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San Francisco's Van Pierszalowski picks up where Port O'Brien left off

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MUSIC Van Pierszalowski's story writes itself: musician finds love in picturesque European city, swims in fjords, writes a fuzzy grunge-inflected record about it and his travels, and calls the band WATERS (appearing Thu/10 at the Fillmore). "I met a girl," he says from the road. "And I just wanted to get back over there. It was a place to work on songs, refocus."

Even his story before the present wrote itself: young man travels to Alaska to fish with his father and creates chilly, acoustic folk soundscapes, names the band Port O'Brien after an Alaskan Bay.Read more »

Spacey new Seventeen Evergreen video

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Check out the star-dusted new video for Seventeen Evergreen's "Burn the Fruit (Pegasus)," off the newly released full-length, Steady On, Scientist! Directed by Brian Ziffer, the space-inspired mini movie came from an interest in NASA's Voyager and the Golden Record. You may recall Seventeen Evergreen as part of this year's On the Rise elite class.

Heads Up: 7 must-see concerts this week

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This week you can catch piano adventures, spacey freaks, free DJ nights, scratchy 1960s garage veterans, Jem's truly outrageous husband, and more. But before all that, pour out a Brass Monkey for fallen brethren and pioneering music-maker Adam Yauch, also known as the Beastie Boys’ MCA. Read more »

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Copperwire's Meklit Hadero waxes intergalactic about her new hip-hop space opera

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MUSIC Singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero's album On a Day Like This garnered tons of praise and cemented her status as SF's flower-adorned local celebrity. As a TED fellow and the Red Poppy Art House's former artistic director, Hadero also established an ability to cross-pollinate her far-reaching talents.Read more »

Fresh Cuts: Weird-fi, dual-meaning Deutsch wort, and so much more

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This week in new music sees SF-originated the Brian Jonestown Massacre speaking in tongues (not really) with thirteenth release "Aufheben" and the Mowgli Sound The Drum with its debut album featuring the song "San Francisco." Move it or lose it, city slicks! Read more »

Heads Up: 7 must-see concerts this week

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Are you ready for another folk revival? It's definitely here, in fact, this is a rather late post about such things – New York Magazine just did a spread including Mumford & Sons, the Head the Heart (whose June 1 show at the Fillmore is already sold out), and the Lumineers, for chrissakes.

It was the startling revelation elsewhere that Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros was also the formerly angular-haircut-having leader of electroclashy IMA Robot that really got me thinking about about all this. Could it already be time for New Weird America 2.0?  (Grain of salt: Mumford & Sons are from England.) That last round was only a handful of years ago – Devendra, all those acts on the pages of beloved Arthur Magazine, et. al. –  though this batch seems decidedly less weird. These acts, as NY Mag points out, have broader crossover appeal. Read more »

Q&A: Alaina Moore of Denver's Tennis

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Some people look to surf pop as their go to summer soundtrack. But what if, for once, you were to venture off the shore and in to the deep blue sea? You will need a sailboat and a perfectly warm, hazy breeze to put wind to your nautical journey.

Tennis — made up of husband and wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley along with drummer James Barone — is an indie-rock band from Denver that began on board during the couple’s eight-month sailing expedition. Read more »

Blood Orange's "Champagne Coast" enters odd interiors

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We missed Blood Orange's appearance here a couple weeks ago (kicking selves). Now, he's rocking the "Champagne Coast" with his latest strange journey -- yeah, it continues and broadens the Weeknd's brilliant '80s flashback-meets-future R&B and features hot scantily, cleverly clad models dancing erotically. We do not mind this one bit.   

Frankie Rose's brief, enthralling Brick and Mortar stop

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In case you hadn't noticed, Frankie Rose's got the Internet goin' nutz. The 33 year-old has served time in two super buzzy groups of girls (Dum Dum & Vivian) and NYC critical darlings the Crystal Stilts and is about to kick off a tour with Real Estate.

The blogosphere's thickest rims have been falling over themselves to praise her sparkling sophomore LP, Interstellar (Slumberland, 2012), and on Saturday night, Rose took herself and that buzz (I hear it needs its own van) to a sold-out Brick and Mortar Music Hall for an brief yet enthralling 10-song set. Read more »

Letters from Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson

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As the guitarist for Hole, Eric Erlandson was at the center of the alternative rock explosion of the early 1990s, a member of one of the most popular and controversial bands of the time, and a friend and confidant to one of the scene’s most influential players, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. Read more »