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October 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM
Recent years have produced an explosion of 1960s-inspired garage-rock outfits, but at the end of the day, there’s Thee Oh Sees — who play The Crocodile this coming Monday — and then there’s everybody else.
Stripping rock’n’roll down to its primordial elements — guitar, bass, keys, drums, passion — the San Francisco troupe has a flair for breathing new life into old sounds, and a hard-fought reputation for turning the rooms they play into frenzied dance-offs — like “American Bandstand” for cool kids.
Thee Oh Sees’ gigs are so memorable they almost discourage repeat business because people don’t want that memory tainted, yet the group always finds ways to outdo itself. (more…)
July 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM
To connoisseurs of black metal — the harsher, shrieking son of thrash and grandson of heavy metal — “Sunbather,” the second full-length from San Francisco’s Deafheaven — should sound familiar.
At least on the surface.
Further listening, however, reveals a band hellbent on inverting its chosen style’s usual tropes, and the result is one of 2013’s finest albums — in any genre. The quintet plays El Corazon Friday. (more…)
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