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Iran here

Niyaz tantalizes with electronic and acoustic sounds propelled by Sufi poetry. Plus: NOFX, Yo Majesty, and more

Married with band

Fucked Up stick together for the music, not the paychecks. Plus: Fiction Family, RZA, and more

Revved up on garage rock

Grease monkeys gotta scratch their coconuts and wonder -- a trip through the new explosion

Fresh jam

SF trio Mi Ami make it happen. Plus: The Ettes, Wavves, Azteca, and more

Mo Biggie

B.I.G. on the big screen -- louder than words? Plus: Brightblack Morning Light, Wild Weekend, Lenka, Fountains of Wayne, and more

So Fox-y

The stunning landmark venue reopens in Oakland. Plus: A legendary artist recovers, Free Blood, Dirty Bird, and more

Prophet sees

Chuck Prophet looks into the new year. Plus: the most-intriguing reader top 10 list, Les Claypool, and more

Crystal magic

Crystal Antlers gobble up old soul. Plus: Zigaboo Modaliste, QBert, Blackalicious, and more ...

Club hubbub

Checking out new clubs Atmosphere and Infusion, and the newly revved up Paradise Lounge. Plus: Stella laugh it up up

Streetlight serenade

Another lovely record store -- arg! -- closes its doors. Plus: No Age, Railcars, and a mess of musical holiday shindigs

Kickin’ ‘bot

Get ready for the major-label pre-holiday blitz

Clean and saber

The Decemberists find their own "Chinese Democracy" -- kinda. Plus: Cheech and Chong puff back, Youtube Live, and more

Real Deal

Kim Deal lays it out, and Danielson confesses. Plus: Chuck D., McCoy Tyner, Robyn Hitchcock, and more

Bonjour joie

French catch Yelle gets sprightly. Plus: Blixa Bargeld needs you, The Spinto Band, Diplo, and more

Budgin’

Budget Rock Seven music fest. Plus: The USAISAMONSTER, Bridge School Benefit, and Against Me!

Writing on the Wallpaper

Wallpaper's ironic-hip-cat zazu. Plus: Laika and the Cosmonauts, Grupo Fantasma, Mary J. Blige, Tina Turner, and Killers.

Mashed up

Music meets mastication in the indie rock cookbook Lost in the Supermarket. Plus: Awesome Color and Kayo Dot, Cake, NKOTB, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and Now and Zen Fest

Wanderlustful

Gogol Bordello storms Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Plus: Plastic People of the Universe land to Rock 'n Roll

Everyone’s a critic

Taking apart rock journalism and loving country with David Berman of Silver jews

No peace, so Justice

Treasure Island Music Festival: Stressing on semiotics and skipping to the bomb-blast beat

Too hot

Nelly gets soulful and sweaty. Plus: Tricky, Younger Lovers, Janet Jackson, and more

The grateful undead

Outside lands from the inside and a Drum Shop catastrophe. Plus, Mommyheads, Daedelus, Death Vessel, Ise Lyfe, and more

Raphael’s “Way”

Raphael Saadiq brings an immaculately casual vibe

Fated to annihilate

The grimy lowdown on hard rock combo Annihilation Time. Plus: 12 Galaxies departs, Jeppe, Passenger, Octopus Project, and more