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February 5th to February 18th

Noise Pop hits Lucky 13 this 2005. The festival, which finally finalized its schedule, kicks off on February 22nd and plays to the 27th. A local institution on the indie rock scene, Noise Pop mixes up local favorites and touring acts for a weeklong celebration of live music. Shows are already selling out, so check the website: and pick a night that fits your needs.

More happenings:

Crown City Rockers with PepLove of Hieroglyphics and The Procussions
The Independent
February 5th, 9 PM
$10 Advance/$12 Door ~ 21 and over

Hip Hop with a soul, a complete set of instruments and not a scrap of bling-bling in the house. The Boston born, SF-based collective "follow in the storied footsteps of such pioneers as The Roots, De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest." CCR is touring in support of it's debut Earthtones, out now on Basement Records.

The Zutons with The Peels and The Shore
Slim's 333
February 9th

Recently nominated for the best British Breakthough act at this year's Brit Awards, The Zutons are on a roll. Frontman and songwriter David McCabe labels the bands sound as 'soul-funk-voodoo'. The band's known throughout England for their funk punk show that blends ska and country into the mix.

Parchman Farm with Pitch Black, Brutal Knights and Western Dark
The Ivy Room
February 11th
Usually $5 ~ 21 and over

I rarely cross the Bay for a show, but the Ivy Room is an exception to the rule. A friendly watering hole with kick ass jukebox, this is a perfect low-key spot to check a show. Parchman Farm will crank some hair-raising garage rock from its forthcoming EP, Chosen Child.

Amazing Embarrassonics with Drink, Drank, Drunk
El Rio
February 12th, 9 PM
$5 ~ 21 and over

The Ultimate Human Karaoke Machine let's you bask in the lime light as you belt out one of over 450 songs the well-versed trio can play. A fun Saturday night at "Your Dive" on the edge of the Mission. Drink, Drank, Drunk; celebrating the repeal of prohibition, tap the kegs.

12 Galaxies
February 15th, 9 PM
$ 8 ~ 21 and over

I stumbled into Caroliner a few years back, the cacophony and blinding rainbow of black lights was screaming out the entrance of the Great American Music Hall. I had to go for it and I'm glad I did. Caroliner is an acid laced circus of performance art such that I never witnessed since the disappearance of Shark Bait. Go for the sheer weirdness and thank your god you live in San Francisco.

Subarachnoid Space with Appreciation and Ezee Tiger
Bottom of the Hill
February 15th, 9 PM
$7 ~ 21 and over

If Caroliner goes a bit over the edge, then park it at BOTH for the psychedelic riffs of Subarachnoid Space, one of the true founders of EssEff's space rock movement. Tonight's the party for the release of the bands eighth instrumental, The Red Veil, which they call, "an evolution of dark heaviness". Come early for the Appreciation and one-man band Ezee Tiger.

February Residency

An evening with Jesse DeNatale
The Red Devil Lounge
Every Wednesday in February at 8:30 PM
$6 advance/$8 door ~ 21 and over

Damn if DeNatale does not belt it out as if he's the son of Dylan and Van the Man. Yes, that's a good thing and with a stellar line up of special guests; this may be the start of something special, shows that will be on Top 10 lists eleven months down the line. Three cheers to the JackPine Social Club for keeping the home fires burning.
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Special Guests Include:
Jon Bernson, Ralph Carney, Bone Cootes, Mark Eitzel, Dave Gleason, Matt Gonzalez, Jonathan Richman, Steven Yerkey.

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