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Sweet on sour Filipino popcorn in Honolulu

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Garlicky goodness. All photos by Kimberly Chun.

By Kimberly Chun

Biggest food find in Honolulu this Thanksgiving: “Filipino Loco” popcorn.

My bro clued me into the phenom at the very popular shaved ice stand Shimazu Store. The shop is located on a somewhat scruffy, paved-over, truck-heavy stretch of School Street near downtown Honolulu. Read more »

In your face: Indie goes Icelandic in the hands of Skakkamanage

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SKAKKAMANAGE
All Over the Face
(Kimi)

By Kimberly Chun

Sounding for all the world like the lost Icelandic kin of Spoon’s Brett Daniel with his happen-now snarl and way with a jittery Amerindie hook, vocalist-guitarist Svavar Petur Eysteinsson could have grown up in Ohio, Nebraska or Texas, listening to the Breeders, Yo La Tengo, Uncle Tupelo, and any number of Homestead and Saddle Creek combos. Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: Grant Hart, 'In C,' Flobots, Talk Normal, and more

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By Kimberly Chun

I recommend taking some cult-cha with your cold cereal -- Read more »

Twinkle, twinkle, Bianca Starr

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By Kimberly Chun

It's been months, but I'm still reeling from the loss of the Built by Wendy boutique on 20th Street. Yeah, yeah, I know - who could afford any of those cute lil' indie-rocker outfits? A gal can dream...

But now a few doors down from the old space, a fab mutant lovely has moved in: Bianca Starr. Read more »

Duty calls: In line for Call of Duty

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By Kimberly Chun

Just what are these courageous souls queuing up for on a late Monday night on Powell Street, right outside GameStop? The new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game, that's what. Looks like the first-person shooter is indeed locked and loaded and poised to become one of the biggest- and fastest-selling games in history (though this string of dudes - and they were mostly dudes - was shorter than the crowd bunked down for, say, PS2. Read more »

Juan MacLean's drummer Jerry Fuchs, RIP; band to do DJ benefit set at Mezzanine

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By Kimberly Chun

This in from the Juan MacLean's people and the Mezzanine: the band's drummer Jerry Fuchs sadly passed away Nov. 8 (The live band will obviously not be performing as scheduled on Nov. Read more »

Deer Lady: Sonya Cotton's 'Red River'

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SONYA COTTON
Red River
(self-released)

By Kimberly Chun

San Francisco-by-way-of-Connecticut singer-songwriter Sonya Cotton hails from the halcyon peaks of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and Judee Sill: she’s a songbird of a soprano, given to praise though drawn to the dark side of folk song. Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: Alternative Tentacles, Pixies, Paramore, Finches, R. Kelly, and more

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By Kimberly Chun

You want to wipe away the gloom with some swoony, loony sounds, you know you do. Read more »

Post-punk stirrings: Bellini and Sleeper peel back the mask

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BELLINI
The Precious Prize of Gravity
(Temporary Residence)

SLEEPER
Behind Every Mask
(Mush)

The return of David Yow and Jesus Lizard couldn't be better timed, judging from releases like Bellini's The Precious Prize of Gravity and Sleeper's Behind Every Mask: there's life in that post-punk corpse yet. Read more »

Fela redux: 'The Best of the Black President' ushers in reissue series

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FELA KUTI
The Best of the Black President - Deluxe Edition
(Kalakuta Sunrise/Knitting Factory)

By Kimberly Chun

Ripe for revival and just in time for FELA!, the Broadway musical, as well as the real-life black president, Fela Kuti was a legend in his own time -- the fact that he passed more than a dozen years ago seems surreal. Read more »