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Green Day Hits The Green to Benefit Music Programs

What are Green Day up to when they're not playing impromptu shows around the Bay? Golfing, apparently. But for a cause. The band hit Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland yesterday to host the third annual Music in Schools Today golf tournament, an event that benefits the music curriculum in the Oakland Unified School District.

Partial 2009 Outside Lands Lineup Announced

A tricky little peel back ad over at SF Gate reveals a partial list of this year's Outside Lands Festival Lineup. If you don't have time to hover around while it unfurls, here it is: Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Beastie Boys, Incubus, Black Eyed Peas, Jason Mraz, M.I.A, Mars Volta, Thievery Corp, Modest Mouse, Ween. Definitely some heavy hitters in the music game (circa 90s-early 00s). Where are the newcomers who had us drooling last year? Coming soon we hope.

The IKEA Car?

We're skeptical about this one, but imagine the convenience? Walk in for some Swedish meatballs, leave with a car. And you thought the directions for a side table were bad. A mysterious website popped up recently touting an IKEA car. Those who speak French, let us in on what the nicely dressed host is talking about (he looks like a Mac user). The "LEKO" (L'eco) is supposedly a collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund in France. But before you get your hopes up, the launch date is April 1st, fools.

Artist to Watch: Papercuts

The local folk pop scene continues to produce. SF's own Papercuts is popping up all over the indie blogosphere thanks to Jason Quever's penchant for warm tones, hypnotic pants and old school analog production. With a new album, You Can Have What You Want (dropping 4/14) and a national tour with another stellar and local group, Vetiver, you should definitely check out the record release party at Cafe du Nord on 4/24 (w/ Finches and Cryptacize).

The Best Tracks of 2008 (Bay Area Edition)

'Tis the season for "best of" music lists around the web. We've got one of our own to add to the mix - our roundup of what we think are the seven best songs to come out of the Bay Area this year. So listen up, and then go out and support these bands immediately. (Read: catch them before they're playing mega tours and you're paying stupid ticket prices to support things like light shows, pyrotechnics and RVs).

Here's the list.

Pandora and SonicLiving Join Forces for Concert Listings

Internet music hub, Pandora just got cooler. We know, that's impossible. But a newly launched partnership with Emeryville-based concert listing website—SonicLiving—now lets you find out when your fave artists (from your personalized bookmarks) are coming to town. No more crawling through weeklies and inking up your fingers. Simply continue listening to your Killers' or Yanni stations, and, if the desire to shake your booty strikes, click "Find Your Concert Listings Now," and get your dancing shoes on, though we're not sure how much booty shaking Yanni induces.

Local Indie-Rock Poster Artist Displaying Work at the Curiosity Shoppe

Chances are you've seen one of Oakland designer Jason Munn's music posters, especially if you went to the Treasure Island Music Festival (the whole ship/island concept was his idea). Or , perhaps, you've spun a CD with his art on it. Munn's SF-based design studio, The Small Stakes, has created posters, magazine graphics, CD art and book covers for bands like, Beck, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, and locals Rogue Wave.

Moby, Talib Kweli, Ashley Judd Appear in Oakland Musician's Documentary on the Slave Trade

Oakland musician turned documentarian Justin Dillon has always used his guitar like an AK-47 (see Love is the Greatest Revenge). Now he's using it like a video camera for a rockumentary with a cause—Call + Response. After learning about atrocities in Russia while traveling with his band, Tremolo, Dillon decided to embark on a life journey to eradicate the slave trade.

Von Iva Backs Up Zooey Deschanel in Yes Man

You may recognize the sexy trio backing up blue-eyed indie-cutie Zooey Deschanel in this December's Jim Carrey comedy "Yes Man". It's San Francisco's own, Von Iva making their big screen debut and singing along Ms. Zooey in the fictional band Munchausen by Proxy. Von Iva also wrote the song "Yes Man" specifically for the film (it'll run over the end credits). This isn't the first time the ladies have contributed to a Hollywood production (see Showtime's The L Word or the 2008 Jerry O'Connell/Heather Graham movie Baby on Board), but it is the first time you can see them rocking the big screen. The film comes out December 19th.

Interview with Loquat

A lot's happened since SF pop darlings Loquat dazzled us with their critically acclaimed debut, It's Yours To Keep in 2005.  For one, lead singer Kylee Swenson (whose ethereal, lullabye voice is reminiscent of Aime Mann and Feist, only less drone-y) and bassist Anthony Gordon got hitched. But there were also hardships - family deaths, an apartment fire and lost jobs - enough to bring the band to the brink of a break-up.  Fortunately for us, Loquat weathered the storm and used all the material for what they call their most inspired album yet,  Secrets of the Sea, which was released last week.  We caught up with Swenson and Gordon from their East Coast Tour, where they're set to play the CMJ Festival in New York on the 24th.   They're returning to the Bay to play a much-anticipated Hometown CD Release Party at Bottom of the Hill on November 8.  Here's what they had to say about the new album, their Treasure Island Music Festival performance and the San Francisco music scene.

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