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Moon Duo's "Mazes" Goes Pop

When many of us first heard local band Moon Duo's stony, sexy krautrock drones, initially on their 2009 Killing Time EP and mesmerizing Escape LP from 2010, it wasn't clear how keyboardist Sanae Yamada and guitarist and vocalist Ripley Johnson's dark oeuvre would make their next move.

Now their second full-length, Mazes (Sacred Bones), which drops tomorrow. Remember when Bob Dylan "went electric"? It was like the shifting of the tectonic plates at the time, and turned out to be one of the best things to ever happen to rock. Well, Moon Duo have gone pop, and it's yielded their best stuff yet.

Mazes oozes with the kind of musical chemistry that lunges at you, partly thanks to Johnson and Yamada's relationship status.

John Vanderslice, Moon Duo, Zion I and Thee Oh Sees On What To Do, See & Eat in Austin for SXSW

For all you San Franciscans making the trek to this year's whirlwind SXSW, we asked local musicians who know the streets of Austin to give you their tips on where to go for food, bands and relaxation to make it through the madness.

7 Local Musicians & Bands to Watch In 2011

A lot went on musically in the Bay Area this past year--just take a gander at our favorite fresh albums to drop in 2010. That said, it's time to move onto 2011. Here are 7 bands we think are going to make waves in the very near future:

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The Week in Local Music News

The Bay Bridged announces an all-ages garage rock blowout at the woefully underutilized Sierra Bowl [via The Bay Bridged]

Lower Haight's electronic music staple Robotspeak reopens; hosts London's Gold Panda [via XL8R]

SFBG goes emo for Tim Kasher's The Good Life [via SFBG]

San Francisco blogger Ears of the Beholder puts together a must-download mixtape [via Ears of The Beholder]

Psych-rockers Sleepy Sun share some tales from the road [via SF Weekly]

Prepare for a weekend free of local indie-geeks and hippies -- they are heading in droves to Big Sur's Woodsist Festival [via Henry Miller Memorial Library]

Toronto's Holy Fuck rocks the Independent, but hipsters still refuse to dance [Via The Owl Mag]

Rising local favorites Magic Bullets stream their much anticipated sophomore LP for free [via Spinner]

The local bloggers' Outside Lands revolt continues [via Katarokkar]

The Chronicle profiles SF's trippy Moon Duo; readers request shrooms (of the illicit variety) [via SFGate]

SF Weekly writer digs Barcelona's electro-pop buzz band Delorean, but is extremely underwhelmed by the sound at Popscene [via SF Weekly All Shook Down Blog]

Inbox: Moon Duo, Or, The Whale, Wallpaper

Oh, hello Moon Duo. Nice to meet you. San Francisco's Sanae Yamada and Erik Johnson (of Wooden Shjips) are introducing themselves with a near seven-minute lo-fi-space-y and uber haunting jam. Listening to "Stumbling 22nd St" is like walking in to a Quentin Tarrantino movie during one of his classic stomach wrenching scenes. Sit tight for the release of Escape (Feb. 16, 2010).

Holy butts, Or, the Whale. In a True Blood moment the main character of said band's new video for "Rusty Gold" reveals his birthday suit and shape-shifts into a chocolate lab. Not sure what the message is here, but the video seems to be a perfect fit for the song's backwoods feel.

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