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Mo' MIA, Daft Punkette...and prime time musings from Berkeley

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By Robert Bergin

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A rather old photo of MIA.

Two nights ago, a dear friend and I walked around campus. Our states were altered, and we talked to things that don’t usually talk back to people. Very good listeners, those things. Needless to say it was a sissy-sentimental sort of evening, so when we walked past our campus’s beloved campanile at 11:57 p.m., what else to do but sit down and wait for the bells to bong? Read more »

Two Gallants tour like hellions this fall, prepare to unleash new LP

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This recently in from Two Gallants' PR HQ:

"Childhood friends since age 5, Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel have sustained longevity that very few people, let alone band members, can claim. Merging intelligent lyrics that often integrate historical references and human experiences beyond their own familiarity, Two Gallants captivate listeners with their unique breed of folk, punk and blues. Read more »

Boxcar Saints tramp it up

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By Todd Lavoie

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Bless the Boxcar Saints. Courtesy of www.boxcarsaints.com.

If there's anything on this earth that really breaks my jaded, irony-encrusted little heart, it's the sight of a hobo cranking out a sad, sad waltz.

Are you with me on this one? Can't you just see it? Read more »

Tonight! DJ MIA in da popscene haus

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This just in, in, in: MIA will be playing DJ, spinning and freestyling, alongside Maximo Park tonight, July 26, at popscene. So if you were too slow on the uptake for the tickets to her show at Rickshaw Stop Saturday, July 28, or can't make her Amoeba Music instore in Berkeley that same day at 2 p.m., then you gotta 'nother chance to watch England's Tamil Tigeress wax specific.

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It's tonight, July 26. Read more »

Stars: they fall down, just like us!

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By Molly Freedenberg
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...except they have better publicists. And lawyers. And whole record companies fighting to keep their embarrassing foibles out of the public eye. In the case of Beyonce, or Ms. B-Day (am I the only one amused that she named her album – phonetically, at least -- after a device that cleans your ass?), who fell head-first down some stairs at her Orlando concert on Tuesday, it’s probably all of the above. Read more »

The poetry of Lindsay Lohan

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What the hell is happening to young Hollywood? Read more »

More free, fab sounds: Amber Asylum's Kris Force comes out old-school

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Amber Asylum honchette Kris Force gives an olde-styley performance with pal Sigrid Sheie tonight, July 25, at the Homestead. Me thinks it won't be heaviosity incarnate - instead, Force e-mails, "We've been working on a collection of standards and torch songs that we would love to share with you." She adds that Chewy of Hammers of Misfortune will be joining the duo on brushes.

It's all happening tonight, about 9:30 p.m. And it's, dang, free... Read more »

All you need is…less diapers, more navel-gazing ‘60s nostalgia

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By Sean Manning

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In a move that’s sure to send the diaper industry to its knees - and the general public into an era of unabashed pants-pooping - an announcement will be made at the Musicians for Peace stage at this year’s Monterey Summer of Love Festival to protest Proctor and Gamble’s use of the Beatles “All You Need Is Love” in a TV ad. Get it? Like, “Luvs.” Why? ‘Cause that’s, like, our anthem, man. Read more »

TerrorBird getdown

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Hey Everyone, sorry.. I copy and pasted the info from email i sent diane. but all the show info is still good. hope to see you nex week. hope life is amazin! Read more »

Portland's got yer Dirty Mittens...

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Set off the Portland twee indie explosion with Dirty Mittens, Bustling Townships, and Eskimo and Sons. The Portlanders head into town whispery song stylings, the fairy-tale folk, and the shambolic sing-alongs respectively. Read more »