Music Features

Brass in pocket

Extra Action Marching Band puts the chaos and cool in your halftime music collective
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Considering its bodacious flag team and its players' general inclination to treat every day like birthday-suit day, Extra Action Marching Band has boasted its share of fleshy, fantastic, and extra-weird gigs, though none quite so intimate as the time they were hired by a would-be groom to crash his marriage proposal. Read more »

Bright knight of the analog soul

Going deeper with Tiny Telephone's John Vanderslice
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John Vanderslice goes straight for the guy with the bouzouki. He's taking me on a tour of his recording studio, analog haven Tiny Telephone, located in an industrial space at the base of Potrero Hill, directly across from a giant, rusted rocket engine belonging to Survival Research Laboratories.

He's about to pick the melon-shaped instrument up from its stand out of sheer exuberance, but he checks himself and asks its owner, "Do you mind?" It has four sets of strings, paired in octaves like a 12-string guitar, and some fancy inlay work. Read more »

Love is blond

Sweden's Sounds are dying to sink their pop hooks into the kids in America
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"I don't want to be compared to Blondie all the time, but I can absolutely see why people do it," the Sounds' Maja Ivarsson says.Read more »

Ruling party

Rising hip-hop star J-Stalin morphs from d-boy to Go Boy
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J-Stalin knows how to make an entrance.

The first time we meet, in November 2004 at the Mekanix's recording studio in East Oakland, he enters nonchalantly, sporting an embroidered eye mask as though it were everyday wear. He walks up to me and shakes my hand. "I'm J-Stalin. I write and record two songs a day," he says with boyish pride.Read more »

Come in from the cold

Local songsters Michael Talbott and the Wolfkings howl slowly, sweetly
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These days, folks make records faster than nervous singer-songwriters forget the words to their own tunes.Read more »

Jana Hunter

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Noise: The Guardian's new music blog

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Music Picks

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Future jazz farmers Jazzanova have finally gotten around to issuing volume two of their remixes, appropriately titled The Remixes 2002-2005 (Sonar Kollektiv). With re-rubs of tracks by Masters at Work and Nu Spirit Helsinki, the collection aptly captures J-nova's move toward a harder, more electronic sound. In an appropriately forward-thinking touch, the CD also comes with a blank CD-R, which buyers can use to burn a copy for friends or record downloaded mixes from the Sonar Kollektiv site. Read more »

Class act

SF band Film School reaches for the next level
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With a new full-length on storied UK label Beggars Banquet in their present and a European tour with the National in their recent past, Bay Area band Film School might be assumed to have the world on a guitar string. But think again. Read more »

Warriors, stay in and playiyay!

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AN ENTIRE GENERATION was introduced to the 1979 cult classic film The Warriors in 1993 when Ol' Dirty Bastard warbled "Warriors, come out and playiyay!" on Wu Tang's "Shame on a Nigga." That's why I rented it. It was one in a long string of rentals prompted by the Wu, and just like Shaolin vs. the Wu Tang, Shogun Assassin, and Master Killer, it was great. Now the most controversial company in video gaming has made a game based on The Warriors. Read more »