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-------------------------------------------> THIS WEEKEND Erykah Badu, Goapele Fri., February 19, 8:00pm Erykah Badu's sneaky allure comes from the way she can tinge her own feminine mystique with hiphop's gruff legacy. Her style is ... Read more > Marco Eneidi Wed., February 17, 9:00pm, Fri., February 19, 8:00pm, Sat., February 20, 8:00pm, Sun., February 21, 9:30pm, Sat., February 27, 8:00pm Avant-jazz saxophonist Marco Eneidi can seemingly work on any scale: whether heading the stage-crowding Creative Music Orchestra or simply duetting in ... Read more > Marco Eneidi Wed., February 17, 9:00pm, Fri., February 19, 8:00pm, Sat., February 20, 8:00pm, Sun., February 21, 9:30pm, Sat., February 27, 8:00pm Avant-jazz saxophonist Marco Eneidi can seemingly work on any scale: whether heading the stage-crowding Creative Music Orchestra or simply duetting in ... Read more > "EpiscoDisco: Above and Below" Sat., February 20, 7:00pm-10:00pm Squishing into someone's basement for one-off shows makes for good times and diminished hearing, but some of the city's coolest underground gigs ... Read more >

Rouge plays Bottom of the Hill on Wednesday as part of Noise Pop. [ LOCAL MUSIC NEWS ]

Pop goes the festival: The wait is over. The 18th edition of Noise Pop is finally upon us, unleashing its week of music, art, film, and more on both sides of the bay beginning Tuesday, Feb. 23. There have been a few warm-up events, but the festival officially kicks off next week with a free happyhour opening-night party at Bender’s with Har Mar Superstar, which will be followed at the Fox Theater in Oakland by the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band featuring Cornelius, Yuka Honda, and Sean Lennon. From there, it’s up to you to figure out how many shows you can fit into your schedule. Great local headliner options on Wednesday, Feb. 24, include Rogue Wave at Bottom of the Hill. On Thursday, Feb. 25, choose from among Citay at Café Du Nord, a reunited Far at Bottom of the Hill, and a collaboration between the Dodos and the Magik*Magik Orchestra at the Palace of Fine Arts. Then on Friday, Feb. 26, John Vanderslice plays the Swedish American Hall, while Wallpaper. and the Limousines coheadline Slim’s. On Saturday, Feb. 27, Mark Kozelek performs at the Great American Music Hall and Thao Nguyen (collaborating with Mirah) plays the Swedish American Hall. Visit www.noisepop.com for complete festival details and more information about how to get into that Har Mar show, which involves procuring a Diesel shirt. Everyone tries so hard to be different these days; it’ll be nice to get some uniformity back into a Mission bar.

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ALO is the jam that you put on your toast: The members of Animal Liberation Orchestra, better known as ALO, are more than just friends of Jack Johnson. The local guys are also employees of and musical collaborators with the surfersongwriter, who coproduced ALO’s new Man of the World and put it out on his Brushfire Records imprint. “Jack essentially became a fifth member of the band for the project,” says guitarist Dan Lebowitz, who says traveling to Johnson’s studio in Oahu was inspiring. “By recording in Hawaii, we were forced to break from our individual norms, which put us in a great position to focus on the creative aspects of the album.” Coinciding with the release of Man of the World is ALO’s fourth annual Tour d’Amour, which this year is raising money for local nonprofit Music in Schools Today. “In high school, I had the opportunity to be in a jazz band, a jazz choir, a concert choir, and a concert band,” Lebowitz says. “With all of the budget cuts, these classes don’t exist today. The musician that I am today is the direct result of a public-school music program, and we want to give back what was given to us.” Prior to heading up to Vancouver to perform during the Olympics, ALO stops off at the Fillmore on Saturday, Feb. 20. “When you play at the Fillmore, it’s hard not to be struck with awe when you consider what’s gone down there over the past five or so decades,” says Lebowitz, who adds that there’s another reason playing hometown shows is special: “It’s not out of the question that my junior-high English teacher would show up.” Spring has sprung a little early: SFJAZZ is responsible for the monthlong San Francisco Jazz Festival, but you don’t have to wait until the fall to be entertained by the local nonprofit. The 11th annual SFJAZZ Spring Season, which runs for the next four months, kicks off on Friday, Feb. 19, with Cuban singer Issac Delgado, who will turn Bimbo’s 365 Club into a ’50s supperclub in Havana. “The Spring Season’s longer time frame makes it possible to explore themes more deeply than the San Francisco Jazz Festival,” says SFJAZZ executive artistic director Randall Kline. Other events on opening weekend include jazz orchestra Max Raabe and Palast Orchester, which will take attendees back to the Weimar era during its performance on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland; and northern Mali outfit Tinariwen at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 21. Themes covered through June 12 include Jazz Giants, the ECM Series, Global Village, Soulful Singers, String Things, Leading Edge, Pianism, and Deep Groove. “The Bay Area has such a cosmopolitan makeup, and we try

-------------------------------------------> PLAN AHEAD Sir Lord Von Raven, Fancy Space People, The Thingers, DJ Neil Martinson Mon., February 22, 9:00pm Nora Keyes and Don Bolles have long occupied a different world from other Los Angeles rockers. In fact, they exist in a ... Read more > Richard Thompson Band Tue., February 23, 8:00pm Read more > moe. Thu., February 25, 8:00pm Read more > 311 Thu., February 25, 8:00pm Read more > -------------------------------------------> THIS JUST IN 1. Adam Green and the Dead Trees at Café Du Nord. Tuesday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 7. 8 p.m. (9:30 p.m. Wed.), $15; all ages (21+ Wed.). 2. Echo and the Bunnymen at the Fillmore. Monday, April 19. 8 p.m., $27.50; all ages. 3. The Antlers at the Independent. Saturday, May 1. 9 p.m., $14; 21+. 4. The Hold Steady at the Fillmore. Thursday, May 6. 8 p.m., $25; all ages. More Concert Listings >

Ragga Muffins Festival February 20th!
Sat., February 20, 6:00pm

The 29th Annual Ragga Muffins Festival takes place this Saturday, February 20 at Oakland’s Fox Theater at 6pm. The Ragga Muffins Festival is an annual, all-ages event. The line-up includes top International Artists who exemplify the Reggae spirit that Bob
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to reflect that in our programming,” Kline says. For more information about the SFJAZZ Spring Season, visit www.sfjazz.org. A Three becomes one: Pete Bernhard will sleep when he’s dead. In the meantime, Bernhard, who spends plenty of time on the road fronting the Devil Makes Three, is in the midst of a West Coast tour in support of his second solo disc, last year’s Straight Line. “I want to take a break sometimes, but I don’t,” says Bernhard, who started the bluegrass-fueled DM3 in Santa Cruz but now splits his time between Davis and Vermont. “I’m slowly driving myself insane. Really, though, I enjoy what I do, so most of the time I have no desire to take time off.” Like his work with his day job, Straight Line features a smattering of genres that work well together under Bernhard’s creative umbrella, including rock, soul, blues, and a healthy dose of twang. “Writing for and with the Devil Makes Three is pretty smooth at this point,” he says. “We have all been working together for so long that it comes very naturally. Solo, I have to work with myself, which can be hard. Even when you’re self-employed, you still end up hating your boss.” On Sunday, Feb. 21, Bernhard brings his solo wares to Café Du Nord, where he’ll be aided by bassist Max Hart and drummer Jason Chase, both of whom helped make Straight Line. Five Twitter Picks 1. Video of the Day: Golden Triangle Conjures Warhol’s Ghost http://tr.im/Ov41 about 14 hours ago 2. Oh yes, and *free PBR*! @PBR_SF FREE PBR! BRO PALACE! @SFAllShookDown: Thee Oh Sees + Jay Howell + other art = fun on 2/26 http://tr.im/OtqH about 17 hours ago 3. Can you get physically stoned just from listening to the second track from Moon Duo’s record loud enough? Yes. Yes, I think so. about 18 hours ago 4. Getting’ slow and low with Shlohmo’s free mix http://tr.im/Otfp about 19 hours ago 5. Will Lil Wayne’s career survive lockup? Compare to 10 other jailed rappers from years gone by http://tr.im/OrsZ about 22 hours ago

exemplify the Reggae spirit that Bob Marley championed: Gregory Isaacs, Barrington Levy, Michael Rose, Cocoa Tea, ... Read more >

Noise Pop 2010
Daily from Tue., February 23 until Mon., March 1

is invading Bay Area venues, theatres and galleries February 23rd - March 1 This year’s musical line-up includes Yoko Ono, The Dodos with Magik Magik Orchestra, Magnetic Fields and many more. The Industry Noise conference is the place to catch up with today’s buzzing independent music scene. Along with films, ... Read more >

[ WHAT'S NEW ON ALL SHOOK DOWN ]

1. Going barbarian with local noise merchant Triclops!: Read more > 2. Stephin Merritt gets his Bay Area on: Read more > 3. Singling out Four Tet before his Noise Pop appearance: Read more > 4. What you missed at De La Soul’s gig at Yoshi’s: Read more >

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