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Trashy Moped

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Texan natives Adam Behrens and Thomas Turner are Ghostland Observatory, which turned out two albums in less than a year on Turner's Trashy Moped label. According to Seattle Weekly (Aug. 9, 2006), "The albums are manna for the funk-starved indie public still anticipating the Rapture's sophomore disc, and are novel enough to catch the fawning affections of KEXP-FM (90.3) like a Clap Your Hands Say Yeah B-side." The duo were at Mezzanine last Saturday for Noise Pop.

Internal Wranglers

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Ain't Life Dandy

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Tickets to last Friday's Noise Pop show at Mezzanine sold out quickly as folks got wind that Portland-based alt rockers and subject of tell-all documentary DiG!, The Dandy Warhols, were headlining with Bay Area bands Audrye Sessions and Elephone opening. The Dandy Warhols are planning to release a greatest hits compilation this summer.


If the Ocean Gets Rough

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Willy Mason played his bluesy folk rock to a full house at Café du Nord last Wednesday. The 22-year-old's latest album, If the Ocean Gets Rough, comes out in the U.S. tomorrrow.

Bubble and Scrape

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Former Dino Jr. member Lou Barlow and bandmates Eric Gaffney and Jason Lowenstein rocked out at the Great American Music Hall last Wednesday as Sebadoh. The trio came out with Sebadoh III last summer—a digitally remastered and expanded two CD rework of its 1991 album.

Noise Pop's FREEDM Night

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Noise Pop rolled right into its 15th anniversary last week at Mezzanine with a jam-packed line-up including Minneapolis natives Har Mar Superstar and Tapes 'n Tapes along with DJ Diabetic (artist Shepard Fairey) and host-comedian David Cross.

South of the South

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

David Dondero, whom NPR's "All Songs Considered" calls one of the best living songwriters, played in the Noise Pop Festival last Friday at The Fillmore.

Roky on a Roll

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Texan rocker Roky (pronouned "Rocky") Erickson sounded off at Noise Pop last Thursday with his band, The Explosives, to a full house at the Great American Music Hall. Back in the '60s, Roky and his then-band the 13th Floor Elevators played at SF's Fillmore and Avalon Ballrooms. He's the subject of a documentary, You're Gonna Miss Me, named after the first hit recorded by Roky and his Elevators band.

He’s A Keeper

Photo courtesy of Popscene

How to Grow a Woman

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Country and blues musician Chris Thile displayed his bluegrass talents at The Independent last Sunday with his latest album, How to Grow a Woman from the Ground.

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