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Monday, August 17, 2015

E-40 and Day Wave Shine at Budweiser's Monument Series Concert

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 10:09 AM

  • Adrian Spinelli
Budweiser had every single detail nailed down for its Made in American Monument Series concert at Crissy Field on Saturday; there was free beer all day, the Golden Gate Bridge in the background of the stage, a beautiful San Francisco sunny day, and — whether or not you want to admit it — the execution of a brilliant marketing plan. As E-40 thrilled the huge crowd, attendees soaked up the sun, but also enough Budweiser imagery and branded giveaways to (almost) blot out its rays. It was a deadly combination of a brand deciding to promote a lifestyle of carefree good times and hiring the perfect mercenary for the job. Because honestly, if you can't have a good time at an E-40 show you don't belong in the Bay Area. 

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Weekend Concert Picks: Waterstrider, Phono del Sol, and FEELS 3

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 10:11 AM


This is a ridiculous weekend for live music in San Francisco — especially Saturday. So we've taken the liberty of laying out three kick-ass events, that are A) Awesome B) Cheap C) not-sold out and D) Don't overlap. Are you ready? Here we go:


KALX and OIM Records presents Waterstrider w/ The Seshen & Foxtails Brigade at Great American Music Hall

We're big fans of the East Bay indie scene and Waterstrider has been buzzing all year. The Oakland band will be playing songs off its new album Nowhere Now, but keep your ears peeled for "Frayed" off of the OIM Records compilation. (In fact, the evening is a celebration of that very compilation's vinyl release.) Also on the bill, is SF's indie-soul explosion, The Seshen, who is oh so sweet, and the up-and-coming chamber pop band Foxtails Brigade. It's a solid primer for the weekend with three quality local bands at the always lovely Great American Music Hall for less than $20. Get there!

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Go Do This Thing Today: Raise Awareness for Rett Syndrome With the Cadillac Champs, Members of Social Distortion, and More

Posted By on Sun, Mar 8, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Scarlett James
  • Scarlett James
Local fans of punk, rockabilly, hot rods, burlesque, and more will join together today, March 8, for a very special cause — the “Scarlett Fever” show, an all-day benefit for Scarlett James, a local young woman who has Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that leads to loss of many motor skills, can cause seizures, and presents a wide variety of other challenges for caretakers.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bob Mould Is Busking for the Homeless With Margaret Cho In the TL Right Now

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 1:46 PM

  • via Andy Cooper / @terrapin_sf
As we told you last week, Margaret Cho has been and will continue to be busking all over San Francisco in the coming weeks as part of a campaign to feed the homeless this winter. She's using the hashtag #BeRobin to pay tribute to the legendarily generous Robin Williams through the fundraising as well. 

Today's big celebrity guest? We'd heard rumors of Jewel, but none other than S.F.'s own Bob Mould, former frontman of Hüsker Dü and Sugar (who recently got home from a national tour to promote this summer's excellent Beauty and Ruin), is actually out there with Cho right this very second. Local singer-songwriter Roger Rocha, former guitarist for the 4 Non Blondes, is among the other musicians playing today in front of 869 Ellis, home to Larkin Street Youth Services. 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Get Some Bay Area Funk History — For a Good Cause

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Funk forefathers: Sly and the Family Stone - WORLD WIDE DANCE PARTY
  • World Wide Dance Party
  • Funk forefathers: Sly and the Family Stone

The Bay Area's contributions to funk, soul, and R&B throughout the '60s and '70s might not be quite as well-known to the rest of the world as the Summer of Love, and the psych/folk/jam bands associated with it — which is a goddamn shame, especially when you consider the particular Bay Area blend of free-spirited experimentation and righteous, indignant political activism that groups like Sly and the Family Stone brought to the genre. 

Trumpet player, producer, and DJ Will Magid has done his best to change that over his past decade of playing around the Bay Area, and this Saturday, Nov. 29, if you're one of the lucky folks who'll be sticking around and enjoying a pleasantly empty-feeling city over Thanksgiving weekend, you can do your part too, all while supporting a good cause.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

How To Spend The Next 24 Hours: Support One of SF's Few Remaining Independent Art Spaces

Posted By on Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

click image The Lab's 24-hour telethon takes place Saturday 12 p.m. to Sunday 12 p.m at The Lab, located at 16th and Capp. - THE LAB
  • The Lab
  • The Lab's 24-hour telethon takes place Saturday 12 p.m. to Sunday 12 p.m at The Lab, located at 16th and Capp.
By now, the narrative is old hat: Artists, and the spaces and venues that house them, display their work, and host their performances, are leaving San Francisco in droves. Rents are tripled or quadrupled; tenants are evicted or priced out; tech companies move in. It seems as though this pattern repeats itself on a weekly basis. It's easy to feel exhausted by such news, especially because there's so little that you or I can do about it — except, perhaps, complain on social media.

Enter The Lab: Thirty years old this year and originally founded by art students, it's one of the very few remaining "for us, by us" art spaces in San Francisco, and it needs your help.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This Weekend: The Clarion Alley Mural Project Hosts The Younger Lovers, Be Calm Honcho, Sonny Smith, and More

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM

  • via CAMP's Facebook
  • Clarion Alley
Let's be clear: We rarely turn down a chance to see Oakland's The Younger Lovers, the power punk trio headed up by zinester-dancer-unofficial star of the queer performance art underground Brontez Purnell, no matter where they're playing. 

But pair The Younger Lovers with the sneering surf-punk of Grandma's Boyfriend and the dreamy, dark-tinged indie pop of Be Calm Honcho, not to mention Assateague, Sonny Smith, and about a dozen others, all in an event completely free from corporate sponsorship, to benefit one of our favorite arts organizations, the Clarion Alley Mural Project? Yep, we're there.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Yoshi's Is Holding a Benefit for Beaten Giants Fan Bryan Stow Featuring Tim Flannery

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Brian Stow
  • Brian Stow

Yoshi's S.F. is holding a benefit concert next month for 42-year-old Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was savagely attacked outside a baseball game in Los Angeles this March and suffered a severe skull fracture.

Performing, among others, is Tim Flannery -- the Giants' third base coach, and a folk-Americana singer-songwriter who has released 10 albums in the past 15 years. You can check out his music on his website. Also on the bill is singer Randi Driscoll and Turi McClain.

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