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Mare Island - "Alight" (audio) (premiere)

The lead track from Mare Island's upcoming eponymous EP is instantly charming and invigorating.

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Emotional: Ahh... The Name Is Emotional, Baby!

Brian Wakefield's Emotional navigate us on an incredibly eclectic musical journey with their latest offering

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Buttoned Up: Clothing, Conformity, and White-Collar Masculinity by Erynn Masi de Casanova

Office culture is full of passive aggressions and radical uncertainties. Buttoned Up is a delightfully firm hook on which to hang your hat, if hats are your thing.

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The Dodos: Individ

If 2013's Carrier was a meditation on loss, Indvid is a bold cry of life, with the duo returning to take inventory of themselves full of energy, poetry, and release.

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Life Among the Fleshpots of San Francisco: 'Tales of the City'

Sex and drugs and complex gay characters! The groundbreaking mini-series, Tales of the City, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

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Abandoning the Ear? Punk and Deaf Convergences Part II

Deaf and punk cultures seem to share a similar outsider status, and Deaf clubs and social media, like punk bars and fanzines, offer refuge and regeneration, community-building and cures for boredom.

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Abandoning the Ear? Punk and Deaf Convergences Part I

The vibrant subcultures of deaf and punk communities have a long, storied, and interwoven under-the-radar past that sheds light on both allies.

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The Dead in All Their Glory: 'Grateful Dead: The Closing of Winterland'

Ringing out 1978 with the Grateful Dead in a brokedown palace, 'The Closing of Winterland' is a fun reminder of the Dead's shabby appeal.

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Grass Widow: Internal Logic

On their self-released third album, San Francisco’s Grass Widow fully realizes their haunting relentless sound, comprised of two main elements: pretty, folky harmonies and jerky, trebly post-punk instrumentation.

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The Mowgli's: Sound the Drum

The Mowgli's make good on the promise of their stellar 7" from earlier this year. Sound the Drum is a perfect record for open roads in the middle of summer. Powerpop done right.

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Siddhartha: If It Die

While this debut doesn't quite pull off the journey to the center of the mind that was seemingly intended, its open-ended approach to psychedelic rock makes the trip worthwhile.

David Bloom
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I the Mighty: Karma Never Sleeps

Prefab emo music that was already tired sounding in 2005 sounds even more so in 2012.

Jedd Beaudoin
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'Grateful Dead: Dawn of the Dead' Could Use More Life

Want to know the early history of the Grateful Dead? You may have to look no further than this review.

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The Avengers: The Avengers

Formed in 1977, the Avengers were pioneers of West Coast punk. This phenomenal double-disc release of their classic recordings make these Avengers the real superheroes of the season.

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The Mowglis: San Fransisco

The Mowgli's don't let any space go to waste on San Fransisco, a very promising 7" that teases their upcoming LP, Sound the Drum.

Steven Spoerl
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Bill Ortiz: Winter in America EP

Santana trumpeter Bill Ortiz provides a fitting tribute to Gil Scott-Heron.

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The Two Things in One: Together Forever - The Music City Sessions

This young Bay Area soul combo recorded an hour's worth of material in the early '70s, none of which have been available on CD until now. Nothing mind-blowing, but anything that gives us a fuller picture of funk's evolution is most welcome.

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Occupying Video: The Underbelly of Globalization Caught on Camera

Occupy Wall Street's strength might be how it enables diverse constituencies to seize upon its imagery and message to engage with social justice concerns, both on the ground and within the video.

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The Trophy Fire: Modern Hearts

The hooks might get them through the door, but Modern Hearts features music barely half as memorable as Trophy Fire thinks it is.

Jonathan Sanders
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Que Pasa, New York?

How do artists get their work done in other cities of the world? Where is it viable to live? It's probably silly to begin our investigation in New York. Just 30 years ago, New York was still opening its arms to the tired, poor, huddled masses of creatives. But now?

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The Contribution: 3 April 2010 - San Francisco, CA

The Contribution's new debut album Which Way World hints at the quintet's stellar chemistry, but these ace musicians are all from bands that like to jam so it's here on the stage where the elements really catalyze.

Greg M. Schwartz
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Verse-Chorus-Verse: Gem Found - Francesca Lee

Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.

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Musical Genius & Its Discontents (i): American Style

F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. Artists as various as Roky Erickson, Brian Wilson and Shuggie Otis prove there are second acts in American popular music.

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Milk

Milk urges optimism and action, even as it also recalls the loss of its charismatic subject.

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Tea Leaf Green + Blue Turtle Seduction

The heirs to San Francisco’s jamrock crown, Tea Leaf Green, honor the past by using their influences as a launch pad to boldly explore new sonic territory.

Greg M. Schwartz
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Flower Power: Stepping Back From the Past

After years of talking about how great this music is, it's time we started actually listening to it. For example, does a song sound like the year 1968, or does it sound like Deep Purple?

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Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin

Sly, humane and possessing canny observation skills, Maupin can still blow a pop-culture bubble with the best of them.

Rick Nelson
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