nino rains -- time to duck inside for some quality sounds. The Black Crowes If you step into the Four...

‘Kill All Redneck Pricks’: KARP doc benefit goes off Dec. 19

December 5, 2009
You must remember KARP, the combo that spawned members of Big Business, the Melvins, Tight Bros. From Way Back When, and many other loud,...

My favorite vid: ‘Where the Dirty Hipsters Are’

December 3, 2009
By Kimberly Chun Loved the Spike Jonze joint - in a downbeat, unassuming, morose way, of course. But what about this great spoof on the...

Marriage by fire: Grooms find the joy

November 28, 2009
GROOMS Rejoicer (Death by Audio) By Kimberly Chun Grooms is a slightly better name than Muggabears, the moniker of vocalist-guitarist Travis Johnson’s original teenaged bedroom recording project --...

Hey is for Horse’s Ha: English folk meets backcountry bossa

November 28, 2009
THE HORSE’S HA Of the Cathmawr Yards (Hidden Agenda) By Kimberly Chun Sidestepping the gutbucket ‘n’ gritty, tear-in-my-beer country of Freakwater and the solid indie psych of...

Sonic Reducer Overage: Toots, Vic Chestnutt, White Pee, Dizzy Balloon, and more

November 25, 2009
Why succumb to the post-turkey day l-tryptophan lethargy? There’s music to see and hear when you’re not deleting your funds at the sales. (Anyone...

Sonic Reducer Overage:Kiss, Fanfarlo, Lake, and more

November 21, 2009
By Kimberly Chun Rick Springfield and Sister Christian should be forever indebted to Boogie Nights for being draped so unforgettably in that terribly tense deal-gone-drastically-wrong...

Sweet on sour Filipino popcorn in Honolulu

November 21, 2009
Garlicky goodness. All photos by Kimberly Chun. By Kimberly Chun Biggest food find in Honolulu this Thanksgiving: “Filipino Loco” popcorn. My bro clued me into the...

In your face: Indie goes Icelandic in the hands of Skakkamanage

November 15, 2009
SKAKKAMANAGE All Over the Face (Kimi) By Kimberly Chun Sounding for all the world like the lost Icelandic kin of Spoon’s Brett Daniel with his happen-now snarl and...

Sonic Reducer Overage: Grant Hart, ‘In C,’ Flobots, Talk Normal, and more

November 14, 2009
By Kimberly Chun I recommend taking some cult-cha with your cold cereal -- it’ll make the pre-Thanksgiving/Black Friday mania go down easier. More fun stuff...

Twinkle, twinkle, Bianca Starr

November 10, 2009
By Kimberly Chun It's been months, but I'm still reeling from the loss of the Built by Wendy boutique on 20th Street. Yeah, yeah, I...

Duty calls: In line for Call of Duty

November 10, 2009
By Kimberly Chun Just what are these courageous souls queuing up for on a late Monday night on Powell Street, right outside GameStop? The new...

Juan MacLean’s drummer Jerry Fuchs, RIP; band to do DJ benefit set at Mezzanine

November 10, 2009
By Kimberly Chun This in from the Juan MacLean's people and the Mezzanine: the band's drummer Jerry Fuchs sadly passed away Nov. 8 (The live...

Deer Lady: Sonya Cotton’s ‘Red River’

November 7, 2009
SONYA COTTON Red River (self-released) By Kimberly Chun San Francisco-by-way-of-Connecticut singer-songwriter Sonya Cotton hails from the halcyon peaks of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and Judee Sill: she’s a...

Sonic Reducer Overage: Alternative Tentacles, Pixies, Paramore, Finches, R. Kelly, and more

November 5, 2009
By Kimberly Chun You want to wipe away the gloom with some swoony, loony sounds, you know you do. More music than we could cram...

Post-punk stirrings: Bellini and Sleeper peel back the mask

October 31, 2009
BELLINI The Precious Prize of Gravity (Temporary Residence) SLEEPER Behind Every Mask (Mush) The return of David Yow and Jesus Lizard couldn't be better timed, judging from releases like Bellini's...

Fela redux: ‘The Best of the Black President’ ushers in reissue series

October 30, 2009
FELA KUTI The Best of the Black President - Deluxe Edition (Kalakuta Sunrise/Knitting Factory) By Kimberly Chun Ripe for revival and just in time for FELA!, the...

Sonic Reducer Overage: No Age, Soapbox, Emerald Triangle, Kawabata, and more

October 29, 2009
By Kimberly Chun Halloween and NYE -- yes, it’s amateur hour once again for non-locals, gawkers, and ‘burb brats. Still, ya gotta fill the void...

Dreamy machines: Little Dragon roars

October 26, 2009
LITTLE DRAGON Machine Dreams (Peacefrog) By Kimberly Chun “A New,” for sure. Dripping with mellotron sounds and windswept synths, Gothenburg, Sweden’s Little Dragon declares itself definitely, though far...

The Rakes split, cancel Slim’s show

October 22, 2009
This in from UK band the Rakes' publicists: "The Rakes have announced they are to split with immediate effect. "The band who formed in 2002, came...

Sonic Reducer Overage: Pelican, Kid Sister, Le Loup, Sunset Rubdown, and more

October 21, 2009
By Kimberly Chun We got places to go, people to see, crazy sounds to hear -- more for your show-going pleasure and more than we...