Tag Archives: Midwest Pride

Racking Up Plays: “Ohio” by Patty Griffin feat. Robert Plant

Robert Plant’s arrangement lends the song an earthy, mystical quality that makes the song seem as timeless as the titular river. Continue reading

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Report From the Show: Cloud Cult with JBM at The Independent, SF, 05.09.13

I can’t think of a better show for my first outing as a dad than Minneapolis chamber-folk-electro-enviro-orchestro-pop-rock band Cloud Cult. Continue reading

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A Taste of Things to Come: Cloud Cult at The Independent, SF

Man, I’ve never been to a show with so little front lighting. Makes it awfully hard for your average, intrepid blogger to get decent photos from about five rows back armed with nothing but a camera phone. And that’s the … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Flatfood CD release, Woodruff’s, Ypsilanti, Mich., 12.08.12

Sad circumstances brought me back to Michigan last week. My grandfather passed away at the age of 91. If there was a silver lining to the whole affair, it was that he lead a long, active life, and I could … Continue reading

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Rankstravaganza: My 30 favorite tracks of 2011

I don’t know about you, but for me, 2011 was not a year of discovery. Most of the songs that bubbled their way to the top of my most-played tracks from last year were by bands I already knew and … Continue reading

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Racking Up Plays: “Party Crashin'” by Blacktivity

Over some banging, reckless beats, Illtone describes the world’s biggest asshole tearing a path of destruction through a party, ranging from the inconsiderate (failing to flush the toilet) to the felonious (stealing the host’s DVDs). Continue reading

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Racking Up Plays: “The Lark” by Timothy Monger

And what does The New Britton Sound sound like? Well, there’s a lot of banjo, which is a fantastic development as far as I’m concerned. Continue reading

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Five awesome (yes, I said awesome–what of it?) discoveries at Friday’s Oakland Art Murmur

Honestly, some of the most creative artwork I saw all night was drawn in crayon on the back of paper placemats and taped to the wall at the pizzeria. Continue reading

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Racking Up Plays: “Just for Show” by Atmosphere

“Just for Show” is a document of a nasty break-up, the type of quarrel I’d sometimes hear outside my window on warm summer nights when I lived within walking distance of the downtown bars, with shouts of, “Get out my face!” and “You wanna threaten me?” Continue reading

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Report from the show: Big ups to Minnesota hip hop with Doomtree’s Dessa, Sims and Lazerbeak at Bottom of the Hill

San Francisco has been a favorite tour stop for the Doomtree family for as long as there’s been a Doomtree. At least that’s what the Minneapolis alternative hip hop crew’s star female player, Dessa, told a packed crowd at Bottom … Continue reading

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