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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Indie-Pop Band Panic Is Perfect's Guide to S.F.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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Indie-pop quintet Panic Is Perfect knows how to craft eclectic, melodic tunes that expertly meld genres into catchy, upbeat songs. Led by Mike Hoffman, the band's singer, percussionist, and guitarist, Panic Is Perfect also includes Ty Parker on drums, David Monzon on guitar, Joey Hassid on synthesizer and backing vocals, and Bob Byers on keyboards and bass. 

In advance of their Friday, April 29 show at Bottom of the Hill, Panic Is Perfect shared with us some of their favorite places to eat, shop, and hangout at in the city. If you're new to town, you should definitely give this guide a peek, and even if you're a longtime resident, who knows? You might discover something new. 

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Friday, February 5, 2016

How to Prepare For Saturday's Super Bowl 50 "Urban EDM Fest"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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This year marks the Super Bowl's first ever attempt to throw a huge EDM festival as part of their plethora of pre-game events. The 18+ party, comically dubbed the "Urban EDM Fest," takes place at the Oakland Coliseum this Saturday, Feb. 6. from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Weird hours, huh? Thank you, OPD.)

At Saturday's festival, superstar DJs like Diplo, Alesso, and The Chainsmokers will be manning the turntables, as well as over a dozen more electronic and dance acts. Like most EDM festivals, there are a lot of restrictions and "no-no's" that one should know while packing for the event, so All Shook Down has gone through the trouble of finding out what those are for you. In other words, we got you, ravers. 

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Every Single Concert/Show/DJ Set You Should Know About For Super Bowl Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 9:30 AM

TY SB for bringing all these artists to the Bay.
  • TY SB for bringing all these artists to the Bay.

Even though football is a vastly inferior sport to basketball, Super Bowl 50 has inspired a mass-migration of musicians to the Bay Area. And while some may have come for the game, most have probably immigrated here for the crowds and moola.

As a result, there are a slew of live shows, DJs sets, and parties hosted by artists that are taking place this weekend that we would be remiss not to mention. (Because seriously, there is A LOT going on.) 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Catch a Show at This Week's Kronos Quartet Festival (You Won't Regret It)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 2:35 PM

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Kronos Quartet is one of the most fascinating, innovative, and long-standing musical groups of San Francisco. The neoclassical string group was formed in Seattle in 1973 by violinist David Harrington. When Harrington moved to San Francisco in 1978, the band stayed together, and now, 43 years later, still includes three of the four original members (Harrington, John Sherba on violin, and Hank Dutt on viola).

Most people, myself included, learn about Kronos through their collaborations with other artists and composers. They've worked with everyone from minimalist composer and keyboardist, Phillip Glass to hippy, psychedelic composer Terry Riley to Bollwyood singer Asha Bhosle. (Also worth mentioning: David Bowie, Nelly Furtado, Dave Matthews Band, and Paul McCartney.) In other words, even though Kronos is a string quartet, they're extremely versatile, experimental, and open to new things. (Which, in the world of classical music, is more than a little rare.)

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Like Crying? Then Head to Taking Back Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 6:13 PM

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If any of the following bands — Dashboard Confessional, Saves The Day, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, or Death Cab For Cutie — bring a smile (or tear) to your face, then you might want to head to Rickshaw Stop tonight for "emo night." Started by a group of friends who happen to share a love for sad indie-rock, Taking Back Tuesday has been hopping around L.A. for the last year, gathering a following of staunch emo lovers who are more than overjoyed to (finally) hear their favorite songs played at a bar. From the get-go, the night was a hit with a line of people waiting around the block at Taking Back Tuesday's very first event at The Short Stop in Echo Park. Now, the party has turned mobile and is visiting San Francisco for its first time tonight. 

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Tonight: The Human Condition Throws Album Release Party at Great American Music Hall

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 2:08 PM

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The Human Condition, a San Francisco-based acoustic band which describes its sound as "purplegrass," releases a new album tonight, Oct. 8, at Great American Music Hall. The band consists of Mark Joseph, 32, Nathan Harris, 31, David McEnulty, 33, and Dan Brennan, 35. But they're more than just a group of 30-something bandmates, they're a genuinely close circle of friends who support each other within their own band and in various side projects each are involved in. 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Ceremony, Judge, Negative Approach, and 924 Gilman's Big Weekend

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 10:45 AM

The crew at 924 Gilman Street seem intent on keeping the historic punk club not only alive, but vibrant and active — especially this week.

Just last weekend the all-volunteer, all-ages club hosted a surprise Green Day set that had the whole music world buzzing. Then, a few days later, Gilman announced it would be funding a big three-day festival celebrating the diversity and unity of northern California's punk and hardcore scenes. The historic club is also making headway on saving up funds to buy its building from its owners, according to the East Bay Express.

And things don't show any sign of slowing down this weekend. 

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Punk Poet John Cooper Clarke Brings His Incendiary Humor, Poetry, and Politics to GAMH

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 4:39 PM

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John Cooper Clarke is in the middle of his first U.S. tour in over 35 years. The storied poet, known in the U.K. for bridging the gap between punk, comedy, and beatnik-inspired poetry, Clarke has influenced a generation of poets, comedians, and musicians. The Arctic Monkeys even covered one of his poems.

But when it comes to his inspiration, according to Clarke, it's impossible to overstate the influence Patti Smith had on his career.

"She was the reference point. I think she had the title of 'punk poet' a few weeks before me," Clarke joked. 

Infamous for jumping onstage before The Sex Pistols, Clash, and Buzzcocks shows, performing rapid fire poetry in front of punk audiences and making it out alive, Clarke's also shared stages with world-renowned poets like Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso. 

"Everyday was trouble," Clarke said of touring with The Sex Pistols. "Just absolute lawlessness." 

Perhaps suffering from a "the grass is always greener on the other side" complex, Clarke says he always favored American punk bands like The Ramones, and the CBGB's scene. 

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Seeing David Byrne and St. Vincent This Fall Will Be Really Expensive. Here Are Four Smarter Ways to Spend Your Live Music Money

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Really exciting. And really expensive.
  • Really exciting. And really expensive.

Everyone has their own most anticipated album of the fall, but it's safe to say there's lots interest in Love This Giant, the David Byrne/St. Vincent collaboration. When an official announcement came this summer (LP due out in September) with a downloadable single ("Who") that didn't suck, the stakes were only raised. Just this week, the duo teased its second single, "Weekend in the Dust," which is equally catchy.

Byrne and St. Vincent put together a joint 24-city tour, planning to both play from the album and have each musician perform "a bunch of songs that we suspect people will know." The San Francisco date -- Monday, October 15, at the Orpheum Theater -- is 73 days away. Currently, tickets remain oddly available. And not just here, but in many of the cities involved. With the reigning queen of indie and the dean of the genre involved, what gives? Looking at it through the lens of San Francisco's music scene, this show just isn't that great of a buy, economically speaking.

One ticket to the Byrne/St. Vincent show in the primary seating area would run you $129 plus $19 in processing fees (and who's going to a show solo, outside of music writers?). The cheapest purchase puts you up in a third-level balcony for $82.50. One of San Francisco's greatest strengths is the frequency and affordability of music. So in a city where you can catch an act like Purity Ring at Bottom of the Hill (on Sept. 3) for less than 10 percent of the price, it doesn't add up.

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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

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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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