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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 »

Israeli Noise Pop: Monotonix's cure for the perfection that ails ya

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By Alex Felsinger

Certainly the Noise Pop band farthest from home, Tel Aviv's Monotonix is also the most distinctive group scheduled to perform. Read more »

Durty Noise Pop: White Denim - put it on...

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By Alex Felsinger

White Denim's bluesy anthems evoke the Minutemen, but they replace the irreverent attitude with an unrelenting and refined drive found in the likes of Kings of Leon or the Thermals. They've been tearing up every venue in Austin, Texas, a town so saturated with indie rock that only the most unique make their presence known outside of the Sixth Street clubs. Read more »

Folked-up Noise Pop: Whispertown2000 harks back to Y2K handles

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By Alex Felsinger

Ridiculous nicknames were once reserved for football locker-rooms and saloons, but the Internet has given everyone the ability to bestow any embarrassing name they please upon themselves.

In the early days, Whispertown2000 actually went by Vagtown2000, and then thankfully realized their mistake within a year. Read more »

Club Sandwich bites into all-ages hunger

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By Vanessa K. Carr

There's club sandwich and then there's Club Sandwich: one is a chicken-bacon-mayo-double-decker, and the other is a Bay Area show promotion collective committed to hosting all ages shows for under-the-radar local and touring bands. Both layer elements that don't necessarily seem like they'd go together – but are notoriously tasty for that precise reason. Read more »

Get outta yo' chair for the Monophonics

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The Monophonics perform at Elbo Room in September at their CD release party.

By Ailene Sankur

Last Saturday I saw the seven-piece, horn-heavy funk band Monophonics at the Boom Boom Room, and they were freak Read more »

Did Siouxsie suck? A hardcore fan laments

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By Todd Lavoie

You know, I wish I didn't have to say it, I really do. Everything would be so much easier if I simply sucked it up, declared it a no-biggie, and didn't say it. What's done is done, I've told myself I don't know how many times since Tuesday night, so just flick off that OCD switch in your brainbox, buddy. Read more »

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist rock SF

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Two turntables and a microphone? Hells no, try EIGHT turntables, four mixers, two DJs on two microphones, a looping system, and some big ass speakers. That's what DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist used to rock a capacity crowd at the Regency Ballroom last night. Read more »

The organ and the ecstasy: in praise of Spooner Oldham

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By Todd Lavoie

Who doesn't love the organ? (Ah, hush - you know what I meant! Minds out of the gutter, you dirty birdies - we're talking music here.)

Yes, that organ - y'know, ebony and ivory and the whole bit. Ah, the Hammond - where would we be without it? Somewhere far, far less soulful, that's for sure. Truth be told, if push came to shove, I'd have to stick the instrument up there near the top of my list of sounds-I-can't-do-without. Read more »

Deerhoof's Satomi and Tenniscoats' Saya whoop it up at Aquarius tonight

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Deerhoof's Satomi - oh, my. Photo by Ryan Schreiber.

Cool beans! One of the best impromptu in-stores around is happening tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. at Aquarius Records, 1055 Valencia, SF.

Deerhoof's Satomi is playing a special acoustic set with Tenniscoats' Saya as Oneone. Read more »