Live This Month: December 2014 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: December 2014 (Podcast #351) 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. December traditionally feels like something of a subdued month for live music, what with all of the holiday parties and holiday travel that consume so much of the month for so many of us. This year, however, there are plenty of bands hitting the road for December shows in SF. Heck, New Year's Eve alone is a veritable bonanza for indie music fans. In this mix, [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Yesway, Lolipop Records tour, and more

Yesway 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, June 19 Jessica Lea Mayfield, Israel Nash, John Gunton @ The Independent 2 pairs available 8pm, $15, 21+. Buy advance tickets here. Friday, June 20 Dean Wareham, Hott Mt @ The Chapel 9pm, $20, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Tuesday, June 24 Lolipop Records [...]

Bleached and Terry Malts tear up Rickshaw Stop at Noise Pop

Photos by Debra Zeller On Friday night of Noise Pop, Bleached and Terry Malts took over Rickshaw Stop and virtually brought the house down. Early on, fans were treated to a strong opening by San Diego's Tropical Popsicle. In spite of their sunny name, and though on record they’re a little more major-key, live and in-person Tropical Popsicle are a slightly shoegaze-y throwback to echoing, ‘80s dance drone. And oh, did they dance: it was nice to see a crowd really and truly dance for once, not just bob around with their arms firmly folded over their chests. Mystic Braves [...]

Review & Photos: The Blank Tapes, Mystic Braves and Hindu Pirates get intimate at Awaken Cafe

Photos by Harland Spinks In a small, asymmetrical coffee house, tucked inside a large building on Broadway and 14th, it was one of those night when you make eye contact with everyone present at least a handful of times. It was one of those nights when the bartender assumes everyone who shows up early is in a band because, with a four-band bill, at 9 pm there are more musicians in the venue than fans. Though any of the last three acts could have been headlining bigger venues on a Saturday night, they gathered together at Oakland's Awaken Cafe for [...]

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