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    In My Room: Girls' Christopher Owens

    ABOUT OUR HOSTHaving escaped the controversial Children of God cult when he was 16, singer-guitarist Christopher Owens, 32, has no shortage of fascinating stories — so many, in fact, that he says he often leaves ?dinner parties feeling like the TMI guy. His ?confessional style extends to Girls' shoegazing ?second album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True ?Panther), a gorgeous collection of heartbreak ?gospels. Take "Vomit," for example, which describes Owens' search for his abusive ex-girlfriend. "There's a Bible verse that says, 'As a dog returns to his vomit so a fool repeats his folly,'?" Owens explains. "It's about codependency. All the songs are written in a moment of becoming overwhelmed."Shot for SPIN in San Francisco, August 29, 2011brightcove.createExperiences();

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    5 Bay Area Bands You Need to Know

    From February 22-27, San Francisco will be transformed into a music-themed wonderland during Noise Pop, the 19-year-old festival that rocks the city with hundreds of concerts, art shows, happy-hour parties, and rock documentaries. And while national acts like No Age, Dan Deacon, and Ben Gibbard will join the fun, the festival also offers Bay Area bands a platform to break into the big time (Rogue Wave, Mates of State, and the Donnas all started at Noise Pop). To help you get a jump on the future, S.F.

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    12 Best Moments of Treasure Island Music Fest

    In a few short years, Treasure Island Music Festival has become the quintessential San Francisco music bender. Set on a mostly barren old military island with perfect views of the city's skyline, the annual event taps multiple Bay Area subcultures. The lineup includes top indie rock and electronic acts from around the world spread across two days. Generally, you could tell which side of the genre equation you'd landed on by taking notice of whether your concertgoing peers were donning neon leggings and stuffed animal backpacks (there for Deadmau5, Kruder & Dorfmeister) or knit caps and flannel shirts (there for Superchunk, Surfer Blood). Plus, there were plenty of other amusements -- a lit-up Ferris wheel, ye olde carnival games, and DIY workshops on making terrariums and binding books.

  • Miracle Fortress, 'Five Roses' (Secret City)

    The antidepressant industry would be in serious trouble if troubled souls could just absorb the melodic elation of this stunning debut. Under the leadership of multi-instrumentalist Graham Van Pelt, Miracle Fortress' jubilant indie pop effortlessly integrates cuddly mammalian coos, cottony guitar fuzz, and gentle falsetto choruses. More earthbound than Animal Collective's enchanted meanderings, and full of Beach Boys bliss, Five Roses distills euphoria into a pastel wall of sound. Play "Hold Your Secrets to Your Heart" twice daily and its cascading keyboards alone should eradicate any nasty mood swings. Now Hear This: Miracle Fortress - "This Thing About You" STREAMING MP3 BUY: iTunesAmazon

  • Datarock, 'Datarock Datarock' (Nettwerk)

    With this Stateside debut, the Bergen, Norway duo of Fredrik Saroea and Ketil Mosnes bring a singularly warped exuberance to their double-entendre disco pop. On tracks about beastly divas and dancing with Daddy, they combine campy humor, hair-trigger club hooks, and electro-charged rock riffs. The rub, though, comes when the tempo drops -- the album's post-punk brooders tend to kill the buzz, even in their abundant irony. If only more tracks mirrored summer-crush anthem "Computer Camp Love," which sets adolescent hearts thumping over Commodore 64 screens. Now Hear This: Datarock - "Fa-Fa-Fa" DOWNLOAD MP3 Now Watch This: Datarock - "Fa-Fa-Fa" QUICKTIME BUY: iTunesAmazon

  • Dungen, 'Tio Bitar' (Kemado)

    Led by wunderkind multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes, Dungen keep a fierce distance from the fleeting indie-pop trends of their fellow Scandinavians. Here, with Swedish lyrics, lysergic swatches, and breezy flute passages, they display the same studied appreciation for Hendrix jams and Nordic folk that marked their 2004 U.S. breakthrough, Ta Det Lugnt. But on this new batch of mood enhancers, Ejstes orchestrates a more intricate balance -- ebullient piano melodies tether spiraling feedback on "G ör Det Nu," while "En Gång I År Kom Det En Tår" filters triumphant guitar riffs through pastoral dirges. Tio Bitar may start with wailing sirens, but Dungen reject bells and whistles, creating a subtle hallucinatory pastiche. Now Hear This: Dungen - "Familj" DOWNLOAD MP3 BUY: iTunesAmazon

  • The Horrors, 'Strange House' (Stolen Transmission)

    If the Horrors had crafted an album's worth of creepy goth-garage tracks that matched the vampish ferocity of single "Gloves" and riotous crowd-pleaser "Sheena Is a Parasite," these young Brits really could've blown the cobwebs off the Cramps' handbook. But Faris Rotter's vocals lack the charisma to give the group a true campy flamboyance, and the insistent, haunted-basement organ riffs scarcely vary. Lyrics about bloodthirsty lovers and serial killers are ghoulish diversions, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' guitarist Nick Zinner drops by, but the Horrors are too shackled by kitsch to scare life into such creaky punk posturing. Now Watch This:"Sheena Is a Parasite" BUY: iTunesAmazon

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