Kimberly Chun

Redneck dawn

Recession-era rock goes back-to-the-backwoods or rises from the rusty dust

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If it left here tomorrow, would you still remember redneck rock? In the 20-tweens, you might hear it rushing through the purple veins of Southern gothic TV: within Jace Everett's growling poster-boy blues, "Bad Things," which opens True Blood, and Gangstagrass' hip-hop-drenched banjo-and-fiddle hillbilly vamp, "Long Hard Times to Come," the theme to the trigger-happy Justified.Read more »

Now voyager

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma makes music happen with bands like Alps and Moholy-Nagy

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MUSIC What might Jefre Cantu-Ledesma's status be? Casual but committed, relaxed yet extremely productive sounds about right for the Alps music-maker, Root Strata label head, On Land festival organizer, and now the third leg of the recently formed Moholy-Nagy.Read more »

Freedom for

The fire — and BBQ — burning in Woods
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MUSIC It can be tough to see the woods for the trees, to eyeball the big picture ideas amid the seductive specifics of a lush, ancient green aroma of a redwood forest after a rain, or the honeyed, sun-washed lethargy that comes with a warm summer day. But pin down one crucial branch of Brooklyn band Woods with an archetypal Barbara Walters query — "If Woods could be any tree, what tree would it be?" — and you just might get, "Omigod, I'm drawing a blank."Read more »

Infectious

Video Issue: What do viral videos say about us?
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Lovely fade: Elisa Randazzo teams with local musicmakers for 'Bruises and Butterflies'

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Love and loss and an unfaltering creative spirit appear to inform Elisa Randazzo’s new album, Bruises and Butterflies (Drag City). Her marriage to ex- Josh Schwartz, once of Beachwood Sparks and her partner in Fairechild, may be over, but Randazzo has found plenty of other talents to commune with. Read more »

What would Woods do?

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The slow sweep of summer break, sunlit days that yawn out into infinity, and the pock of a single snare -- those are some of the sleepy, sweet vibes coming off WoodsAt Echo Lake (Woodsist). Read more »

Pump you up!

Growing tries on new sounds and stumbles to the dance floor

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Taking the Waters

SFIFF: Boozy fun with Wholphin
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Ring ring

This year, the sound of the city in the summer includes Sleigh Bells

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Cut to the core: the sweet and the Splinters

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Didja hear? There’s a mini-girl-band revolution going on. Embracing the rawest of rawk, the lowest of fi, the Splinters haven’t been lumped into the current wavelet of female-centric Bay Area ensembles ala Brilliant Colors and Grass Widow. And perhaps rightfully so. Gender aside, the bands are coming from way different places sonically. Read more »