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Welcome To The ‘Medicine Show’: Madlib At Mighty

He’s based down in blue-collar Oxnard, draws his handle from the word game and cops to the acronym Mind Altering Demented Lessons in Beats, but Madlib also has his share of connects to the Bay. The man (born Otis Jackson Jr.) is a staple on Stones Throw Records, which was founded in the Peninsula under the careful ministrations of the once-San Mateo-rooted Peanut Butter Wolf. The label eventually up and moved down south, but its most prolific producer Madlib is up for a DJ set Friday, Jan. 29, at Mighty.

Phoenix Rocks The Fillmore

Just because indie pop darlings Phoenix are, you know, from France and look like they're about 12 (they're all in their 30's) doesn't mean they don't totally rock out. They brought the noise, the strobe lights and the “Lisztomania" last night to an oh-so-very sold out show at the Fillmore. The band's been riding quite a popularity wave this past year (we're looking at you, Cadillac commercial), but definitely lived up to the hype last night with pitch-perfect favorites off of last year's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and a some serious Houdini action (all of a sudden frontman Thomas Mars was in the back of the venue- whoah!) for "1901." Sophia Coppola, you've got quite a man there. He even let us all on stage.

Live Nation Entertainment Merger or Monopoly?

After nearly a year’s hold from the Department of Justice, the path has been cleared for a Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger, ultimately forming Live Nation Entertainment. New operations may begin as early as Wednesday, meaning immediate “consequences” for consumers, venues, and artists. There are widely varying opinions on the long-term effects of this live entertainment monopoly and many artists aren’t coming out publicly because of label constraints. One thing’s for sure—it’s no surprise that Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff sees this change as a “big win for fans.” But what exactly will we win?

Patti Smith Speaks at City Arts This Wednesday

Rock icon Patti Smith, whose classic catalog includes Horses and Easter, will appear at City Arts & Lectures this Wednesday for a conversation with Kevin Berger. Smith recently published a memoir, Just Kids, in which she discusses her friendships with Sam Shepard, Jim Morrison, and close pal Robert Mapplethorpe, who took the iconic photo of Smith that graced Horses' cover, and who shared an apartment with her in the Chelsea Hotel. She'll discuss her fellow artists and the era of creative exploration that shaped them, including her own work within the then-emerging punk and spoken-word movements. While she may not be singing at the event, Smith has lived a fascinating life, and her discussion of the tumultuous 70's should be interesting.

The Skinny on IndieFest: Shows Not To Miss

Ladies and gents, IndieFest/Winter Music Fest is upon us. In case you couldn't wait another month for Noise Pop, the lovely folks at SF IndieFest and Talking House bring you some great indie movies and artists over the next week (1/29-2/4). The best part? Each show is $10 (if not free), or buy the WinterMusicPass at a reasonable $70 for all access. That's 43 bands in seven days to choose from. Take your pick. Here are some of our highlights:

$300 for Phoenix Tickets?

We have a sweet spot for French electronic, pop, and hip-hop. And Phoenix, some of our favorite Frenchies, have climbed the ranks quite quickly over the last year. Even though they've been around nearly a decade (their first album debuted in 2000) there's something about Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix that has people's tongues wagging all over town. Just six short months ago we paid equivalent to $30 to see Phoenix. Maybe it's the Cadillac commercial, maybe it's the SNL stint or maybe it's just the sheer delight of this deliciously perfect pop album, but how did ticket prices to see them jump ten-fold in half a year?

Inside Brian Wilson's Intimate SF Show

It's not every day that you get to see a rock legend play to a crowd of fifty in an art gallery, but that's exactly what happened Saturday night, when we were given access to an exclusive performance by the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson at the San Francisco Art Exchange. Wilson, who made headlines when he finally released his long-buried album SMiLE in 2004, was in town to promote his new record, That Lucky Old Sun. The album was the inspiration for new artwork by the British rock artist Sir Peter Blake, best known for styling the cover of the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Download the Cold War Kid's Fillmore Set

The Cold War Kids brought their rockin' breed of minor-keyed moodiness to The Fillmore last night, treating a sold out crowd to old favorites off of 2008's opus Robbers & Cowards, as well as some A+ material from their recently released Behave Yourself EP. "Audience," off their latest, will definitely be gracing our office playlist in weeks to come. A pitch-perfect moment came in a tribute to "another Bay Area band" -- a particularly beautiful cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Long as I Can See the Light."

Stormy Bay: A Soundtrack

We're halfway through a gloomy week of winter storminess, and at this point you may or may not be completely sick of it. To help keep your spirits up, we've compiled a 10-song playlist on Last.fm of some rain-themed songs. Some are sad, some are jubilant, but all have to do with rain, metaphorically or literally. The playlist is here: Stormy Bay. The tracklist is below the jump in case you have trouble linking through.

We'd love for you to comment with your favorites and we'll add them if possible!

Rogue Wave Goes Upbeat

The last thing you'd expect from local indie rockers Rogue Wave is a dance record. But then again with all they've been through over the past few years (a kidney transplant, the death of a bandmate, bedridden with back problems, lineup changes) maybe a brighter sound is exactly what they need to bring in a more uplifting 2010. The recent premiere of the single "Good Morning" (download via Stereogum) is a shockingly different sound at first: a pulsing synth-beat smacks you upside the head. But as Zach Rogue chants "the FUTURE, the FUTURE" we sense some well-deserved optimism for Permalight (out 3/2 via Brushfire).

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