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Born Ruffians has charm, energy at Slim’s performance

The unspoken rule of concerts is that there will always be duds. In exchange for fan-favorite bangers, the audience will sway tolerantly through some new album sleepers and generic filler songs they can’t quite place. On Sunday night at Slim’s, the underrated Canadian band Born Ruffians delivered the stuff of
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Yo La Tengo cover wide range of homage at Masonic

Now in its third decade, Yo La Tengo has solidified its role as mainstays of indie rock. The Hoboken, New Jersey, band’s performance at the Masonic on Saturday — a featherlight acoustic set with electric guitar courtesy of returning guitarist Dave Schramm — was not so much a mere showcase
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Hippie Sabotage chill, dance with fans at Anna Head

When most people think of trap music, they think of waiting for a colossal beat drop full of aggressive energy that gets everyone dancing and jumping from the window to the wall. So it’s understandable that DJs in this day and age — from the frat brothers to the festival
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Widowspeak, Quilt imbue evening concert with sunny vibes

Both Widowspeak and Quilt occupy a similar stylistic domain — sleepy, sun-drenched ditties that recall coastal road trips and summer longing. Hosted by ASUC Superb, the bands’ performances on Sproul Plaza on Friday, then, served as a seasonal time capsule — an immediate influx of sunshine for Berkeley’s long, post-daylight savings
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Vinyl Theater, Against the Current succeed under pressure

With a capacity of roughly 250, Bottom of the Hill is one of San Francisco’s most intimate venues, tucked away in a nondescript corner of the Mission District. With a stage only 10 or 11 feet wide, there’s little room for theatrics, and barely enough room to play. On Tuesday
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Darren Criss busts out Broadway chops at Nourse Theater

When Seth Rudetsky, the pianist and host for the night, announced that Darren Criss’ first song would be one that he performed as Blaine Anderson on the hit television show “Glee,” the audience let out a collective cheer. Though the crowd was expecting to hear one of Blaine’s signature tunes
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The Chapel hosts cabaret-inspired Halloween bash

It’s Halloween in San Francisco. A fog is rolling in over the city skyline, and the sky is growing dark as trick-or-treating children gradually are replaced by raucous 20-somethings heading out into the city nightlife. One of the hottest destinations to indulge in some spooky revelries was the Chapel’s Halloween
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Mac DeMarco channels charismatic charms at Fox Theater

“Fuck Taco Bell!” was the unlikely slogan of last Monday evening’s Mac DeMarco show at the Fox Theater in Oakland. In between songs, the odd-ball artist joked about hugging the toilet after a meal at the popular fast food chain, and the crowd absolutely gobbled up the comedy, cheering as
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