Jeffrey Taylor

Chairlift: Something

Something, Brooklyn-based duo Chairlift’s second LP, and their first since signing with Columbia, is a masterful stroke of experiential alterna-pop that demonstrates the power that creative freedom and big label investment can provide for exceptionally talented musicians.

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M83: Mezzanine, San Francisco, 11/10/2011

The band can program their technological flourishes and rock out on real instruments, making their hard work look easy and producing a sound that the band could easily convert to fill arenas and stadiums. If M83 keeps up their current progression, they may just do both.

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The Beach Boys: The SMiLE Sessions [Box Set]

The Beach Boys very well could have been the American equivalent of The Beatles had they found a way to be more steady and work well with each other. However, the set also reveals the band’s influence on the general rock and roll scene more profoundly than ever, while also unleashing potential for much more.

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The Bangles: The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA 11/08/2011

The Bangles aren’t just a group of cute girls singing “Walk Like An Egyptian;” rather, they’re seasoned pros, demonstrating their accomplished rock veteran status in an easygoing manner. What’s more — the Bangles made it abundantly clear that the they had nothing to prove.

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Cake: Fox Theater, Oakland, CA 10/30/2011

However, even with the signs of wear, the spirited band and their energetic longtime local fans carried the day. The crowd remained enthusiastic and worked with the band to make the evening worthwhile.

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Erasure: Fox Theater, Oakland, CA 10/04/2011

It was a banner week for Erasure’s Vince Clarke and Andy Bell when they arrived at Oakland’s Fox Theater for their sold out performance. Clarke, the strong-but-silent founding member of

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