NOISE: Malkmus mender

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OK, I have to say one of my fondest straight-outta-Stockton moments had to be the time when, on stage at the Fillmore, Stephen Malkmus gave a shout out to his family in the audience - and the restaurant they just patronized: Benihana. Did I hallucinate that or what?

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Married, not harried. Photo by Riger Kisby.

By the way, the guy is now legally in the family way - he recently got hitched. And these days he has Sleater-Kinney/Quasi drummer and ex-Guardian worker bee Janet Weiss in his band the Jicks. So enjoy! It's been a while since the now-Portland-oriented ex-Pavement big-muck-amok has returned to the Bay-ish. Malkmus appears Friday, Jan. 5, at Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus, SF. (415) 474-0365. Tickets are $20.