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NOISE: More dispatches from the all-girl band front - from All Girl Summer Fun Band

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What better band to speak to about all-female groups than Portland, Ore.'s All Girl Summer Fun Band. I e-mailed to Kathy Foster (drums, bass, vocals), Jen Sbragia (guitar, vocals), Kim Baxter (guitar, keyboards, drums, vocals), and Ari Douangpanya (bass, drums, vocals) for my story, but alas didn't have the space to get in their responses. So here they are now. Read more »

NOISE: Camera Obscura eyed

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Guardian intern Michael Harkin went to the Camera Obscura show on July 20 and this is what he thought:

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Scottish delights Camera Obscura treated the Great American Music Hall to a tidy set o’ fey, pretty pop on Thursday night, putting their immense songwriting abilities on display in the most modest of manners.

Singer-guitarist Tracyanne Campbell led the group through a few slower tunes at the start before playing “I Love My Jea Read more »

NOISE: Sketches from Lebanon

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Contributor George Chen points to this dispatch regarding improv trumpet player and cartoonist/illustrator Mazen Kerbaj of Lebanon.

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Until recently Kerbaj and other musicians and artists were scheduled to be in the states on a 15-date tour, e-mailed musician LIz Albee on July 16.

"I was hoping to e-mail those of you I know in the Midwest and East Coast to urge you to see their shows," she writes. Read more »

NOISE: Would you, could you, eat a hamburger? And calling all B-boys, B-girls...

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Ahem, this just in from Wooden Wand PR HQ:

"Do you assume Knoxville, Tenn., resident Wooden Wand is a vegetarian?

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"Huh?"

'When I am on tour, several people offer me hummus and assume I am a vegetarian or vegan. I don’t want to be rude, and I never refuse the free offer. Read more »

NOISE: Sonic on Sonic - Vice Cooler's best 24th B-day ever and Sonic Youth Kim and Thurston's drop-by

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Whoa, did Vice Cooler of XBXRX, KIT, and Hawnay Troof have an awesome birthday or what at 21 Grand in Oakland July 15? Read more »

NOISE: Come in Debasement

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Radical queers? Radical sluts? Radical. It's time to get out for Debasement, "a Radical Queer Social and Slut Dance" and benefit for Arab Queer groups ASWAT and Helem, on Friday, July 14.

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Your friendly waitstaff.

They sayeth:

"It’s time to debase Israeli Terror (and maybe even each other) at a radical queer dance party and sultry soiree. DEBASEMENT will happen at De Basement, a dark and sleazy subterranean speakeasy below the Baker’s
Dozen. Read more »

NOISE: Harder, louder, rocker

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So I guess this is the big hard rock week that y'all have been waiting for, huh? Portland, Ore.'s Danava - '70s crunch meets '80s keys and schizo shenanny-gans ensue - happens Friday, July 14, along with Parchman Farm and Snow Foxxes at Bottom of the Hill. Tonight, July 12: Austin, Texas's Sword slashes its way through the underbrush, wielding its debut, Age of Winters (Kemado), like a silver chalice. Saviours and Akimbo round out the bill nicely at Slim's. Read more »

NOISE: I see dead people, pt. II -- Astronomy DomiNOOO!!!!

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Guardian intern Michael Harkin throws down on the occasion of Syd Barrett's passing, announced today, July 11:

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The "Madcap" back in the day.

Alas! Word around the hood is that Syd Barrett has passed away—sad news for Pink Floyd fans and psych enthusiasts everywhere. Nobody was expecting new material anytime soon from Barrett, who never attempted to reappear after vanishing into an unproductive, drug-induced haze. Read more »

NOISE: Where our beloved, late show reviews go to live, live, LIVE, MOO-HOO-HA-HA!!!

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Er, yes, well, we do have quite a bit of catching up to do since the Big Blog Crash of '06.

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Magik Markers get sketchy at ArthurFest, LA, in 2005. Credit: Kimberly Chun

MAGIK MARKERS

First off, wow, Magik Markers certainly drank dat kosmic Kool-Aid last night, July 6, at the Hemlock Tavern, didn't they? Read more »

NOISE: Desmond Dekker, RIP

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Ska legend Desmond Dekker died on May 25 in his home in England. Guardian calendar editor Duncan Scott Davidson writes in praise of the Jamaica native:

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"Oh Lord, it is not easy," Desmond Dekker sings in falsetto on his track "It Is Not Easy." "I work and I toil/ Yet I suffer all the while/ Trying to live a life on my own/ I don't want to end up like Al Capone." The suffering has ended for Dekker; he succumbed to a heart attack on May 25. Read more »