The Bay Abridged: Sept 28 – Oct 11

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of the Bay Area concert scene. Dinosaur Jr at The Independent (SF) Sept. 28. Dinosaur Jr. has got to be the most baffling-looking band on the planet. You got the long-haired wizard master (guitarist J Mascis), the South Boston bar bouncer (drummer Murph), and the perpetually amped-up teenager (bassist Lou Barlow). [...]

Mekons and Barbary Ghosts at the Swedish American Hall 9/30/11

tom and sally "The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of Rock and Roll" - Lester Bangs Amen Lester, RIP. This is the 6th year Mekons have come to play the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in some form or other. Happily most years also include a bonus Friday night show at the awesome Swedish American Hall. No booze, but it's right on top of the Cafe du Nord where you can score some yummy food to take upstairs. The Mekons formed in Leeds in 1977 and have spawned countless side projects. Many have played the HSB fest: [...]

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