Jennifer Maerz

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    October 14, 2009
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    August 3, 2009

    Coda's Jazzy, Snazzy Opening Night

    EKAphotographyCoda's Intro: Jazz Mafia​ As Jennifer Maerz reported last week, SF has a new go-to spot for jazz. The site of the former Levende/Butterfly is now Coda (a musical term meaning outro) a name which sounds cool and hip and is easy to say to boot. I swung by Coda on opening night to chec ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: Black Lips

    As 2008 has heads toward its big finale, those Atlanta punks the Black Lips have the perfect soundtrack for trading last year's sins for a whole new batch of vices. "Starting Over" is the first song the group's released from its upcoming record, 200 Million Thousand (out Feb. 24), and it's one of th ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: Celsius 7

    (Celsius 7 says be cool, use your inside voice on the cell.) You think it's ok to rush into the Muni when folks haven't had a chance to exit? Is there nasty shit in your braces? Do you use your outside voice on your cell phone? Oakland rapper Celsius 7 is Mr. Etiquette on a new track he's posted, "M ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    Holiday Block Parties: Divis. and the Mission

    (Junior Panthers)Holiday block parties are a smart idea. I hit the one in Hayes Valley last weekend, where various galleries and boutiques offered delicious drinks (cider with brandy!) and snacks, as well as discounts for folks doing their holiday shopping. This week there are two block parties comi ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Butthole Surfers Hit S.F. in Dec.

    After the reunited '80s Butthole Surfers lineup (Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary, Jeff Pinkus, King Coffey and Teresa Taylor) played Austin back in September, the group is now targeting San Francisco for two nights of Texas-tweaked psychedelic punk. That same linup will ring out the end of 2008 with a two- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Bang Your Thread...With Metallica?

    Music scribe (and occasional SF Weekly contributor) Tim Pratt tagged this photo on his Flickr page  and it's getting lots of traffic's a shot of a sewing machine supposedly signed by Metallica up for grabs in a raffle at a very un-heavy metal sounding shop, Wee Scotty. According to t ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: Ononos

    (Photo by Michael J. Demeo)Ononos is minimal electronic music on cough syrup in outer space. And I dig it. The one song this Seattle act has posted on its MySpace page, "You Are Love" comprises grainy techno beats buffeting eerie echoes of the repeated phrases "We love you," "You love us," and "You ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: Mi Ami

    To help spread the good news on local "interstellar punks" Mi Ami, the San Francisco trio is the band behind today's MP3 of the Day. And what's this positive twist in their tale? The group signed to Quarterstick Records -- part of Touch and Go -- and will release a 12" in January and full-length i ... More >>

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    October 31, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: The One

    I sure hope Barack Obama doesn't turn out to be a dick once he gets into office--because then we'd have to take back the overflow of art and music that's been trumped up in his honor. As of this week, there's one more tune celebrating both the Democratic hopeful and the opportunity on Tuesday to " ... More >>

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    October 22, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: Magnetic Morning

    (Photo by Christy Bush) Swervedriver fans should put November 2 on their calendars, if they haven't already. That's the day the band's mastermind, Adam Franklin, comes to the Independent with his other project, Magnetic Morning. Magnetic Morning's hazy, shoegazy, atmospheric sound is aided by two o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008

    Wyclef Comes to Town with Matt Damon

    After traveling to Haiti to help with relief efforts for victims of Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike, Wycelf Jean and Matt Damon are continuing their charitable streak here in San Francisco. Tomorrow night at the Concourse Exhibition Center, the pair will help host a benefit for OneXOne, an in ... More >>

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    October 21, 2008

    Killers Cancel Tonight's Show

    If you're holding on to tickets for tonight's Killers show at the Warfield, hold on to those stubs a little longer. The band cancelled for tonight, citing illness as the reason. They'll come back to town on Friday, Dec. 12, for the makeup show. -- Jennifer Maerz

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    October 20, 2008
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    October 14, 2008

    Band of Horses Added to Bridge School Benefit

    Well they're slightly different than ZZ Top, but the vacant slot left by those dudes on the Bridge School Benefit has been filled by Band of Horses, who will bring their harmonic indie rock to the Shoreline on Saturday, Oct. 25, performing alongside Neil Young, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Sarah McLac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: Photons

    Taking from the early '00s New York rock (Natural History, the Strokes, the Walkmen) and Northwest quirk (the Decemberists), San Francisco's Photons produce some peppy jangle pop. The 8-piece band pulls a couple instruments out of the band camp closet (bassoon, glockenspiel, clarinet) to back frontm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: Ponytail

    This is what 21st Century post-punk enthusiasm sounds like: ebullient shouts, screams, and earth-shuttering guitar jams one second, otherwordly blurts and quiet electric melodies the next. Baltimore act Ponytail takes the noise rock that got its scene on the map and punctuates it with moments of res ... More >>

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    September 15, 2008

    Kelley Stoltz Song in Marriott Commercial

    Local pop genius Kelley Stoltz made a little extra bank recently (or at least we'd hope that's the case) after landing his song "Memory Collector" in a commercial for Marriott Hotel's wireless plan. Video for the commerical (where you can hear just a bit of this great tune) above. -- Jennifer Maerz

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    August 27, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: Past Lives

    Seattle's Blood Brothers were arsty, abrasive, and off the hook: modern punk that never settled into melody long before its two frontmen would explode into manic screaming fits and the guitars would puncture wounds in your ears. Now three of those Brothers have reformed into Past Lives, an act that' ... More >>

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    August 19, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: Silverghost

    (photo by Doug Combe) Marice Bolen is known by some to as Jack White's ex, and to others as the Von Bondies' ex. But she's paired with a new musical partner these days, making up one half of the band Silverghost. The music she makes in this current Detroit act (with Deleano Acevedo) is fuzzed out ... More >>

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    August 18, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: Hush Arbors

    Here's a band that lives up to its name -- well, the first half of its tag at least. Keith Wood's Hush Arbors project is a quiet acoustic project pairing him with Leon Dufficy (and occasionally Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny) for contemplative songs. Thurston Moore's obviously a fan -- he sig ... More >>

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    August 11, 2008

    Isaac Hayes: RIP

    In case you didn't hear: soul legend Isaac Hayes was found dead yesterday in his home in Memphis. He was 65. Billboard reports he was discovered by a family member next to the treadmill. The one-time voice behind South Park's Chef and the theme from Shaft will be missed. -- Jennifer Maerz

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    August 11, 2008

    Earthless, Assemble Head, Ascended Master to hit Frisco Freakout

    (Earthless) I'm very stoked on the news of this show: on Saturday, October 11, Thee Parkside will host a lineup that promises to blow out your eardrums. Frisco Freakout, an all-day, all-ages show will feature some of the cream of the California heavy band crop: Crystal Antlers, The Bad Trips, Eart ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: The Walkmen

    This week the Walkmen released their new record, You & Me, with a very non-traditional concept behind the proceeds that should flow in from it. The band is handing over the cash that comes in to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in honor of a little seven month old they know who is battlin ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008

    12 Galaxies closing Aug. 28

    One of the Mission's few live music venues -- and the only one of its size -- is closing later this month. Robert Levy, owner of 12 Galaxies since the club opened five years ago, says the financial climate is too rough for him to continue to keep the space open. It's some sad news for music lovers, ... More >>

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    July 30, 2008

    DFA's James Murphy to DJ at Mighty next week

    James Murphy, he of the mighty DFA label and LCD Soundsystem recording project, will spin some vinyl gold with partner Pat Mahoney on Thursday, August 7 at Mighty. Should be a sweet set of offbeat electro tunes, as the duo hits the road on its "special disco version" tour. -- Jennifer Maerz

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    July 29, 2008

    Erase Errata's Guitar Stolen

    Erase Errata's Jenny Hoyston got her guitar snatched after a show a Million Fishes gallery last weekend, according to a MySpace post. The band Tussle made the following announcement this morning. -- Jennifer Maerz after Erase Errata's last minute show at million fishes, jenny's guitar got stolen. i ... More >>

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    July 23, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: Lemonade

    San Francisco's Lemonade are right up there with Tussle on my list of favorite percussion-heavy acts that stray as far from traditional beats as a dance-motivated act can go. The former are a trio of globe-trotting, instrumentally experimenting dudes who throw computerized snippets of video game ele ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: Girl Talk pt. 2

    Three day weekends demand party anthems, and Girl Talk has given a whole history of big-bash tracks the cut 'n' paste treatment. So I know we featured another of his new songs (from the record Feed the Animals) in recent days, but I'm putting a different track up today because it really fits the be ... More >>

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    July 1, 2008

    Hilarious Voicemail from a Dumb Dude

    The smart money is that this voicemail from a dumb-ass pickup artist/ "complete catch" making the rounds this week has to be fake. No one is this big of a douchebag. But regardless of whether this is real or scripted, let this be a warning to everyone out there leaving voicemails for strangers: keep ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: Pink Skull

    Another day, another mashup-- or rather, remix. Philly's vinyl doctors Pink Skull perform a little techo/hip-hop surgery on "Crambodia," which re-animates the voices of Plastic Little, Ghostface Killah, Amanda Blank, and Spank Rock with a heavy dose of tripped up techno and and the memorable line, ... More >>

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    June 25, 2008

    Club promoter Charles Faison killed in Berkeley

    Club promoter Charles Faison of O'Shea Entertainment was shot to death in his South Berkeley home on June 19, according to the news clippings posted to his MySpace page. O'Shea Ent. promoted various nights around town, including a regular Tuesday night hip-hop showcase at Club Six called Da Showcase ... More >>

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    June 24, 2008

    Santogold: Get famous, lose your voice

    One plus about living in San Francisco is we get to see the up-'n'-comers before they break. Which, to be even more specific, means we get to hear them before they ravage their vocal chords playing every damn festival, city, and even that wants in on the action. Case in point: Santogold, who was rec ... More >>

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    June 23, 2008

    New Beck video: "Modern Guilt"

    Beck's upcoming record, Modern Guilt (produced by Danger Mouse) is coming out July 8. But you can check out the title track/first video from the record, an arty little black and white number, here. -- Jennifer Maerz

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    June 16, 2008

    Last Minute Show: Mos Def at Ruby Skye Tonight

    Mos Def fans sad that they missed the rapper last weekend because of the cancelled Paid Dues tour can see him tonight at Ruby Skye. Show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets will go fast I imagine. -- Jennifer Maerz

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    June 13, 2008

    Dark Meat's Lower Haight parade

    Dark Meat alive in SF - Cameraphonic/The Hive Dark Meat is Athens, GA's 22-member strong psychedelic rock/folk/general genre mayhem band. They recently played in San Francisco, and Ryan over at Imeem made a great video of the guys and gals strolling through Lower Haight playing music (in the styl ... More >>

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    June 6, 2008

    Black Fiction's Anthony Marin passes away

    Some very sad news this week: Black Fiction multi-instrumentalist Anthony Marin (a.k.a. Big Ant) passed away this week. The tribute websites by his friends, fans, and Amoeba coworkers are already overflowing with kind words. A memorial is being planned in his honor. Our sincere condolences to his b ... More >>

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    May 29, 2008

    Liz Phair brings 'Guyville' to S.F. June 23

    As previously reported here, Liz Phair is doing only a select few performances of her classic album Exile in Guyville this summer. San Francisco is one such select market, and I'm pretty damn excited to report she'll be here June 23, playing the Fillmore. -- Jennifer Maerz

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    May 20, 2008

    Jonathan Richman to Make-Out in June

    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 16 through Thursday, June 19. Knowing how quickly little indie acts sell that place out, I'd say grab ... More >>

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    May 9, 2008

    MP3 of the Day: Wallpaper

    In the current issue of the Weekly, Ezra Gale describes local dance commanders Wallpaper as "trashy synth-pop riding garage-sale drum machine beats as a singer wails about 'going big on the weekends' ... Synthesizers whirr, drum machines thwap, and Reed (who sounds as if he stole the Vocoder from Ch ... More >>

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    May 7, 2008

    MP3 of the day: Shoegazing with S.F.'s Astral

    While all the old shoegazer fans froth at the mouth for the My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver reunion shows hitting San Francisco this year, devotees to fuzzed out space pop should not forget that this city is also a bastion for the new breed of that sound. Local quartet Astral recently release ... More >>

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    May 5, 2008

    Holiday Inn Bondage, Playboy's Rock the Rabbit, Stagecoach and the How Weird Street Faire: Your Monday Morning Hangover

    Friday took ASD to one of three International Ms. Leather 2008 evenings at the Holiday Inn on Van Ness. In the bowels of the building we witnessed some interesting scenes...including (but not limited to) flogging, paddling, whipping and some mild knife play. Read all about that here. And do click th ... More >>

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    May 5, 2008

    Free Download Of The Day: Santogold's "Your Voice"

    While some of Santogold’s electro pop is a bit too ephemeral for my taste, when the Brooklyn artist is on, her music is definitely infectious. With music that leaps between M.I.A.’s international dance flavors and Karen O.’s post punk come ons, the former A&R gal at Epic knows the formulas tha ... More >>

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    April 28, 2008

    Coachella, Mortified confessions, Ascended Master and the Golding Collection of Rock Art - Your Monday Morning Hangover

    Friday was all about treating San Francisco like the beach town it ain't. SF Weekly Music Editor Jennifer Maerz watched Hot Rockin' Friday DJs spinning '70s punk and '80s psych at the Riptide before heading off to Mollusk for the surf shop's Geoff McFetridge art opening. At the surf shop-cum-gallery ... More >>

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    April 9, 2008

    Temple Nightclub owners launch record label

    Not content to host a restaurant (Prana) and a nightclub (Temple) in San Francisco, Zen Compound is now launching a record label, Temple Music Group, in May. In a press release promising "cutting edge electronic music," Zen Compound mapped out plans to spread the new tunes through its various venues ... More >>

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    March 12, 2008

    SF Goes SXSW

    (The Dodos) It's the most wonderful time of the year...for music heads. This year's South by Southwest festival is in full swing, and we've got lots of great local acts repping our hood like whoa. Check out Jennifer Maerz's SXSW Bay Area picks, which includes hometown faves like The Dodos, Lyrics B ... More >>

  • News

    January 2, 2008
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    October 4, 2007

    Jack Kerouac's clan analyzed in the New Yorker

    The 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac's On the Road has cast his famous book under new light, but the best essay I've read about both the novel and the pals who populated it is in the new issue of the New Yorker. Writer Louis Menand authors a piece that notes the complexities of the male bonding Kero ... More >>

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    June 1, 2007

    Pontiacs and Giant Pussies

    It doesn’t get much cooler than watching a Pontiac commercial, does it? What about if said ad is for the Hollywood premiere of the Transformers movie? Still no? Ok, ok. What about when that consumer candy features a chic, automobile-friendly soundtrack sample of industrial beats by local electro-r ... More >>

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