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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 »

NOISE: Mano y Germano

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The cultie fervor surrounding ex-John Mellencamp fiddle player Lisa Germano at South By Southwest last year was a thing to behold. Toss those Mellencamp associations aside - her songs were lovely that night. And it's gravy that she has such a deliciously gruesome/goth sensibility as well - check out the cover art for her most recent album, In the Maybe World (Young God), below. Read more »

NOISE: Bhangra for cause, just 'cause...

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No bucks but eager to get it on, bhangra stylee? BBC Radio 1's Bobby Friction is bringing the Project Ahimsa British Invasion tour to 111 Minna Gallery, SF, on Feb. 2.

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The face of Bobby Friction

The rarely seen-stateside DJ - known as the "Casey Kasem of the global bhangra scene" - is passing through NYC and LA as well - all in the name of charity. Read more »

NOISE: Symphony for you little devils

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I know there are oodles of deeply closeted classical freeeaaaks out there, who are far too shy to venture toward the mink stole and helmet hair cabal at Davies Hall. Good news is that the San Francisco Symphony's Friday 6.5 Series now offers an earlier program at 6:30 p.m. than the usual 8 p.m. Read more »

NOISE: Mmmm...Mammatus -- and more, so much more

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Love is meant to be spread around -- like STDs, dear mater always used to quip. But this weekend I'm thinking that the place to be is the Hemlock Tavern. I mean, tonight is EAR (Spaceman 3's Sonic Boom's latest experimento project) -- shroomatronics! Then tomorrow's late lineup features Santa Cruz/San Francisco heavy combo Mammatus -- after Jay Reatard of ye olde Reatards messes wit' your mind at an early show. Read more »

NOISE: Daze of Caroliner and Smiths tribs

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Boy, a busy weekend is upon us - and how! First up Saturday is Caroliner's rare performance, after a reception for the ensemble's CCA's Playspace Gallery show, "Twenty-three Years of Hernia Milk and Ergot Dreams: A Retrospective of Caroliner." The reception runs 6-8 p.m. Jan. 13.; the music/noise begins at 8 p.m. at the Graduate Center on Hooper Street, SF. The exhibition continues through Jan. 19. Read more »

NOISE: MV/EE hit the bummer road

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Ecstatic Peaceniks MV/EE and the Bummer Road will be hitting that asphalt hard in conjunction with their new album, Green Blues, out Jan. 23. They appear Feb. 26 at Hotel Utah; meanwhile cock a sleepy yet strange ear to their version of "Powder Finger," courtesy of Arthur mag.

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