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Pegi Young steps out at Henry Miller Library

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Big news down at Henry Miller Library: Pegi Young, spouse of rock legend Neil, gets out from her hubby's enormous shadow and performs with her band (which includes pedal steel player Ben Keith, who has worked with Neil, the Band, Waylon Jennings, and many others) at the lovely Big Sur spot Friday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m.

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Pegi and Neil Young. Read more »

Dogging White Rabbits

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In the mood for indie? NYC three-part-harmonizers White Rabbits carry on without their tourmates Mystery Jets - who canceled their mini tour with WR at the last minute - tonight, June 11, at Cafe du Nord.

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The exuberant six-piece White Rabbits promise to bring the joy with horns, handclaps, and well, if not cute pups then energy galore.

Going Bananas at Davis's "Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom"

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By Michael Harkin

ACLU lawyers take note: freedom made its biannual comeback to Yolo County this past Saturday, June 2. It was KDVS’s fifth edition of “Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom,” hosting 16 musical artists in the backyard of Plainfield Station, a biker bar out near Davis.

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Peel out, Bananas. All photos by Michael Harkin. Read more »

Cowabunga! Yo La Tengo play KUSF benefit

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Plans have been afoot for a splashy headliner for the forthcoming KUSF benefit and now it's so, so out: Yo La Tengo will be doing the do, to raise proceeds for the beloved SF college radio station.

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The show will happen at Bimbo's 365 Club on Aug. 3. Expect this "very intimate show" to sell out so get tickets starting today at the KUSF site. Read more »

Kid tested, Bono approved

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By Sean Manning

Bono once alleged that Radiohead could be changing the way kids listened to music if only they weren’t so darned esoteric (obviously an extremely relative concept…) and if they just made themselves a little more appealing to the masses: No more death bears and no more blip-bloop-bleep solo albums. sm_Arcade_Fire_k_N5E9300.sized.jpg

Well, Radiohead’s probably not going to change on Bono’s account. Read more »

Richard returns

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By Molly Freedenberg

Did you miss your chance to see Richard Cheese at the Red Devil Lounge on May 27? Even though he added a late night show just for you? You poor sucker. rcheese.jpg

You missed the best Dick Cheese live performance I’ve seen yet. Read more »

Ditto, kiddo

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Cheryl Eddy wrote: Did you see that interview a few weeks ago where Keira Knightley was all, "I wish I had Beth Ditto's sexy body, but I'm just so naturally skinny! Tee hee!" Sure, beeyatch.

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This month's NME. FIERCE!

Rock it science

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By Beth Gilomen

We all like to think that we are unique little snowflakes. We assume that we formulate opinions of our own will and make our own decisions about our likes and dislikes. Read more »

Pushing the electronic envelope

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By Sean Manning

If the advent of sample culture has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t just slap two and two together and expect to make something transcendent. For every Grey Album there are countless forgettable mash-ups attempting to play “What if?” with pop’s back catalogue and even more pointless remixes. Read more »

No Fun faboo!

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Guardian contributor George Chen made it to the No Fun Fest at the Hook in Brooklyn, May 17-20. Here are a few pics and thoughts from the brain behind Chen Santamaria.

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This was John Wiese, Jesse Jackson (I am assuming that is his real name), and Corydon Ronnau (Obstacle Corpse). Jackson destroyed his already partial guitar, and some crazed fan walked off with the neck and guts. Read more »