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Clubs: All aboard for Trannyshack Reno

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Were you at Trannyshack this past Tuesday? Gurl, you missed it. Miss Juanita More put on a fierce and seamless 40 minute extravaganza of "Minnie the Moocher" Victrola soul-era tributes, complete with her signature "pass out spliffs to the crowd" move. It was all pretty breathless. And my pashmina reeked of weed! Read more »

Gaming Noise Pop: The Dodos give up the poop on their kinda pop culture, throw a listening party

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Oh, those Dodos. The SF dudes aren't adverse to mixing it up with the rest of the city's music scene - even if it means working their skills as mischief-makers.

"I swear," said Meric Long, Dodos vocalist-guitarist-multi-instrumentalist, "I used to play with these two girls in Mixtape, and we did Valentine's Day at the Make-Out Room two years ago, and we opened up for Spencer Day and I just remember being so wasted. Read more »

Klubz: Lights Down Low - turn it up!

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Lingering in the 'Loin. Photo by Joshua Rotter.

By Joshua Rotter

When the lights are turned low and the music is turned up, it’s time to get down at Lights Down Low. This biweekly party in the heart of the Tenderloin’s seediest section at Hyde and Turk brings much-needed festivity to an otherwise bedraggled block. Read more »

The Bush we love: Kate Bush's 'The Kick Inside' turns 30

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By Todd Lavoie

Can you believe it? Kate Bush's ain't-nothin-else-like-it debut, The Kick Inside (EMI), turns the big three-oh this month! Yep, that's 30 gilded candles sitting atop the unapologetically romantic gem's scrumptiously rococo birthday cake.

Back in February 1978, the inimitable Bush burst into worldwide consciousness in a flurry of French horns, wind chimes, and pirouettes. Read more »

Six-six-Six Organs of Admittance, part II: Ben Chasny sets the record straight

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Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance might be chilled to the core and tour-ragged with winter travel, but he's still willing to dust it up with the best of 'em. Read more »

Brass Menazeri blow horns, minds

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Brass Menazeri's heart-racing performance of "Opa Cupa" from last year's shoulda-been-there Rickshaw Stop show.

By Todd Lavoie

They're brassy! They're sassy! Read more »

Distracted Noise Pop: Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt ducks the dog to chat longer

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By Alex Felsinger

Magnetic Fields leader Stephin Merritt - what a chatterbox. Read the rest of his interview here. Read more »

"Who were those guys?"

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Anyone who knows me understands -- or at least acknowledges -- my Freddy Krueger obsession: the holographic Freddy watch, the Freddy sweater, the talking Freddy doll, the glazed-over look in my eyes when I rhapsodize about the human-head pizza served in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master's scene at the "Crave Inn" diner. (Best...crunching sound effects...ever).

A Nightmare on Elm Street -- specifically the third installment, a.k.a. 1987's Dream Warriors, possibly the series' strongest entry -- is also the reason I became a Dokken fan. Read more »

Getting down with the Donnas' Maya Ford

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Always good to hear from the Donnas, last year's Noise Pop fest cover ladies. Bassist Maya Ford checked in via e-mail recently, anticipating the band's show at the Fillmore tonight, Feb. 20, opening for the Hives. Here's what she wrote:

SFBG: The band is putting out their own recordings now, right? Read more »

Noise Pop video attack

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Curious about what some of the groups we feature in this week's Noise Pop cover story sound like? Anyone remember when reading about music meant that the quality of the writing alone had to convey individual sonic textures? Well, no more! Thank you, Internets! Read more »