For a brief period three years ago, San Francisco seemed like an international indie pop nirvana. Between the "Schokolade" and "Anisette" parties -- put on by local label honchos Alexander Bailey, Jennifer Silver, and Mike Schulman -- and the first San Francisco Pop Festival, the Bay Area served as temporary home to acts from France (Watoo Watoo), Spain (Ana D), England (Marine Research), and all over the U.S. The local scene overflowed with riches as well, from the hard fuzz of the Aislers Set to the soft jangle of the Fairways. Unfortunately, following the closure of cheap dives like the Purple Onion and the Cocodrie and a lull in the formation of new groups, the... More >>>