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Rocket From the Tombs reduces "Sonic Reducer" — again

Black Record covers covers

“You’re not my friend/ and that is fine,” croak-warbles David Thomas for starters. Circa 35 years ago, longtime Thomas-watcher Greil Marcus summed up the then-new music of Thomas’s Pere Ubu band, as someone who’d been ...

Sac town country-rocker Stephan Hogan packs Moonshine Flats

"There was barely room to two-step on the crowded dance floor"

After learning the words to the songs on the EP I picked up when Stephan Hogan and his band played San Diego in February, I was eager to attend their return to town at downtown ...

Yeasayer's latest like abstract art

Amen & Goodbye's an "experimental pop" success

Pink Floyd, is that you? “Daughters of Cain” eases you in to Yeasayer’s latest, with influences from Dark Side of the Moon. The echoing vocal harmonies and atmospheric gentleness morph into the jangling gypsy spirit ...

Two hot cellists rock Symphony Hall

...the greatest and worst concert I’ve ever been to

2Cellos, Tuesday night, April 12, was the greatest and worst concert I’ve ever been to. It tended toward the sublime and the ultra-cheese at the same time. 2Cellos is two young men from Croatia who ...

It's hard to be Yuck

Indie-rock Londoners leave the past behind...but not totally

Yuck is an indie-rock band from London lead by singer/guitarist Max Bloom. Yuck is a band trying to escape their past while not being ashamed of it. Yuck is a band that lives off their ...

The Lost Poets do depression right

Insubordian Pt. 11's thick murk is where grunge might have gone

The Lost Poets are a faux-anonymous duo from Sweden consisting of David Rosengren (vocals, guitar) and Petter Ossian Strömberg (drums), and their specialty is striving to make the shriekiest, most downcast, most turgid and grinding ...

Steven Wilson's back with 4 1/2

The "king of prog" drops a B-sides record that bests most proper releases

With over 30 years of relativity, Steven Wilson has become a household name in Progressive Rock world. Quality over quantity is irrelevant when it comes to this UK native because he offers both. Most known ...

Gary Clark Jr.'s guitar speaks volumes

The blues-rock artist returns to play Coachella, Humphrey's in August

Austin-based guitarist Gary Clark Jr. is a man of few words. Rather than waste time with between-song banter, he lets his music do the talking for him, and on this night at House of Blues, ...

Eighties synth Matters

St. Lucia overwhelms on their latest outing

There’s no doubt St. Lucia draws some of their inspiration from ’80s synthpop music we all hate to love, but the genre has worked for a lot of artists. The mastermind behind St. Lucia, Jean-Philip ...

The devil in Anderson East

The Southern R&B artist was born to cover Rod Stewart

Anderson East performed his soulful Southern R&B for a packed house at Belly Up Tavern Sunday on the last night of his Devil in Me Tour. A four-camera crew recorded the show for a KPBS ...

The Jeff Buckley mystique

Long-gone singer resurfaces with You and I

On the night of May 29, 1997, in Memphis, Tennessee, Jeff Buckley was set to begin work on an album of new material. While waiting for his band to arrive from New York, Buckley decided ...

Steep Canyon Rangers minus Steve

Well-traveled bluegrass band on the road without "that dead weight"

Grammy-winning bluegrass group Steep Canyon Rangers played their first San Diego show March 9 — that is, their first without a certain actor-comedian. The Asheville, North Carolina–based band has appeared here several times backing up ...

It's 311, so why not?

Same old, same old for 30-year-old alt-rock band

For the diehard 311 fans who crammed into the House of Blues for a rare small-venue performance, the band’s extensive merch offerings were a treasure trove of brand-new items ranging from $100 posters to T-shirts ...

Devil's charms

Coastgaard's Devil on the Balcony surfs the retro wave

Though Brooklyn-based indie rockers Coastgaard build their music on a foundation of surf rock, their approach is some distance from that of surf revivalists like Los Straitjackets. There's an upbeat, playful aesthetic at work on ...

Scum, Rise!

Post-punks Protomartyr pack Soda Bar

Detroit quartet Protomartyr delivered a blistering set of post-punk goodness to Soda Bar. The band performed selections from all three of their albums, which the packed house lapped up like enthusiastic Rottweilers. Vocalist Joe Casey’s ...

Def Leppard does Def Leppard

...clichés tossed like salad, mixed like milkshakes

“He lost his arm in an arm accident,” as the noted futurist Mike Hamrick noted about Def Leppard’s drummer Rick Allen — but that’s left Allen stronger. Given pedals to cover his missing left appendage, ...

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