Save the Arlene Francis Center with us.

Even if you're not from the North Bay, you've seen their name around here many times — the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa is a mainstay of Sonoma County's music community, and has been since the '90s. Like many, many, many other venues, the pandemic has hit them in the pocketbook pretty damn hard. So they're doing what we all do best right now: Hosting a livestream-slash-fundraiser. Actually, this one is pre-recorded -- but it's debuting online tonight. Catch sets from Slugger, Down Dirty Shake, and Heidi Benjamin, emceed by our own Derek Nielsen. How can you help? [...]

What’s Happening This Week? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Jan 23 ― Jan 26

See Devendra Banhart at The Fillmore this Thursday night. Monday, January 23 No Age @ Starline Social Club Distortion heavy No Age, similar in style to Japandroids and signed to Sub Pop Records, will be playing an all ages show this Monday night. Down Dirty Shake @ El Rio Down Dirty Shake is a San Francisco psychedelic / soul rock and roll band "here to magnetize your hips and excursive your lips." Tuesday, January 24 Drink Steam with Bells Atlas @ Rickshaw Stop A FREE 21+ show of local artists for the 21+ crowd. Be sure to make it in time [...]

Down Dirty Shake begin multi-night residency at Milk Bar on July 6

Now becoming a rite of summer, local band the Down Dirty Shake will begin their annual multi-night residency at Milk Bar starting next month. The psychedelic-blues rockers have been hosting a summer-long residency at the Haight Street club for four years now, and they’ll kick off their latest go-around with fellow local acts Battlehooch, Hungry Skinny and Sam Vega on July 6. The Down Dirty Shake — part 13th Floor Elevators, part Scott Walker and part Willie Dixon — will host additional shows at the Milk Bar on July 9, 13, 20, 23, and 27, respectively. Upcoming supporting acts [...]

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Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Down Dirty Shake, Waterstrider and more

To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Thursday, February 11 Down Dirty Shake, The She's, Rachel Fannan @ Rickshaw Stop 8pm, $10, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Thursday, February 11 Monophonics, The People's Blues of Richmond, David Luning @ Slim's 8pm, $17, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, February 12 Con Brio, Waterstrider [...]

Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival returns this weekend for its second edition

Perhaps because it sits on the edge of city limits and has a reputation for being perennially fog-ridden, Ocean Beach seldom gets noticed by the San Francisco masses who live closer to the Bay. Hopefully, this weekend's Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival will help change that perception and give a little more street cred to the neighborhoods that abut the Pacific Ocean. Returning for the second consecutive year to Noriega Street in the Outer Sunset, the free event will feature 20 diverse musical acts performing on Saturday. The lineup consists almost exclusively of local San Francisco acts, including Down [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: ANTEMASQUE, Knox Hamilton, Eager Seas, The Lower 48, and more

ANTEMASQUE (photo: Anneke Peeters / source: Facebook) To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering for in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email. Thursday, April 9 Knox Hamilton, Solwave @ The Independent 7:30pm, $12 (21+) — Buy advance tickets here. Friday, April 10 Eager Seas (formerly Lakes), The Lower 48, Coo Coo Birds, Down Dirty Shake @ Great American Music Hall 7:30pm, $15 [...]

Joel Gion & The Primary Colours round up SF psych favorites at The Independent

We're off to a killer start here in 2015, from the Soft White Sixties’s ongoing Brick & Mortar residency to Lee Gallagher and The Hallelujah’s celestial, family-studded epic of a record release last Saturday. We move forward this week with Joel Gion & The Primary Colours at The Independent on Thursday, January 22. Drenched in the liquid light art of White Light Prism, Gion and his backing band -- relatively new in the neo-psych world which Gion helped pioneer -- will use their familiar blend of 1960s rock and roll and post punk to move the Divisadero Street music house [...]

Our House collective hosts first holiday party TONIGHT at Brick & Mortar with Everyone Is Dirty, Annie Girl and the Flight, and more

There's a new arts collective in town, and they're ending 2014 with a bang tonight at Brick & Mortar Music Hall. Our House – the brainchild of Annie Lipetz of Annie Girl and the Flight, Sivan Lioncub of Everyone Is Dirty, The Bay Bridged writer Lauren Espina, and Shayla Thernes and Roxane June from The Chapel – comes strong with its first annual holiday party, dubbed "Rock N Roll Under The Mistletoe" and featuring Lioncub and Lipetz's bands, plus Down Dirty Shake and Paisano. On its website, Our House's stated purpose is to "affirm the arts in our community by [...]

Get weird at Love City Horror Show on Thursday

2014 has been a great year for the mini festival. The fire in the underground -- the same one that fueled Ocean Beach Music and Arts Festival, Not Dead Yet Fest, and Hickey Fest, and the very same one that powers The Bay Bridged -- has always been there, burning steadily into the night. It has been overshadowed at times, in this city more than others, by forces more affluent but less tenacious than rock and roll, but with the help of these small, locally curated festivals, it burns on. The latest log in the fire is this week's Love City Horror Show. Organized by Love.City founder [...]

Spindrift heads to Milk Bar for a multimedia show

Los Angeles-based outfit Spindrift cinematized their Western-flavored psychedelic rock in a new film titled, Spindrift: Ghost of the West. Directed by Burke Roberts and completed with a soundtrack of both original material and singing cowboy standards, the movie was shot during the band's 2012 Ghost Town Tour, a month-long stint that brought them through 21 of America's abandoned towns and historic desert sites. The resulting film is a blend of dusty psych and golden-era John Wayne classics -- a tripped-out Spaghetti Western on a cocktail of Quaaludes and LSD. Spindrift mastermind Kirpatrick Thomas and his band are taking the movie on the road and making a stop at Milk Bar [...]

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