Summer Preview 2012

Let’s be honest. Last summer was a sore disappointment. Out of the many blockbusters to be released — “Thor,”  “X-Men: First Class” and the laughably awful “Green Lantern” — no film stood out as the centerpiece of the summer season (except maybe “Harry Potter”). There was no “Inception” or “Dark
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Best Coast: The Only Place

Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno of Best Coast, the surf pop outfit from Los Angeles, return with their sophomore LP The Only Place. Since the release of their debut album, 2010’s Crazy For You, Best Coast has toured extensively, supported Planned Parenthood, advertised for Converse, shot a music video directed
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Beach House: Bloom

At its core, Beach House’s sound hasn’t changed much since the Baltimore dream pop duo released its self-titled debut six years ago. But with each new release, the band has continued to refine its sound and their fourth album, Bloom, is no different. Alex Scally’s droning guitar on album opener
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Norah Jones: Little Broken Hearts

Norah Jones is not an extreme artist. When you pick up one of her albums, you know what to expect. There will be no genre-hopping madness, hardly any experimentation and certainly none of that dubstep hullabaloo. For more than 10 years now, Jones has carved out a comfortable niche as
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Ty Segall and White Fence: Hair

In the January issue of Rolling Stone this year, Patrick Carney of the Black Keys declared that “Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world.” That wouldn’t seem to be the case now. The Black Keys had two of the
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Santigold: Master of My Make-Believe

It’s recess, and Santi White wants to play. She stomps, pounds on drums (Why are there drums in the schoolyard, you ask? Beats me.), echoes her voice magnificently  —  she’s itching to start a revolution. It sounds far-fetched and in a way it is. One could even call it a
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This Week in Arts

Our lead writers bring you the latest and greatest in Bay Area arts and culture this week Film This week the Pacific Film Archive hosts four films by Michael Glawogger, an Austrian filmmaker who focuses on the plight of the working class amid an increasingly alienating global economy. Glawogger’s experimental
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Jack White: Blunderbuss

After a decade spent fashioning the landscape of modern rock ‘n’ roll, maestro Jack White has returned to inflict yet more badassery on the general public. Having appeared in numerous successful outfits — The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs and, most famously, The White Stripes — this time, he has come
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The Sun Also Rises: Silversun Pickups shine with new sound

While all bands tend to evolve their sound over time, it can sometimes produce unsuccessful results, especially when they gravitate towards flashy, radio-friendly material. Every once in a while though, you find a band that is able to deviate from their original sound while still maintaining their identity. Such is
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