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Troye Sivan has sensual prowess on ‘Wild’

Contrary to its title, the second major label release from YouTube star and singer-songwriter Troye Sivan is far from WILD. Musically, it is the exact opposite. Rather than a gritty, cutthroat wilderness, this work is a short collection of masterfully crafted and carefully produced songs that resembles a sonic utopia.
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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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Ranting on the Grammy Awards

I have always hated the Grammys. I hate how the nominees for Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year always seem to be reflections of the Top 40 charts. I hate that Lou Reed, the Band, Talking Heads, Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin,
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Generationals

Generationals set to create summertime atmosphere at SF show

Summer isn’t a time for worrying. It isn’t a time for work. It’s that one time of year when we get to enjoy the sun, the water, the simplicity of our lives. In their latest release, Alix, indie-rock duo Generationals capture the simple happiness of summertime. High-school pals Ted Joyner
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Sparks fly with Gaga and Bennett’s ‘Cheek to Cheek’

More often than not, a similar response is elicited when a big name in music releases a crossover or cover album: “Why?!” There’s always the notion of self-indulgence, like when an artist’s fanboy admiration for another’s work simply cannot be contained within their own back catalogue — see The Flaming
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The 1975

Age makes the 1975 even better for Fillmore show

Nursing a bottle of red wine, the 1975 frontman Matthew Healy spilled onto the stage of the Fillmore in San Francisco on Friday night. With his gauzy black shirt opened to reveal a pale, tattooed torso, Healy’s look and swaying persona lucidly referenced those rock gods of past eras —
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Chromeo lights up Independent stage with neon and New Age ’80s

Chromeo, the Quebecois electrofunk duo of Dave 1 and P-Thugg, played a steady stream of its New Age ’80s jams at The Independent in San Francisco on April 12. The set was chock-full of oldies but goodies, especially from the duo’s first three LPs, including “Bonafied Lovin,” “Tenderoni” and “Night
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From Berkeley to the international stage with the Cataracs

Niles Hollowell-Dhar and David Singer-Vine were just sophomores at Berkeley High School when they formed the Cataracs in 2003. Deriving their name from a Snoop Dogg lyric (“Smoke ‘till your eyes get cataracts”), the duo rose to Bay Area fame as a definitive force in the hyphy movement. After their
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