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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 »

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 »