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Music, All Shook Down Noise Pop Adds The New Pornographers, Geographer, Kevin Morby, and more

Noise Pop Adds The New Pornographers, Geographer, Kevin Morby, and more

Noise Pop, which will take over the city from Feb. 20 through March 1, 2015, for its 23rd annual music festival, announced a few additions today to its already stellar lineup.  Kevin Morby, whose Still Life remains one of our favorite…
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Music, All Shook Down 5 Music Videos With Hilarious Comedian Cameos

5 Music Videos With Hilarious Comedian Cameos

Ever since Paul Simon put Chevy Chase in the simple (but now-classic) video for 1987's "You Can Call Me Al," and Bobby McFerrin followed suit the following year by bringing Robin Williams into the clip for "Don't Worry, Be Happy", musicians…
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Music, All Shook Down The New Pornographers, Feat. Neko Case, Serve Crisp Pop at Regency Ballroom

The New Pornographers, Feat. Neko Case, Serve Crisp Pop at Regency Ballroom

The New Pornographers Menomena April 18, 2011 @ Regency Ballroom Better than: Brunch at Zazie (maybe). If nothing else, at least the New Pornographers will remember San Francisco for our breakfast. Six songs into a speedy set at the Regency Ballroom last night,…
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Music, All Shook Down The Dodos Dodge Extinction A Little Longer With Neko Case

The Dodos Dodge Extinction A Little Longer With Neko Case

You know what they say about porn stars and monogamy. No? Well, surely someone must have said something about it once. Point is, San Francisco twosome The Dodos announced yesterday that alt-country vixen and sometime New Pornographer Neko Case would…
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Dining, Eat Bar Agricole is idealistic, but not quite ideal

Bar Agricole is idealistic, but not quite ideal

San Francisco is not afraid of the grand gesture, just as long as it's the right kind. We tend to snicker at opulence and hiss at blatant displays of power, but we'll back any offbeat project driven by idealism. Which…
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Music, All Shook Down The New Pornographers are Satanists: Eight Songs That Prove It

The New Pornographers are Satanists: Eight Songs That Prove It

Don't worry, Calvin College. Everyone may be scratching their head at your decision to cancel The New Pornographers' performance on your campus (allegedly out of an inevitable association with pornography), but I understand where you're coming from.If you look closely…
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Music, All Shook Down First Listen: The New Pornographers

First Listen: The New Pornographers

I don't know about you, but my S.A.D. has kicked into overdrive with this shit weather, and I've been ready for some fizzy lifting drinks news. Enter NPR to coax me from the edge, with a first listen of The…
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The Dodos: New Video, New Pornographers Tour

If this spring weather isn't enough to make you want to get the hell outta Dodge, check out the new video from SF indie pop stars the Dodos. The visuals for the single "Longform" encourage as much of an…
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Music, Unknown facts about Noise Pop performers

Unknown facts about Noise Pop performers

25 Random Things Monday, February 23, 2009 at 9:37 a.m. Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things or facts about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. If…
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Music, Reviewed A.C. Newman

A.C. Newman

Picking up precisely where his winning 2004 solo debut, The Slow Wonder, left off, New Pornographers leader Carl Newman (aka A.C.) has created another platter that sounds stripped-down next to the over-the-top bustle of his regular band. Still, there are…
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Dining, SFoodie Saturday and Sunday: Slow Food Rocks

Saturday and Sunday: Slow Food Rocks

Slow Food Rocks Great Meadow at Fort Mason August 30-31, 2008 Review by Tamara Palmer; Photos by Missy Buchanan and Tamara Palmer Better than: Two days without brisk breezes, good tunes and creative culinary delights including Grateful Dead-themed chocolates.…
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Weekend Hitlist: Slow Food, Chicago and Impossible to Attain Beck Tickets

Ah yes, another beautiful weekend in San Francisco. And not just any weekend -- Labor Day weekend. Three glorious days of playing in the sun. For those of us who can't afford tickets to all the Slow Food Nation…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Lady Genius

Shimmering, clean keyboards back up syncopated boy-girl harmonies for a harsh but pretty effect when Lady Genius takes the stage. Oh, sure, there's a plain guitar/bass/drum setup in there too, but this new local band is in the indie-wall-of-sound realm,…
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Music, The New Pornographers' Feel Good Rush

The New Pornographers' Feel Good Rush

A.C. Newman, the New Pornographers' driving force and principal songwriter, has a bone to pick with music critics who lump the band into the "power-pop" genre. "I'm not really sure what power-pop is," says Newman on the phone from his…
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Culture, Books Q&A With Greil Marcus

Q&A With Greil Marcus

Berkeley's Greil Marcus is America's most formidably intellectual rock writer. His books of cultural criticism (including Lipstick Traces and The Old Weird America) skip like stones across the landscape of Western civilization, with unpredictable trajectories that touch down in some…
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Calendar, Night&Day Alpha Bits

Alpha Bits

Pretty, stinging guitars, 1980s-style synthesizers, and a nice round bass back up boyish vocal harmonies that recall certain New Pornographers moments: This is Oakland's HIJK. Unexpected and expertly wielded non-rock instruments — a cello, maybe, or a trumpet — make…
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Double Take: Juanita MORE! and the New Pornographers

Imitation is the best form of flattery -- what an infuriating adage. When something is so monumentally great as-is, you just don't fuck with it. Take, for example, the mind-blowingly brilliant New Pornographers video for "Sing Me Spanish Techno," which…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

What happens when AC Newman, leader of Vancouver quirk-pop outfit the New Pornographers, makes a solo record? Well, it sounds like the New Pornographers, but without Neko Case or Daniel Bejar fucking it up by cluttering the amazing melodies. (No…
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Music, Reviewed Enon

Enon

On "Hocus-Pocus," the only syrup-slow ballad on Enon's album of the same name, vocalist John Schmersal exhales a bizarre bit of sensual imagery -- namely, "drunk on the candy of you," an apt, if confusing, aphorism. Like the NYC trio's…
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Music, Pinup Energy

Pinup Energy

"Aw, fuck off!" explodes Carl Newman, the singer/guitarist behind Vancouver pop combo the New Pornographers. He's just been informed that his band will have some stiff competition on its upcoming tour -- across Denver that same night another venue will…
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