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Score One For The Lass: ‘God Help The Girl’

Sheer girly charm appears to be the prime mover behind Belle and Sebastian poobah Stuart Murdoch’s latest project, God Help the Girl (Matador). The actual shooting of the cinematic musical that this music is tethered to is off in the future, but why not enjoy this delightful score right here in the now?

Listen Up: Green Day, Eyedea & Abilities, Rock Make Street Festival

Oldies but goodies start and end the week, while a sprinkling of progressive hip-hop and the second annual Rock Make Street festival will be a nice warm-up for Outside Lands in t minus 10 days.  So buckle up kids, here we go.

Green Day & Franz Ferdinand, HP Pavilion, 8/18: Get your blast from the past here with these ex-punk revivalists turned pop-rockers on tour for the first time in three years for their brand new album 21st Century Breakdown. Openers are Scottish sensations Franz Ferdinand.

Turn-tables and Cellos: A Hip-Hop Symphony

Hip-hop and symphony are words you wouldn't normally use in the same sentence. Try telling that to the standing-room only crowd at the Palace of Fine Arts who turned out for the acclaimed debut of "Brass, Bows & Beats: A Hip-Hop Symphony" back in April. Composed by Adam Theis (founding member of Jazz Mafia), the symphony is rooted in jazz but with a classic call and response hip-hop vibe (where else can you hear turntables and cellos battle?). If you missed it, don't fret. The unique event returns to the stage on August 20-22 at Yoshi's San Francisco and features players such as The Shotgun Wedding Quintet, Lyrics Born, Joe Bagale and more.

The Inbox: Port O'Brien, The Matches, and Jack Kerouac?

Each week our good friends over at The Owl Mag share all the goodies they get in their inbox (think free MP3s, new videos and the general low-down on Bay Area artists) in an effort to spread the local music gospel. Now you're about to get it here with our new weekly feature, The Inbox. Here's what we've got this week:

Port O'Brien:

Personal tragedy struck this indie Americana/freak-folk band from Oakland midway through recording their third album Threadbare (drops 10/6). On "My Will is Good" a rolling drumbeat, eerie echos and whispers, and stirring strings set the stage for a haunting and introspective sound.

Love At First Blank: Move Over Lady GaGa, Here’s Amanda Blank


Love at first dirty rap? That could be the case with blue-eyed rapper and songwriter Amanda Blank. After making the rounds opening for dance pop duchess Santigold, the performer released her debut, I Love You (Downtown), earlier this month. In an alternate universe Blank would be the one ordering everyone to dance, rather than Lady Gaga. Or not: She’s a little too verbose, a little too rangy -- there are too many thoughts jangling around that head to boil it all down as simply as LG. Blank plays Rickshaw Stop Aug. 30.

Next Wave Throat-Singing With Tanya Tagaq At Yerba Buena Center

Throat-singing is capable of throwing the most delicious shivers down your spine -- be it from Bulgaria, Tuva, or Nunavut. Tanya Tagaq hails from the latter territory in northern Canada, where a few thousand Inuits live. Still, the aboriginal throat-singer sounds as if she could have easily stepped off a spaceship straight from Planet Post-Punk.

Listen Up: Elvis Costello, Method Man, The Rapture, N.A.S.A. Take The Stage This Week

We wish there was some sort of driving thematic rhyme or reason to the culmination of legends and new young hipster bands making a brief appearance this week, but alas, we have no explanations for you. As we eagerly await the almost semi-botched, but still sort of redeemed Outside Lands festival that is just upon the horizon, we plan to satisfy the tumultuous rumblings of our musical hunger with some of these acts. Check out our picks for the week:

The Inbox: The Splinters + Wallpaper + Lovemakers

Each week our good friends over at The Owl Mag share all the goodies they get in their inbox (think free MP3s, new videos and the general low-down on Bay Area artists) in an effort to spread the local music gospel.  Now you're about to get it here with our new weekly feature, The Inbox. Here's what we've got this week:

Indie-rock Americana Rising: Wye Oak Ties ‘The Knot’

If one were to unravel the ties that bind when it comes to Wye Oak, one would surely link the twosome to that Sparkhawk couple that holds down Low. There’s something in Wye Oak’s stately, almost elegaic rhythms and the way the Baltimore duo works in morose tones and a minor key, with appreciation for a good drone, on its second album, The Knot (Merge), that reminds one of the other’s sad-eyed and beautiful downers. On “Mary Is Mary,” the guitar and organ take on funereal hues, and Jenn Wasner’s cry cuts through the never-out-of-hand noise. And of course, there are the songs, which cast a dour eye toward relationships of all stripes.

Wild Swan: Bat For Lashes’ Caroline Weeks At Hemlock Tavern Tonight

A fresh, fragile out-folk take on the poetry of Edna St. Vincent-Millay? That’s something I didn’t even know I was missing. Yet Brighton, England, musician Caroline Weeks has made the Pulitzer Prize-winning American wordsmith’s verse the stuff of longing and beauty on her spring release and solo debut, Songs for Edna (Manimal).

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