The Shins: Port of Morrow

Intricately woven, The Shins’ new release, Port Of Morrow, is like the canvas of a cathartic dream. Lucid, colorful and delicate, it strips down inhibitions and holds the listener through a spine-tingling sequence of emotions. Displaying unparalleled songwriting and refined musicianship, this album is the band’s most enticing and poignant
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Daniel Rossen: Silent Hour/Golden Mile

There is bliss in this mess / There is madness all around,” Daniel Rossen utters in “Golden Mile,” off his first solo EP Silent Hour/Golden Mile. There is bliss with twangy acoustic guitar plucks that brighten the slow-treading melancholic piano riffs, while the tiers of symphonic instruments create an intricate
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Famous mother-daughter dance company missteps

We are much unlike the ballet as far as performances go,” forewarned a company musician in his introduction to last Saturday night’s performance by Carolina Lugo’s & Carole Acuna’s Ballet Flamenco at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. He requested that the crowd assume an active role in the performance
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Ensemble Mik Nawooj merges hip-hop and orchestra

Have you been listening to chamber hip-hop operas recently? As of yet, your iPod doesn’t alphabetically list this between blues and classical. Nor does Spotify, Grooveshark or iTunes offer you this section to listen to your favorite rap-cantatas. This is because, as JooWan Kim, co-founder of Ensemble Mik Nawooj, revealed,
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The Creators Project

Imagine an event that blended technology and art by merging the classic interpretations of art with the 21st-century charm of the silicon age. This was the goal of The Creators Project, and its San Francisco debut at Fort Mason  March 17 and 18 went above and beyond its innovative objective.
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TV Land: The madness of modern media

There’s only one thing on my mind this week. And no, it’s not pornography or Pop-Tarts. Those are so last semester. No. What I have in mind is far more glorious. It’s the return of “Mad Men” this Sunday on AMC. For nearly two years, we’ve been mired in a
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Dance theater fuses gospel and trance at Zellerbach Hall

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater offers an alternative to those who are and aren’t into religious or Class A ecstasy. At Cal Performances on March 13, the company translated the inclusive energy of ritual spaces like the club and the church to Zellerbach Hall in pieces featuring gospel and
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Stories intersect in the desert in Hari Kunzru’s latest novel

In contrast to the standard linear novel, Hari Kunzru’s “Gods Without Men” twitches back and forth between hundreds of years with characters that all relate and complement one another — even if they do not meet. This makes it a thought-provoking novel for the often distracted and difficult-to-impress modern reader.
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Anti-Flag: The General Strike

Take head-thrashing guitar riffs and guttural spasms, drench them in liberalism, swirl them in a massive circle pit, and you will have Anti-Flag’s newest album The General Strike. Like a pack of insatiable hyenas, Anti-Flag tears off society’s fleshy veneer to expose a skeleton of seedy consumerism and capitalistic corruption.
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The Ting Tings: Sounds From Nowheresville

The Ting Tings are back and feeling frisky. The group’s second album, Sounds From Nowheresville, sees them attack their microphones with a rousing barrage of spiky vocals. Arriving four years after their hit debut We Started Nothing, this record hails the much-anticipated return of the U.K. punk-pop duo’s impudent and
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