Great American Music Hall

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    April 2, 2013

    Rolling Stone Names Great American Music Hall the Sixth Best Club in America

    Hey, look! Another exercise in presumptive list-making! This edition comes from your rock godfathers at Rolling Stone, who have just declared San Francisco's Great American Music Hall the No. 6 club in America. Great American Music Hall, you will recall, is the stunning former bordello at 859 O'Far ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013
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    February 11, 2013

    Negative Approach Brings the Punks Out to Great American Music Hall, 2/9/13

    Negative ApproachBad AnticsGuantanamo DogpileGreat American Music HallFeb. 9, 2013Better than: Anything else you can buy for $5As the last chord of the song rang out, John Brannon's grimace took center stage. The front man of pioneering Detroit hardcore outfit Negative Approach stood still, looking ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    OFF! Cancels Great American Music Hall Show This Saturday

    The L.A. punk madmen of OFF! have canceled their show this Saturday, Feb. 9 at Great American Music Hall due to illness -- but the show may go on with the openers playing for free. Unfortunately OFF! had to cancel its entire West Coast run, beginning with its San Diego and L.A. dates, according to ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Discover Emerging Food Vendors at Great American Music Hall

    The Great American Pop-Up Where: Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), 885-0750 When: Mon., Jan. 14, 6 p.m. Cost: Free admission (menu items available à la carte) The rundown: Great American Music Hall occasionally flirts with pop-up food events, and the first one of the year featur ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Live Review, 4/16/12: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Stays Elusive at Great American Music Hall

    By DAVID CORCORAN Godspeed You! Black Emperor Pierced Arrows April 16, 2012 Great American Music Hall Better than: Standing planted in one spot for two hours doing almost anything else. Things You Probably Didn't Learn at Last Night's GY!BE Show That You Were Thinking Maybe You Would There were a ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Live Review, 2/22/12: Cursive Is Flawless But Not Thrilling at Great American Music Hall

    CursiveUmeWednesday, Feb. 22, 2012Great American Music HallBetter than: Staying in with a record player and a glass of wine (but only just). Going to see Cursive at the Great American Music Hall tonight is a little bit like going to an amusement park and finding that only one rollercoaster is open. ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Live Review, 2/6/12: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Gets Comfortable at Great American

    Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Matana Roberts Feb. 6, 2012 Great American Music Hall Better than: Any use of a flute in a rock song, ever. Before the five members of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra ascended the stage last night at the Great American Music Hall, it was evident tha ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Live Review: Starfucker Asks to Be Taken Seriously While Playing in Drag

    Starfucker Painted Palms Feelings Jan. 6, 2012 Great American Music Hall Better than: Pyramid or Pyramiddd. Look, we all get it. With a name like Starfucker, it's hard to be taken seriously. Nearly any time the band is mentioned, the absurdity of its name comes up. Critics cite it as a reason wh ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Live Review: Wild Flag Gets a Grinning Reception at Great American Music Hall

    Wild Flag at Great American Music Hall on Friday.​ Wild Flag Drew Grow and the Pastors' Wives Nov. 4, 2011 Great American Music Hall Better than: FM 107.7 The Bone -- usually. Wild Flag played its fifth-ever live show in San Francisco almost a year ago, for a sold-out, ecstatic crowd at Bott ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Dum Dum Girls Break Out of Their Surf-Pop Formula -- Barely -- at Great American Music Hall

    Dum Dum Girls Crocodiles Oct. 4, 2011 Great American Music Hall Better than: Best Coast -- sometimes, anyway. The problem with reverb-drenched, girl-group-derived, shoegaze-descended guitar pop is that it's as limited as a vegan's view of bacon. You get a monolithic merseybeat, two or three spanky ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Saturday Night: Washed Out Leads a Chillwave Dance Party at Great American Music Hall

    Washed Out at Great American Music Hall Saturday night.​ Washed Out Class Actress Chain Gang of 1974 July 9, 2011 @ Great American Music Hall Better than: Staying in. Call it un-chill wave, maybe, or perhaps you'd better just call it "dance music" -- because aside from a few nods to pop conv ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Thao and Mirah Hold a Cheery, Slightly Teary Group Therapy Session at Great American Music Hall

    Thao and Mirah at Great American Music Hall last night.​ Thao Mirah BOBBY Led to Sea May 2, 2007 @ Great American Music Hall Better than: Group therapy, Advil Severe Cold & Sinus. As it turns out, one thing that happens when two singer-songwriters with feverishly dedicated cult followings j ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Tonight's Dredg Show at Great American Music Hall Canceled

    Dredg: Not talking much at dinner tonight.​ Update: The canceled Dredg show is now just a free show by opener the Trophy Fire. Anyone can come, no ticket required. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show is at 8. Bad news: Due to the sudden and last-minute loss of singer Gavin Hayes' voice, tonig ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Coachella Runoff: Animal Collective Plays Great American Music Hall This April (Updated)

    The creature-loving crew of Animal Collective​ All behold the glorious largesse of Fauxchella! When many among the massive onslaught of bands coming to the Golden State for that sweaty confab down south spread the love to we cold-weather-preferring hippies of Nor-Cal! Thus heaping yet another eco- ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Delorean Reaches for (Musical) Ecstasy at Great American Music Hall

    Delorean last night at Great American​DeloreanLemonadeNovember 10, 2010@ Great American Music HallBetter than: taking drugs at the Cow Palace.With all due respect to the lovers and survivors of house and trance music, the movement has moved, onward and outward, to bigger sounds and better ideas. T ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    How To See Rogue Wave Next Month For Free

    Rogue Wave, loose in public!​So, Oakland indie-rock outfit Rogue Wave (producer of the recent Permalight) is playing a free show at Great American Music Hall. Well, sort of. The tickets are free, if you know where and when to get them. And guess what? We will tell you -- after the jump.

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    September 7, 2010

    Man Man Soaks Its Rowdy Fans' Cigarettes with Sweaty Chaos

    ​Man Man Let's WrestleSeptember 7, 2010 Great American Music Hall Better than: Hobo Madness Man Man and San Francisco were made for each other. The band's gang-shout vocals, madcap cacophony and random junkyard percussion make up the perfect soundtrack for oddballs, hobos and m ... More >>

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    June 12, 2010

    Tortoise Doesn't Pander To Anyone But Tortoise

    ​TortoiseDas Boton@Great American Music HallJune 11, 2010 Better than: Not watching a genre-defying band you've idolized for over a decade. Watching a band such as Chicago's jazz-influenced post-rock ensemble Tortoise perform live is completely unlike anything else in the indie music circui ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Last Night: Camera Obscura and Best Coast at Great American Music Hall

    Camera Obscura​Camera Obscura, Best Coast Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Great American Music Hall Better than: sipping Hawaiian punch on your back porch. Camera Obscura and Best Coast go together like girly cocktails and little pink drink umbrellas. Last night, the audience at Great American Music H ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    What to Do? Tuesday's Pick: The Almighty Defenders

    Photo by Megan Cullen​The Almighty Defenders @ Great American Music HallSince bailing on the super-obnoxious Spaceshits some 10 years ago, Arish "King" Khan has gone on to blaze a prolific path as the antic-prone frontman for a variety of retro-fried outfits. After a show with King Khan and the S ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Video of the Day 2: Best Coast's "When I'm With You"

    No wonder Best Coast hates sleeping alone. In this new video for her greatest songs (and one of my favorite singles of 2010) Bethany Cosentino reveals the man who earned her affections: Ronald McDonald. The dude may have a bright red honker, but he can bike ride along the beach and backyard BBQ lik ... More >>

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    November 30, 2009

    What To Do? Monday's Pick: Vic Chestnutt

    Sandlin Gaither​Vic Chestnutt @ Great American Music Hall "Vic Chesnutt's sense of self is as unsteady as a drunk on Sunday morning. In his songs, the Southern singer-songwriter veers rambunctiously from searing declarations ('I am not a victim ... I'm an atheist!') to dismal self-reflection ('I ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Just As Long As Alice Doesn't Show Up in a Tube Top

    Fruit forward: Lynch's upcoming CD.​It promises to be a multi-dimensional Boomer blowout when a founding member of Berkeley's Delicious Revolution goes all blues rocker. On Wednesday, October 7, at the Great American Music Hall, wine import maverick and a hobbyist musician/tunesmith Kermit Lyn ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Last Night: Black Lips at the Great American Music Hall

    Black Lips April 30th, 2009Great American Music Hall Better Than: Steel wool q-tips. Most notable for live shows rife with scandal and debauchery, for Atlanta's Black Lips, bodily fluids, homoeroticism, fires, and other assorted antics are commonplace. Having been banned from countless venues domest ... More >>

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    December 13, 2008

    Last Night: Thrasher 2008 Skater of the Year Party featuring Too $hort

    Thrasher 2008 Skater of the Year Party Great American Music Hall December 12, 2008 Review and Photos by Eric K. Arnold The t-shirted, sneakered, baseball-capped hordes descended upon the Great American Music Hall Friday night for Thrasher magazine's "Skater of the Year" party. Despite at least one ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    King Buzzo to Wish You a Very Melvins Christmas at the GAMH

    A little birdie just told me that those masters of idiosyncratic super-heaviness, Los Melvins de los Estados Unidos, are scheduled to play at the Great American Music Hall two days after Christmas, i.e., Saturday, Dec. 27. Tix will go for $21, so add that to your Xmas wish list if that's the way you ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Fantômas to Play New Year's Show at GAMH

    Sure, you could spend your New Year's Eve getting drunk at some ho-hum party. You could also spend it getting drunk while listening to an art-metal supergroup thrash the hell out of some of your favorite motion picture theme songs. Mike Patton's Fantomas will perform The Director's Cut, a collection ... More >>

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    September 28, 2008

    Friday Photos: Cold War Kids at the Great American

    Cold War Kids Friday, Sept. 26, 2008 Great American Music Hall Notes by Jessica Swesey, Photos by Mekuria Getinet Cold War Kids the Great American Music Hall = one of those rare music events where the band and the venue fit together almost perfectly. The GAMH is just the right size for the sound ... More >>

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    September 17, 2008

    Black Kids Move Oct. Show to GAMH

    You've got basically a whole month to get this right, so I don't want to hear any griping if you miss the Black Kids by not heeding this announcement: SHOW MOVED TO GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL THE BLACK KIDS with The Virgins Monday, October 13th, Doors 7:00PM/ Show 8:00PM Great American Music Hal ... More >>

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    August 30, 2008

    Last Night: Why? at the Great American Music Hall

    Why? Great American Music Hall Friday, August 29 Review By Melissa Baron Better than: Any other hipster show you went to last night. From the outside, last night's Why? show came off as any other San Francisco hipster event - what with a startling abundance of bicycles (especially fixies) strapped ... More >>

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    July 31, 2008

    Honeycut Play GAMH in Oct.

    As you may know, local funkateers Honeycut love to lay down that experimental groove in the hometown quite often. Get a 100 percent dose of funky indie soul at the Great American Music Hall Oct. 24. Tickets are available Sun., Aug. 3 at 10 am. --Oscar Pascual

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    July 28, 2008

    Deerhoof to Play GAMH in Oct.

    Does Deerhoof's new single "Fresh Born" sound crappy to you? That's because your tone-deaf ass needs more practice reciting the sheet music. Go see the local art-rockers play their own songs to perfection at Great American Music Hall Oct. 4. Ticket info soon to come. --Oscar Pascual

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    July 24, 2008

    Joan Osborne at GAMH in Oct.

    You remember that curly-haired lady with the 90s hit single that begged the question, "What if God was one of us?" Well, Joan Osborne is still kicking and she's performing at Great American Music Hall Oct. 11. Tickets go on sale Sun., July 27 at 10 a.m. --Oscar Pascual

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    July 9, 2008

    Why? Launches Fall Tour at GAMH

    Our boys Why? love playing their new Alopecia record so much that they've decided to go on tour again. SF is first in line when they kick off the road trip at Great American Music Hall on Aug. 29. Tickets go on sale Sun., July 13 at 10 a.m. --Oscar Pascual

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    July 3, 2008

    ArnoCorps Invade GAMH in Aug.

    Go! Run! Get to the choppa! ...I mean, Great American Music Hall! That's because those local Austrians known as the ArnoCorps are going commando at GAMH on Aug. 8. Come with them if you want to live, or if you just want to listen to hilarious rock music inspired by our very own ass-kicking governato ... More >>

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    April 1, 2008

    Louis XIV Moved to Great American Music Hall

    Ok, I swear this isn't bullshit. This week's Louis XIV show has been moved:The Louis XIV show originally scheduled for Thursday, April 3rd at The Fillmore has been moved to Great American Music Hall (859 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco). All tickets purchased for The Fillmore will be honored at Gre ... More >>

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