Let's just get right down to it and face facts: this coming weekend doesn't offer too many reasons to hit the pavement and start partying--there's no Cinco De Mayo, outdoor street festival, or other miscellaneous excuse. Instead, this time around you're just going to have to rely on the music and go ... More >>
Have you ever dreamed of a 4 a.m. last call in California? Allow us to remind you that Sen. Mark Leno has proposed a bill to make that into a reality. It's called SB 635 and, if passed, it would do a lot to improve the city's club culture by allowing for the possibility of an extended-hours liquor l ... More >>
Seventy-nine years ago, Germans gathered in Berlin's Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Platz one May evening. They piled the books of Karl Marx, Bertolt Brecht and August Bebel (for whom the plaza would later be renamed), and burned them in the name of eliminating "un-German" ideas.
On Jan 12, 2013, a group calle ... More >>
Seth Bogart -- or Hunx, as he is better known when fronting homosexually themed garage group Hunx and His Punx -- isn't shy about his interests. His lyrics and stage
persona are charged with flippant sexuality, beauty-industry clichés and girl-group style
relationship melodrama. But, the notorious ... More >>
When one listens to the soulful house sounds of producer Urulu, they might feel as if they've been transported back to the early '90s and the beginnings of the rave era. It's hard to believe then, that Urulu was born just when this new wave of electronic dance music was beginning. His 2011 introduct ... More >>
Aug. 18, 2012
Better than: Uhhhhh...
One of the only stable rules in nightlife is that things change. In a city as small San Francisco, those changes can be particularly noticeable, with longstanding institutions seemingly changing directions on a dime. Recently this h ... More >>
Prepare yourself -- a strange couple of days is headed your way. Outside Lands is set to be the highlight of the weekend, and with it will come whole legions of drunk fans stumbling out of the Richmond fog like zombies. This also happens to be the time of year when clubs become dominated by last-min ... More >>
San Francisco is the king of hipster pop-ups. And we love it. Here's what you need to do to throw your fedora in the ring:
1. Put an egg on it: You can slap that free-range, olive-oil-fried egg on everything from burgers to bimbimbap. Eggs come from chickens, chickens are birds, and birds are painf ... More >>
Most artists like to call themselves unpredictable, but few fit the description so fully as a little three-piece named Liars. First dipping into dance-punk with their 2001 debut They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top, the L.A.-via-Berlin-via-NYC-via-L.A. trio has since experimente ... More >>
If you think about it, dance music production and Alaskan crab fishing are surprisingly similar. To get anything done in either, you've got to isolate yourself from society and pull long hours doing tedious and backbreaking work (well, sort of). In dance music, most producers seem to hole themselves ... More >>
"Cocaine," as Rick James famously said, "is a helluva drug." Yup: The white powder's effects have left an influence that's both sublime and downright hideous on decades of pop music. So what happens when you give already-famous musicians a quick burst of energy, ego, paranoia, and euphoria? Most of ... More >>
Twenty-twelve has been a good year for dance music so far. It's only March, and San Francisco's club scene has been moved by a variety of new sounds coming from all over the world. This week we're taking a look at some of the finest new releases of the past couple weeks. Here are five cuts that we t ... More >>
Matt SmithThey Might Be Giants at the FillmoreThey Might Be GiantsJonathan CoultonNov. 13, 2011The Fillmore"We know you had your choice of ossified alternative rock bands, so thank you for flying with us!" hollered John Flansburgh, the gregarious, guitar-playing half of Brooklyn's They Might ... More >>
Here's a slab of spare, moody house to get your mid-fall weekend started. Maybe wait 'til after midnight on this one -- it's a perfect soundtrack to street lights and traffic flashing by on the way to or from some party. It also sounds like it'd be perfect for the 'floor.
As mentioned last week, Seattle's The Sight Below and Berlin's Pantha du Prince are bringing their own unique styles of beautiful, stripped-down techno soundscapes to The Independent this Saturday, September 18, and I'm more than excited to have them here. Especially because the last time German p ... More >>
Dolores California Gourmet BurritosGrub Street reports on Mission Dolores, a new bar recently opened in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. This follows the discovery made nearly two years ago over at Mission Mission of Dolores California Gourmet Burritos, a small shop in Berli ... More >>
Adrian & Mysterious D have an interesting take on mashups. As they explain it, the "genre" transcends all other styles, as producers working in this arena pull tracks from a wide variety of artists, making the artform both classic enough to build a large fanbase, and cutting edge enough to in ... More >>