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Are you Loney Dear? The Swedish band takes a ride into the darkness

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LONEY DEAR
Dear John
(Polyvinyl)


By Todd Lavoie

Can a simple punctuation change make such a big difference? Serious business for the wordsmiths and grammarians of the world, but I'd reckon maybe also for Emil Svanängen, the sweet falsetto behind the Loney Dear moniker. Read more »

Noise Pop: Port O'Brien, Odawas, Afternoons find safe harbor at Cafe du Nord

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Plucky: Port O'Brien at Cafe du Nord. All photos by Ariel Soto.

By Ariel Soto

Deep from within the depths of Cafe Du Nord came sounds of ships and seafarers, as Port O'Brien took the stage Friday, Feb. 27, for a concert that could have literally rocked a boat. Read more »

wfmu ram tribute

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hi Kimberly,

Just a heads up about a breaking music news item that involves Hank IV, our side-project The ThemeWeavers and a star-studded cast.

The annual WFMU fundraiser marathon starts on Sunday, March 1st. Read more »

Noise Pop: Memory spied - Sholi's Paym Bavafa on Googoosh, recording, and more

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Shining through: Sholi. Photo by Peter Ellenby.

More musings from a href="http://www.sholimusic.com/">Sholi's thoughtful vocalist-guitarist Payam Bavafa. For the first part of this interview, go here. Sholi performs Saturday, Feb. 28, at Bottom of the Hill, as part of Noise Pop '09.

SFBG: How did Sholi come together?

Payam Bavafa: We went into the studio with Greg Saunier in 2006. Read more »

Noise Pop: Giddy with Thao Nguyen at Swedish American Hall

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Dippin' dots: Thao at Swedish American Hall. All photos by Ariel Soto.

By Ariel Soto

Her dress was pink with black polka dots, and she got it just for us. Thao Nguyen only had one dress, and she had already worn that one on the cover of the Guardian last week and figured we'd all remember it, so Nguyen went out and got a new dress for her sold-out show on Feb. 26 at the Swedish American Music Hall. Read more »

Noise Pop: Sleepy Sun makes us hallucinate

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By L.C. Mason

You know that mindspace between the blissed-out haze of a daydream and the rush of reality’s iron grip - that sense of profound escapism that has its claws sunk deep into both truth and fantasy? Read more »

Noise Pop: Picturing Matt Costa, An Horse, Two Sheds, Robert Francis

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Wailing souls: Matt Costa performs at Slim's. By Ariel Soto.

By Ariel Soto

For the second night of Noise Pop, March 25, I made my way to Slim's to check out Matt Costa and his openers, Two Sheds, Robert Francis, and An Horse. Read more »

The Black Godfather is in the house: Andre Williams at Slim's

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By Andre Torrez

There wasn’t much love for the Flash Express when a boisterous dude in the audience shouted, “We don’t care about you! We care about him!" He was referring to Andre Williams, the headliner that night, Feb. 20, at Slim's.

Sadly, I got the feeling most of the audience agreed - the Los Angeles rock and soul outfit overstayed their welcome. Read more »

Noise Pop: Take two with Thao - the SF singer-songwriter on watermelons, crazy Eights, and the 'burbs

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There’s a lot more to Thao Nguyen of Thao with the Get Down Stay Down than meets the eye: watermelons, missing cowboy boots, wash-and-fol Read more »

Ssshhh: 'Secret' Deerhunter show at Rickshaw

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Well, we all know the RSVP list to the free Noise Pop opening party with Deerhunter at the Mezzanine is closed (though try going early - Read more »