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Noise Pop begins today: the fest’s organizers talk about new additions in 2011 and pick some shows to watch

The 2011 Noise Pop Festival begins today, taking over a number of SF venues over the next six days for a celebration of the best in independent music. [...]

By |February 22, 2011|Comments Off on Noise Pop begins today: the fest’s organizers talk about new additions in 2011 and pick some shows to watch

Recommended at Noise Pop, 2/22-2/23: Merge Records bands, Admiral Radley/Typhoon, Dirty Ghosts, and more

We'll be offering our Noise Pop picks over the next several days. Then, as the festival proceeds, our writers and photographers will be reporting back from a whole [...]

By |February 21, 2011|Comments Off on Recommended at Noise Pop, 2/22-2/23: Merge Records bands, Admiral Radley/Typhoon, Dirty Ghosts, and more

New free EPs from Oakland’s Liquorice Ginsberg and Forest Floor

Local music blog Mapzzz has launched a twice-monthly series of free EPs with the above three-song set from Oakland's Forest Floor. Forest Floor is Geoff Saba, who blends [...]

By |February 21, 2011|Comments Off on New free EPs from Oakland’s Liquorice Ginsberg and Forest Floor

Discuss: What’s the Matter with Berkeley?

The recent closure of Blake's in Berkeley was met with nary a peep in the online indie music community. The East Bay Express' excellent Ear Bud blog covered [...]

By |February 18, 2011|18 Comments

Ssleeping DesiresS – “Pyrrhonism”

Pyrrhonism by ssleepingdesiress

Here's a minimalist synth track from SF's Gabriel Ramos aka Ssleeping DesiresS. I first caught wind of him on [...]

By |February 18, 2011|Comments Off on Ssleeping DesiresS – “Pyrrhonism”

Burger Boogaloo coming in March: The Traditional Fools return; Moonhearts, Strange Boys, Personal and the Pizzas, many more scheduled to perform

The Traditional Fools - "Davey Crockett"

Burger Records and Total Trash Booking have announced a wild weekend for garage-o-philes next month in SF. The Burger Boogaloo takes place from [...]

By |February 16, 2011|4 Comments
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    Interview – Kid Koala on “Music to Draw to…” series: “It’s really quite an amazing thing to see.”

Interview – Kid Koala on “Music to Draw to…” series: “It’s really quite an amazing thing to see.”

Montreal's Kid Koala (aka Eric San) is known both as an innovative turntablist and skilled visual artist, and he's combined those two loves in his "Music to Draw to..." [...]

By |February 16, 2011|Comments Off on Interview – Kid Koala on “Music to Draw to…” series: “It’s really quite an amazing thing to see.”

Little Wings – “How Come”/”Mr. Natural”

Little Wings - "How Come"

"How Come" comes from Black Grass, the new album from Kyle Field's Little Wings. The ten-song set comes out on February 26th, and it's [...]

By |February 15, 2011|Comments Off on Little Wings – “How Come”/”Mr. Natural”

Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson collaborate on new music, show at Noise Pop (win tickets!)

It's important to be able to admit when you're wrong, I think, so I'll own up to some initial head-scratching about next week's Noise Pop show billed as "A [...]

By |February 15, 2011|Comments Off on Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson collaborate on new music, show at Noise Pop (win tickets!)

Recommended, 2/14-2/20: Chloe Makes Music, Dum Dum Girls, Winter’s Fall and Pre-Noise Pop events

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the [...]

By |February 14, 2011|2 Comments

New videos from Mi Ami, The Mantles and Young Prisms

"Hard Up" comes from Mi Ami's upcoming 12" Dolphins, which comes out in March on Thrill Jockey (but which you can pre-order now).

From last year's Pink Information, here's a [...]

By |February 11, 2011|Comments Off on New videos from Mi Ami, The Mantles and Young Prisms

Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa announces initial lineup, including The Flaming Lips and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Via City Sound Inertia, Sonoma County's annual Harmony Festival has announced its initial lineup, including The Flaming Lips, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic [...]

By |February 11, 2011|Comments Off on Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa announces initial lineup, including The Flaming Lips and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros