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PHOTOS: Trampled By Turtles with honeyhoney at The Fillmore, San Francisco, 01.17.13

The boys from Duluth play a sort of blunt-force bluegrass, pounding out notes with all the brutal honesty of a garage band that has just discovered Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe. 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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PHOTOS: 11th Annual Murder Ballad Bash @ The Starry Plough, Berkeley, Calif., 10.26.12

It sounded like a perfectly dark, gruesome way to spend the Friday before Halloween, so my wife and I headed to The Starry Plough in Bekeley. (Spending an evening listening to musicians sing about people killing each other was actually her idea, which is just one more reason that I love her.) Continue reading

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Report From the Show: Mark Growden and The Mockingbirds @ Subterranean Arthouse in Bekeley, Calif., 10.19.12

Growden has been living in New Orleans for the last couple years, but he’ll be back in the Bay Area for an extended period, which means more opportunities to see him live—starting with a second show tonight at Subterranean Arthouse. Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Great Lake Swimmers at The Independent in San Francisco, 05.16.12

Something was different as I left The Independent on Wednesday after seeing Toronto folk-rock band Great Lake Swimmers. It took me a little while to put my finger on it, but eventually I figured it out: My ears weren’t ringing. … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: A-Town Festival at Verdi Club in San Francisco, 04.29.12

Golly. I haven’t seen so many flying skirts since the aviatrix convention! *rim shot* Hey-o! But seriously, folks, this Sunday event was more than a 12-hour music festival, it was one heckuva swinging dance party. The Verdi Club‘s dance floor, … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Drive-By Truckers at The Fillmore in San Francisco, 03.16.12

What the world needs more of: Guitar solos Pedal steel guitar solos Angry sing-along choruses with lyrics like, “Hell no, I ain’t happy!” Bands that drink from Costco-sized bottles of hard liquor on stage Drive-By Truckers Yes, the world would … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: The Flaming Lips perform The Soft Bulletin to kick off Noise Pop 2012 at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco

I think I swallowed some confetti. For the first night of the 20th annual Noise Pop festival, organizers had The Flaming Lips bring their entire overwhelming, homemade stage show inside Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco. This isn’t the first … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Down Dirty Shake, Cool Ghouls and The Lotus Moons at Stork Club in Oakland, 02.17.12

It was the type of night where “blues” is spelled “blooze,” the pop is powered and the band asks for as much reverb as the sound guy can give. Five retro-minded bands filled the Stork Club in Oakland with psychedelic … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Sunday Surf Show at Hotel Utah in San Francisco with Pollo Del Mar and Slacktone, 10.16.11

It was hang-ten time at the Hotel Utah Saloon in San Francisco on Sunday, as local quartet Pollo Del Mar was joined by fellow surf-rock outfit Slacktone from Los Angeles. According to guitarist Ferenc Dobronyi, it was the 41st time Pollo … Continue reading

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