Concert Review: Matt & Kim

It looks like I’m being proven wrong about lackluster crowds with each new show I go to. Matt & Kim’s ecstatic performance last Friday at the Fox Theater was full of dancing, jumping, and screaming from both the crowd and the duo. Opening with the fat synth grooves of “Block
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John Lennon lives on, thanks to Tame Impala and Ty Segall

It’s been 32 years since John Lennon’s passing, but his influence lives on. Two artists, both with new albums out this month, uncannily conjure memories of the late Beatle — Tame Impala and Ty Segall. The Australian psych-rock band Tame Impala and California garage hero Ty Segall both share an affinity
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Read Some (Spooky) Books

This week’s Read Some Books features some reads to haunt you to get you in the mood for Halloween, also paired with movies and TV shows that will spook you equally well.“Hannibal” Many people know the preceding novel, “Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris (as well as the movie),
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Tunes on Tuesday: Halloween Special

Music is a critical part of any holiday. But unlike Christmas or Valentine’s Day, Halloween has few musical moments other than eerie organ sequences and perhaps the soundtrack to “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Fortunately, I’ve got the tunes that will square your scare and heighten your frighten. These songs are
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Tom Hanks Tuesday: October Surprise

It’s been too long, my fellow Hanksians. I’ve been remiss, nay, neglectful in my lack of Tom Hanks updates. I thought, mistakenly, that this man did not require frequent updates, that there was simply not enough news about the star of my favorite detective/dog flick (“Turner and Hooch”). Well, I
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Local Limelight: Mahgeetah

Part folksy blues and part reverb-rich melodies, local San Francisco group Mahgeetah manage to combine slick, distorted riffs and rich chords with a soothing, finishing touch. The band cites influences such as Dr. Dog, Wilco and My Morning Jacket, if that gives you an idea of what direction they may
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Local Limelight: Anya & The Get Down

Coming out of South Bay, Anya & The Get Down are a funky, soulful group from San Jose. Singer Anya Kvitka has a sweet, sultry voice that melts right through the hip-hop beats and melodic guitar riffs of The Get Down. Forming in June 2011, Anya and her jazzy crew
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Tunes on Tuesday: Jake Bugg, Taylor Swift, JLS

It seems every week we have another British sensation. Something about the climate or double-decker buses or who knows what produces incredible musical talent. This Tuesday marks the arrival of eighteen-year-old artist Jake Bugg, with the release of his eponymous debut album (which has already reached number 1 on the
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Local Limelight: Ty Segall

If you’re looking for some lo-fi, garage rock intensity, check out San Francisco’s Ty Segall. Segall’s career spans four solo albums and numerous work on a variety of projects. The multi-instrumentalist brings to mind early White Stripes that got spewed out through a gritty amp borrowed from the trunk of
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