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Pelle Carlberg

San Francisco Popfest: Day 1 {Thursday}

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Welcome to the very official {and very imaginary} Three Imaginary Girls San Francisco Popfest 2009 recap! We were lucky enough to have THREE of our own imaginaries there! Myself, Steve Louie (who provided all the photos), and imaginary liz all made the trek South for memorial day weekend! Here's our thoughts on the first night, which in order was Swedish indie pop songwriter Pelle Carlberg, Austin's Oh No! Oh My!, San Fran's own Still Flyin, and Sweden's indie pop dance extroirdinaires Suburban Kids With Biblical Names.

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Latest comment by: Colin Clary: "plus they did an awesome two-song encore - love will... and trumpets and violins! yow!"

We're so excited for this weekend's San Fran Popfest we had to podcast

The San Francisco Popfest starts today (imaginary Keenan is already headed south to get there in time for tonight's shows)!!!

The 'fest runs though Sunday, May 24, 2009 and Keenan, amazing imaginary photographer Steve Louie and I will be running around the greater San Francisco area basking in all that fine fine indie-pop.

We're looking forward to most all the bands (ballboy ballboy ballboy), but we put together a podcast of some of the lesser known ones and ones with hit songs we've been listening to on repeat (ahem: Stay Flyin').

You should go listen to it now (and go subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes 'cause we have big plans to make this the summer of podcasts!).

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Three Imaginary Girls San Francisco Popfest Podcast {May, 2009}

From Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, May 24, 2009, Three Imaginary Girls staffers Liz and Keenan will be running around the San Francisco partaking in all the fun of the San Francisco Popfest. This podcast showcases some of the bands they are most looking forward to seeing while there with

Three Imaginary Girls San Francisco Popfest Podcast {May, 2009}

From Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, May 24, 2009, Three Imaginary Girls staffers Liz and Keenan will be running around the San Francisco partaking in all the fun of the San Francisco Popfest.

This podcast showcases some of the bands they are most looking forward to seeing while there with

San Francisco Popfest announce partial line-up

I don't know about you guys, but Sasquatch has never really been my cup of tea. I'm sort of a whiner about huge festivals. But, book a bunch of indie pop bands that I love over a series of smaller venues? I'm there in a quicker than you can shake a tambourine. This Memorial Day Weekend, I'll be headed South instead of East to San Francisco Popfest! I'd basically decided I was going before there was a lineup, because, well, I love popfests. To my surprise the (partial) lineup is even better than I was hoping for!

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Latest comment by: aaron: "Festival passes and presale tickets for all shows are now available. Please see our webite, sfpopfest.com or our myspace, myspace.com/sanfranciscopopfest, for links. See everyone soon. Aaron x"

Forget open letters, strike back at Pitchfork in song

When there's egos involved and you've got thousands of fans telling you that you're brilliant and that you kick ass, what does one dude with a laptop matter?

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Latest comment by: christian: "David Bazan has a song called "Selling Advertising" that he wrote about Pitchfork giving biased reviews. It's on his EP, "Fewer Moving Parts.""

Is it Sweden Week in Seattle?

Even with pop superstar Robyn deciding she'd rather spend time with Baba Wawa and Whoopi, we are still getting plenty of love from the Swedes.

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Acid House Kings, Aerospace, Afraid of Stairs, Airliner, Chasing Dorotea, Club 8, Corduroy Utd., Douglas Heart, Edson, Irene, Lasse Lindh, Laurel Music, Leslies, Loveninjas, Mondial, Pelle Carlberg, Ronderlin, Sambassadeur, South Ambulance, Starlet, Suburban Kids with Biblical Names, The Legends, The Mary Onettes, The Radio Dept., Tribeca, Waltz for Debbie, Wan Light, [ingenting] — Labrador 100 - A Complete History Of Popular Music

What is it about Sweden anyways? Is it the long winter nights? The long summer days? The frightening good looks? The socialized medicine? Hell, they have socialized BOOZE (Absolut vodka is owned by the government). They do give grants to musicians, which might strike your average starving band in the US as bizarre, but these bands earn it.

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Latest comment by: swedestpleasest: "Nice coverage of this release. I agree with this reviewer wholeheartedly. I received this boxset from parcel post last week and can't stop listening to it. "Cinnamon" is unbeatable. I could live without Tribeca. The synth surely inspired Nine Inch Nails to ...