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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Watch: Phish Played "We Are The Champions" For The Giants Last Night

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Phish at the Bill Graham Civic last night. - RENE HUEMER
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  • Phish at the Bill Graham Civic last night.

In a scheduling move that would be questionable for, um, pretty much any other band with any other kind of following, Phish played three consecutive nights this week at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Last night was the third of three, and as news swept through the crowd that the Giants had done it again (and a different kind of insanity ensued just across the street at City Hall), the band segued seamlessly out of "Moma" and into "We Are the Champions." According to Phish fans (and Phish fans are the people we trust about Phish), this is the first time the band's ever played the tune live.

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Monster Mosh: Here's Your Halloween (Freak) Show Roundup

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Hunx and His Punx go Gayracula at the Total Trash Halloween Bash tomorrow night at Leo's.
  • Hunx and His Punx go Gayracula at the Total Trash Halloween Bash tomorrow night at Leo's.
Halloween has always meant an excuse for bands to jump into costume as their favorite other bands, but this weekend's lineup of shows really takes the cake. Er, the candy? The pillowcase full of candy. No circus peanuts, please.

If you've been procrastinating on making plans for tomorrow (post-Giants parade revelry, of course), here are your six best bets for where all the local monsters will be.

Haunted Hoedown V at Bottom of the Hill, 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, $10-$12; bottomofthehill.com

Local foot-stompin' guitar-rock faves Rin Tin Tiger have been throwing this bash for, you guessed it, five years now — but there's no time like the present to jump on the bandwagon, because this bill is killer. (Get it?) (Sorry.) Oakland's Everyone Is Dirty has been slaying hearts and minds in forging a new genre that could be described as moody violin grunge-punk; Surf Bored, featuring members of another Oakland favorite, Tumbleweed Wanderers, will add some swampy surf vibes, and the Parmesans are a bright, bluesy string trio almost a little too easy on the ears for a Halloween show. Sounds like a perfect Costco fun size grab-bag of a night to us. 

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Dusky on '90s House Influences and the Best Way to Find New Music

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM

DUSKY PLAYS THE MEZZANINE OCT. 31.
  • Dusky plays the Mezzanine Oct. 31.

Growing up in the U.K. rave scene while simultaneously devoting themselves to the study of music composition and production, it seemed fated that deep house duo Dusky were destined to become guardians of the temple of house music. Coming onto the scene in 2011 and immediately catching the attention of Pete Tong, the young producers Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman found success quickly after being frequently featured on BBC Radio 1. Since then, they have developed a unique aesthetic of music-making, which pays tribute to the deep history of house. Their meticulously crafted tracks explore the range of house music's many sub-genres — from ‘90s vocal house to U.K. garage. We caught up with Alfie and Nick about DJ charts, how they dig for new sounds, and playing four-hour sets. They play with Eats Everything and Benoit and Sergio for Lights Down Low at Mezzanine this Friday, Oct. 31. 

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The Top 5 Parties in San Francisco This Halloween Weekend: Eats Everything, Martinez Brothers, Honey Soundsystem and More

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 9:21 AM

It's that time again: Halloween, All Hallows' Eve. Heralding chilly weather, more rain if we're lucky, and the beginning of the holiday season, it's also one of San Francisco's biggest party nights of the year, approaching New Year's Eve in the volume and scale of events vying for your precious time, cash, and attendance. This week's column is a bit different — no one particular party is featured; instead there are three top-notch club nights and two decidedly non-club affairs, should you wish to avoid the clubs entirely this Halloween weekend.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

There Goes Another One: The Uptown In Oakland Will Close Next Week

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 3:08 PM

The Uptown
  • The Uptown
In an already sad week for Bay Area clubs, Larry Trujillo, owner of The Uptown on Telegraph (not to be confused with the Mission dive), has confirmed the bar/venue will close its doors for good a week from today, after "the King of Surf Guitar" Dick Dale plays his scheduled show Nov. 5. 

The club, with a capacity of 300, has a prime location in the middle of Oakland's booming Uptown district — though that name wasn't quite so widely used, nor was the area highly attractive to young people, when The Uptown first opened in 2005.

According to Trujillo and financial partners Ray Yeh and Robbin Green-Yeh (who came on board when the club re-opened in 2007, after a rocky first year and a half caused the club to close temporarily), the venue is simply no longer financially viable: Green-Yeh told the Oakland Tribune that in 2014 alone, the team had spent $70,000 in "unexpected infrastructure bills." 

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Live Review: Broken Bells Lift Spirits and Throw Confetti at the Masonic

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Broken Bells at The Masonic Oct. 28. - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
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  • Broken Bells at The Masonic Oct. 28.
Broken Bells
With Austra
October 28, 2014
The Masonic


Better Than: watching the Giants get shut out during Game six of the World Series.

I found myself early on in the evening slouched upon the hard floor of the newly renovated Masonic, now one of those high-ceiling music halls selling $7 Coors light and $10 Anchor Steam beer-braised chicken tacos, after being politely instructed to scoot down to the floor instead of balancing haphazardly on the edge of the VIP platform (showcasing a plethora of empty and quite tempting plush seats I might add). I listened to Austra, the opening band. A fine collection of musicians echoing a more upbeat version of Beach House. The lead singer belted with a deep voice and the swaying backup singer (evidently band dancer as well) caught my eye with his drifting and loose movements, which might have been better fit for a day at Woodstock. All in all a prime opener for the well-anticipated Broken Bells.

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Gene Simmons' Life Advice Is the Fucking Dumbest

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Gene Simmons, life coach.
  • Gene Simmons, life coach.
Are you a woman with a functioning uterus? Do you constantly find yourself asking men for money because of all those damn babies you keep having? Of course you do! Because, really: Can't all women's lives be summed up using a series of lazy stereotypes based loosely on a 1950s construct of womanhood? Of course they can! Thankfully, that champion — nay, hero — of good sense and morality, Gene Simmons, has just given us all some valuable advice to live by. Ladies, put those screaming babies in the other room for a second, stop mourning the last guy that left you, and take a long, hard look at the advice Gene Simmons has cooked up for you, your bank account and your vagina: 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Yes Yes Yes": Here's Your 2014 Giants-Themed Slapper

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

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Ah, that's better. We knew something was missing from this World Series — it was a highly specific and topical Bay Area hip-hop anthem and accompanying video about this season's Giants roster. Ideally one that, despite its fast-approaching expiration date (considering our impending win tonight), can be joyfully and stubbornly bumped out of car windows for at least the next week or two.

What's that? You want a shoutout to Bryan Stow and a Robin Williams cheer-turned-sample in the last minute of the track? Well, the Hippy Mobb — that'd be locals Equipto, BaldHead Rick, Shag Nasty, Aukwin, Curt Sak, and Ike P — have you covered. Here's "Yes Yes Yes" in all its baseball-drunk glory. 

We know this much: It's a hell of a lot better than anything the guy from Staind has done lately. (Ever?) 

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Stream Scissors For Lefty's New Record, Bangs & Lashes

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 1:03 PM

It's a family affair: Scissors For Lefty hit Bottom of the Hill Nov. 1.
  • It's a family affair: Scissors For Lefty hit Bottom of the Hill Nov. 1.

Scissors For Lefty
 is one of those indie bands that's been kicking around San Francisco for long enough, making accessible-yet-lovably-idiosyncratic glam-pop, that it's always seemed just on the precipice of widespread fame and fortune. The dudes' show resume is pretty impressive: They're Noise Pop veterans, they've played the main stage at BFD, and opened for Arctic Monkeys, Smashing Pumpkins, and Juliette Lewis. 

But it's been a quiet few years for the five-piece, which is made up of  two families (ask the Garzas and the Krimmels about who's whose brother, cousin, or uncle — we can't ever keep it straight).

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Rancid's Love Letters to the Bay: The Band's 5 Most Profound Punk Songs About Home

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Rancid, swelling with East Bay pride.
  • Rancid, swelling with East Bay pride.

If there's one thing Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen really dig writing about putting drugs, poverty, depression, and rebellion aside — it's places. Comb through Rancid's discography and you'll hit at least a couple dozen references to locales, especially cities, spread across the planet. Among other spots, the band has talked about Shanghai, Memphis, Olympia, Wash., Sierra Leone, Detroit, and, on several occasions, New York City.

Of course, the Berkeley-bred outfit has a special soft spot for California. “Brad Logan” begins with references to Santa Ana and Anaheim Hills, “Outgunned” mentions Bakersfield, “Civilian Ways” nods to Marysville, and a bunch of songs allude to Los Angeles. Rancid's feelings on its native state aren't warm and cuddly all the time — in “Antennas,” “Let California fall into the fucking ocean” is chanted like a prayer that best come true — but ultimately, the group does love California very much.

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  • Phish at the Bill Graham Auditorium
    Phish is in the midst of a block of sold out shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (October 27-29). The Monday night concert featured a rare first set opener of “Walfredo” with the band members switching instruments for the song. The evening’s highlights included John Fishman and his iconic vacuum cleaner solo and favorites such as Chalk Dust Torture, Slave to the Traffic Light, Axilla, Rift, 2001 Space Odyssey, and Maze. The show also featured Phish’s debut of a, seemingly impromptu, version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to with roaring approval of the, singing along, crowd. With Game 6 being tonight, partying Phish fans will join Giants fans in Civic Center Plaza where there will be a World Series viewing party on a large screen set up by the City. Photography by Jamie Soja.
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    The theme this year was Carnaval Mystique for the 4th Annual Masquerotica at The Factory. Attendees were entertained by strip dance, trapeze, and live music. Photographs by Calibree Photography.