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Culture, The Exhibitionist Contemporary Jewish Museum Recalls Bill Graham and The Summer of Love

Contemporary Jewish Museum Recalls Bill Graham and The Summer of Love

Bill Graham (1931-1991) was an impresario like no other.  Graham was the genius behind the legendary Fillmore, the venue that still operates at the corner of Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard. Graham's work as a concert promoter at The Fillmore was pivotal in…
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Music, All Shook Down Switchblades Preferred: Happy 2016 from Patti Smith

Switchblades Preferred: Happy 2016 from Patti Smith

Although the anecdotal reactions on social media to her 69th birthday show the night before were rapturous to an almost unnerving extent, Patti Smith’s New Year’s Eve show at the Fillmore was the best possible way to usher out one…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Singer Shawn Harris Stage-Dove the Shit out of The Matches' Show at the Fillmore Last Night

Live Review: Singer Shawn Harris Stage-Dove the Shit out of The Matches' Show at the Fillmore Last Night

The Matches @ The Fillmore December 28, 2015 "This one's for L3. Hey, be nice to each other — we're all 30." Shawn Harris, the singer for The Matches, is addressing a crowd of mostly 30-somethings who are crowd…
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Music, All Shook Down Garage-Rock Godfathers The Sonics Get Feral at the Fillmore

Garage-Rock Godfathers The Sonics Get Feral at the Fillmore

The Sonics Barrence Whitfield & the Savages The Fillmore May 8, 2015 Better than: Any number of punk acts with members who could easily be the actual grandchildren of the Sonics. Is 70 the new 50 when it comes to legendary…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Sturgill Simpson Dazzles at the Fillmore

Live Review: Sturgill Simpson Dazzles at the Fillmore

Sturgill Simpson April 18, 2015 The Fillmore Better than: Any of the platinum-selling "bro country" acts currently stinking up radio airwaves and arenas. If you've been living under the impression that country music has by and large devolved into one…
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Music, All Shook Down Death Grips Announce World Tour That Is Maybe Actually Happening, Will Maybe Play the Fillmore July 25

Death Grips Announce World Tour That Is Maybe Actually Happening, Will Maybe Play the Fillmore July 25

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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Caribou Brings Electronica to Life at The Fillmore

Live Review: Caribou Brings Electronica to Life at The Fillmore

Caribou Koreless Sunday, March 1, 2015 The Fillmore This was a special week in San Francisco. The Noise Pop Festival took over the city’s finest venues for the past week and a half, and if you were a live music…
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Music, Hear This St. Paul and the Broken Bones: Show Preview

St. Paul and the Broken Bones: Show Preview

Talk about a whirlwind year: When this Birmingham, Alabama-based seven-piece takes the Fillmore's storied stage this Valentine's Day, it will have been just under a year since it released Half the City, the band's first full-length. Since then, theirs is…
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Music, All Shook Down Estrogen-Fest at the Fillmore on Saturday: Go See History Being Made With This All-Female Lineup

Estrogen-Fest at the Fillmore on Saturday: Go See History Being Made With This All-Female Lineup

File under: Firsts we were kinda surprised to hear were firsts, but so be it? On Saturday, Jan. 31, The Fillmore will host the first all-female lineup in the venue's storied existence. Join headliners the Rainbow Girls, a stomp-folk…
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Music, Hear This Budos Band: Show Preview

Budos Band: Show Preview

Over the past decade, Staten Island-based outfit the Budos Band has been refining its heady style of opiated instrumental funk, interweaving Fela Kuti's propulsive Afrobeat grooves and Mulatu Astatke's atmospheric Ethiopian jazz with strands of Latin, '70s cop show themes,…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: X Takes It Down a Notch at The Fillmore

Live Review: X Takes It Down a Notch at The Fillmore

X The Blasters December 27, 2014 The Fillmore The legendary Los Angeles punk rockers X have always distinguished themselves from other bands of their time and genre, with the rock-solid drumming of DJ Bonebrake, the guitar virtuosity of Billy Zoom,…
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Music, Hear This Shovels & Rope: Show Preview

Shovels & Rope: Show Preview

It's disconcerting when you realize one of your favorite folk rock bands — let's say, Charleston duo Shovels & Rope — is hardcore Christian. At first glance, Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst come across as a lovable pair of…
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Music, Hear This The War on Drugs: Show Preview

The War on Drugs: Show Preview

The idea of a Philadelphia indie rock renaissance is probably fictitious, but if one existed, The War on Drugs would stand squarely at its forefront. Led by former Kurt Vile bandmate Adam Granduciel, the quartet thrives in the middle distance…
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Music, Hear This Cymbals Eat Guitars: Show Preview

Cymbals Eat Guitars: Show Preview

What makes New Jersey prime real estate for soul-on-sleeve storytelling? We don't have the answer, but The Sopranos, Garden State, the Wrens' The Meadowlands, and Bruce Springsteen's discography indicate that there's something special about New York's little brother. That phenomenon…
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Music, Hear This Sylvan Esso: Show Preview

Sylvan Esso: Show Preview

Before Oakland's tUnE-yArDs takes the stage at the Fillmore this Friday, Sylvan Esso will do its part to remind audiences that plenty of pop music in 2014 is interesting: subtle, smart, and infused with artistic sensibility. In Sylvan Esso songs,…
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Music, Hear This Panda Bear: Show Preview

Panda Bear: Show Preview

It's generally understood that the Bay Area is a forceful creative cultivator, but when, in 2011, Baltimore's Animal Collective blocked out three rehearsal days at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma to write new material following up its hugely successful album…
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Music, Hagar, Hetfield, Armstrong, and Monahan: What Happens When Aging Rock Stars Hang Out?

Hagar, Hetfield, Armstrong, and Monahan: What Happens When Aging Rock Stars Hang Out?

Here are some of the artists playing this week's Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert at the Fillmore: Sammy Hagar, Metallica's James Hetfield, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Train's Patrick Monahan, and guitar deity Joe Satriani. It's a pretty big haul for the…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment Best Place to Feel Like a Tiny Speck in the Pop Music Universe

Best Place to Feel Like a Tiny Speck in the Pop Music Universe

You weren't there when Johnny Cash played his last S.F. show. You weren't there when Miles Davis opened for the Grateful Dead. You probably weren't there for any of Metallica's legendary anniversary concerts, and you almost certainly weren't there on…
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Music, Hear This Gary Numan: Show Preview

Gary Numan: Show Preview

One of the pioneering figures in synth-driven rock, British musician Gary Numan laid the groundwork for new wave, electro-pop, and industrial music with his chilly, futuristic sound. His original band, Tubeway Army, offered an edgy mix of distorted guitars and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hearing Survival in Sharon Jones' Latest Soul Party

Hearing Survival in Sharon Jones' Latest Soul Party

All of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' new album, Give the People What They Want, was recorded before Jones was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. None of its 10 songs are explicitly about Jones going through chemo, or going bald, or…
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