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    Music, Hear This Drive Like Jehu @ The Independent

    Drive Like Jehu @ The Independent

    In the 1990s, California had a knack for birthing post-hardcore bands that made it big with underground cult audiences, but ended prematurely after unhappy forays into major label-dom. San Francisco had Jawbreaker and San Diego had Drive Like Jehu –…
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    Music, Hear This Reel Big Fish @ The Fillmore

    Reel Big Fish @ The Fillmore

    There are fun live shows, and then there are bands whose performances are so consistently entertaining that they survive even the death of their own scene. Sure, ska-punk will always exist in some capacity, but after the huge explosion of…
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    Music, Hear This Morrissey at The Masonic

    Morrissey at The Masonic

    Good thing the Masonic doesn't have a kitchen, because we all know how much our favorite vegan loves to hate on venues that serve meat. (In fact, Morrissey is so serious about not performing where burgers and dogs are sold…
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    Music, Hear This The Bronx and Nouveau Mariachi/Mariachi El Bronx @ The Independent

    The Bronx and Nouveau Mariachi/Mariachi El Bronx @ The Independent

    The first thing you should know about hardcore punk band The Bronx is that it also moonlights under the name Mariachi El Bronx. Now that we've cleared that up, the second thing you should know is that both have shows…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This: Lucero at The Fillmore

    Hear This: Lucero at The Fillmore

    Lucero's longevity can, in some ways, be attributed to the timelessness of its music— gruff and emotive alt-country, steeped in the band's Memphis roots, and distinguished by Ben Nichols' unmistakable vocals. With a perfectionist nature and a hard-touring ethic so…
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    Music, Hear This Minus The Bear at GAMH

    Minus The Bear at GAMH

    Seattle's Minus The Bear hasn't released an album of entirely new material since 2012's Infinity Overhead. It also lost its drummer earlier this year, so you might be surpised to find the band on tour. But the reason the band…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This: La Dispute at The Regency Ballroom

    Hear This: La Dispute at The Regency Ballroom

    La Dispute didn't form until 2004 and didn't release any music until 2006, but the band still plays the kind of dramatic, emotive post-hardcore that '90s kids would've died for. If you're unfamiliar with the Grand Rapids quartet's sound, just…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This: New Found Glory at The Regency Ballroom

    Hear This: New Found Glory at The Regency Ballroom

    Pop-punk is probably the most underestimated genre of all time. Thanks to a plethora of catchy hooks and silly hair-dos, the idea lingered for many years that this was a genre made up of bands that would never last more…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This: Swingin' Utters at DNA Lounge

    Hear This: Swingin' Utters at DNA Lounge

    Remember when Swingin' Utters went on hiatus, even though they were — one way or another — woven into the filthy fabric of every single Bay Area punk's denim vest? Remember how friggin' miserable it was to lose the band…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This: Kendrick Lamar at the Fox

    Hear This: Kendrick Lamar at the Fox

    In case you haven't been paying attention, Kendrick Lamar is one of the most creative minds, honest voices, and socially relevant artists in hip-hop today. Further, the fact that this Compton native makes that magical combination all look so astoundingly…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This: Circa Survive at The Warfield

    Hear This: Circa Survive at The Warfield

    You might have bought tickets from The Regency Ballroom months ago, but don't make the mistake of showing up there on Tuesday night — the show is at The Warfield now. And with a lineup this solid, you don't want…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This: Grimes at The Fillmore

    Hear This: Grimes at The Fillmore

    If you're looking for the perfect escape from Halloween mayhem and would prefer to spend your evening in an ethereal cocoon, you should head over to The Fillmore and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of multimedia mastermind Grimes (aka…
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    Music, Hear This Gwar at The Regency Ballroom

    Gwar at The Regency Ballroom

    Are you the kind of person that wants to be sprayed with fake blood when you're out for the evening? Do you mostly enjoy bands who wear a special combination of loincloths and physical weaponry? Do you long to spend…
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    Music, Hear This Kristin Hersh at Bottom of the Hill

    Kristin Hersh at Bottom of the Hill

    The strength and resonance of Kristin Hersh's vocals are matched only by her extraordinary lyrical-writing abilities. The magical combination of those two things is why Hersh has maintained such a long career, from her early days in the (eternally popular)…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This: Snoop Dogg at Shoreline Amphitheater

    Hear This: Snoop Dogg at Shoreline Amphitheater

    It's sometimes hard to remember that Snoop Dogg was once considered a serious threat to society. In his earliest interviews, he spoke of his life on the streets, dealing drugs, and being a pimp; in 1993, he was charged with…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This: Delta Rae at Great American Music Hall

    Hear This: Delta Rae at Great American Music Hall

    We are aware that the second we reference modern country, many of you recoil in horror. And we get it. Flag-waving, eagle-pettin', gun-slingin' heartland stuff doesn't make a lot of sense to us in San Francisco. So when we try…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This: Frank Turner at The Fillmore

    Hear This: Frank Turner at The Fillmore

    There's an old stereotype in punk rock communities about punks going country once they've reached a certain age and discovered anger management techniques. Tim Barry from Avail and Chuck Ragan from Hot Water Music are great examples of this. So…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This: Saves The Day at Slim's

    Hear This: Saves The Day at Slim's

    If you've had the pleasure of driving around with a car full of friends, blasting the Saves The Day anthem, "Shoulder to the Wheel," then you need zero explanation of the reasons for attending this show. The New Jersey quartet…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This: Conor Oberst at The Fillmore

    Hear This: Conor Oberst at The Fillmore

    Any time Conor Oberst or M. Ward wander onto a stage — mumbling, self-deprecating, and stupidly talented — music nerds and critics alike swoon and watch together in silent adoration. But when Ward and Oberst perform at the same time…
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    Music, Hear This Hear this: Primus at The Palace of Fine Arts

    Hear this: Primus at The Palace of Fine Arts

    It's crazy how if you ask most people on earth who and what Primus is, they'll tell you all about the South Park theme song, but ignore the eight albums of groundbreaking experimentation that Les Claypool and friends have thrown…
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    Music, Hear This Hear this: Lou Barlow at Bottom of the Hill

    Hear this: Lou Barlow at Bottom of the Hill

    For many aging music nerds, Lou Barlow is like an old friend. He's that punk-rock guy who made you look cool in high school; he came with you to college and helped you meet like-minded weirdos when you needed them…
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    Music, Hear This Hear this: Best Coast at The Fillmore

    Hear this: Best Coast at The Fillmore

    Given where you currently reside, you are somewhat contractually obliged to support and enjoy bands that are inspired by — and frequently sing about — California. It's a rule specific to us — like standing in line for hyped-up food,…
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    Music, Hear This Foo Fighters at Shoreline Amphitheater

    Foo Fighters at Shoreline Amphitheater

    If there's ever been a Foo Fighters tour that will go down in music history, it's this one. Dave Grohl breaks leg on stage and keeps playing! Boom! Dave Grohl gets high on pain meds and designs a rock 'n'…
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    Music, Hear This The Get Up Kids at Great American Music Hall

    The Get Up Kids at Great American Music Hall

    One of the main problems with putting the word “kids” in your band name is that one day, way down the line, it will seem terribly ironic. The Get Up Kids have just reached that moment, with this, their 20th…
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    Music, Hear This Billy Joel at AT&T Park

    Billy Joel at AT&T Park

    Whether you're conscious of it or not, everyone likes Billy Joel. You really don't have a choice at this point: his back catalog is so vast and so eclectic, there's at least one song for everyone. On top of that,…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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