Picks Six: SXSW Acts Nobody Else Is Talking About

March 13, 2017
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On most websites that preview SXSW, you’ll find the same list of the same bands worth checking out this year. You’ll be told to see San Fermin, Vagabon and Cherry Glazerr, for example. I won’t tell you not to see those acts. Those are good acts! My approach to SXSW is different from most. I […]

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Film Review: Kong: Skull Island

March 10, 2017
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Kong delivers without monkeying around. I’ll admit that I was more than skeptical when Kong: Skull Island was first announced. A new King Kong movie, really? Peter Jackson’s 2005 version still felt fresh in my mind, perhaps because it’s been playing on TV so often. But Kong: Skull Island was supposedly a different type of Kong movie. It […]

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Film Review: The Last Word

March 10, 2017
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The final words on the The Last Word are: Skip it Shirley MacLaine has been making movies for almost six decades, so it’s a shame that as she enters her mid-80s and starts the twilight of her career, she’s not offered projects more worthy of her talents. Case in point is this saccharine, hackneyed new […]

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Noise Pop Show Review: clipping. with Baseck, DJ Marco De La Vega and 93 Bulls at Starline Social Club, 2/24/2017

March 8, 2017

Exciting evening of noise and rhythm in a new addition to Oakland’s vibrant live music scene It’s hard to find a more jarring juxtaposition of talents and roles than those that Oakland-born hip-hop star Daveed Diggs has possessed as of late. After half a decade building a steady underground following as the MC of noise trio clipping., he became […]

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Album Review: Wire: Silver/Lead

March 6, 2017

Another landmark release from the post-punk forefathers, Silver/Lead is a true treat for listeners new and old. Any band that can keep it going for longer than 20 years deserves a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The relentless love and pursuit of enjoyment through music is no easy feat, and many bands live […]

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Show Review: Book of Love, Fever High at DNA Lounge, 2/19/2017

March 6, 2017

  Book of Love played the third of 3 shows with their original lineup (Lauren Roselli Johnson, Jade Lee, Susan Ottaviano, and Ted Ottaviano—no relation) in San Francisco at DNA Lounge. Time will tell whether this will be their last show together, but one thing we know for sure is that this show went off […]

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Noise Pop Show Review: Cloud Nothings w/Itasca, Never Young, Kid Trails at The Independent, 2/20/2017

March 3, 2017

Energetic, potent set slightly marred by confusing opener pairing It’s been a few years since we’ve crossed paths with Dylan Baldi and his chaotic music assemblage, Cloud Nothings, but their recorded output has confirmed that they have been taking some excellent time to polish and tighten up their sound. While absent of gigantic, sprawling bruisers like […]

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Film Review: Before I Fall

March 3, 2017
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Groundhog Day in high school: Reliving teen angst proves effective in new drama about growing up Gen Xers who still have a hard time grasping that all the cool, disaffected icons of their youth (Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Kyra Sedgwick, to name a few) are cast as parents now — and of teenagers no less […]

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Film Review: Logan

March 3, 2017
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Dark and gritty and a proper sendoff for Jackman and Stewart. Logan will be Hugh Jackman’s ninth (and final) appearance as the comic hero, Wolverine. Nine. Films. <<pause for effect>> In. Seventeen. Years. That’s two more movies than either Sean Connery or Roger Moore played James Bond. That’s two more than there are live action Star Wars movies, and one […]

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Noise Pop Film Review: Ticket to Write: The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism

February 26, 2017
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Engaging new doc brings us back to rock criticism’s glory days Last Sunday night, thanks to co-presenters Noise Pop and KQED, a crowd of music aficionados at the Swedish American Hall was treated to a viewing of writer/director Raul Sandelin’s documentary Ticket to Write: The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism, followed by an engaging […]

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