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Real Estate blesses Chapel with new guitarist, new music

The packed, immobile wall-to-wall crowd at the Chapel in San Francisco showed up to jam out to Real Estate’s singles and fan favorites, but it was unclear how they would react to all the change Real Estate had to offer. With the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free” curated as preshow
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Kane Strang serves up likable, staid ‘Blue Cheese’

Though likable and often catchy, New Zealand singer-songwriter Kane Strang’s debut album Blue Cheese comes off like nothing so much as a patchwork quilt sewn from scraps of found material: not exactly original and not exactly derivative. The album opens with “The Web,” a curious song that sets the terms
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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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Post office sale is a surrender to corporate interests

The selling off of the U.S. Postal Service properties is the latest example of the movement to corporatize what’s left of the public sector. It comes in a long line of privatization efforts — from shrinking the public school system to expanding the prison system to contracting out the U.S. military.
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