"Milk Bar -- isn't that a dance club?"
Such was the reaction I got from a couple of jaded music-geeks about last Thursday's free show at the white-walled, un-hipsterfied Upper Haight spot. My answer was yes -- until now. The skinny-jeaned and sloppy-haired turned out in force last week to slug $1 PBR and have their ears melted by electrifying, experimental rock from locals Silian Rail and French Miami.
And I bet they'll return: On Thursday, March 25, Neon Indian's Alan Palomo will play a DJ set at Milk the night before his regular show at Mezzanine. (Cover is $5). But it's April 1 that we're most excited about, when local label-mates Man/Miracle and Butterfly Bones will celebrate the release of their split 7-inch on Third Culture Records with a free show at Milk. Butterfly Bones' snarky synth pop earned a buzz at this past Noise Pop festival, and Man/Miracle winds up tight, catchy post-punk tunes, earning the band an opening slot on Rogue Wave's upcoming tour. Both acts are easily worth paying for, so getting to see them together for free come April is nothing to sniff at.
Last week's Milk Bar show and the Neon Indian night there on March 25 --which also features Afghan Raiders, Boys IV Men and Sweat Wet -- are presented by the upstart show list website Epicsauce, which plans a semi-weekly series at the normally dance-focused club. Epicsauce is also giving away a pair of Neon Indian tickets to one lucky All Shook Down reader next week, so keep your eyes tuned here for more details. In the meantime, memorize the address 1840 Haight. It's a new home of good cheap shows in San Francisco.Follow us @SFAllShookDown.