Melissa Goldstein

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    Double Your Fun: Noise Pop is Twice as Nice as Usual

    We may already be gearing up for SXSW here at SPIN HQ, but that doesn't mean we're oblivious to another festival that's starting right now in San Francisco -- Noise Pop. Lucky for us (and you), we've got it covered, thanks to the beautiful minds at our sister magazine, 7x7. Arts + Culture Editor Melissa Goldstein and Assistant Editor Hayley Kaufman are teaming up with our fave Bay Area photogs, Stefanie Michejda and Misha Vladimirskiy, to file daily recaps of the Noise Pop action. Here's a preview: We know what you're thinking. It's Noise Pop's 16th year, and you're betting that our intro to our week of coverage is going to take a Sixteen Candles approach, playing off the word "sweet" and heralding this as the "coming of age" year for SF's indie music festival. We thought about it. But you deserve better than that.

  • Rilo Kiley Paints It Black

    Rilo Kiley's been pegged as the new Fleetwood Mac, thanks to Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett's solo projects, romantic history and division of songwriting duties. But for the band's tour-opening show at San Francisco's SF Weekly Warfield last night (Sept. 6), Lewis and Blake struck a Sonny and Cher note, with Lewis donning a Mermaids-perfect glittering gold minidress and the band treating the crowd to a variety show-like festive evening. With obligatory shimmering gold curtain as backdrop, the show featured an educational dance lesson (during the band's shimmy-tastic "Smoke Detector"), metallic confetti-filled balloons (unleashed for "Silver Lining") and an "I Got You Babe" volleying of hosting duties between Lewis and Sennett.

  • The Young Knives

    Who? Oxford, England's Young Knives mix post-punk revivalism with a U.K. cast of the Office–meets-Devo aesthetic. The trio features frontman and guitarist Henry Dartnall, bassist Thomas Dartnall (they're brothers-though the latter earns Brit Pop cred via stage name the House of Lords) and drummer Oliver Askew. Their debut album Voices of Animals and Men, produced by the Gang of Four's Andrew Gill, was released in their native U.K. in 2006, but arrived stateside earlier this year. What's the Deal?

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