Tapes 'N Horses 'N Ladyhawks 'N more

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Weekend's here and I'm hoping to keep it hail-free this time around. There are some heated hip-hop shows this weekend: Ghostface with M1 from Dead Prez at Mezzanine tonight and that massive Andre Nickatina and Equipto at Studio Z Saturday. Arab Strap are strapping the groovy boys on tonight and tomorrow at Cafe du Nord -- with much excitement about His Name Is Alive. I'm psyched to see Islands with Metric at the Fillmore (along with the Strokes and Eagles of Death Metal at the Concourse) -- and that's all tonight. My ears are already starting to smart.

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Whoa, it's Band of Horses.
Credit: Robin Laananen

And Sub Pop breakout beasts Band of Horses are playing with Earlimart tonight at the Independent (and if you miss them, the Horseys also play a free show at Amoeba Music in SF on -- fooled ya -- April 1, 2 p.m.). Remember these guys from onetime Bay Area indie rock band Carissa's Wierd? Very wierd how what comes around goes around -- and gets reincarnated as equine musicmakers. Nice beards, dudes. Couldn't bother to shave, could you? S'OK -- I didn't either!

And then it's open season on Noise Pop starting Monday. Yeehaw.

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Whoa, it's Tapes 'N Tapes at Cafe du Nord

Last night I went to du Nord to see Minneapolis band Tapes 'N Tapes play their hearts out and praise SF (and diss LA, complaining about the dreary cold down south -- we got lucky, I think). They rocked, all over the place -- still forming their sound, no doubt. Twas a strong one.

OBLIGATORY MP3-RELATED QUASI-NEWS TIDBIT

Your pals at Jagjaguwar (www.jagjaguwar.com) e-mailed, ever so personally, to say they signed Vancouver band Ladyhawk, who are touring with Magnolia Electric Co. Wasn't that also the title of a cheesy Mists of Avon Ladies-style fantasy flick in the '80s? Anyway, said band's self-titled CD/LP debut is due June 6.

The label writes that the band's album is "a stomping and sweaty ride through the Vancouver streets that they all know well, as viewed from the seats of a bruised and doorless Astro Van. In this ride, you can't help but feel that you will fall out and you will fall down, and your joints will all be sore at the end of the trip. Ladyhawk's core is bracing rock. Neil Young's Tonight's the Night is the hailstorm on the hood of the Replacement's Let It Be, while distorted guitars invoke the thread and swerve of Silkworm and Dinosaur Jr."

I write that the '90s are back and there's nothing you can about it. Except to bury your combat boots in a small hole in the backyard and then pile dog manure gathered from Dolores Park trash cans all over it. It -- the '90s, that is -- will probably still come back -- but at least you tried.

If you embrace the grunge revivalism, listen to the MP3 for "The Dugout" from Ladyhawk's debut at www.scjag.com/mp3/jag/dugout.mp3