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NOISE: Manu Chao at the Greek

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Guardian art director Mirissa Neff checked out Manu Chao and Kinky at the Greek Theater on Friday, July 28... here's what she saw and heard:

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All images by Mirissa Neff

After only playing LA and NYC when he's made it to the states, Manu Chao finally played a Bay Area show last night. He didn't disappoint...

A few of us did a Q+A with Manu before Kinky went on. Read more »

NOISE: The immutable Os Mutantes

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Guardian art director Mirissa Neff checked out Os Mutantes on Monday, July 24, at the Fillmore and sent back these words and images.

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All photos: Mirissa Neff

Reuniting for their first tour since 1973, Os Mutantes were greeted by a ravenous SF crowd ranging from hipster admirers to rowdy Brazilians. Here, Zelia Duncan and Sergio Dias have a moment during the Tropicalia legends' set at the Fillmore. Read more »

Francoise Hardy, I Love You

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Have you heard Francoise Hardy's If You Listen? First released in 1972, this collection of songs sounds very 2006 -- proof positive that Devendra Banhart could uncork some wild worship at Ms. Hardy's feet just like he does at Vashti Bunyan's. Last night and this morning, I listened to her takes on compositions by Buffy St. Marie (an exquisite "Until It's Time for You to Go") and Randy Newman ("I Think It's Gonna Rain Today") and imagined her performing a concert in San Francisco. Read more »

NOISE: More dispatches from the all-girl band front - from All Girl Summer Fun Band

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What better band to speak to about all-female groups than Portland, Ore.'s All Girl Summer Fun Band. I e-mailed to Kathy Foster (drums, bass, vocals), Jen Sbragia (guitar, vocals), Kim Baxter (guitar, keyboards, drums, vocals), and Ari Douangpanya (bass, drums, vocals) for my story, but alas didn't have the space to get in their responses. So here they are now. Read more »

Ricardo and Girl Talk

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From the desk of: Johnny Huston

It's Monday, it's hot as hell, I'm wearing devil red from head to toe and I'm counting the hours until Os Mutantes save us all!

Other music I'm loving at the moment? Let's start with the Ricardo Villalobos career-span comp Salvador, especially the hypnotist's power of the lead-off track, his 2006 remix of "Que Belle Epoque." So the Germany-based (by way of Chile) Villalobos likes Baby Ford? Read more »

NOISE: Camera Obscura eyed

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Guardian intern Michael Harkin went to the Camera Obscura show on July 20 and this is what he thought:

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Scottish delights Camera Obscura treated the Great American Music Hall to a tidy set o’ fey, pretty pop on Thursday night, putting their immense songwriting abilities on display in the most modest of manners.

Singer-guitarist Tracyanne Campbell led the group through a few slower tunes at the start before playing “I Love My Jea Read more »

NOISE: Sketches from Lebanon

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Contributor George Chen points to this dispatch regarding improv trumpet player and cartoonist/illustrator Mazen Kerbaj of Lebanon.

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Until recently Kerbaj and other musicians and artists were scheduled to be in the states on a 15-date tour, e-mailed musician LIz Albee on July 16.

"I was hoping to e-mail those of you I know in the Midwest and East Coast to urge you to see their shows," she writes. Read more »

NOISE: Would you, could you, eat a hamburger? And calling all B-boys, B-girls...

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Ahem, this just in from Wooden Wand PR HQ:

"Do you assume Knoxville, Tenn., resident Wooden Wand is a vegetarian?

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"Huh?"

'When I am on tour, several people offer me hummus and assume I am a vegetarian or vegan. I don’t want to be rude, and I never refuse the free offer. Read more »

NOISE: Sonic on Sonic - Vice Cooler's best 24th B-day ever and Sonic Youth Kim and Thurston's drop-by

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Whoa, did Vice Cooler of XBXRX, KIT, and Hawnay Troof have an awesome birthday or what at 21 Grand in Oakland July 15? Read more »

NOISE: Come in Debasement

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Radical queers? Radical sluts? Radical. It's time to get out for Debasement, "a Radical Queer Social and Slut Dance" and benefit for Arab Queer groups ASWAT and Helem, on Friday, July 14.

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Your friendly waitstaff.

They sayeth:

"It’s time to debase Israeli Terror (and maybe even each other) at a radical queer dance party and sultry soiree. DEBASEMENT will happen at De Basement, a dark and sleazy subterranean speakeasy below the Baker’s
Dozen. Read more »