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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Mike Deni of Geographer Shares His Favorite Cover Songs of All Time

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Mike Deni of Geographer - PAIGE PARSONS
  • Paige Parsons
  • Mike Deni of Geographer

San Francisco-based guitar and synth indie pop artist Geographer (a.k.a. Mike Deni) recently released an entire EP of covers called Endless Motion. The EP, which dropped in December, features remixed covers of tracks by artists such as Paul Simon, Felix Da Housecat, New Order and Kate Bush. Before hitting the stage tonight for their New Years Eve performance at "The Big One," alongside The Flaming Lips, Ratat, and Tycho, Geographer took a moment to share with us his favorite cover songs (of other artists covering other artists' songs).

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The 8 Coolest NYE Parties Happening in S.F.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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  • Flickr / Anders Adermark

Depending on your perspective, New Year’s Eve is either the greatest party night of the whole year or an overpriced struggle to force fun on the world. Well, fear not, San Francisco, for this year, as we bid farewell to 2015, there are a plethora of amazing shows to assist you in welcoming 2016 with open arms. Here are our choices for the best gigs of the night.

Lil B

With: Kreayshawn, Kool John, Keith Jenkins aka Stunnaman of the Pack, Ashley All Day, DJ Slowpoke, Neto & So What
Doors: 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
Price: $55 (advance) / $60 (day of show)
The Regency Ballroom http://www.theregencyballroom.com/
This All Ages extravaganza features a host of homegrown hip-hop talent, pulled together by Berkeley’s very-own Based God, Lil B, and featuring his Pack collaborator Keith Jenkins AKA Stunnaman of The Pack, as well as fierce up-and-comer Ashley All Day and Oakland’s Kreayshawn (yes, the “Gucci Gucci” mastermind is still here). Opening proceedings are DJ Slowpoke plus Neto & So What. This party’s gonna be lit, so get there early.

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The Stone Foxes: How One SF Band Made it Big Without Even Having a Label

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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  • Kristina Bakrevski

The Stone Foxes aren’t just living proof that rock is alive and well: They also stand as evidence that making a living as a band doesn’t always mean being dependent on a record label. For this San Francisco sextet, mind-blowing live shows, tenacious attitudes, and healthy doses of positivity have served them just as well. It also doesn’t hurt that their blues-infused rock ‘n’ roll has been picked up to soundtrack commercials for everything from Levis and Jack Daniels, to JanSport and BMW, as well as used on TV shows like Sons of Anarchy and Shameless. Frontman Shannon Koehler explains how the band, which is still independent, has made it so far on their own. 

All Shook Down: With the state of the music industry today, do you think playing live is still the most important element in making a name for yourself?
Shannon Koehler (vocals, guitar): For us, being a rock ‘n’ roll band, the live stuff is huge. I love writing, but for me, there’s that special place where you can unite the crowd, and that’s my heart. When it becomes ‘We’re one group of people feeling this thing’, when you break all the walls, that’s what it’s all about. I think the live thing was enormous for us – just to find people that believed in us. When you find the people that do, you can create a team that won’t break around you, and that’s huge. 

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Old-Time Ditties Get a Modern Makeover With Shannon And The Clams

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM

WENZDAL MORGAN
  • Wenzdal Morgan

Oakland band Shannon and The Clams made their mark in 2009 as a party band, with plenty of soul in the mix. They built their sound around the simple, emotion-drenched sounds of the ‘50s, overlaid with their own modern post-punk garage rock ethos. While their music echoes the past, its modern sensibility looks brightly toward the future. “Most of the emotions in today’s pop music don’t seem real,” says singer and bassist, Shannon Shaw via phone from her home in Oakland. “I know it’s a blanket statement, but songs used to be so unique and real. Today’s music is so restrained. It doesn’t sound like they’re singing about genuine feelings.”

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Allah-Las to Beachify The Chapel Starting Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Allah-Las play The Chapel tonight and tomorrow (New Year's Eve). - NOLAN HALL
  • Nolan Hall
  • Allah-Las play The Chapel tonight and tomorrow (New Year's Eve).
Toting tubular guitar riffs in surf-rock tunes eerily reminiscent of the legendary Dick Dale (RIP) and harmonies that take a page from a book written by The Mamas & The Papas, the L.A.-based Allah-Las descend upon The Chapel today for a two-night residency: tonight, Dec. 30, and the following night, New Year's Eve.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

New Year's Eve Around the Bay, By Budget

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Terry Malts will rock the Hemlock on New Year's Eve for a perfectly reasonable $12-$15. - GINA CLYNE
  • Gina Clyne
  • Terry Malts will rock the Hemlock on New Year's Eve for a perfectly reasonable $12-$15.
It’s just over a week away, and you’re still wondering what to do on New Year's Eve this year. Maybe you’re even contemplating staying home in PJs and sipping cheap bubbly straight from the bottle while waiting for the ball to drop on TV because, hey, you just can’t be bothered to sift through the hundreds of events happening all over the Bay — nor are you willing to shell out the $200-plus for one night of bad club remixes, amateurs drinking and stumbling around in high heels and sequins, and the high probability of a fight and/or someone puking in a velvet-roped VIP area.

But don’t give up quite yet! This year's NYE options actually include some pretty sweet-sounding lineups at our local venues. Here’s a guide to events that won’t break your piggy bank.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Reality Check: The Past Decade At A Glance

Posted By on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 2:26 PM


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Future-minded Gawker affiliate io9 has compiled a lil' infographic, all the more pregnant in its brevity, about how the world changed between 2000 and 2010. Our population grew by nearly a billion people in just ten years? Spine-tingly-dingling.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Triple Crown To Hold Big NYE Bash -- Then Close for Good

Posted By on Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 8:45 AM

The Triple Crown
  • The Triple Crown
That's right folks, the Triple Crown -- that outpost of happy-hour treats, fake leather seats, DJ nights, and big chandeliers perched on the corner of Octavia and Market -- is closing.

But it's not departing without a bang -- or in this case, a boom-bap, an oonce-oonce, and a talking drum. See, Triple Crown's kicking the champagne bucket on New Years' Eve, so a pack of notable local DJs will be there to peel the black paint off the walls with fresh jams and make sure you remember the occasion. (Relatively speaking.) Only 300 people will get in, making this downright intimate compared to that other NYE party you were considering -- hell, you might even see someone you know!

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Year's Eve 2011: 10 Ways To Celebrate in S.F.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 8:10 AM

They think you should make those NYE plans early - CALIBREE PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Calibree Photography
  • They think you should make those NYE plans early
No one will fault you on New Year's Eve for being too glitzy, too loud, or too boozy. It's the one time of the year we're pretty much required to celebrate to excess -- there's even a mandatory beverage (champagne) and sexual activity (public smooching). There's a pretty healthy mix of events for you to perform these acts at when the clock strikes 2011. Here are some of the coolest, dirtiest, most glitter-covered NYE parties in San Francisco.

Black & White Ball @ Carnelian on the Bay

Dressed to the nines (semi-formal attire required), Black & White Ball attendees will be privy to three rooms and two levels of live entertainment, all with the backdrop of the Carnelian on the Bay's sparkling waterfront views (which may or may not be diminished by heavy fog). Club hits and Top 40 tunes will be spun by Chris Conley and Michael Ramirez in the Bay View Ballroom while '80s, '90s and international Latin hits will be pumping through the City Skyline section. ($65-$75, 7 p.m.)

Furthur New Year's Eve Spectacular @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

For those in search of a mellower New Year's Eve music event, Furthur's live show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is for you. Furthur, featuring jam-friendly Grateful Dead legends Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, debuted in Oakland in 2009 and now returns for two live shows at the tail end of 2010. The very last show of the year has the band playing three sets. ($45, 7:30 p.m.)

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