Selena Gomez & the Scene: WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN

Like her former BFF Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez is the most recent of Disney starlets to hit the tabloid covers. Recently hospitalized for that perennial celebrity ailment ― “exhaustion” ― and as the girlfriend of the new pop prince, Justin Bieber, Gomez is almost certainly more notable for her personal
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Meat Puppets delivers raw sounds and tasty chops

Legendary cowpunk outfit The Meat Puppets brought their incendiary show to the Independent in San Francisco on Friday, June 17th. Marrying country, folk, punk and alt-rock to Les Paul cock rock, the Meat Puppets concocted an eclectic and expansive sound. Playing in a beautiful theater, the subdued lighting and smokey
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Bon Iver: BON IVER

Bon Iver, founded by vocalist and mastermind Justin Vernon, has issued their big statement with their latest, Bon Iver. Coming in with stuttering electric guitar and military drums, “Perth” opens Bon Iver as a cinematic statement. It’s an album looking to push Bon Iver to Radiohead importance. With the songs
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Matt Nathanson: THIS MODERN LOVE

Call me a cynic but I tend to shy away from saccharine, fun-sized pop hits. You know, those tracks that fill up radio airwaves with their juvenile rhymes, overuse of “baby”s and “your lips”s and disgustingly generic chords. But surprisingly, I found myself warming up to Matt Nathanson’s Modern Love,
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Strangeness and Charm

The moon was near full on the starry night of Sunday, June 12. Luminous and imposing, it became a portent of the otherworldly night ahead. As the sun waned ahead the Greek Theater, mills of people, young and old, emerged from the woodwork. A mysterious scent permeated the air, herbal
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the bins

Local artist the Bins mixes old-school styles with new technology

Local artist the Bins, aka Clark Barclay, remixes past trends with a modern age

While listening to the debut release from independent Bay Area artist the Bins, it’s difficult to comprehend the idea that such a coherent and seemingly organic EP could be made simply by mixing sounds from 200 different records. Operating as a one-man band, the Bins’ Clark Barclay continues the practice
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Marissa Nadler Concert

Folk artist Marissa Nadler gets intimate and independent

It’s fitting that folk artist Marissa Nadler’s fifth album is her first self-titled one. She recorded it on her own label, funded it with cash investments from fans using the Internet funding platform Kickstarter, and now owns all of the rights to her material. All it takes is a quick
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Bad Meets Evil: HELL: THE SEQUEL

If Kanye West is the David Bowie of hip hop, then rappers Eminem and Royce da 5’9 can best be described as his Dylan and Cash counterparts. The Detroit natives have rekindled their chemistry and collaborated on a new record under the moniker Bad Meets Evil, the same name as
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