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NOISE: Dos guys!

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Ah, Mike Watt - bass god extraordinaire. Oh, Kira Roessler - former Black Flag bassist extraordinaire. The ex's, LA punk colleagues, and bandmates in dos head up to the Hemlock Tavern, SF, Saturday, Feb. 17. Expect low notes and awesome playing.

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dos, right before going on stage at Ladyfest in Olympia, Wash., 2000.
Courtesy of Watt's Hoot Page.

NOISE: Grammy jammy, the final 5: Wolfmother, T.I., Lewis Black, Carrie Underwood, Chamillionaire

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Oh I could have danced all night; I could go on forever about the Grammys. But I won't. I'll spare you. But here are a few last tidbits - just for laughs. Read more »

NOISE: Smile for the Camera Obscura (and Portastatic)

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Gird your loins, twee poppers - Camera Obscura are back tonight, Feb. 16, at Bimbo's 365 Club, SF. And along for the ride with the Scottish charmers is their Merge Records boss Mac McCaughan, plying his Portastatic project, which has gotten mighty eclectic of late. A lame description, perhaps - but we have none other till we get more caffeine in our collective bods. Read more »

NOISE: Grammy rammies, mach II: larnin' annex

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More Grammy jottings from my laptop - and thoughts on how to come correct to the event:

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What me, available? Courtesy of Fashion Wire Daily.

- Leave the bimbos and himbos at home, sort of. Pained-looking Best Pop Vocal Album winner John Mayer was Jessica Simpson-free. He stayed far, far away from the media suite. Practice your Japanese elsewhere, man. Read more »

NOISE: Valentine's, Husbands...look out!

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Ex's - you gotta hate 'em. The all-lady Husbands are proof positivo that you can rise above, take on the pard's name, and kick ass. Garage punk-a-go-go with gory good-time costumes to boot.

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So it's perfecto that the Bay's very own Husbands are playing a very special V-Day show, the "Lock & Load Valentine's Day Formal," tonight, Feb. 14, with DJ Dulcinea at Thee Parkside, SF. 9 p.m. Read more »

NOISE: Grammy schlammy, part I: the big, bad daddy of rock 'n' roll

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Well, guess who got credentials to cover the Grammys on Feb. 11? Sure, I had a 12-hour chunk of Sunday to spare, so I drove down to Staples Center in LA and planted myself in the radio/TV pit to fire questions at the hapless Ike Turker. The man has the most powerful gaze in show biz.

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The Ikester certainly dressed to impress. Read more »

NOISE: Flying Canyon's Cayce Lindner, RIP

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Guardian contributor Max Goldberg pointed to this sad news announcement on Pitchfork on the death of Cayce Lindner of Oakland band Flying Canyon:

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"Cayce Lindner, frontman for self-described "California doom folk" band Flying Canyon, took his own life yesterday, Feb. 6. No further details are available regarding his death, nor do we know how old he was. Read more »

NOISE: Rrrr...sputter, cough, blech, no RTX

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Bummer, dude. RTX canceled their WC Warehouse show Friday because they're van broke down outside of LA. Ah well, the Oakland Art Murmur was happening, as was the scene at the Warehouse (which was expecting a performance by Ariel Pink - hot from the Lipo - in RTX's stead but who knows if that ever happened). We pressed our noses to the glass of Mama Buzz's new cupcake cafe instead.

NOISE: Rrrrr.... RTX! In Oakland! In a warehouse! In the flesh!

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Whoa, news flash! If you love Royal Trux, you'll wanna get your ever-lovin' bad self down to the WC Warehouse/Ghost Town Gallery tonight, Feb. 2, to see Truxer Jennifer Herrema tear it up as RTX.

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Herrema was in awesomely raspy form when she played Bottom of the Hill a few years ago (we won't even go into the nutty Cocodrie Royal Trux show further back). Read more »

NOISE: Wet Confetti, city

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Gang of Four twiddler, meet a gang of three: Wet Confetti. Dave Allen, the G4 bassist, played on and produced the Portland, Ore., combo's new album, Laughing, Gasping. Read more »