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Pop goes the rock 'n' roll weasel

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Tonight, what to do? Mission Impossible: 3 is screening! And after that why not...La Rocca?

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The LA-by-way-of-Dublin unit serve up “sketches of a 20-something life,” while touring with French scruffsters Phoenix. Tonight, 8 p.m., Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus, SF. $16. (415) 474-0365.

Now they'll just have to do something about their V-neck sweaters. Read more »

NOISE: Too much, too soon? Do Takk.

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No, no, no -- we're not talking about United 93. I'm just wringing my hands about neglecting ye olde blogging duties. I left my brain, if not heart, in Reykjavik.

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Speaking of which, wannabe Icelanders will want to "floe" on up to the Marin Center in San Rafael tonight? The waifish ethereal men from the land of fire and ice are up there, touring in support of their September 2005
release, **Takk.**

The band's string accompanists, Amiina, open. Read more »

Lesley's turn to talk

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Lesley Gore is in town this weekend, singing at Brava Theater Center. I recently had the chance to call the ‘60s teen queen who is forever linked to classic pop hits such as “It’s My Party” and the proto-feminist “You Don’t Own Me.” Today, the richness of Gore’s voice is a bit duskier, as evidenced by the new CD Ever Since. Read more »

Oaklandish pride, Leela, Lila, and torn, torn, torn

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Ever wish you were everywhere at once? Don't. Be in this body now.

So this body got down to the Parkway Theater last night to catch an eyeful of Oakland pride at the "Celebrate Original Oakland Charm" party thrown by Oaklandish . We beheld a montage of invaluable historical footage including clips of Sun Ra touching down in O-town proper; the bit-too-long, but ultrainformative "Rebels of Oakland," a TV-ish doc on the A's and the Raiders; snippets of Too Short, the Hell's Angels, Black Panthers, The SLA, Remembrance of the Hills Fire & Earthquake, etc. Read more »

Reid up

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It takes real rock 'n' roll godhead to turn down the chance to be a "golden god" -- but Terry Reid did it. The man who passed on the chance to be the vocalist of the New Yardbirds (ne Led Zeppelin) is back. And perfect timing too: His song, "Seed of Memory," stood out, soulful and startling, amid the more predictable Southern rock of last year's gore revivalist flick The Devil's Rejects.

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I'm digging this Water live recording (above), released in 2004. Read more »

Faggots everywhere!

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So I was falling out at promoter Scott Brown’s fave queer monthly Faggot at the former Daddy's, now 440 Castro, last week (somebody slipped me a half-ate Payday bar, and I was using it to terrorize gaybots on their way to Bar on Castro down the street -- needless to say the nutty goo got stuck in an overwrought fauxhawk and sashayed doe-like away) when doorboy of the moment Jacob Laurent lassoed me into a mut Read more »

The politically correct term is "Caucasian debris"

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Album review: Toby Keith, White Trash With Money (Show Dog Nashville)

Country star Toby Keith came to mainstream attention after his musical response to 9/11, “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American).” The tune, which spawned a public feud with those pinko Dixie Chicks, pleased fist-pumping patriots from sea to shining sea with its jingoistic lyrics: “You'll be sorry that you messed with the U.S. Read more »

Daniel in the lion's den

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The first time I heard Daniel Johnston’s music, I’d ordered a tape from K Records, having little idea what to expect. What arrived in the mail was something very different from Let’s Kiss and Let’s Together and other happy home- and handmade cassettes distributed by the label. Yip/Jump Music presented a more tortured brand of raw expression. Read more »

Throwing the books, Pitney passes, Jew know what I mean?

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Give a brother a book, won't you? Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart performs solo and Guardian contributor Devin Hoff brings his Platform (his catchall name for solo projects) to a benefit for the Prisoners Literature Project. Hoff tells me he has friends who work at the project who say they're in dire need of cash, and as luck would have it, his sometime collaborator Stewart also volunteers there when he's in town. Read more »

Noise Pop popped open

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It's over! And we all feel like we didn't quite see as much as we would have liked. Ain't that always the case for we, the pop neurotic? We came. We drank. We rocked. We nodded our heads with our arms folded loosely about ourselves. We stumbled home. We got damp. We didn't quite conquer, but when we managed to get into the club, we felt that strange, ineffable sense of accomplishment. Read more »