Live This Month: July 2016 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: July 2016 (Podcast #388) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. July is packed with great shows, including our 2016 Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival! Taking place on July 9, Phono del Sol 2016 promises a full day of great bands from the Bay Area and beyond, as well as an after-party with a stellar lineup over at the Rickshaw Stop. Learn more about Phono del Sol and all of July's highlights in this episode. [...]

Phono del Sol players Born Ruffians talk band milestones, beer brewing, cult followings

Born Ruffians (photo: Laura Lynn Petrick) Born Ruffians are a band of enduring, humble sensibilities. Hailing from Ontario, the band has seen lineup changes (original drummer Steve Hamelin left the band to go back to school), label jumps (Warp to Yep Roc), and infamous reviews (Pitchfork gave their second record Say It a 3.8 rating), but through their four records and countless EPs, they've amassed a fervent family of fans, especially in the Bay Area, who gather lovingly around their brand of spastic, wry, cathartic indie rock. Ahead of their day in sun playing our Phono del Sol festival this [...]

Born Ruffians launch signature beer, play Phono del Sol on July 9

Thirsty? Let Born Ruffians help you out. In collaboration with Muskoka Brewery, the Ontarian band recently dabbled in the world of craft beer and concocted their very own brew: a "tropical blond ale" called RUFF Draft. Get it? Unfortunately, you won't find it on tap at Phono this year — you'll have to go all the way to the Toronto Craft Beer Festival to get a taste. You will, however, find the band themselves at Potrero del Sol Park on July 9 as one of our headliners, along with the She's, Dick Stusso, Adam Vida and many more. Don't worry, [...]

The Bay Abridged: Nov 10 – Nov 17

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. The World, Gun Outfit and Flesh World at El Rio (SF) Nov. 11 What a great fucking Wednesday at El Rio. Enticed off the couch by LA's Gun Outfit the evening delivered a rare trifecta. The World are a very new supergroup including reincarnations from the dearly [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: The Vaselines, Starf*cker, Born Ruffians

Wednesday, October 20th - The Vaselines, Dum Dum Girls @ Great American Music Hall To enter send an email to with your full name and the phrase "I want to see The Vaselines!" in the subject line. The SECOND person to enter will win a pair of tickets to the show! The show starts at 8pm, $23, 6+. Purchase advance tickets here. Friday, October 22nd - Starf*cker, The Octopus Project, Strength @ Great American Music Hall To enter send an email to with your full name and the phrase "I want to see Starf*cker!" in the [...]

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