Grizzly Bear: Shields

There’s an “Indie Class of 2009” reunion this year, and Grizzly Bear just arrived fashionably late (with an emphasis on the “fashionably” part). The bands that owned the “campus” three years ago —  Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, The xx and Grizzly Bear — have all released new records in 2012,
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Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss album

Carly Rae Jepsen: Kiss

There are times in pop music when a song takes on a life of its own and becomes bigger than the artist who performed it.  The smash hit of the summer, “Call Me Maybe,” is such a song. It has grown into a phenomenon, sparking countless YouTube parodies and entering
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Devendra Banhart discusses Friday performance and future release

Devendra Banhart is a disarmingly charming interviewee. “I mean, I don’t know, if that’s something that’s delegated by someone other than us, I don’t know how much time we have, but if it’s up to me, it’s til you’re satisfied, or too annoyed to go on, which means it’ll be
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The Killers: Battle Born

If any more evidence were needed, The Killers are proof of the unfortunate phenomenon that popularity so often equates with mediocrity in the music world. A hugely acclaimed band, they have built their success on plain, enervated rock songs. It’s the least common denominator at work again, as The Killers
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Woods: Bend Beyond

You could call Woods’ sixth album, Bend Beyond, “cohesive,” but they probably wouldn’t want you to. G. Lucas Crane, the band’s tape effects technician, told Ragged Words, “Cohesive is one of those terms applied when you notice something. I think each of the albums have been their own weird journey
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This Week in Arts

VISUAL ART If there was one Bay Area show this fall that could best capture what is currently happening in contemporary art, it would be “Stand Tall Pt. III” opening on Saturday night at Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery. This week, 38 artists are coming from near and far to
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Lebbeus Woods, Conflict Space 3, 2006; crayon and acrylic on linen; 74 x 120 in. (187.96 x 304.8 cm); Collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of anonymous donors and the Accessions Committee Fund; © Lebbeus Woods

SFMOMA’s ‘Field Conditions’ examines perception

The modern environment is akin to chaos. Cities are now nearly defined by the massive billboards and glaring lights that distort their buildings. According to architect Stan Allen’s essay “Field Conditions,” places that were once familiar, organized and definite no longer exist. Amid modernization and globalization, our established culture and
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Pro Arts Gallery 2x2 Solo Amy M. Ho Lordy Rodriguez

Postcards depict Pacific garbage island

In the North Pacific waters between the coasts of San Francisco and Hawaii, there is a massive vortex of swirling trash, a giant island of plastic. Ocean currents trap years of pollution into these trash formations, which occur throughout our oceans. When a massive tsunami rocked Pacific waters in 2011,
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