Music

Talkin' loud

BBC radio personality Gilles Peterson champions rare gems of acid jazz, dance music, and beyond

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MUSIC "Tastemaker" is a word that gets thrown around enough to be meaningless. Anyone can share a track on Facebook or attempt social apotheosis via Twitter, most likely to find that Pitchfork reposts get drowned in the echo chamber and Do415 accounts are D.O.A. Not everyone can be Gilles Peterson, a DJ in every sense. Whether in a club, as a compiler of obscurities, or as a pirate radio turned BBC radio personality and interviewer, when Peterson plays a song, people actually listen.Read more »

Punk democracy

Mike Park's scrappy Asian Man Records keeps prices low, maintains integrity, helps bands help themselves

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MUSIC When the going gets tougher in the music biz, scrappy little South Bay punk label Asian Man Records has kept on going, downsizing yet sticking to its guns. That means standing by bands that have a chance to jump ship to a bigger imprint — by wishing them well.Read more »

GOLDIES 2012: The Mallard

The band makes "inside-out-echo-laser-garage-psych-rock."

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GOLDIES You always hear of those artists that simply must keep creating, regardless of location, monetary resources, health, or free time. It's the urge, the craving, something deep in the pit of their being. Idle hands and all that. I get the feeling this is just how it is for Greer McGettrick, the Mallard's lead vocalist-guitarist. There's a fire in her belly, and it burns from a sonic tinder.Read more »

Dream of the '90s

Antwon and Pictureplane flip inspiration from another decade

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MUSIC By now, Antwon's mug has probably nestled somewhere in your brain. It's hard to take your eyes off him in the Brandon Tauszik-directed video for Antwon's song "Helicopter," slowly spitting rhymes over a screaming alarm of a beat, wandering Oakland, drinking on porches, pouring hot sauce on breakfast in between scenes from the classic film, Bullit (1968). Or as one media outlet breathlessly noted, "Malt liquor, Steve McQueen, and Sriracha!"Read more »

Evil genius

Mark Mothersbaugh and Devo aim to infect commercialism from within

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Post-everything

Using darkwave, gangster-punk, and '90s house throwbacks, experimental party curators dig deep in the grooves

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MUSIC Long black hair and ripped jean vests in the crowd, billowy hooded capes on the stage, DJs in jersey tanks and caps, and sea of flickering blue lit cell phones; there's something spooky happening out there in Club Land, San Francisco. It's almost as though the dark arts kids have discovered dance music.Read more »

Check it out! With John C. Reilly

A brief tour of the bearish actor's magical musical moments before his band hits town

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MUSIC He's an actor so versatile he can handle serious drama (2011's Carnage and We Need to Talk About Kevin) and screamingly hilarious comedy (especially, but not necessarily, when paired with Will Ferrell). But John C. Reilly is also an accomplished musician, a talent he's turned into a flourishing side gig that's now on tour. Read on for Reilly's best (so far!) musical moments to date.

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Destination unknown

Catching up with San Francisco's underground BART musicians

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MUSIC From classically trained conservatory graduates and seasoned performers to self-taught beginners, the musicians that play throughout the city's transit stations claim it's one of the best places to earn a living busking.Read more »

Weird me out

King Buzzo on longevity, lion taming, and Melvins Lite

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MUSIC Here is a partial list of not quite idioms, butchered sayings, and quasi heartfelt beliefs the Melvins' Buzz "King Buzzo" Osborne peppered throughout a conversation during a phone call last week from his home in Hollywood.

"We can't be lion tamers all the time." "You can accuse me of a lot of things, being lazy isn't one of them." "When in fear, or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout." "Treat me right, I'll be your best friend. Treat me wrong, you don't exist."Read more »