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Summer spins

Quick-takes on new releases

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BORIS

NOISE

(SARGENT HOUSE)

Boris have been dabbling so much in pop lately it's tempting to look at the band's latest album, Noise, as a return to their sludge-metal glory days. There are only eight songs, its title is appropriately hostile, and the dark gray cover looks formidable compared to the white-hued, glamorous art on the last few Boris records. But remember: This album is called Noise. Not Metal, not Amps Up To 11. Not even Heavy Rocks, the name given to two of Boris's most metallic albums. Noise.Read more »

Dirty, sweet, and far from down low

Brooklyn's Cakes da Killa wants to be more than just "the blowjob rapper"

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Jazz jams in Brisbane

In an unpretentious location, the 7 Mile House serves up some of the city's most storied jazz veterans

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By Jeff Kaliss

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The shaman, the oracle, and the engineer

Sleep Genius bands are pushing boundaries — and proving the Bay Area underground is alive and well

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A musician grows on Market Street

San Francisco's wunderkind "Trumpet Kid" on the musical education he's gained from playing in the city streets

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If you've spent time in downtown San Francisco, chances are you've seen him: thin as a rail but dressed to kill, light on his feet in squeaky-clean dress shoes amidst the grey monotone of Market Street, he takes a deep breath in — and when he breathes out, into the mouthpiece of his trumpet, the sound is pure confidence, come to sonic life.Read more »

Stalin: Darkness Visible

With his new album, Bay Area boss J.Stalin shines a light on Bay Area rap — and his own 12-year career

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I remember the day I met J.Stalin, 10 years ago. He bounced into the Mekanix's East Oakland studio, walked up to me, and shook my hand.Read more »

Spring chickens

'Tis the season for new releases, featuring a bumper crop of Bay Area bands. Plus, an identity crisis: Bay Area surf-mariachi-punks bAd bAd defend their honor against LA electro-pop kids badbad

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Love rumbles

Who is Charlie Megira? A Berlin rebel with a Bay Area connection

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MUSIC Like some bastard love child of Link Wray and Johnny Thunders, Berlin-by-way-of-Israel rock 'n' roller Charlie Megira has mastered the art of blending 1950s-style rock guitar and spooky, blood-curdling howls. In his newest incarnation (though not as new as it may seem, but we'll get to that later), the Bet She'an Valley Hillbillies, he takes those building blocks and adds a vroom-vroom rockabilly twang.Read more »

All (really, all) are welcome

Composer Mark Growden finds his calling with the Calling All Choir

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By Whitney Phaneuf

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Mark Growden had a passion for jazz and classical music from a young age, growing up in the small northeast California mountain town of Westwood. So he set out to be a composer. He only learned to sing as an adult — out of necessity, when his instruments were stolen — and only then did his rich baritone vocals become a way to book gigs and get his music heard.Read more »

Soul power to the people

Sharon Jones kicks cancer and hits the road with the Dap-Kings

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By Rob Goszkowski

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