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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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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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Owl City: ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

Owl City’s All Things Bright and Beautiful is a cotton candy confection that’s totally at home on a twelve-year-old girl’s iPod. The songs are steeped in electro strings and canned beats, making All Things familiar territory to anyone who has heard Owl City’s breakout single “Fireflies”. Owl City (aka Adam
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Junior Boys: IT’S ALL TRUE

Leg warmers and parachute pants may be lost in the ’80s — or so we hope — but Junior Boys persevere through the glam metal haze to bring an electropop album with a nostalgic ’80s coating. With their fourth studio album It’s All True, the Canadian duo of Jeremy Greenspan
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Miami Horror teleport audience to halcyon days with synthpop

The fellas of Miami Horror are very nice boys indeed — well-spoken, sunny men you could bring out for brunch with grandma. I sat down with the Melbourne-based disco pop quartet before their Thursday night show at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco to discuss their influences, their ambitions and
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Arctic Monkeys: SUCK IT AND SEE

It’s been two years since the Arctic Monkeys released the dark and brooding Humbug, and they have clearly spent their time wisely, with latest album being the proof of better quality. Suck It and See reveals their swaying croon-tunes to be just as pleasing as their mosh-worthy rock. Alex Turner
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Battles: GLOSS DROP

It’s a shame that the “Twilight” movies completely blow, because their soundtracks continually prove themselves as outstanding anthologies of contemporary music. In particular, their inclusion of New York-based Battles stands above the rest. Fusing the more calculated, science-chic sounds of prog or electronica with a more hard-edged rock, Battles’ first
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