NOISE: Madge hatter -- and sunglasses, bags, and shoe maker

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Spring is almost here and so is Madonna's new collection by H&M!

The one and only Queen of the Dance Floor has designed a full range of clothes and accessories, including shoes, bags and sunglasses for H&M. The M By Madonna full collection will be available in H&M stores March 22. Make sure to visit H&Ms website for more info and check Madonna.com on a regular basis for exclusive M by Madonna related content in the next few days!

Madonnas official page on Myspace has just been updated with a brand new layout and content. Want to be part of Madonnas friends group on Myspace? Read more »

Sucking up to PG&E's flack

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By Tim Redmond

Isn't this special? All of these liberal politicians in San Francisco happily sucking up to the chief hired gun for Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

For the record, Don Solem has made gobs of money over the years defeating public-power initiatives in San Francisco. That's not something I really want to celebrate.

More Noise Popping

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By Deborah Giattina

I wouldn't have traded seeing my fellow Bay Area Ladyfest 2002 organizer play her first Noise Pop show last Wednesday for anything--not even a Ponys/Gris Gris ticket. I'm referring to Macromantics (aka Romy Hoffman), who recently was signed to Kill Rock Stars. Read more »

The road looked like a ski slope...

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By Kimberly Chun

Thought me and my pal were going to recreate the Donner Party's flesh-chomping shenanigans this past weekend: we were caught in the snow storm over Highway 80 on Feb. 25, heading from Reno and the Who's Feb. 23 US tour kickoff concert back to frisky ole Frisco. Scary, snow-slick road conditions and worse, frightening near-standstill traffic. We left Reno at 1 p.m. and at around 6 or 7 p.m. finally, carefully pulled into a slippery, icy, snowed-in Truckee - about five or six hours after we spotted a "Truckee: 12 miles" sign. Read more »

New Times/Village Voice Media: the problem with a "SunBelt-baked chain" in San Francisco and the East Bay

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

I have often referred to the New Times/Village Voice Media chain as Desert Libertarianism-on-the-rocks, with large stalks of neocon politics. Read more »

Smells like art

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I knew I was in the right place. I could smell it before I even got in the building. The brazenly pungent aroma emanated out the glass doors, down the yellow walls of the entrance corridor, and out into the San Francisco Art Institute’s scenic courtyard.

It was a smell both foreign and familiar. Read more »

Does it have to be a bloodbath?

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By Tim Redmond

Already, I'm hearing whistpers from both sides of the Leno-Migden contest, and already, they're getting nasty. Mark Leno told me this week that he will run an upbeat campaign, and that any negative attacks on Midgen "won't come from me." I suspect I will hear the same from Migden. But it's common in campaigns for elected officials to try to take the high road and let others -- their allies and suppoerters -- do the dirty work. Read more »

NOISE: Smoother sailing for Roky?

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Just in time to catch the afterglow of Roky Erickson's awesome performance at Great American Music Hall last night: good news. According to Erickson's publicists, the garage-punk legend has had his legal rights fully restored as of Feb. 23.

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Roky's camp writes: "In June 2001, Roky Erickson’s youngest brother, former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal tubaist Sumner Erickson, was appointed Roky's legal guardian. Read more »

NOISE: Noise pop-a-go-go-going! Roky, Macro, Pop, pop, pop...

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Wow, can't stop the Noise Pop show-going. Though when one finds the time to report on it or discuss the hairdo's seen or the amount of cheap beer quaffed - who knows?

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First off, Roky Erickson totally freakin' kicked ass last night, March 1. Solid band, great sound, punchy drumming, great gods of distortion smiling down. You know, the works. Read more »

Girls Rule

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IMG_0375.JPGOooh, how I love me some rockin' women. And last night seemed to be chock full of 'em. (The men weren't half bad either...)IMG_0364.JPG

First was Noise Pop Happy Hour at the Parkside (are we seeing a theme here?) featuring the mesmerizing Loquat. Read more »