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Bulgay-rian? Just hum along

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AZIS -- the Bulgarian Romani chalga singer is delightfully gender-neutral (gender bothful?) -- and recently was voted the 21st most important Bulgarian in history. YES. Read more »

La Bodega boogies forth

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Guardian contributor Tomas Palermo knows his Caribbean beats - so check his Umoja Soundsystem when it returns with its first regular night in three years, tonight, Thursday, March 29: La Bodega!

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Resident DJs Palermo, B-Love (Farmer Brown), Similak Chyld (Butterfly, SF), and guests like this Thursday's DJ Marcella (LadyLu/SoulAfrique) promise "crucial Afro-Latin, Brazilian, reggae, Caribbean, and soul vibes" every Thursday from here on out.

It starts at 10 p.m. Read more »

The rigors of retail

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By G.W. Schulz

From yesterday's Examiner:

"The show could be over at a Santa Rosa music store whose owner was jailed after she refused to turn out the lights. Lisa Reed remained in jail much of Friday on suspicion of stealing electricity from PG&E to power her store without paying. Reed, the owner of Epiphany Music and Recording, rewired the store to keep the lights on after PG&E took her off the grid for not paying her bills for a year, authorities alleged."

Is shit going that badly in the retail biz these days? Read more »

Fly, Birds of Avalon, fly

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Lots to hear this weekend - including a petite DJ set by yours truly today at 3 p.m. on KUSF. Justice, El-P, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Money Mark, Besnard Lakes, Swan Island - but right I'm thinking Birds of Avalon sound pretty swell.

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Onetime Cherry Valence-rs Cheetie Kumar and Paul Siler got married and busted up the Cherry and put together this hard-rockin' ensemble with the Weather's Craig Tilley. Psych, prog, Sabbath? See what I mean. Read more »

Douchebags in Fall Out Boy might get sued again for ripping off yet another band

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By G.W. Schulz

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It's tough to come up with your own musical concepts and ideas when your schedule is loaded with photo sessions and magazine interviews inquiring about your sex life on behalf of thousands of barely legal teenage girls.

How does Fall Out Boy have time to write music these days? They’re everywhere ‘cept behind their instruments. Read more »

NOISE: Oh! OOIOO!

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Oooooh, here comes Japanese all-femme Thrill Jockey band OOIOO, playing Monday, March 26, alongside with Neung Phak at the Independent. Here's more of an e-mail interview with honchette Yoshimi (also of the Boredoms), translated by Hashim Bharoocha. Read more »

NOISE: Stooges

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NOISE: Yeehaw, rounding up those SXSW doggies!

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Ah, SXSW, time to wrap up all the kookiness. So here are a few last lists, a few last pics, though look out for a few scattered weather reports on interviewees in the not-so-distant future. Here's to the mammaries...

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We get hearts; they get guitars - which breed of public art do you prefer? Read more »

NOISE: Pinned at SXSW's Flatstock

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Flatstock, the American Poster Institute's poster show at SXSW, is always a must-catch at the fest: everyone I ran into had to get the free silkscreened-as-you-wait Turbonegro poster or buy new art for their walls back home. Trends in cleaner, more Scandinavian moderne-like design were visible. So much to see and drool over. Read more »