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Shoot from the hip

The Photography Issue: Local rock photogs give good bulb. Plus: Son Ambulance, Hall and Oates, C.L.A.W.S, and more

Homegirl

Faun Fables get punky with the folk theatricality. Plus: Titus Andronicus, Conor Oberst, NOMO, and more

No Age ways

No Age needs vulture repellent! Plus: Caroliner, Edgetone New Music Summit, The Duke Spirit, and more

Guilt to the hilt

Gluey exotica-bop for Beck, but bummed. Plus: Coldplay, Nobunny, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, and more

Taste the Mochi

Mochipet -- the ever-fruitful laptop lothario. Plus: Diamond Days Fest, Ratatat, Kode 9, Apache, and more

Centiclubs

A threesome of venerable venues hit 100. Plus: Battlehooch, Megafaun, and more

Where there’s Will …

Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie "Prince" Billy, feels super-fortunate and Lady Gaga glitters. Plus: Lower Class Revolt, Dilated Peoples, Mute Socialite, and more

Bag drag

Dynasty Handbag, George Michael, and more

Mo’ Jello

Punk icon Biafra's golden jubilee approaches. Plus: Neil Hamburger moans and groans, and shitgazers Times New Viking Rip It Off

Sealed with a fest

Upcoming shindigs, by the numbers: Harmony Festival, Berkeley World Music Festival, Outside Lands, Treasure Island, and Lovefest. Plus: little shows (and Little Teeth) not to miss

Burn this

Fiery Furnaces, REM, Immigrant, Swervedriver, and more

Fly boys

Flight of the Conchords, No Wave, White Rabbits, Dame Satan, and more

Kills thrill

No drugs fueled the Kills' latest Midnight Boom, but the hangover lingers. Plus: Blow by Blowfly, Sky Saxon and the Seeds, and Clinic

Rhyme and reason

Doseone of Subtle sounds off about the state of hip-hop (and Nas's fancy pants). Plus: Poi Dog Pondering, Bloodhag, and more

Cover me

Shelby Lynne and Vetiver are the latest artists tempted into the shadow of giants. Plus: Peter Bjorn and John's Peter Morén breaks from the pack

Mad jags

On the fly with 60 Watt Kid, Indian Jewelry, Heavenly States, Kimya Dawson, and Triclops!

CO2 stew

How green is my music?

Rock’s future, decades along

Dinosaur days for REM, Springsteen, and those IMAXed Stones

Metal maidens

Women represent, thrash-wise, and metal purveyor Shaxul Records throws open its dark doors

Now “Voyager”

Carla Bozulich rocked SXSW socks off. Plus: Mia Doi Todd, Devin the Dude and Bun B, Leyna Noel

South by Cynic

South by Southwest underwhelmed -- again -- but a few fab moments shined through the product placement

Brain defrost

Dungeons get draggin' -- and the Boredoms get a round. Plus: Danava, Magik Markers, DJ Mehdi, and more

Keeping it raw

Who took the sex outta my rock 'n' roll? Plus: Why?, Minmae, Wildildlfe, and more

Don’t phunk with my hope

Obamusical mania, John Benson's bus woes, Mammal, Taken by Trees, Ricky Lee Robinson, and Langhorne Slim