• Noise Pop 2012: Wye Oak @ The Independent 2/24/12
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    Noise Pop 2012: Wye Oak, Sea of Bees, Social Studies, The 21st Century @ The Independent 2/24/12

Noise Pop 2012: Wye Oak, Sea of Bees, Social Studies, The 21st Century @ The Independent 2/24/12

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There aren't enough superlatives in the English language to describe how incredible Wye Oak was on Friday night at the Independent.

If you're a fan of [...]

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  • Noise Pop 2012: Laura Veirs @ Swedish American Hall 2/25/12
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    Noise Pop 2012: Laura Veirs, Foxtails Brigade, Carlos Forster, Tyler Lyle @ Swedish American Hall, 2/25/12

Noise Pop 2012: Laura Veirs, Foxtails Brigade, Carlos Forster, Tyler Lyle @ Swedish American Hall, 2/25/12

The Saturday Noise Pop evening show at the Swedish American Hall featuring Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames made me wish I'd also seen the kids' matinee earlier [...]

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    Review & Photos: Persephone's Bees, Christina Courtin @ Cafe Du Nord 2/20/12

Review & Photos: Persephone's Bees, Christina Courtin @ Cafe Du Nord 2/20/12

I fell in love with Persephone's Bees more than ten years ago at what was once the greatest venue in the world, Albany's Ivy Room. Queen Bee, Angelina, [...]

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  • Noise Pop 2012: The Soft Pack @ Cafe du Nord 2/23/12
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    Noise Pop 2012: The Soft Pack, Shannon and the Clams @ Cafe Du Nord 2/23/12

Noise Pop 2012: The Soft Pack, Shannon and the Clams @ Cafe Du Nord 2/23/12

From the 60s surf rock of Surf Club and Fidlar to the gritty rockabilly of Shannon and the Clams to The Soft Pack’s mix of 70s punk and 80s [...]

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Noise Pop 2012: Porter Robinson @ Fox Theater 2/24/12

"Where's Porter?"

"When is Porter going on?"

"Has anyone seen Porter?"

"PORTER, BROOOOOO!"

Electro-house/dubstep DJ and producer Porter Robinson may have one of the most loyal fan bases in EDM, as witnessed Friday night [...]

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  • Noise Pop 2012: The Fresh & Only's @ BotH
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    Noise Pop 2012: The Fresh & Onlys, Disappears @ Bottom of the Hill 2/22/12

Noise Pop 2012: The Fresh & Onlys, Disappears @ Bottom of the Hill 2/22/12

Halfway through their set, The Fresh & Onlys' frontman Tim Cohen said, "I'd like to dedicate this song to James Kim," referring to their sometime second percussionist (their first [...]

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    Noise Pop 2012: Jolie Holland, Will Sprott, Dreams, Emily Jane White @ Swedish American Hall, 2/24/12

Noise Pop 2012: Jolie Holland, Will Sprott, Dreams, Emily Jane White @ Swedish American Hall, 2/24/12

I won't lie to you. This photo is not from the Swedish, but from a recent show at Oakland's Uptown. It was my first Emily Jane White show, it [...]

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  • 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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