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NOISE: Last Alcoholocaust at Golden Bull?

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Tonight's your last chance to catch hard rock courtesy of Alcoholocaust at the Golden Bull, 412 14th St., Oakland. Scott Alcoholocaust is throwing a last shindig before the joint closes Tuesday, Oct. 10. Alas - and it was so fun last night, dancing to Jay-Z and Michael Jackson in the shadows. Tonight, Oct. 8, the last Alcky show at GB includes Decry, La Plebe, Infect, Troublemaker, and Snatch and the Fingers. 7 p.m. $7. Rock it and weep.

NOISE: BENEFIT

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Hey friends,
We're playing a show at thee Parkside this Wednesday to help raise funds for Bordertown Skate Park. In case you're unfamiliar with the park and its story, it started in '04 with local skaters pouring concrete under the 580 in West Oakland and is now a fully legit nonprofit organization. It's on it's way to becoming a truly epic park has been a hugely positive influence on the community, but they need help to see it through.

We'll be joined by Clay Wheels and River of Rust, so, yeah, we're keepin' it real with a full-on skate rock bill. Hope you can join us. Read more »

NOISE: Kingdom come

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Oh, the places we'll go, the shows we'll see, the drinks that will send us under tables at all the finest dive bars in the Bay Area. Read more »

NOISE: Oh boy, Junior Boys

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Bay Guardian contributor Chris Sabbath recently talked to Junior Boys in anticipation of their Sept. 26 show at Bottom of the Hill.

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So This Is Goodbye (Domino), the new album from Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus of the Junior Boys, finds the duo getting their signature blend of seductive pop and bubbling electronica that started on 2004’s Last Exit (Domino) down to a science. Read more »

NOISE: contracts japanese noise

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NOISE: Bingo! And bangin', bizzy Deerhoof

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Taxes, zits, and coffee breath - these things are eternal. Add to that list "Rock 'n' Roll Bingo" at Blankspace in Oakland on Sept. 1. This third installment of the Oakland Art Murmur event featured the Bay's winning bro-duo Moore Brothers and Santa Cruz chamber-goofers Antarctica Takes It (Bookends canceled, shoot). Most amazing - this writer took home an awesome prize (a fine alternative to the unicorn thrift scores): a tote bag design original by artist Tonya Solley Thornton. Bingo, indeed. Read more »

Summertime snow

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By Kimberly Chun

It's trippy but true: if you feel nostalgic for snow in the middle - or well, the tail end - of summer, you should head up to Lassen Volcanic National Park, north of Sacramento and chock-full of geothermal drama like boiling rivers, gurgling mudpots, and jagged rock formations. Read more »

NOISE: Love Snowglobe, love their album

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May I just say that Memphis band Snowglobe's second full-length, Doing the Distance (Makeshift), out earlier this year, is one of the finest unhyped sleeper-type recordings of 2006 thus far? Hip-hip-hooray for weird, whirling orchestral prog-pop by musicians who obviously listened to far too much AM pop in the '70s.

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Where have these guys been all our lives? Why haven't they played here? Read more »

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NOISE: O, we come in praise of those random acts of music

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Yes, Virginia, there's much to catch up on since last week.

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mars Volta for two, last Thursday at Oakland Arena. The scene was dumpy out in the parking lot before the show -- doesn't this look like the SUV pooped tin? Yeesh, clean up after yourselves, jerks.

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Sloppy tailgaitin' Pepper-heads. All images by Kimberly Chun.

We got inside just in time to see the start of Mars Volta's set. Read more »