Sonic Reducer

Boo!

The scary truth about good music
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kimberly@sfbg.com

SONIC REDUCER If life is a cabaret, disco, or Costco excursion, then what about the sweet or sucky hereafter? Whether one believes in the interminable after-parties of the afterlife or not, one must get into the spirit of the season as a deathly chill breezes through the bones and the night shadows lengthen; try melting into the 15,000-strong crowd crawling down 24th Street and into Garfield Park during the Day of the Dead procession Nov. 2. Read more »

Cheap, loud, and reunited

We love the Budget Rock Showcase ... plus Two Gallants, UNKLE, and more
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kimberly@sfbg.com

SONIC REDUCER Hey, dude, while you were busy abiding, you totally snoozed on last year's Budget Rock Showcase. We came, we were conquered, we rocked, we rolled, we had joy, we had fun, we had seasons at the Stork. Oh yeah, and we wet our lips, shook our hips, and swore we'd never dip back into that pretty, pretty poison of a garage rock fest, yet said soiree kept dragging us back the weekend of Nov. Read more »

Pay to play

Check out the checkout: Radiohead, Go! Team, Cave Singers, Soulja Boy, and more
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kimberly@sfbg.com

SONIC REDUCER Some of the sweetest words to deliver to impecunious types like myself: pay what you can. This I can work with — be it a noise show at 21 Grand or the new Radiohead album. After blowing my newspaper wage-slave paycheck on rent, ramen, recreational intoxicants like lychee jellies, and sticker pics of my homegirls in goth Lolita getups, there's not much cheddar left to slap on surplus grillables. Read more »

Gimme lip

Cracking up with the Black Lips. Plus: Ruins, Brutal Sound FX No. 43, Cryptacize, and Matt Pond PA
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kimberly@sfbg.com

SONIC REDUCER Do you believe in magic? Or voodoo? Or the links between ecstasy and long-term memory loss? If you're a firm believer in the last, then you probably can't recall the good ole days of garage rock — and no, I'm not talking about '60s snarlers like the Seeds, the Standells, and the Chocolate Watchband nor '80s revivalists like the Fleshtones, the Chesterfield Kings, and Holly Golightly. Read more »

Now there's a Cure

Conversing with the agile Robert Smith, plus Datarock, Girlstock, Yellow Swans, Aliens, and more
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kimberly@sfbg.com

SONIC REDUCER Are you for reals? Read more »

Mad chatter

Oh, Galactic! Plus: flying snacks and a mess of upcoming live shows
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kimberly@sfbg.com

SONIC REDUCER What flying snacks do not kill me only make me harder, better, faster, stronger — come all ye children of Kanye West and Friedrich Nietzsche. I love San Francisco. Where else can you catch hell and come this close to getting brained by a pupusa hurled by a nattering, nutty nutbag in orangey pink stretch pants? Read more »

These charming men

Morrissey = Elvis and a chat with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy
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kimberly@sfbg.com

SONIC REDUCER Last night I dreamed that Morrissey played San Francisco. And waking, stumbling out of the top bunk, and triggering an avalanche of promo CDs, I was happy in the haze of that Estaban-drunken hour, but heaven knows I'm wondering, what difference does it make when that charming man has teased us so often before? Now I know how Joan of Arc felt, charging into Mr. Steven Patrick Morrissey's onetime Los Angeles hood to flyer his street with mash notes. And on the cusp of Mr. Read more »

Looks that kill

Britney flubs, Animal Collective shines. Plus: Yo Majesty, Ad Hawk, Maserati, Bonfire Madigan, and more
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kimberly@sfbg.com

SONIC REDUCER When does music news boil down to a form of disaster reporting? Behold the universal slagging that accompanied the tepid Sept. 9 Video Music Awards performance by a sluggish, underwear-clad Britney Spears, postpreggers bulgy and freshly toasted from a supposed turn at Burning Man (yet another sign of the event's apocalyptic death throes, scuttling my long-dreamed-of plans for a Playa Hater's Camp at Black Rock?). Read more »

Calling all island girls

Tune in to the Treasure Island Music Festival and Okkervil River
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kimberly@sfbg.com

SONIC REDUCER Oh, island music — the soft swish of silky trade winds, the gentle rustle of swaying palms, and the way-organic click-hop drone of crickets. Read more »

Trust anyone over 50?

Oh, that whole Summer of Love thing. Plus: Marisa Nadler, Ben Lomond Fest, Beyonce, Chuck Prophet, and Polar Goldie Cats
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kimberly@sfbg.com

SONIC REDUCER As the summer squeezes out its last warmish days, we can safely say that we're glad for one thing: that with the end of the season comes those last nagging reminders of the Summer of Love, all that was great and good about hippie Frisky, the perpetually remarketable, oh-so-remarkable boomer musical legacy, and how radical it was that so many acolytes drifted here four decades ago to gobble acid and find themselves. Yet are we in the clear to say that we're all a bit weary of the free-floating miasma of hype? Read more »