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Dining, SFoodie Negroni Week Returns: Kill Your Liver For a Good Cause

Negroni Week Returns: Kill Your Liver For a Good Cause

Back for a fourth year with no signs of slowing down, Campari’s Negroni Week returns even bigger and redder than last year. The charity event, which started in 2013, continues to gain momentum and is now celebrated in over 40…
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Dining, SFoodie Wednesday Fourteen: Let's All Get Drunk and High Tonight

Wednesday Fourteen: Let's All Get Drunk and High Tonight

Celebrate 4/20 With Beer and Weed Via Bernalwood, Old Bus Tavern (3193 Mission)…
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Dining, SFoodie Cafe du Nord's Renovation Is Spectacular

Cafe du Nord's Renovation Is Spectacular

We really need to put in a good word for Café du Nord, the renovation for which was a little scary in our current climate of ceaseless closures. The Swedish American Hall’s basement venue was long overdue for a…
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Music, All Shook Down The Swedish American Hall Will Reopen in February, Have Shows Booked By Noise Pop Year-Round

The Swedish American Hall Will Reopen in February, Have Shows Booked By Noise Pop Year-Round

In all the hubbub about the fate of Cafe du Nord — the beloved, historic Duboce Triangle music venue that closed in January of this year for renovations, and which we learned in September was slated to reopen as a…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: What Do You Not Know About Cafe Du Nord?

Music Links: What Do You Not Know About Cafe Du Nord?

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Music, All Shook Down New Ownership, Renovations Coming to Cafe Du Nord -- Future of Live Music Unclear [UPDATED]

New Ownership, Renovations Coming to Cafe Du Nord -- Future of Live Music Unclear [UPDATED]

... Once the hall re-opens, my ultimate goal would be to have a better live music experience than exists now."…
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Music, Hear This Kaki King: Show Preview

Kaki King: Show Preview

Kaki King is the best new guitar player to come along in a generation. She started her musical life as a drummer and her percussive training carried over to her guitar-picking. She has a unique percussive style that blends finger-picking…
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Music, Hear This Scout Niblett: Show Preview

Scout Niblett: Show Preview

There are certain albums whose content and ambience can be almost too palpable. Neil Young's Tonight's the Night is one. Scout Niblett's latest It's Up to Emma is another. Like Young's, it has a flinty quality of cathartic desolation that,…
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Music, All Shook Down Deerpeople Bring Deep Textures and Gleaming Afros to Cafe Du Nord, 7/30/13

Deerpeople Bring Deep Textures and Gleaming Afros to Cafe Du Nord, 7/30/13

Deerpeople Dig the Kid We Will Be Lions Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Cafe du Nord Sounds like: Tripping out to an octopus's benthic coral maze in the shade. Brennan, Derek, Jordan, Julian, Kendall, and particularly Alex welcomed everyone to their…
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Music, Hear This Sebadoh: Show Preview

Sebadoh: Show Preview

When Lou Barlow exited Dinosaur Jr. and formed Sebadoh in 1989, it was impossible to know or predict just how important his new lo-fi project would become. The influence of albums like III, Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock,…
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Music, Hear This Tijuana Panthers: Show Preview

Tijuana Panthers: Show Preview

Semi-Sweet is an exquisitely apropos name for Tijuana Panthers' second and latest record. First, the sugary: The Los Angeles-based trio generates surfy garage-pop that's heavy on the tender melodies and doe-eyed, doo-woppy charms — enough to make you think that…
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Music, Hear This Calvin Johnson: Show Preview

Calvin Johnson: Show Preview

When you get someone like Northwest indie figurehead Calvin Johnson to curate a compilation — as S.F.-based magazine The Believer did to accompany its annual music issue — you can expect something a little unusual. Johnson, a veteran of Olympia…
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Music, Hear This Pansy Division: Show Preview

Pansy Division: Show Preview

Queercore punk may no longer get the hype it did when Pansy Division started in the 1990s, but time hasn't stopped S.F.'s finest lighthearted gay punk band from keepin' on. Like Limp Wrist and spiritual heir Hunx and His Punx,…
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Music, Hear This Ramona Falls: Show Preview

Ramona Falls: Show Preview

Brent Knopf devised an ingenious strategy for the recording of Ramona Falls' 2009 debut album, Intuit. A onetime member of the highly regarded Portland, Ore., experimental indie-pop outfit Menomena, Knopf used Intuit's creation as an excuse to hang out and…
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Music, Hear This Yukon Blonde: Show Preview

Yukon Blonde: Show Preview

If you have any plans to spend your summer in the placid wilderness, Yukon Blonde is essential for your trip playlist. The Vancouver four-piece started life in 2005 as Alphababy ("the worst name of all time," according to guitarist/vocalist Jeff…
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Music, Hear This Noh Mercy: Show Preview

Noh Mercy: Show Preview

Innovation was rampant in San Francisco's late-'70s art-punk milieu, but few groups were as progressive as the female duo Noh Mercy. Esmerelda and Tony Hotel coupled the urgency of punk with their performance art backgrounds and established themselves as a…
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Music, Hear This Hanni El Khatib: Show Preview

Hanni El Khatib: Show Preview

Hanni El Khatib takes great interest in violence and carnage. On his Facebook page, the S.F.-bred, L.A.-based specialist in R&B and garage rock points to "knife fights and train wrecks" as influences. Over on his own site, he dedicates his…
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Music, Penelope Houston: S.F.'s Market Street Avenger

Penelope Houston: S.F.'s Market Street Avenger

Penelope Houston exploded onto the San Francisco scene with the Avengers, a loud, powerful band that was widely considered among the best of the city's '70s punk scene. The Avengers played regularly at the Mabuhay Gardens and opened for the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Market Street Avenger

Market Street Avenger

Penelope Houston exploded onto the San Francisco scene with the Avengers, a loud, powerful band that was widely considered among the best of the city's '70s punk scene. The Avengers played regularly at the Mabuhay Gardens and opened for the…
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Music, Hear This Perfume Genius: Show Preview

Perfume Genius: Show Preview

Don't be tricked by the poppy title of Perfume Genius' Put Your Back N 2 It. The latest release from Seattle resident Mike Hadreas occupies the same solemn, tortured space formerly filled by Elliott Smith. A soft, dulcet piano glides…
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