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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 »

Sic Alps, cool art

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Paradise - I gotta get me some of that!

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Chris Johanson's Abstract (Invitation) (2003). Courtesy of www.jackhanley.com.

Tomorrow, May 22, be sure to check out Paradise Library, a "very special event" in the lobby of Le Meridian Hotel in SF, Sic Alps' Mike Donovan e-mails. Read more »

Riding the bright horse with Patrick Wolf

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By Todd Lavoie

All aboard the Technicolor carousel!

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Patrick Wolf emerges from his blink-and-you-miss-it retirement - he'd announced only last month that he'd be taking an extended break from music - with a Left Coast tour. Our beloved British Boy Wonder will eventually head back overseas on another European orbit to support his recent glitter-fabulous release, The Magic Position (Fontana Universal). Read more »

Five recent adds to Victor Krummenacher's iPod

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Ex-Guardian art director Victor Krummenacher has left our fair offices but he's not forgotten: dude can still be seen playing around town and far beyond city limits with his groundbreaking group Camper Van Beethoven and in CVB vocalist David Lowery's Cracker - and now solo (see this week's Sonic Reducer) - future appearances include opening for the Knitters at Great American Music Hall on Saturday, May 19. Read more »

Robin Williams on Fire can TOO open up for Fall Out Boy

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Guardian contributor George Chen writes in: So Fall Out Boy is holding a contest to have people open for them when they are on tour. Robin Williams on Fire is vying for that honor. Read more »

Throwing down for Mistah FAB

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Guardian staffer Ben Hopfer hit Mistah FAB's CD release party, presented by Stash magazine, at Fat City last night, May 10. Here's his report and pics on the local rap star-studded fete:

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Mistah FAB soaks up the limelight. All photos by Ben Hopfer.

San Quinn opened up the night with his protege Hollywood. Read more »

Of blowjobs and SF Weekly’s spurious claims to great (arts) journalism

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The SF Weekly’s obsession (jealous much?) with our 5/2 cover story on Vincent Gallo and the Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival is forcing me to put one of my credos – “Don’t make me cut you!” – into practice.

I read, or at least glance at, the Weekly. It’s one of the less rewarding requirements of my current job. So I couldn’t help but notice that its Sucka Free City column has launched two successive attacks on a recent profile I wrote about Gallo. Got that? Read more »

Hiss Golden Messenger

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Photo by Terri Loewenthal

The Golden Messenger String Band (an augmented Hiss
Golden Messenger lineup) will be performing at The
Rickshaw Stop on Thursday evening as part of this
year's Mission Creek Music Festival. HGM plays about
9:00 or so (second on the bill). Also on the bill are
Caves, Michael Zapruder's Rain Of Frogs, Harbours, and
Rykarda Parasol. That's a lot of fantastic music for
$10. Expect some long tones. Read more »

Willow Willow - or won't you?

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Bay Area beauty-pop duo Willow Willow branch out with a new self-titled album on Mod Lang. English folk, Anglo-pop ala Marine Girls and Tracey Thorn, and much sweetness for all.

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Willow Willow's Miranda Zeiger and Jessica Vohs get together for an album release party, Tuesday, May 8, at Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. Read more »