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NOISE: Live, live, live, if you want it -- Mission Creek and so much more

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You didn't ask for it but you got it anyway...here's beginning of your belated, scattershot lowdown on Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival as well as recent and not-so-recent shows.

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Vincent Gallo on Polk Street last year.
He was in town to promote Brown Bunny.
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NOISE: Not that Duchess -- Her Grace the Duchess!

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Correction time! Apologies go out to Duchess and Her Grace the Duchess. I wrote that Christy Schnabel's Duchess was playing a Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival show Thursday, May 18. That's not happening. Perhaps she'll swing through town soon but she won't be coming through that day. Instead, check out her new self-titled album on Blackball.

Rather, Her Grace the Duchess is playing that night at 12 Galaxies. A big boo-boo, and likely the last time we get that wrong. Read more »

NOISE: ArnoCorps want to pump you up

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Contributor Dennis Harvey writes in to praise ArnoCorps:

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When they said "Ahhhl be baaahhck," wasn't that a promise?!? I fear not. It appears May 20's headlining Café du Nord appearance by ArnoCorps, purportedly Austrian "pioneers of Action-Adventure Hardcore rock 'n' roll," may be their last for the foreseeable future.

They are returning to die Vaterland‹or close, at least, with summer dates in England and Ireland. Read more »

NOISE: Have another slab of John Vanderslice

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Duncan Scott Davidson interviewed Tiny Telephone honcho and Barsuk artist John Vanderslice for a piece in the May 3 issue of the Guardian. Here's more from his interview with the SF singer-songwriter, who performs tonight, May 12, at the Independent.

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Bright lights, big city, and Mr. Vanderslice. Read more »

NOISE: Coachella cracked open?

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Guardian intern Jonathan Knapp checked out Coachella last week and lived to tell the tale:

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Jose Luis Pardo of Los Amigos Invisibles
holds forth Sunday at Coachella.
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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 »