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Red Hot Chili Peppers serves up lukewarm 11th album

There’s a single, basic, unavoidable reality facing every Red Hot Chili Peppers album released — if the songs aren’t catchy, the album isn’t good. Is that a fair standard? Not really, but as a band that has spent 30 years building a jam-funk rock legacy on lyrics such as, “K-i-s-s-i-n-g
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Valerie Khau

Valerie’s Views: On conforming to pop

For some people, pop is an ironic indulgence. It’s reserved for jam sessions in the car with the squad or lit-as-fuck college party playlists. Amid the increasing relevance of social media and the concurrent growth of digital noise, identities validated by exclusivity now demand greater interest in niche genres. A
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The weird, the wonderful: Outside Lands 2015

“There’s no geofilter yet!” cried a bucket hat-clad bro after snapping a selfie on the dusty path leading down to Golden Gate Park. The gates to the infamous Bay Area music and arts festival had just barely opened, but festival-goers were already eager to tell their friends and followers that
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Jessica Pena

Clog’s thoughts on Outside Lands

This weekend, from Friday through Sunday, San Francisco hosted the seventh Outside Lands Festival. Along with musicians from all over the globe, the festival highlighted visual artists, comedians and local foods. With its sporadic weather, huge crowds and overpriced merchandise, Outside Lands is every old man’s worst nightmare, yet it’s
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Tunesday: Songs That Make a Scene

In case your summer media indulgence has taken a dip, Tunesday will help you get right back on track. This week’s playlist takes iconic scenes from movies that simply would not be the same without the musical overlay. Therefore it is not only a collection of notable tracks but also
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