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Allison McCarthy

Sleepy Sun Wakes Up Bottom of the Hill

Sitting through three opening bands in anticipation of a show’s main act shouldn’t be a chore, as it was at last night’s Noise Pop show at Bottom of the Hill. Ears ringing and head spinning after Kings & Queens and Dallas-based True Widow, local act the Lumerians saved the audience from calling it an early night with their organ-laden psych-synth sound and bongo beats—the perfect foreplay to Sleepy Sun’s power performance. 

Sit Down with Noise Pop Darlings, Sleepy Sun

Sleepy Sun, who've already been picked up by the indie music hype machine, are poised to become one of the darlings of this year's Noise Pop festival.   We ventured to their Outer Sunset apartment yesterday to catch up with the five guys (minus Rachel) and talk music, inspiration and cats (they have a surprising fascination with cats). 

Lights Off: Nightlife at Cal Academy

Yesterday marked Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, and the California Academy of Sciences knew just how to celebrate—the launch of a weekly after-hours party (going down every Thursday night) to attract a hip, young crowd, with the promise of shorter lines, zero baby strollers and, of course, lots of alcohol. Welcome to Evolve 2009.

DJ AM and Travis Barker Back on the Scene at Mezzanine

After a long hiatus, DJ AM and Travis Barker of Blink 182 are back on the music scene.  The somewhat last-minute show last Friday at Mezzanine marks the pair's first San Francisco show since last year’s tragic plane crash. The two reunited on New Year's Eve to play a party in Miami and have since developed an unlikely partnership—a live DJing and drumming set that they plan to take on tour. Props to the fresh concept, but does the act pan out onstage?

Where to Party on Inauguration

At long last, the day we've all been waiting for—out with the old and in with the new. We're guessing every home, bar and office across the country will be tuned in to see Barack address the nation for the first time as President of the United States, but if you're looking to get out for this momentous occasion, here's where to party.

Macworld Tunes

It's definitely a stereotype, but we're going to go ahead and say it anyways: people who like Macs usually like music (and have pretty good taste). And with Apple's Monday announcement that they're freeing up iTunes from DRM, we imagine that most of these people are pretty stoked. So in the spirit of sharing the music love, we nabbed three Macworld attendees and took a look at what topped their iPod playlists. Check out the ones that passed our bar below.

Photography by Janelle Cipriano

Ozomatli Loves El Farolito Burritos. (And is excited for Slow Food Rocks)

Ozomatli, the nine person funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop/Spanish/English band from Los Angeles is headed north to play Slow Food Rocks this Saturday. Get excited to kick off the shoes and enjoy a wild performance on Fort Mason's Great Meadow - cause we’ll say one thing, this band makes you want to dance. We caught Ozomatli’s Raúl “El Bully” Pacheco on his cell, windows down, cruising in his freshly-purchased 1968 Mercedes Sedan up 101. Here’s what he had to say about Slow Food, SF burritos and his band’s dedication to social issues:

But first, in case you’re wondering:
O•zo•mat•li (n.) classical Nahuatl origin. Aztec word for monkey, god of dance and music

(Appropriate).

Neko Case's Slow Food on the Road

San Francisco hits a nostalgic chord for the New Pornographers. The Mission’s Aquarius Records was all about promoting the band in their fledgling days, which led to some of their first sold-out shows at the Great American Music Hall and the Warfield. Now they’re returning to the city where they really took off to play Slow Food Rocks, the music festival component of Slow Food Nation.

Hercules & Love Affair Talks Polar Bears, Obama and the YBCA Artists Ball

Critically acclaimed beatmaker revolutionaries Hercules & Love Affair, who’ve been heralded as  “a compelling new voice in American dance music,” are set to play this Friday at the YBCA Artists Ball.  We caught up with the now local Hercules lead Andy Butler, who shared his thoughts on Obama, costumes and San Francisco.  

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Hot 20 2009: The Dodos

Photograhpy by Anön.

Watching the Dodos multitask onstage is enough to make you sweat. “We love having to accomplish so much with so little,” says guitarist-vocalist Meric Long. If we’re not physically putting out, then I feel like we’re not really playing.” Long always intended to start a band, but performed solo until the right person came along. “I had a clear idea of what I wanted—a drummer who was willing to play a bit unconventionally.” When Logan Kroeber entered the picture in 2005, the Dodos were born.

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