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NOISE: Sketches from Lebanon

Contributor George Chen points to this dispatch regarding improv trumpet player and cartoonist/illustrator Mazen Kerbaj of Lebanon. Until recently Kerbaj and other musicians and artists were scheduled to be in the states on a...

NOISE: Would you, could you, eat a hamburger? And calling all B-boys, B-girls…

Ahem, this just in from Wooden Wand PR HQ: "Do you assume Knoxville, Tenn., resident Wooden Wand is a vegetarian? "Huh?" 'When I am on tour, several people offer me hummus and assume I am...

NOISE: Sonic on Sonic – Vice Cooler’s best 24th B-day ever and Sonic Youth Kim and Thurston’s drop-by

Whoa, did Vice Cooler of XBXRX, KIT, and Hawnay Troof have an awesome birthday or what at 21 Grand in Oakland July 15? The topper came around midnight: Mirror/Dash, Sonic Youth twosome Kim Gordon...

NOISE: Come in Debasement

Radical queers? Radical sluts? Radical. It's time to get out for Debasement, "a Radical Queer Social and Slut Dance" and benefit for Arab Queer groups ASWAT and Helem, on Friday, July 14. Your friendly...

NOISE: Harder, louder, rocker

So I guess this is the big hard rock week that y'all have been waiting for, huh? Portland, Ore.'s Danava - '70s crunch meets '80s keys and schizo shenanny-gans ensue - happens Friday, July...

NOISE: I see dead people, pt. II — Astronomy DomiNOOO!!!!

Guardian intern Michael Harkin throws down on the occasion of Syd Barrett's passing, announced today, July 11: The "Madcap" back in the day. Alas! Word around the hood is that Syd Barrett has passed away—sad news...

NOISE: Hairy fairies

The vast reservoirs of affection we have for Devendra Banhart never quite run dry - and that goes triple for visual artist Chris Cobb. Cobb, the guy in charge of the color-coding book trick at...

NOISE: Where our beloved, late show reviews go to live, live, LIVE, MOO-HOO-HA-HA!!!

Er, yes, well, we do have quite a bit of catching up to do since the Big Blog Crash of '06. Magik Markers get sketchy at ArthurFest, LA, in 2005. Credit: Kimberly Chun MAGIK MARKERS First...

NOISE: Desmond Dekker, RIP

Ska legend Desmond Dekker died on May 25 in his home in England. Guardian calendar editor Duncan Scott Davidson writes in praise of the Jamaica native: "Oh Lord, it is not easy," Desmond Dekker...

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NOISE: Live, live, live, if you want it — Mission Creek and so much more

You didn't ask for it but you got it anyway...here's beginning of your belated, scattershot lowdown on Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival as well as recent and not-so-recent shows. Vincent Gallo on Polk...

NOISE: Not that Duchess — Her Grace the Duchess!

Correction time! Apologies go out to Duchess and Her Grace the Duchess. I wrote that Christy Schnabel's Duchess was playing a Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival show Thursday, May 18. That's not happening....

NOISE: ArnoCorps want to pump you up

Contributor Dennis Harvey writes in to praise ArnoCorps: When they said "Ahhhl be baaahhck," wasn't that a promise?!? I fear not. It appears May 20's headlining Café du Nord appearance by ArnoCorps, purportedly Austrian...

NOISE: Have another slab of John Vanderslice

Duncan Scott Davidson interviewed Tiny Telephone honcho and Barsuk artist John Vanderslice for a piece in the May 3 issue of the Guardian. Here's more from his interview with the SF singer-songwriter, who performs...

NOISE: Coachella cracked open?

Guardian intern Jonathan Knapp checked out Coachella last week and lived to tell the tale: Jose Luis Pardo of Los Amigos Invisiblesholds forth Sunday at Coachella.Photo: Mirissa Neff. As someone who has lost his once-vigorous...

Pop goes the rock ‘n’ roll weasel

Tonight, what to do? Mission Impossible: 3 is screening! And after that why not...La Rocca? The LA-by-way-of-Dublin unit serve up “sketches of a 20-something life,” while touring with French scruffsters Phoenix. Tonight, 8 p.m.,...

NOISE: Too much, too soon? Do Takk.

No, no, no -- we're not talking about United 93. I'm just wringing my hands about neglecting ye olde blogging duties. I left my brain, if not heart, in Reykjavik. Speaking of which, wannabe Icelanders...

Lesley’s turn to talk

Lesley Gore is in town this weekend, singing at Brava Theater Center. I recently had the chance to call the ‘60s teen queen who is forever linked to classic pop hits such as “It’s...

Oaklandish pride, Leela, Lila, and torn, torn, torn

Ever wish you were everywhere at once? Don't. Be in this body now. So this body got down to the Parkway Theater last night to catch an eyeful of Oakland pride at the "Celebrate Original...

Reid up

It takes real rock 'n' roll godhead to turn down the chance to be a "golden god" -- but Terry Reid did it. The man who passed on the chance to be the vocalist...

Faggots everywhere!

So I was falling out at promoter Scott Brown’s fave queer monthly Faggot at the former Daddy's, now 440 Castro, last week (somebody slipped me a half-ate Payday bar, and I was using it...

The politically correct term is “Caucasian debris”

Album review: Toby Keith, White Trash With Money (Show Dog Nashville) Country star Toby Keith came to mainstream attention after his musical response to 9/11, “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American).”...

Daniel in the lion’s den

The first time I heard Daniel Johnston’s music, I’d ordered a tape from K Records, having little idea what to expect. What arrived in the mail was something very different from Let’s Kiss and...

Throwing the books, Pitney passes, Jew know what I mean?

Give a brother a book, won't you? Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart performs solo and Guardian contributor Devin Hoff brings his Platform (his catchall name for solo projects) to a benefit for the Prisoners...