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January 28, 2015

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Sweet Spirit, Nic Armstrong And The Thieves (Jennifer)

In my personal life, I’ve been a bit distracted this month with getting ready to move to another apartment. If I’m not completely exhausted this weekend, I still hope to catch some live music.  Even if you feel like you’re dragging your feet, you can’t help but feel energized and maybe inspired at a Sweet [...]

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January 28, 2015

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Derek Ted (Noah)

I’ve been digging around for a while now, trying to find a band that I can pin my writing hopes on. A band that might ascend the pile of other bands all glued together in a fist-fighting pile, trying to see who’s going to be the next whatever-the-fuck-it-is that will define San Francisco’s music scene. [...]

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January 27, 2015

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Mikal Cronin

Over the weekend I was looking at what’s been released and what’s still on the way, and I found myself feeling great about music in 2015.  Then yesterday the magnificent Mikal Cronin announced his third full length, and I decided that it all has to be too good to be true.  There’s just no way [...]

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January 26, 2015

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Guest Mix: Kam Franklin Of The Suffers

This month’s Guest Mix is from Kam Franklin of The Suffers!  The band just played a handful of sold-out shows in support of their new EP, Make Some Room.  If you’re not on their bandwagon, you should be.  Enjoy. — Hey!  Kam here.  In celebration of The Suffers’ EP release, I chose to pick a [...]

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January 26, 2015

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Quickdraw: Toro Y Moi, Big Bill, The Babies, Turbo Fruits, FIDLAR

Music!  Enjoy. :Toro Y Moi – Empty Nesters:  If anything, you have to applaud Chaz Bundick (aka Toro Y Moi) for keeping things fresh.  His last album was fairly disco/funky, and now his new one seems to be aiming for more of a blissed-out (but still danceable) indie pop sound.  What For? will be released [...]

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January 24, 2015

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the [...]

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Stream This - Feature

January 24, 2015

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Stream This

From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy. FULL ALBUM STREAMS Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums are released, so don’t wait too long to check them out. ALBUM OF THE [...]

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January 22, 2015

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Movie Breakdown: The Boy Next Door

People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on! The Impression: Jennifer Lopez has sex with the [...]

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January 22, 2015

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Quickdraw: St. Vincent, The Cribs, Walker Lukens, Mew, Jose Gonzalez

Music!  Enjoy. :St. Vincent – Bad Believer:  Because you asked for it (that was you, right?), a deluxe edition of St. Vincent’s self titled album is on the way.  The bonus material consists of this snazzy new track, a b-side, a remix and a two-song single that was put out on Record Store Day.  Should [...]

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January 21, 2015

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True Sincerity (Jennifer)

True Sincerity made its publishing debut last year. The journal is the brainchild of local music writer and photographer Bryan Parker, who also runs Pop Press International. On Friday, January 30 there will be a party at Cheer Up Charlie’s to celebrate the release of its second issue. The journal includes interviews with local musicians and has [...]

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theGoToBeds

January 21, 2015

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The Gotobeds (Dan)

Can you smell it? It’s coming … The New Year is here, Free Week is over, and we’re closing in on February. Before you know it, the chaos of SXSW will be upon us. I, for one, can’t wait. I’m already making a mental list of bands I want to see. One act on the [...]

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REF

January 20, 2015

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Raised Eyebrows: Sonny Sharrock’s Ask The Ages (Randy)

This year I’ve decided to take the route of nostalgia here at SOTO. Though the term was recently discussed by Jandek on his Hardly Sound episode (watch the whole shabang here) as some kind of neurological disorder that needs to be rectified, there are some surprising records and stories that go along with them that [...]

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January 20, 2015

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Quickdraw: Grooms, Radical Dads, Cheatahs, Lowin, Gal Pals

Music!  Enjoy. :Grooms – Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair:  There’s a distinct Dismemberment Plan vibe all over this new one from Grooms, and that has me really excited about what else may be on their new album.  Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair is due out February 17 via Western Vinyl. :Radical Dads – [...]

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TOP10

January 17, 2015

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Top 10 Films Of 2014

Since the Oscar noms were just rolled out, Noah and I figured it was probably time that we rambled a bit about our Top 10 Films of 2014.  Take a look!  My list is at the top, his is at the bottom. JOHN’S TOP 10 FILMS OF 2014 10) The LEGO Movie If I were [...]

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MovieNewsF

January 17, 2015

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the [...]

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