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The 3rd Annual Noise Rock Picnic wreaks havoc on unsuspecting families. Black Dice and Animal Collective bring the Brooklyn noise.

Wednesday, Aug 18 2004
In our opinion, nothing spoils a pretty picnic like boring families satiating themselves with the contents of cute little picnic baskets, which is why we're thrilled that the third annual Noiserock Picnic will be bringing what the organizers call "bombastic and unique noiserock' bands under generator power" to Potrero del Sol Park this year (the previous two picnics were held at Toxic Beach in Dogpatch). Conan Neutron of the festival's headliner, Replicator, says via e-mail, "People should expect a fun day in the sun, with BBQ (BYOF) and good loud rock music, as a celebration of the wealth of talent that we have here in the Bay Area and in our community." Sweet. Moggs, Greenlight the Bombers, El Buzzard, Stay Gold Pony Boy, and Me Infecto join Replicator for the event. We hear that the ants will be skipping their usual food hijacking ceremonies to join in when the noise begins at 2 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 21, near the corner of 25th Street and Potrero Avenue; go to for more info.

Having sidestepped the rise (and fall?) of New York City's rock revival, through mostly weirdness alone, Brooklyn bands Animal Collective and Black Dice look as if they may outlast their trend-setting peers. Clearly AC never intended to compete with those garage kids anyway, instead being content to string together acoustic guitars, hand percussion, and ghostly vocals in noisy, messy arrangements. The Collective's latest, Sung Tongs, sounds like a collaboration between the Beatles, Sonic Youth, and a vacuum cleaner. Even less pop-friendly, the members of Black Dice dig themselves deeper and deeper into binary-buzzing territory with each release. This year's Creature Comforts offers listeners a jungle full of robot insects and mechanical animals procreating and preying on lost human wanderers. Both bands bring their noise collage-ing to the Great American Music Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 25; call 885-0750 or go to

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