San Francisco-based band riffs like no other

Thao and The Get Down Stay Down offer rhythmic folk rock to SF

Without relying on typical, overused chord progressions, capturing a simple, rhythmic balance of notes is a creative challenge. Yet for musician Thao Nguyen, the process could not have been simpler.
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SUPERB Spring 2013 Lineup

ASUC branch SUPERB has provided the UC Berkeley campus with sublime and free entertainment since 1964. Their concert lineups bring together both up-and-coming and well-established artists from near and far away, indie-rock to rap. The Daily Californian is excited to be the first to announce SUPERB’s Spring 2013 Lineup. Pangea
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Noise Pop 2013 Preview

Nosaj Thing When: Feb. 21, 6 p.m. Where: California Academy of Sciences After a three-year hiatus, Jason Chung, the LA-based producer behind Nosaj Thing, has just released his sublime new album Home. Frustrated by the current state of electronic music, Chung produces gorgeously intimate, stripped-down bass, heavily influenced by the
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Free Energy to play in Noise Pop Festival

Lead singer Paul Sprangers talks about new album and upcoming show

This Thursday, Free Energy brings their brand of anthemic pop rock to the Brick and Mortar Music Hall, where they will strengthen their already tight connection with Bay Area music fans.
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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Push the Sky Away

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds take on their fifteenth album with Push the Sky Away, a phantasmagorical brooding on the visions of a fevered night sweat. Inspired by falling down various Wikipedia holes and googling niche “curiosities”, the album has an encyclopedic bent to it.
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STRFKR Miracle Mile

STRFKR: Miracle Mile

This month comes the release STRFKR’s fourth record, Miracle Mile, and simply put, it is damn good. The 4-man indie electro-pop group originated in Portland, Oregon as a solo project by Joshua Hodges (vocals, keyboard, guitar and drums) under the alias Sexton Blake.
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Swedish House Mafia incites crowd with ‘One Last Tour’

Swedish House Mafia kicked off their North American tour last Wednesday in SF at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium with five shows in a row. All five days sold out (the first four shows sold out in eight minutes); the group announced a couple of months ago that it would be their last tour.
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Nuclear Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto performs at Hertz Hall

Ryuichi Sakamoto is an artist who serves as much more than just an idol of perpetual creativity. The acclaimed 61-year-old year old musician has cultivated an extensive career as a concert pianist, film composer and founding member of the popular early 1980’s group Yellow Magic Orchestra, the latter of which served
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My Bloody Valentine: m b v

This didn’t actually happen, did it? For months, My Bloody Valentine frontman Kevin Shields had been nebulously hinting at a long-awaited follow-up to their classic 1991 LP Loveless. But he also said in 1997 that he’d be “dead” if he didn’t release a new album that year. Well, 1997 came
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Foals: Holy Fire

For Foals’ third record, the band of English math/dance rockers settled on a name apparently referencing an annual miracle observed under Greek Orthodoxy in which a flame descends from a church dome. The album Holy Fire is no miracle itself. But pretensions aside, it serves as something of a vibrant
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