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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

An Exhaustive Guide to Eating at S.F. Live Music Venues

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Eat before (or while!) you rock. It's just better that way.
  • Eat before (or while!) you rock. It's just better that way.

Watching live music when you're starving is no fun. Actually, scratch that. It's really fun for a little while, when the whiskey or beer buzz hits like a moon-sized meteor, and you feel like a superterrific weightless alien witnessing the most seminal musical event in intergalactic history. That's fun. But then the reckoning comes, and you hit the porcelain throne (or, worse, the floor), like the meanest case of projectile eew this side of Andromeda, and you have to leave the show, and you can't even make it off the bus, and yeah ...

Point is, you should eat before a show. Everything is just better that way. And we've assembled a helpful guide to assist you with doing just that.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Food at Outside Lands Is Gonna Be Even Better This Year

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 6:03 PM

The huarache Alambre from El Huarache Loco, which you can eat at Outside Lands this year.
  • The huarache Alambre from El Huarache Loco, which you can eat at Outside Lands this year.

Ostensibly one goes to Outside Lands for the music, right? I mean, spending three days in Golden Gate Park amid throngs of crazy young ravers, rock dads, children of rock dads, hipster trash, and jaded asshole music journalists is only really fun if there are a ton of great bands to see. And this year there are. But they aren't the only reason to go to Outside Lands: According to SF Weekly food blog editor and avowed food truck enthusiast W. Blake Gray, the food offerings at Outside Lands this year are not only bigger than last year; they're better, too.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Attention! Helios Creed Has His Own Beer Now

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Helios Creed, beer model
  • Helios Creed, beer model

Good news: You can finally put an end to all those half-lucid drunken arguments you've had about what kind of beer S.F.-based psych-noise pioneer Helios Creed would be if he were a beer. (You've had those arguments, right?)

Now there's an official answer, because the Burnt Hickory Brewery, of Kennesaw, Georgia, has created a new beer in honor of the former guitarist of acid-punk pioneers Chrome.

And what is it? Can we get an warped, blown-out drum roll, please ?

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Awesome Alert: Indie-Mart Party Is Back This Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 12:46 PM


After an eight-month break, the Indie-Mart Party returns this Sunday to Thee Parkside in Potrero Hill, bringing the only three things we care about -- music, food, and booze. Oh, and there's gonna be shopping and such for those of you who don't have your priorities straight (or just want to see some unique stuff, whatever).

The suggested donation for entrance is $3-5, which will help fund Indie-Mart founder Kelly Malone's cancer treatment.

Hit the jump for full details and line-up information.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Steve Albini on Mario Batali, Ham, Slider-Lust, Olive Oil, and Why Cooking Isn't at All Like Engineering a Record (Except Maybe It Is)

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 12:05 PM

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Legendary audio engineer (don't call him a producer) and Shellac frontman Steve Albini eschews name-brand technology in the studio, despises digital. He's analog; this is common knowledge, championing the visceral over the virtual. As a stalwart traditionalist, he's as uncompromising in his opinions on music as he is about food. At the end of March, he started (or, as it's been revealed, wifey Heather started) a food blog to chronicle the dishes he serves her, as told in the canon of famed chef Mario Batali. The blog, mariobatalivoice, encapsulates the Albini tenets of good eating: to forgo the use of any extraneous ingredients or instruments and to respect the craft. Hell, he can spin gold out of copper coil; how hard can it be to eyeball olive oil and egg yolk to perfection? He spoke with us to discuss his stance on food, and though he finds no correlation between his cooking process and sound recording, there's something to be said about a man whose treble crunch is as fundamentally simple yet compelling as the culinary craft he's taken on.

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Noise Pop and GraffEats Offer a Culinary Tribute to the Art of the Cover Song

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Music and gourmet eats: together at last - HEATHER HRYCIW
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  • Music and gourmet eats: together at last

There's a shared culture between musicians and chefs, says Noise Pop Industries marketing manager Dawson Ludwig, ticking off concrete examples, like getting off work at 2 a.m., and the more esoteric shared sense of underground and independent spirit.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Beastie Boys' Mike D Starts a Second Career as -- a Wine Blogger?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 12:49 PM


When you're a central figure in one of the biggest hip-hop groups ever, what's the next, natural progression for your career? Wine blogging, of course! Beastie Boys' Mike D has started writing for the wine website James Suckling as a guest critic, dropping views on his favorite varietals in lieu of dropping lyrical science over a monster beat.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Calling All Buskers for the SF Street Food Festival

Posted By on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Grayceon on the roof of Idle Hand Tattoo - HAIGHTERATION.COM
  • Grayceon on the roof of Idle Hand Tattoo
If you looked up on Haight Street last Friday night, you might have caught San Francisco's own Grayceon playing a set on the roof of Idle Hand Tattoo, letting their chugging, downtuned splendor waft down to an appreciative cluster of Art Walkers. If you are a local musician with any entrepreneurial sense whatsoever, little gears should have started whirring away in your head.

Cease thy reveries, young scenester, and holler at the good people at Noise Pop for your or your band's chance to play for an hour to a projected 15,000 grass-fed locavores at next Saturday's SF Street Food Festival. Don't get too ambitious, mind you: the New Oxford American Dictionary defines busk as "play music or otherwise perform for voluntary donations in the street or in subways" -- ergo no amplification, no cover charge, no shelter. But a lot can happen with a tuba and some joint compound buckets, right? Right.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Food and Wine at Outside Lands: You Should Probably Be Excited

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Aztec Chocolate Cupcakes from Mission Minis - J. BIRDSALL
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  • Aztec Chocolate Cupcakes from Mission Minis
Just imagine: Al Green could chow down on a mint It's-It ice cream sandwich this weekend in Golden Gate Park. Those brothers from Kings of Leon might try a Maverick's pulled-pork sandwich or a gourmet cupcake from Mission Minis. Maybe Cat Power will munch on sweet potato fries from Pacific Catch, or a savory crepe from Ti Couz

It's certainly possible, though possibly unlikely, that the main musical acts will partake in the food options at Outside Lands' Taste of the Bay and Wine Lands this Saturday and Sunday.

Did you catch that change? The Bay Area festival formerly known as Outside Lands has a new extended moniker for its food and wine offerings and, it appears, a bigger commitment to gastronomy. This year, along with a contentious music lineup, the festival will include more than 30 food and wine sellers, nearly all of them local.

That focus on San Francisco vendors is important to the folks at Another Planet Entertainment, the production company behind Outside Lands. "It's a challenge -- there are a lot of food vendors that go to different festivals around country, but there aren't any music festivals that focus on regional and local cuisine," said Allen Scott, vice president of Another Planet.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Eight Great Foodies from the Bay Area Music Scene

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 8:30 AM

DJ Pam the Funkstress: Cajun food queen
  • DJ Pam the Funkstress: Cajun food queen

The Bay Area's devotion to its homegrown music and food is steadfast. The culinary creativity here is as infectious as our sonic imagination, so it should come as little surprise that there is a crossover between the two local scenes. But did you know that DJs are whipping up cupcakes and burritos, and guitarists are serving up their personal brands of margaritas and champagne?

Behold our picks for eight local artists who rock kitchens and vineyards as easily as they do concert stages and DJ booths:

8. Boz Scaggs
Along with his legendary singing and songwriting career (that includes six Top 20 hits), Scaggs is well known for supporting live music in San Francisco: He owns Slim's and the Great American Music Hall. He's also the former owner of Marina bar/restaurant Blue Light Cafe and is now cultivating a new passion with his Scaggs Vineyard in Napa.

7. Sammy Hagar
The loud rocker runs a quiet food and spirits empire from his home base in Mill Valley. He sold 80 percent of his Cabo Wabo tequila company to Italy's Gruppo Campari for $80 million, and partnered with Gruppo subsidiary Skyy Vodka (of S.F.) for marketing. He is also the former owner of S.F.'s Tres Agaves restaurant and tequila lounge--he bowed out of that one in 2007. Thankfully, his more lowbrow and touristy Cabo Wabo Cantinas are nowhere near here.

6. DJ Hubert Keller

While Keller is principally a chef and restaurateur (Fleur de Lys

and the newly opened Burger Bar in Macy's Union Square), it seems that his heart is truly

found on the dance floor as DJ Hubert Keller, pumping out tunes that fuel the European

tropics. The Top Chef Masters contestant drops the Balearic beats of Ibiza by way of one-off parties at night spots such as San Francisco's Bambuddha Lounge and at the occasional culinary event.

5. DJ Rajah

Chef, culinary instructor, and DJ Roger Feely of Soul Cocina deftly blends the musical and edible diaspora, sourcing beats and ingredients from all continents. Find him on the streets of San Francisco, as part of the current wave of gourmet food carts.

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