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Ewok talk

Giggling skyward with Six Organs of Admittance. Plus: Box Elders, Grass Widow, Jay Reatard, and more

‘Summer’ songs

Mainstream pop music nostalgia neatly packaged in romcom form? Why not?

Anywhere Jarvis

Michael-mocker Jarvis Cocker is takes delight in "knowing all this crap."

Park it on the free way

THE FREE ISSUE: Mission Creek Music Fest's free concert gives it away. Plus: Unagi, Pink Mountain, and more

Beyonce bounce

Beyonce -- how much is enough? Plus: Death Cab for Cutie dusts off its extras

Isthmus insanity

DJ Beto's extra-zesty Panamanian adventure. Plus: Tartufi gets its Fourth off

Dirty dancing

Dirty Projectors get a little tongue-tied, but sally forth valiantly. Plus: Kid Cudi, Phoenix, and more

Adventureland, ho

Isis enters boundless realms and Assemble Head in Starburst Sound carries on the psych rock spirit

Two entangled

Death, sex, and splendid isolation with Sonic Youth and Grizzly Bear. Plus: Au Revoir Simone, crackling on

Into the wild

Ex-Grandaddy Jason Lytle puts it all together, Camera Obscura get a little happy

Crack “Relapse”

Out of rehab and back to music-making, Eminem still irks -- with hip-hop once again his favorite high

Madcap laughs

A regal visit with musician and sound-searcher Sir Richard Bishop

House of Horrors

Thrills, chills, and mirror ball spills from the excellent Horrors. Plus: Comedians of Rock II, Black Joe Lewis, and John Vanderslice

Down wit’ ODP

Elektra clash? Peaches, Larry Tee, and Fisherspooner return that ol' time sound to the fray

NorCal nuggets

NorCal bands gotta make some noise: The Fresh and Onlys and Raw Deluxe dive in. Plus: Flipper, The Grouch, and more

Locals only

Happy gang-bang Muzak? Still Flyin' and Papercuts keep close to home. Plus: Crookers, Zodiac Death Valley, and more

Cohen koan

In praise of Leonard Cohen past and present. Plus: Richard Swift, Beausoleil, Friendly Fires, and more


All the news that's fit to implant in your Auto-Tune. Plus: Bruce Springsteen, Lily Allen, Ahmad Jamal, and more

SXSW the un-Safeway

South by Southwest redux: Sparking with PJ Harvey, Metallica, codpieces, and buffalo checks

Sleeper cells

Welcome back, Jacko. Plus: Bee Gees, Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band, Mirah, and more

Change on the range

U2 toes No Line, while Neko Case searches the dust for enlightenment. Plus: Lake, Telekinesis, and more

Grimm tales

Larkin Grimm, plus Tindersticks, Estelle and Solange, and Efterklang

Maus trapped

Maus Haus, plus Mushroom, Two Sheds and an Horse, One Hundred Suns, and Raphael Saadiq

Days of being wild

Noise Pop 09: Oh say can you see Thee Oh Sees?