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NOISE: Smoother sailing for Roky?

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Just in time to catch the afterglow of Roky Erickson's awesome performance at Great American Music Hall last night: good news. According to Erickson's publicists, the garage-punk legend has had his legal rights fully restored as of Feb. 23.

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Roky's camp writes: "In June 2001, Roky Erickson’s youngest brother, former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal tubaist Sumner Erickson, was appointed Roky's legal guardian. Read more »

NOISE: Noise pop-a-go-go-going! Roky, Macro, Pop, pop, pop...

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Wow, can't stop the Noise Pop show-going. Though when one finds the time to report on it or discuss the hairdo's seen or the amount of cheap beer quaffed - who knows?

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First off, Roky Erickson totally freakin' kicked ass last night, March 1. Solid band, great sound, punchy drumming, great gods of distortion smiling down. You know, the works. Read more »

Girls Rule

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IMG_0375.JPGOooh, how I love me some rockin' women. And last night seemed to be chock full of 'em. (The men weren't half bad either...)IMG_0364.JPG

First was Noise Pop Happy Hour at the Parkside (are we seeing a theme here?) featuring the mesmerizing Loquat. Read more »

NOISE: Yum, indie branding means...

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Guardian staffer Joe Pennant was out and about for Noise Pop and ran smack into some free mochi ice cream at Bottom of the Hill - courtesy of the Ice Cream Man.

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Who are these kind, mysterious strangers giving away sweets at all manner of shows? Marketing, promotions, branding, and advertising, naturally! Read more »

An evening of esoteric indie rock

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So there’s this guy named Tommy Lee. Maybe you’ve heard of him? Played drums in a little-known rock band? Married some blonde in a red bathing suit? Starred in a salacious home video? Well, apparently this obscure musician is still making his art in the small, private, cult-following-type venues he’s become accustomed to (like Oakland’s Oracle Arena, on two different reality shows, and in a book he’s co-writing, among about a dozen other gigs). Read more »

Hella lot of pictures ... (but not of Hella)

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So I couldn't get tickets to last night's Hella show (with Pop Levi, Macromantics, Tartufi) at Bottom of the Hill (Yes, I tried to get 'em like a civilian. That'll teach me not to use my press privilege...) Which meant that after the Noise Pop Happy Hour at Thee Parkside (where I enjoyed some lovely little lox-and-cream-cheese sammiches), I managed only to go out drinking instead of seeing live music. But that doesn't mean I've nothing to post here. Oh, no. Read more »

Noise 'N' Pop

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The line outside Mezzaninelast night may have been ridiculously long (the hidden cost of “free” admission), and the venue may have reeked of body odor (or cheap weed?), but both were worth the entertaining, irreverent kick off to a week of Noise Pop fun. Read more »

NOISE: An A for the A Team

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Guardian intern Sam Devine shares his latest obsession:

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So I've been listening to the newly reissued A-Team soundtrack while at work. Which, yes, is probably dangerous. Read more »

NOISE: Biggest little city, Taiwanese pop, Who are you...

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Who knew Reno was the bowling capital of the US of A? This after catching the new feature film Reno 911: Miami (below), which proved to be something of a laugh riot earlier this week.

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Right now I'm hanging in Reno, catching the Who at the Reno Event Center (more long-tressed gray-hairs in one spot, perusing Who souvenir booklets, than I've seen since, well, ever, 'cause I've never seen the Who live before) and Taiwanese pop star Tsai Chin tonight, Feb. Read more »

NOISE: Grizzly good times

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Guardian contributor Chris Sabbath caught the Grizzly Bear show at Great American Music Hall on Feb. 20. Here's his review:

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Upon purchasing Grizzly Bear’s first full-length, Horn of Plenty (Kanine), two years ago as one of those 99-cent treasures on Amazon.com or something, my immediate assumption was that Edward Droste and his Brooklyn buds would probably be one of those hyped bands that just didn’t work out. Read more »