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All together now

With Burn Your Fire For No Witness, indie-folk It Girl Angel Olsen embraces a full-band sound

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As she stares down the remainder of what's sure to be the busiest year of her career, Angel Olsen's new digs are helping calm any potentially frayed nerves.

"It's so mellow here, and people just don't give a shit," says the indie-folk singer about her new home of Asheville, N.C. "They build campfires and go to softball games or DJ nights. It's nice after so much traveling to go somewhere that's not a huge city."Read more »

Reassemblage

The revered indie veterans of Dismemberment Plan return with a new album and a more mature sound

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MUSIC Fans of the Dismemberment Plan may have found initial listens to Uncanney Valley (Partisan Records), the group's new post-breakup album and first original material in a dozen years, a little jarring. For a band that built its reputation upon jittery post-punk freakouts and raw, cathartic lyrical output, the more streamlined approach could take a little getting used to.Read more »

A giddy celebration of El-P and Killer Mike at the Independent

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It's been a big couple of years for El-P, Killer Mike, and the twosome’s recent musical courtship. In 2012, nothing but praise seemed to follow both El-P's Cancer 4 Cure (guest starring Killer Mike) and Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music (produced by El-P).

The momentum gained by those two albums led to this summer's Run the Jewels, a collaborative project and eponymous album that further solidified the hard-edged, spaced-out vibe they've been after together. The pair brought this new material as well as solo sets to the Independent last Tuesday night. Read more »

Time's on his side

How sifting through records at Rooky Ricardo's influenced Nick Waterhouse's R&B style

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MUSIC Nick Waterhouse no longer calls San Francisco home, but the city's fingerprints are all over Time's All Gone, his effortlessly fun, debut LP. The retro-minded songwriter-producer crafts perfect little tributes to the punchy 1950s R&B sounds he's been drawn to since he was a kid, all steeped with an endearing reverence for old-school record culture and recording techniques.Read more »

The Magnetic Fields play '69 Love Songs' and then some at the Fox

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While the Magnetic Fields' newest album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, recaptured the group’s love for synthesizers and electronics, Saturday night’s Fox Theater performance was a testament to the timeless quality of its stripped-down acoustic format. Read more »

Sharon Van Etten at the Indy: comfortable in her own skin

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Fresh off a slot headlining NPR's South By Southwest showcase and an appearance on Conan the night before, Sharon Van Etten played an emotionally-charged set to a sold-out and receptive Independent crowd Wednesday night.Read more »

Maiden voyage

The first ever Check Yo Ponytail tour brings Spank Rock, Big Freedia, DJ Franki Chan, and more to SF

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MUSIC In 2010, while Franki Chan contemplated the pros and cons of bringing back his much-beloved Los Angeles-based Check Yo Ponytail party concert series, he wasn't entirely sure where it all might lead. All he knew is that he'd become detached from the rapid takeover of the DJ scene and the lackluster dance parties that were becoming the norm.Read more »

Q&A: The unexpurgated Books

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Accurately summing up the music The Books create is a tall order. Folktronica, indie-pop, cut & paste, experimental -- all these tags can loosely be assigned to it, but none can fully capture the group's mix of acoustic virtuosity and trippy electronics. First meeting in New York City in 1999, Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong soon began crafting their unique combination of found sounds, cello, guitars, vocals and studio experimentation. Their work has led to four albums, a remix collaboration with Prefuse 73, and a commission to create elevator music for the Ministry of Culture in Paris. Zammuto took some time to chat about the group’s use of samples and its newest release, The Way Out (Temporary Residence Limited). Below is a longer version of a Q&A that recently ran in the Guardian. Read more »

Live review: Dr. Dog hit the retro road

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Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog is the kind of band that can’t seem to get enough of life on the road. Earlier this fall, during the first of two nights at the Fillmore on what is the band’s second full tour in support of April’s Shame, Shame (Anti), fans were treated to a lengthy, lively set of retro-minded indie-rock. Read more »

Sound and silence

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle scours his songbook to score Sir Arne's Treasure at Castro Theatre

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