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Four for Popfest

Four Bay Area luminaries headline highly anticipated shows at this annual music festival

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 The third annual San Francisco Popfest kicks off Wednesday, May 25 at Rickshaw Stop. The good news is that this year's festival has been expanded to five days, transforming Memorial Weekend into a music extravaganza. There are shows at Rickshaw, Cafe Du Nord, and Hemlock Tavern, as well as a secret Sunday show at Dolores Park. The bad news is that you can only be in one place at a time. Here are four must-see Bay Area groups.Read more »

Sounds of summer

Concert and music festival highlights from air guitar to Woodsist this season 

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 Live music in the Bay Area this summer is bracketed by festivals, from the lowercase indoor venue indie pop of the San Francisco Pop Fest on Memorial Day weekend to the outdoor mid-August convergence of Outside Lands. The guide below aims to name some highlights from a wide variety of genres, with an emphasis on rare and first-time appearances in the Bay Area. 

 

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Return of the skronk

Bill Orcutt gives some noise to the city on A New Way to Pay Old Debts

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Two for the road

Moving on from San Francisco, Moon Duo travels through Mazes

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MUSIC Erik "Ripley" Johnson is on the road. As the mastermind behind psych rock quartet Wooden Shijps and krautrockers Moon Duo, he spent eight months on tour last year. When he started Moon Duo with Sanae Yamada, Johnson knew that there'd be a degree of convenience in traveling as a twosome: it's cheaper and much easier to be flexible and mobile. He was ready to tour as a full-time job.Read more »

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JANE BIRKIN

Di Doo Dah

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Welcome to the Asylum

Sic Alps clamber back into view

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MUSIC Just one glance at the title of Sic Alps' forthcoming full-length, Napa Asylum (Drag City), triggers memories of what might have been one of the most infamous (a.k.a. perfect) moments in punk history: the sight of the Cramps' Lux Interior lurching among the patients at Napa State Hospital in 1978, as captured in The Cramps: Live at Napa State Mental Hospital, by SF's Target Video. How does a humble assemblage of SF noisemakers live up to those memories and dare to go there?Read more »

Timbre!

Love is a Stream and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma knows how to glide along

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MUSIC Local multi-instrumentalist and Root Strata label cofounder Jefre Cantu-Ledesma has titled his newest solo album, Love is a Stream (Type), but the watercourse this robust and unexpectedly sharp collection of dazzlers brings to mind is Niagara Falls.Read more »

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E.M.A.K.

A Synthetic History of E.M.A.K. 1982-88Read more »

Onra's future funk

The Parisian producer paves the way for the erotic robotic

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I first stumbled upon Onra's music three years ago when I picked up Chinoiseries (Label Rouge), a sprawlinlg beat-tape in the line of J Dilla's blueprint for the future of hip-hop, Donuts (Stones Throw, 2006). But unlike the late Dilla's many lackluster imitators, Onra proves a worthy disciple. Read more »

Don't stop this crazy thing

Ninja Tune XX traces Coldcut's path through decades of sampledelia

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Coldcut used to brag that it was "Ahead of Our Time." In the late 1980s, they slapped the phrase onto a host of groundbreaking forays into cut-and-past sound mathematics like "Beats + Pieces," "Doctorin' the House," and "Stop This Crazy Thing," freewheeling tunes that treated the history of sound as an enormous candy shop, copyright laws be damned.Read more »