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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Haiti Benefit w/ T.I.T.S., Eats Tapes, C.L.A.W.S., more

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 7:09 AM

  • Kurt Keppler
  • T.I.T.S.

Benefit for Haiti: T.I.T.S., Eats Tapes, Houndsound, C.L.A.W.S., Kit Clayton, Sutekh @ Elbo Room

Usually when claws and tits mix together, the result is something that requires emergency surgery. But the acronymic monikers of local scenemakers C.L.A.W.S. and T.I.T.S. represent little more than assembled letters -- something like the punctuational inverse of disemvoweled hipster band names such as MSTRKRFT or MGMT. Thus tonight's biggest conflict is probably the contrast between T.I.T.S.'s brittle post-punk and C.L.A.W.S.'s wetter-sounding DJ indietronix. The former's slicing, treble-centric guitars recall no wave bands like Ut or the Bush Tetras after an intentional funkectomy, with rhythms so sparse they practically dare you to dance. The latter, meanwhile, favors a much more danceable combination of retro-tech synths and splashy snare hits, working in a 16-bit electronic genre that could be classified as IDM (provided that term stands for "Intellivision Dance Music"). If that's your thing, then the presence of similarly-minded Eats Tapes on the bill should make you quite content to spend some bucks at this Haiti benefit gig at Elbo Room. Or perhaps your broke ass might feel better about spending the money if you referred to it as M.O.N.E.Y. instead?

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

San Francisco's ELLUL Releases EP to Benefit Haiti

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 1:39 PM


The recent tragedies that have befallen the people of Haiti immediately kick-started just about every able-bodied musician into fundraiser mode. It seems like every weekend there's a new party, DJ night, or concert with the price of admission going towards relief for the earthquake-torn country. San Francisco duo ELLUL is doing its part by releasing The Debris EP, the proceeds of which will go to Partners With Haiti.

You can download The Debris, four tracks of electronic-leaning avant-pop, from ELLUL's Bandcamp profile for whatever amount you see fit. But that's not the whole story. The group's EP had already been planned to help promote its forthcoming album before the act made the benefit decision. But ELLUL's Joel St. Julien, the son of Haitian immigrants, immediately dropped the music biz rigamarole when the earthquake devastated his family's native land, and the group decided to use its music to raise funds for Haiti. So far ELLUL has gathered $2500 in donations.

In a press release for The Debris, St. Julien explained, "The narrative of our music has always been about real life . . . it's always been about and struggle and social justice. When we heard about the earthquake in Haiti we knew what we had to do."

The Debris has already garnered St. Julien and his bandmate, also named Joel, a good amount of attention. It was named the 2009 Winner of Test Press SF, an opportunity for unknown musicians to get their music heard by industry professionals and fans.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mos Def to Perform at Haiti Benefit at the Independent on Wed

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 12:36 PM

You'd be forgiven for thinking that Mos Def moved to the Bay Area recently. The emcee comes to town--last weekend, to perform at the Shattuck Down Low--and announces he'll be here through part of this week as well. Def is headlining a benefit for Haiti relief at the Independent on Wednesday night, a show that includes Jay Electronica and Big Von. Tickets are $39.50. 

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: S.F. Hearts Haiti

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Jeremiah (L) and Sila (R)
  • Jeremiah (L) and Sila (R)

S.F. Hearts Haiti: A Benefit for Doctors Without Borders @ The Independent

The San Francisco scene has already rushed to raise funds for Haitian earthquake relief and -- at least in terms of music -- this may be its most international effort yet. Maisha Productions' Jeremiah Kpoh assembled a map-straddling collection of local bands, singers, and DJs to create a benefit event at the Independent that paints the globe with broadly colored strokes: the live performers alone encompass genres like funky Afrobeat (Sila Mutungi), Jamaican reggae (Native Elements), jazzy soul (Joe Bagale), brassy Latin rap (Bayonics), poetic O-town hip-hop (Aima the Dreamer), and more. Now mix in a few DJs (including Amar, J-Boogie, Felina, and Jeremiah himself) to expand the stylistic possibilities into the areas of dub, downtempo, bhangra, batucada, and beyond. Okay, so they admittedly left out a few genres. No slack key, gamelan, Tuvan throat singing, or taiko percussion troupes have yet been announced. But who knows? By showtime there might be two polka bands, a Portuguese fado crooner, and a singing parrot named Pedro on the bill. (8 p.m., $10)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Haiti Benefit Roundup Pt. 3: Afro-beat, Shoegaze, Dubstep, & Punk Unite

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Kalbass Kreyol
  • Kalbass Kreyol
It's heartening to see that neither the media attention nor the outpouring of musician support for Haiti fundraising has dropped off in the weeks since the earthquake hit. Here's the latest batch of shows with proceeds going to non-profits working to rebuild Haiti.

The Red Devil Lounge is donating a portion of its concerts over the next couple months to Doctors Without Borders.

Unite for Haiti @ Mighty features dubstep and reggae from Joe Nice, Ultraviolet vs. NTRLD, Sam Supa vs. Dubsworth, and a dozen others on Thursday, Jan. 28 (donate $10 or $15 to Haiti at the door and get a free mix CD or copy of Big Up magazine.)

Poleng Lounge's massive closing party on Friday, Jan. 29 (sliding scale of $5-$10, all proceeds go to Oxfam.)

Kalbass Kreyol (led by Haitian-born frontman Sophis) @ Yoshi's SF on Thursday, Feb. 4 and Yoshi's Oakland on Monday, Feb. 15 ($20, "100% of the proceeds for relief")

La Plebe, Dead to Me, King City @ Slim's on Friday, Feb. 5 ($15, 100% of the show's proceeds will go to Direct Relief).

Tomihira, Tracing Figures, Foxtail Somersault @ House of Shields on Friday, Feb. 5 (sliding scale starts at $5, all money goes to Red Cross Haitian Relief Effort.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Haiti Concert Benefits Roundup Pt. 2: Oh Sees, DJs, and SILA

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 1:10 PM

  • Bayonics
Bay Area musicians continue to contribute their rock 'n' roll, Afrofunk, and turntable skills to raise funds for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Here's a couple new upcoming benefits to add to your calendar.

San Francisco Hearts Haiti: A Haiti Relief Fundraiser w/ SILA, Kalbass Kreyol, Bayonics, Native Elements, DJ J-Boogie, Joe Bagale, Meklit Hadero, Aima the Dreamer, Thank You Julius, DJ Jeremiah and the Afrobeat Nation, Non Stop Bhangra DJs, DJ Felina, DJ Amar & Electric Vardo Live @ the Independent on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m. ($10, donations also accepted at the door, with all proceeds from the concert going to Haiti relief).

HAITI-AID: A benefit for Haiti w/DJ sets by Bad Neighbors, Eric Sharp, Disco Shawn, Jeffrey Paradise, Nisus, Omar, Richie Panic, Shane King, Sleazemore, Sticky K, Tenderlions, White Girl Lust @ Mezzanine on Saturday, Jan. 30, 9 p.m. ($10-$15, with 100% of the door going to the Red Cross' Haiti relief program).

Thee Oh Sees, Kelley Stoltz, Ty Segall and The Sandwitches @ Cafe du Nord on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m. ($10-$50 sliding scale, with 100% of the door going to Stand With Haiti.)

School of Rock Alumni Present Haiti Relief Benefit @ Cafe du Nord on Sunday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m., ($10-$15, 100% of profits will go to Convoy of Hope

What are we missing? Add to our list of Haiti benefit shows below.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Top Local DJs Throwing Giant Haiti Benefit

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Jeffrey Paradise
  • Jeffrey Paradise
At a time when Haiti is suffering from both looting and aftershocks, San Franciscans are coming together for a second week of fundraising benefits. These special shows are two-fold: chances to donate money to a country that will need aid for years to come, and opportunities to experience a night out with performers and DJs who haven't shared a stage together for years, if ever.

On January 30, Mezzanine is hosting a huge benefit stocked with the city's top pop/electro DJ talent coming from the top local promoter pools (what one of my coworkers here has tagged half-jokingly "Hipsters for Haiti"). On deck that night: Bad Neighbors, Eric Sharp, Disco Shawn, Jeffrey Paradise, Nisus, Omar, Richie Panic, Shane King, Sleazemore, Sticky K, Tenderlions (DJ set), and White Girl Lust. The party will be hosted by Trackademiks, and 100% of the $10-$15 entrance fee will go to the Red Cross. 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Joseph Arthur Fans: This Week's Shows Double as Haiti Benefits

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 12:25 PM

If you're hitting either of the two Joseph Arthur shows this week (tonight and tomorrow at the Rickshaw), you might want to bring along your checkbook. The Brooklyn troubadour has just announced he'll be doing a little "live stage painting" during the show (how that will work exactly, we're not sure, since he already sings and plays guitar) and will sell the paintings as soon as the show is over. It'll be one of those "make the guy an offer" systems, with minimum bids at $500. Any money that comes in for the art will be handed over to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

J Boogie and Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza at Tonight's Haiti Benefit

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Rob Garza
  • Rob Garza
Artists all over the world are coming together to donate their work to the cause of rebuilding Haiti. That means a ton of shows in San Francisco doubling as benefits for the earthquake-ravaged this space for updates on that front as they come in.

Tonight at Vessel, Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza and our own J Boogie will host "Rebound," which will raise money for the World Food Programme. Get to the club between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. and offer your donations at the door and/or at the bar. In reward for your generosity you get music from two renowned DJs and food from Oola Restaurant and Bar--making it super easy to offer your monetary help.

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