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  • You want to open for Kenny Chesney? Head to the Hard Rock

    published May 29, 2008

    Most battle of the bands suck. But an upcoming battle of the bands, hosted by Kenny Chesney and called The Next Big Star, sucks just a little bit less thanks to a grand prize pot of $25,000 for the wi... More >>

  • Last Night: Beirut at the Grand

    published May 29, 2008

    Beirut The Grand May 28, 2008 By Jennifer Maerz Better than: Watching Beirut’s Take-Away shows Having 12 people in your band is the new getting rid of the bassist. Whereas it seemed the White St... More >>

  • Summer Fest Onslaught Continutes with Download

    published May 28, 2008

    (Tapes 'N Tapes) Ok, so if you're keeping track of the all the big music festivals coming to town this summer, here's what we have so far: BFD, Paid Dues, Outside Lands, Rock the Bells, Treasure Isl... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: C.L.A.W.S.

    published May 28, 2008

    Today's MP3 of the Day bends the rules a bit, as it's not one track but 15 for you. Local techno traveler C.L.A.W.S. recently posted a cool little mix for your audio enjoyment. Titled "Cave Juice Mixx... More >>

  • Last Night: Flight of the Conchords

    published May 28, 2008

    Flight of the Conchords Nob Hill Masonic Center Review by Jennifer Maerz May 27, 2008 Fans of the Conchords: An audience review roundup, from the hand-fracturing clappers to the forced laughers E... More >>

  • "Hot" Girls: Sweet San Francisco Shoegaze

    published May 27, 2008

    San Francisco act Girls keep popping up on my radar. The duo played the Awesome Fest in Point Arena a little while back, and are slowly launching their audio visual skills into the world. On Friday ... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: Beirut

    published May 27, 2008

    The images that best encapsulate the Beirut music phenomenon come from the French site La Blogothèque. The Parisians behind that URL are responsible for a series of Take-Away Shows, freeform video... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: My First Earthquake

    published May 23, 2008

    With mainstream pop music getting studio-perfected to the point where we’re losing character for production clarity, a band like My First Earthquake possesses vintage charm. The San Francisco act... More >>

  • Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: Three Kinds of Stupid

    published May 23, 2008

    Q&A with DJ BAS and Chris Baty of Three Kinds of Stupid It's Friday, which means it's time for another Q&A session with a hardworking DJ crew from San Francisco. Up this round: Three Kinds of Stupi... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: Soft Circle

    published May 22, 2008

    I've given Soft Circle ink on this blog before because I'm a big fan of his abstract tracks. Ex-Black Dice-r Hisham Akira Bharoocha taps into some meditative listening with this solo project. Musica... More >>

  • Last Night: Willy Vlautin of Richmond Fontaine

    published May 22, 2008

    Willy Vlautin and Paul Brainard (of Richmond Fontaine) May 21, 2008 Edinburgh Castle By Jennifer Maerz Better than: Watching a David Gordon Green movie Some songwriters are poets, while certain no... More >>

  • Reports from the Road: Bun B's "II Trill" release party

    published May 21, 2008

    Bun B’s II Trill: An Underground King, alone on the throne By John Nova Lomax Back in 1987, when Chad Butler and Bernard Freeman were first writing the rhymes that would become their debut casse... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: The Cave Singers

    published May 21, 2008

    In their previous bands, Seattle’s Pete Quirk, Marty Lund, and Derek Fudesco worked to rile up their fans through music. Quirk was the frontman for synth punks Hint Hint, Lund played in the short-... More >>

  • Justice, Hot Chip, Spiritualized, Raconteurs at Treasure Island

    published May 21, 2008

    It’s official: The Treasure Island Music Festival (Sept. 20-21) is the most exciting local music event this year. Check out the lineup, just announced this morning: On Saturday, Sept. 20 you can se... More >>

  • Jonathan Richman to Make-Out in June

    published May 20, 2008

    For those who complain that you can never see your music idols in intimate venues, Jonathan Richman has announced a four-night run at the Make-Out Room. He'll be a the Mission club from Monday, June... More >>

  • M.I.A. afterparty with Official Tourist

    published May 20, 2008

    Those of you hitting the Concourse on Wednesday for the M.I.A. show don't have to worry about stopping the rhythm once the show is over. Local electronic experimentalists Official Tourist are host... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: Ladytron

    published May 20, 2008

    After spates behind both microphones (as a band) and turntables (as DJs) over the past couple years, the members of Ladytron have returned with a new album aiming to please both indie club DJs and ... More >>

  • The Bar Feeders go to Prison

    published May 19, 2008

    (The Bar Feeders) Johnny Cash and Crime aren't the only acts to play shows inside California prisons. Local punks the Bar Feeders will be performing to a very captive audience at San Quentin on Sat... More >>

  • Liz Phair taking 'Exile' in S.F.

    published May 19, 2008

    If you were ever a Liz Phair fan, the mere mention of her indie rock classic Exile in Guyville should evoke memories of exactly where you were when you first heard "Fuck and Run." (Mine involved the ... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: The Traditional Fools

    published May 19, 2008

    Man, these Traditional Fools have a great thing going. My shorthand for the local garage rock trio is they’re San Francisco’s version of the Black Lips. But their music veers down more shady lanes... More >>

  • Mission Creek Music Fest: Short 'n Sweet

    published May 16, 2008

    The Mission Creek Music Fest has massively scaled back its scope for its 12th year. Back in April, Mission Creek's Jeff Ray announced that the event would be locally focused, and it appears it will on... More >>

  • Warfield to close for repairs, Phil Lesh to host special guest

    published May 16, 2008

    This Sunday is the final night for the Warfield as we know it, as the historic Market Street venue closes for renovation for a couple months. After May 18, the first shows at the club aren't until S... More >>

  • Big Pixie makes little pixie: Frank Black has a kid

    published May 16, 2008

    Frank Black's PR flacks today announced that the man best known as the former Pixies frontman produced a kid -- and four names to call him by (Jude Oliver Francis Thompson) -- with his wife Violet o... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: Adele

    published May 16, 2008

    19-year old Brit singer Adele started out on the pub circuit and graduated to singing in venues with fewer pints dropped on the carpet. She honed her husky delivery at the Brit School, which was hom... More >>

  • Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: Bassnectar

    published May 16, 2008

    (Bassnectar photo by joshuabrott.com) Name: Lorin Ashton (aka Bassnectar) Home base: San Francisco Bay Area Style of music you spin: Omnitempo maximalism Name of the last track you couldn’t ge... More >>

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