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Cake to audience: Eat me (then buy my record)

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I had honestly forgotten how much I like Cake. Years of too much radio play hardened me to those catchy tunes like Never There and The Distance, making me forget all about the beats so steeped in funk you can't help but move your hips, the spot-on transitions that would make any music major proud, the deep melodic sarcasm of John McCrea's voice, and the plain old virtuosity of these people as musicians. What I hadn't forgotten was McCrea's attitude: bitter, jaded, and a bit antagonistic to his audience. Read more »

NOISE: Uplift those Gowns

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The Gowns sound awfully good to me - composed of former members of Mae Shi and Amps for Christ, the now-Berkeley art-rockin' combo is playing tonight at 21 Grand, opening for BARR, Marnie Stern, and Old Time Relijun. Read more »

NOISE: Arthur mag, bye-bye

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NOISE: Fernwood

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NOISE: Noise pop peters to a close....

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NOISE: Madge hatter -- and sunglasses, bags, and shoe maker

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Spring is almost here and so is Madonna's new collection by H&M!

The one and only Queen of the Dance Floor has designed a full range of clothes and accessories, including shoes, bags and sunglasses for H&M. The M By Madonna full collection will be available in H&M stores March 22. Make sure to visit H&Ms website for more info and check Madonna.com on a regular basis for exclusive M by Madonna related content in the next few days!

Madonnas official page on Myspace has just been updated with a brand new layout and content. Want to be part of Madonnas friends group on Myspace? Read more »

More Noise Popping

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By Deborah Giattina

I wouldn't have traded seeing my fellow Bay Area Ladyfest 2002 organizer play her first Noise Pop show last Wednesday for anything--not even a Ponys/Gris Gris ticket. I'm referring to Macromantics (aka Romy Hoffman), who recently was signed to Kill Rock Stars. Read more »

NOISE: Smoother sailing for Roky?

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Just in time to catch the afterglow of Roky Erickson's awesome performance at Great American Music Hall last night: good news. According to Erickson's publicists, the garage-punk legend has had his legal rights fully restored as of Feb. 23.

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Roky's camp writes: "In June 2001, Roky Erickson’s youngest brother, former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal tubaist Sumner Erickson, was appointed Roky's legal guardian. Read more »

NOISE: Noise pop-a-go-go-going! Roky, Macro, Pop, pop, pop...

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Wow, can't stop the Noise Pop show-going. Though when one finds the time to report on it or discuss the hairdo's seen or the amount of cheap beer quaffed - who knows?

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First off, Roky Erickson totally freakin' kicked ass last night, March 1. Solid band, great sound, punchy drumming, great gods of distortion smiling down. You know, the works. Read more »

Girls Rule

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IMG_0375.JPGOooh, how I love me some rockin' women. And last night seemed to be chock full of 'em. (The men weren't half bad either...)IMG_0364.JPG

First was Noise Pop Happy Hour at the Parkside (are we seeing a theme here?) featuring the mesmerizing Loquat. Read more »