First Aid Kit @ The Fillmore, Wednesday, Oct. 17 If First Aid Kit's music is proof, Stockholm must be much closer to the American South than any maps have had us believe. In "Emmylou," off January's The Lion's Roar, Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg pay perfect homage to a bevy of America ... More >>
Due to the unexpectedly awesome San Francisco Giants, there's been a slight change in plans for those heading to Treasure Island Music Festival this weekend: Instead of picking up festivalgoers at the AT&T Park parking lots, shuttles will instead leave from Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in S.F.'s Civ ... More >>
EDM shows, like Avicii's sold-out party last night at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium last night, invert the normal concert-visual rule: Often the most interesting thing to look at is the audience. Certainly that was true last night, when a motley crew of 8,000 -- including both candygirl ravers and re ... More >>
The past week has been a fairly wild ride for fans of electronic dance music. A Rolling Stone cover story about and subsequent blog post by Deadmau5 have both opened up a Pandora's Box of questions within the echo chamber of the blogosphere. Are technical DJ chops relevant? Has the producer supplant ... More >>
Rest assured, attending any of these S.F. parties held on the marijuana smoker's unofficial holiday of April 20 should result in a world-class contact high -- not to mention beats worthy of holding a limited attention span. There are no seeds or stems in the bunch. But in order to wager on which gre ... More >>
There's no doubt that Gotye is on a big rise: The video for "Somebody That I Used to Know," the first single off the Australian pop artist's latest album, is going gangbusters, racking up more than 121 million views on YouTube since it was posted last year. Yesterday brought another indication of t ... More >>
DEADMEAT TOUR featuring Steve Aoki and Datsik Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Jan 21, 2012 Better than: Being slowly asphyxiated by menthol cigarettes and Vick's Vaporub. First silence, and then it hit. The subwoofers setup just a foot in front of me began to pump air out into the 7,000-capacity Bill ... More >>
Matt SmithThe National at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Saturday night. The National Local Natives Wye Oak Dec. 3, 2011 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Better than: Seeing any other American rock band. "Anyone got extras? [To his partner] Hey, whatcha got?" "Just a hard dick and some bub ... More >>
In the late '60s, Barry Fey became of one of America's biggest rock music promoters. He says he was the first to book Led Zeppelin in this country, and claims to have sold more concert tickets than any other independent promoter in history. The Denver-based Fey is out of the live music game now, but ... More >>
Ken ReganBill Graham A chilling first-person account of the night, 20 years ago, that Bay Area concert promoter Bill Graham died in a helicopter crash. [SF Gate] Rancid's Tim Armstrong is producing the next Jimmy Cliff EP. [SF Examiner]
Listen to this while high: Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger Behind the buzz: Thursday's upcoming S.F. stop on the Soundgarden reunion tour will no doubt kick a groaning board of ass, so anyone desirous of a preliminary bombardment would do well to crank up this third album and sophomore effort on ... More >>
You know it's going to be a good month of concerts when the lineup starts with U2 and ends with Rihanna. Whether small or large, sweet and soulful or eardrum-piercing, you can be sure that SF Weekly was at the concert. Here are the best of the Bay Area June concerts in photos. Christopher Victorio ... More >>
This could be yours.Who's your baseball bobblehead collection missing? Well, howabout Bill Graham, the legendary and controversial S.F. concert promoter/music executive? If you're scratching your head right now, don't worry. We kinda are, too. But you will really have a chance to snag a Bi ... More >>
Wiz Khalifa at Bill Graham Civic last night. All photos by Calibree Photography. Wiz Khalifa Big Sean June 22, 2011 @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Better than: The other kind of secondhand smoke Pittsburgh MC Wiz Khalifa (government name Cameron Thomaz) takes his moniker from an abbreviatio ... More >>
Ken ReganBill Graham He was born to Jewish parents in 1930s Germany, escaped the Holocaust to New York City (his mother died at Auschwitz), and later moved to San Francisco, where he helped foster a historic and still-thriving rock 'n' roll scene. So there's pretty much no disputing that conc ... More >>
Britney at Bill Graham Civic yesterday. Photos by Joseph Schell.Britney Spears March 27, 2011 @Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Better than: Dashing to Vegas for a 55-hour marriage. Sunday at around 10 a.m., a man carrying a tray of giant "Britney Spears Is God" buttons shuffled past another man ho ... More >>
Los Lobos and Jackie Greene, through a birthday ballon. Pics by Romana MachadoBill Graham's 80th Birthday Party BenefitLos LobosJackie GreenePoor Man's WhiskeyJanuary 8, 2010@ The FillmoreAs much fun as: Two straws in a malted mushroom.Bill Graham was due to turn eighty the same day Elvis would'v ... More >>
Jan SimmonsBill Graham driving across the Golden Gate Bridge in 1983There are a lot of good reasons to go see concerts -- music being generally foremost among them. But there's also the supporting of good causes through benefit shows, something that the legendary Bay Area concert promoter Bill Gr ... More >>
Calibree PhotographyThey think you should make those NYE plans earlyNo one will fault you on New Years Eve for being too glitzy, too loud, or too boozy. It's the one time of the year we're pretty much required to celebrate to excess -- there's even a mandatory beverage (champagne) and sexual acti ... More >>
Chrissy PiperTim Kerr plays Needles Pens this FridayCan you feel it? The holidays are coming. Well, the oily latke meals of Chanukah are already in full swing, and Christmas decorations began to sparkle throughout the city last week. Want a fine way to celebrate this chilly first weekend of Decem ... More >>
Bill GrahamLegendary local concert promoter Bill Graham's sons are suing the man left in charge of his estate for allegedly selling valuable music memorabilia without informing them, the Chron reports.The suit concerns 100 sets of posters advertising shows by the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, ... More >>
Is it...A) Hole headlining Live 105's big summer music event, BFD?B) Tool at the Bill Graham Civic in July?C) Club nights like Debaser and Club 1994?D) The new Dr. Martens store on Haight St.? (Which, it should be noted, is next door to that outpost of '80s gear, American Apparel). Follow u ... More >>
In case you missed the e-mail blast: SF Weekly is giving away four tickets to the Kings of Leon show with The Walkmen at the Bill Graham Civic on May 21. But wait -- there's more. The winner of this contest also gets hotel accommodations for four, a $175 dinner at Colibri, and a Bauer's Limousine f ... More >>
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