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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No clashing influences by Fitz and the Tantrums at Fox Theater

It’s a difficult feat these days for a band to play songs rooted in a specific genre while avoiding words like “gimmick” or even prefixes like “neo-.” Consider the Black Keys, whose attempts to revive blues rock became overshadowed by a desire to hemorrhage retro-flavored production instead of writing blues-inspired
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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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Rising R&B star transcends hype through substance

The last time the Internet was buzzing about the next Fiona Apple, the world was “rewarded” with Lana Del Rey, a stage persona that should be considered the vocal equivalent of falling asleep during sex. The only thing more laughable than her album are her live performances, as any “SNL”
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On Tour: Pretty Lights

Laptops are replacing lead singers. Technology is redefining music; artists are becoming famous from the internet, manipulating sounds in ways once inconceivable. But not everyone can conceptualize beats the way Pretty Lights can. Pretty Lights played both Friday and Saturday night at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.
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On Tour: Anya Kvitka, We Are Twin and Foxes

On Friday, the New Parish in Oakland was full of so many strong, soaring voices that it was enough to knock your head off.  San Jose singer Anya Kvitka opened up the night with her own eclectic mix of jazz, hip-hop, reggae and rock. Mixing it up with a variety
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