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Noise Pop 2011 Photos: Tamaryn @ Cafe Du Nord

Atmosphere seemed to be the collective concern of each of the four acts of Friday night’s Café Du Nord roster, one of the most fervently anticipated line-ups of this year’s festival and one of the first to sell out. The evening was all about setting a mood, which swayed between pop-coated angst and haunted beauty as each of the four very different acts took the stage. While a strong start energized the packed house, technical glitches marred the mood of hyped headliner Tamaryn and her ethereality, and listeners were left wishing for a little more of the romance that was captured so compellingly on her recordings.

The 7 Best San Francisco Albums of 2010

Not to diss 2009 or jinx 2011, but this was an unusually exciting and solid year for our bustling little music scene. As the notoriously NYC-biased Pitchfork recently put it, our fair city is "slowly threatening to eclipse Brooklyn in the ranks of regional talent." Hey-yo! Listed below are seven full length releases (sorry, Girls) from the year that particularly stood out to us, along with five additional LPs too good not to mention.

The Week in Local Music News

Psychic Handbook talks Blue Velvet, inner peace and West Oakland with the San Francisco Chronicle [via San Francisco Chronicle]

San Francisco newest live music space Public Works opens in the Mission; Mount Kimbie, Mary Anne Hobbs and Party Effects and more lined up for the club's inaugural weekend [via Public Works]

The Week in Local Music News

The tubes love affair with Oakland's Colleen Green continues [via Pitchfork]

SF Weekly talks Disco, Daft Punk and 222 Hyde with Portland's Reporter [via SF Weekly]

Local chiller Fiveng drops his first 7" on upstart label Beach Tapes [via Pitchfork]

After a solid four year run, SF Underground's Gemini Disco party says goodbye [via SF Weekly]

The Week in Local Music News

Noisy trio Mi Ami becomes a duo; announces final shows with founding bassist Jacob Long [via The Bay Bridged]

Ghost on Tape talks Facebook and beatmaking with SF Weekly [via SF Weekly]

The Week in Local Music News

Local garage rock heavyweight and USF alumni Ty Segall gets some major props from Pitchfork [via Pitchfork]

Despite previous claims to the contrary, the folks behind Outside Lands admit to lineup problems and poor ticket sales [via San Francisco Chronicle]

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