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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 »

NOISE: Avett Bros., bro

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We've told you before - and we'll tell you again: these Avett Bros. are strong. Strong, strong songwriters.

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Country & Yaaarrrr. Courtesy of www.theavettbrothers.com.

The combo will be playing alongside Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, Bjork, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Arcade Fire at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 29. But if you're not going down then, see 'em tonight, Feb. Read more »

NOISE: Thee More Shallows sell out to Anticon

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Our longtime faves, the underappreciated Thee More Shallows, are making a break for a whole 'nother kinda big time. The top-notch indie rockers have signed to Bay Area out-hip-hop imprint Anticon.

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Could such a deal have come to pass because a certain TMS band member is the landlord of another certain Anticon reg? Read more »

NOISE: Shake it with Social Studies

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No studies, just fun times last week - at the Rickshaw Stop's anniversary series of shindigs and then Social Studies on Jan. 26 at Bottom of the Hill. J'adore those kiddie tambourines that were distributed to the audience for those bang-along songs.

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Came in just in time for Magic Bullets whose vocalist was a deadringer/-singer for Robert Smith. Read more »

NOISE: Booyah, Broken West

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Ever find yourself sitting round, twiddling your 10 thumbs, then you toss a CD with so-so cover art on the ole player, and then you stop, do a double take on the name and the art and realize: I like this. Who are these people and where have they been all my life?

Due to the constant influx of mail at the office, that happens to me all the time - I'm glad to say. Read more »

NOISE: My how Time Flys...

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Is raucous, reeling rock with a sense of punk history your poison? Cradle your Nuggets comps close to your cold, cold heart? High on those bad boys in the Cuts? Then the Time Flys's latest, Rebels of Babylon (Birdman), is for you, you, you. The Oakland combo's second album is a quantum leap into a gritty, grimy future of hand-claps, cocky vocalizing, and filthy-sounding guitar riffs. Read more »

NOISE: Wilding with Wild Life

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The latest hard-psych tie-dye advocates have gotta be Wild Life. The SF band managed an impressive amount of hair-tossing and head-banging at a recent Hemlock Tavern show, playing betwixt Mammatus and New Thrill Parade.

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Dig that dragon headdress in the background. All photos by Snap! Chun

Drone, psych, and facial hair combined with the convulsive skronk of Jesus Lizard and other Midwestern troublemakers. Read more »

NOISE: Waits's cheap shite serenaders

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Hey, who let the raindogs out? Revere that downtown trainwreck of a songwriting god? Bow down before all beery minstrels' household saint? You love Tom Waits - 'fess up. Read more »