Shuddering lights and howling vocals at Shlohmo show in San Francisco

Finding a middle ground between his music’s distinctive yet dichotomous alien experimentation and restorative tones, Los Angeles-based producer Henry Laufer, who goes by the stage name Shlohmo, performed an hourlong set of steady lo-fi instrumentation at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Wednesday night. The producer and
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Noise Pop Music Festival brings powerful sounds to Bay Area

Last month marked the beginning of San Francisco’s indie music, arts and film festival Noise Pop, hosted by San Francisco’s multitude of concert venues like Great American Music Hall and Rickshaw Stop. In its 22nd year, Noise Pop boasts an array of emerging artists, while also showcasing critically-acclaimed bands. Thrown
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On Tour: Islands

On Saturday night, the band Islands performed a set at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, playing tracks off their new album Ski Mask. Nick Thorburn, the frontman of the group and an alumnus (along with Islands drummer Jamie Thompson) of the pre-Islands group the Unicorns, is the
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Baths gets whimsical at Great American Music Hall

L.A.-based artist proves that electronic shows can be just as vibrant

When one pictures the face of San Francisco Pride, it probably isn’t round and slightly chubby with glasses, but Will Wiesenfeld represented all the same. “Is it Pride or something?” he yelled to those in the crowd, many of whom had just come from Pink Saturday in the Castro to
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Ian Birnam’s Picks of the Week

WHY? at the Great Amerian Music Hall Originating in Berkeley, the experimental group WHY? will be playing this Wednesday at the Great American Music Hall in SF with Astronautalis and Dream Tiger as support. The band juxtaposes folk, indie, hip-hop and electronic music styles that make for a bizarre yet
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the hush sound

The Hush Sound at the Great American Music Hall

Last Friday, The Hush Sound returned to the San Francisco stage after a lofty five-year hiatus. This time around, the 4-person jangle pop group joined forces with singer-songwriter Lucas Carpenter and openers Sydney Wayser and Brooklyn-based band The Last Royals at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco’s own baroque
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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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Local Limelight: Mahgeetah

Part folksy blues and part reverb-rich melodies, local San Francisco group Mahgeetah manage to combine slick, distorted riffs and rich chords with a soothing, finishing touch. The band cites influences such as Dr. Dog, Wilco and My Morning Jacket, if that gives you an idea of what direction they may
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This Week in Arts

VISUAL ART: If you are looking for something to do on Halloween night, look no further than “But the Earth is dark, the Coffin thick, and the Shroud opaque,” Old Crow’s group show opening on Oct 31 at 8 p.m. Promising to send chills down your spine and get you
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This Week in Arts

Film The week of March 5 offers a surfeit of great repertory picks for San Francisco cinephiles. On March 7, The Castro Theatre screens Woody Allen’s hilarious and nostalgic “Manhattan” in its proper 35mm format. On March 9, The Castro screens two ’90s gems, “Reality Bites” and “My Own Private
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