• Noise Pop 2012: Archers of Loaf @ Great American Music Hall, 2/25/12
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    Noise Pop 2012: Archers of Loaf, The Big Sleep, Hospitality, Built Like Alaska @ Great American Music Hall 2/25/12

Noise Pop 2012: Archers of Loaf, The Big Sleep, Hospitality, Built Like Alaska @ Great American Music Hall 2/25/12

I should probably just mention up front that I already had a ticket to see Archers of Loaf before I got assigned to cover it for The Bay Bridged [...]

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  • Noise Pop 2012: Two Gallants at Edinburgh Castle,
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    Noise Pop 2012: Two Gallants, White Cloud, Greg Ashley @ Edinburgh Castle, 2/23/12

Noise Pop 2012: Two Gallants, White Cloud, Greg Ashley @ Edinburgh Castle, 2/23/12

Equally passionate and effortless, Two Gallants rolled through a set of old favorites and new works the first night of their two-night stand at the Edinburgh Castle on Thursday. [...]

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    Noise Pop 2012: Dirty Ghosts, Bare Wires, Carletta Sue Kay, Chapter 24 @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall 2/23/12

Noise Pop 2012: Dirty Ghosts, Bare Wires, Carletta Sue Kay, Chapter 24 @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall 2/23/12

I am helplessly addicted to London's Chapter 24. Is it the intense Richard Lloyd guitar work? Is it the mere fact that no one else is making [...]

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  • Noise Pop 2012: Budos Band @ The Independent 2/23/12
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    Noise Pop 2012: The Budos Band, Allah-las, Pickwick, Big Tree @ The Independent 2/23/12

Noise Pop 2012: The Budos Band, Allah-las, Pickwick, Big Tree @ The Independent 2/23/12

A beautiful southern California afternoon in 1974. The local bank’s glass front doors burst open, and out you gallop with two huge bags of cash. Sprinting three full blocks [...]

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  • Noise Pop 2012: Mac McCaughan at Swedish American Hall 2/23/12
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    Noise Pop 2012: Mac McCaughan, Sun Foot, Rachel Haden, Sasha Bell @ Swedish American Hall, 2/23/12

Noise Pop 2012: Mac McCaughan, Sun Foot, Rachel Haden, Sasha Bell @ Swedish American Hall, 2/23/12

I probably don't even need to say how cool it was to see Mac McCaughan — leader of indie rock legends Superchunk and Portastatic, co-founder of Merge Records — [...]

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Noise Pop 2012: 'Re:Generation'

It’s that moment when Ray Manzarek, co-founding member and keyboardist of The Doors, yells at Skrillex to “pump the living shit out of it, man” that you realize you [...]

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  • Noise Pop 2012: Cursive @ Great American 2/22/12
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    Noise Pop 2012: Cursive with Ume, Virgin Islands, Taxes @ Great American Music Hall 2/22/12

Noise Pop 2012: Cursive with Ume, Virgin Islands, Taxes @ Great American Music Hall 2/22/12

As a sort of bandwagon Cursive fan — I've only given their 2009 release Mama, I'm Swollen a proper listen — I was a little hesitant reviewing this show. [...]

By |February 24, 2012|1 Comment
  • Noise Pop 2012: Grimes @ Rickshaw Stop 2/22/12
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    Noise Pop 2012: Grimes, oOoOO, Born Gold, Yalls @ Rickshaw Stop 2/22/12

Noise Pop 2012: Grimes, oOoOO, Born Gold, Yalls @ Rickshaw Stop 2/22/12

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Wednesday night's Noise Pop show at the Rickshaw Stop should have been titled, "The Case for Live Electronica," as all four performers offered unique arguments [...]

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  • Noise Pop 2012: Melted Toys @ Cafe du Nord 2/22/12
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    Noise Pop 2012: Young Prisms, Melted Toys, The Tambo Rays @ Cafe Du Nord 2/22/12

Noise Pop 2012: Young Prisms, Melted Toys, The Tambo Rays @ Cafe Du Nord 2/22/12

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The theme at Cafe Du Nord last night was shoegazey/dreamy pop. Oh, and ironic t-shirts.

Though there was a common theme to the bands, it got served up in [...]

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    Noise Pop 2012: Day 1 with Flaming Lips, Tumbleweed Wanderers, SorryEverAfter & Swiftumz

Noise Pop 2012: Day 1 with Flaming Lips, Tumbleweed Wanderers, SorryEverAfter & Swiftumz

Day 1 ended at Bimbo's with the Flaming Lips performing The Soft Bulletin. I'm more of a Clouds Taste Metallic guy, but damned if the Lips didn't put me [...]

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    Experiencing the hits and misses of the Grammys, live from the Staples Center

Experiencing the hits and misses of the Grammys, live from the Staples Center

The Beach Boys performing at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

[Ed. Note: While most Grammy nominees aren't typically our cup of tea around here, there's something undeniably alluring about the [...]

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    Review & Photos: Kepi Ghoulie & Vic Ruggiero @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, 2/11/12

Review & Photos: Kepi Ghoulie & Vic Ruggiero @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, 2/11/12

While we all wait patiently for the return of Sacramento's sadly defunct Groovie Ghoulies, it is good to know that the lead ghoul, Kepi Ghoulie, is still rockin' and [...]

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