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The Dirty Projectors killed me with style at Bottom of the Hill

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By Ben Sinclair

At Bottom of the Hill last Wednesday, Sept. 12, a certain Brooklyn band, sounding a bit like an alchemy of Deerhoof and Prince, provoked what I would break down into three reactions: standing around and enjoying great music (the majority of the audience), sort of dancing (a minority), and lastly, small, isolated, and poor attempts at moshing. Read more »

Southern-fried freaknasty

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By Lotto Chancellor

What all can you do with a blues skeleton? For starters, get it high as hell and drown it in whiskey, beer, and more whiskey, then drop it in a vat of chitterling grease and give it a megaphone. Read more »

Treasure Island was just right

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By Molly Freedenberg
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Imagine a concert held in your college quad, add a gorgeous view of the Bay, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what the Treasure Island Music Festival was like this weekend. Read more »

You! Me! Spazzing! Los Campesinos!

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By Todd Lavoie

Who could resist such an invitation? Why yes, I’m loosening my hips already, thank you very much. Read more »

Oh, the humanity

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Camera, action - Cinematic Orchestra

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Under the radar of nearly everyone, during this busy, dizzying week, is Cinematic Orchestra, stopping before their performance at Royal Albert Hall in November. Like the sound of the rich, silky orchestrations on Ma Fleur (Domino)? Listen softer to the tones of guest vocalists Fontella Bass and Patrick Watson.

The UK ensemble makes a rare US appearance at Bimbo's 365 Club on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Record labels, quit playin’ games with my heart - hurry up and release these CDs over here already

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Sweet on unreleased-in-the-US Candie Payne.

By Todd Lavoie

Look, I know America is supposed to be the land of infinite choice and all - y’know, 287 types of toothpaste to choose from in the supermarket aisle, right next to the avalanche of deodorants eagerly waiting to cripple you with consumer-paralysis - but sometimes we really seem to let a lot of the good stuff slip clean out of our nets, don’t we? Take chocolate. Read more »

Ethan Miller's mixology: Comets on Fire/Howlin Rain vocalist passes round online mixtape, heads out with Queens of the Stone Age

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Howl on, Howlin Rain.

Mixtapes/CDs - the DIY-DJ, hardcopy joy of giving that has been overlooked in the digital scramble to trade music online. Wha' happened?

Well, Oakland howler, guitarist, and all-around noise-maker Ethan Miller of Comets on Fire and Howlin Rain found a way. He clued me to Spot DJ where folks can make comps of their very own. Read more »

Freddy Krueger: song-and-dance man

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Jason had a bigger knife, and Michael Myers got the trendy Rob Zombie treatment. But ol' razor-hand had the best musical moments by far. The highlights:

Dokken, "Dream Warriors" - Is Patricia Arquette scared of Mr. Read more »

Obligatory post-BM post: F*ck Techno

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By Molly Freedenberg

I used to wonder if there was some unspoken law about Burning Man that the only music appropriate for Black Rock City was electronica – as though somehow the magic would be lost if someone played Kiss instead of Kruder & Dorfmeister, or maybe you’d just get jumped by moon-boot wearing playa rats if you blasted the Descendents from your art car instead of DJ Ooah. Read more »