Live This Month: February 2016 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: February 2016 (Podcast #380) 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. Noise Pop 2016 features prominently in this month's podcast, which shouldn't be a surprise given how many great bands partake every year in this annual highlight. Among other Noise Pop bands in the mix, check out new music from Seattle's The Cave Singers, a track from the acclaimed collaborative album by Kneebody and Daedelus, and recent tracks from DIIV and Julien Baker. Beyond Noise Pop, there [...]

JEFF The Brotherhood, Bully play SF’s Independent this weekend

  JEFF The Brotherhood is really coming into their own. The new album Wasted On A Dream (out now via Infinity Cat Recordings) proves that, though you might suspect as much based on the tidbits we'd heard about it before it released. "It's the most time we've ever spent writing songs, the most time we've ever spent in the studio, and it's definitely the most fully realized JEFF The Brotherhood record we've ever made," Jake Orrall says. The band wanted to make something that was just as much a ruckus as anything they'd made before, but still reach fans of genres ranging from [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Beach Fossils, Futurebirds, and more

Beach Fossils (photo: Terri Nguyen) 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, March 26th Beach Fossils @ The California Academy of Sciences 6pm, $12, 21+. Buy advance tickets here. Thursday, March 26th Futurebirds, Jon Gunton @ The Independent 8pm, $15, 21+. Buy advance tickets here. Sunday, March 29th JEFF the Brotherhood, Bully, SCRAPER [...]

Scraper, Vial, Mane, Flesh World to descend upon Hemlock Tavern

On April 25, Hemlock Tavern will feature a (mostly) local lineup consisting of San Francisco bands Scraper, Mane, and Flesh World, accompanied by Los Angeles band Vial. Last year, Scraper garnered a reasonable portion of attention for their self-titled on Cut-Rate Records. And why not? The album, abrasive and scuzzy in nature, delivers a set of unabashed, simplistic punk tunes about things such as cruising the streets on a skateboard, people moving to Los Angeles, and hippies. SCRAPER LP by SCRAPER Los Angeles punk band Vial also plays. Be sure to check out the Vial's rendition of Last Rights' "Chunks" - the band [...]

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Black Flag is back: show at Brick & Mortar with Scraper/Violence Creeps

Black Flag have announced a North American Tour, with their newest frontman, professional skateboarder Mike Vallely. After an on-stage firing of Black Flag’s last vocalist, Ron Reyes, and an array of lawsuits and dueling reunions, it seems as if the pivotal SST Records band has calmed down enough to reunite once again with a show at Brick and Mortar on May 22. An amusing and notable thing about this latest reunion is founding member Greg Ginn taking the liberty to be both headliner and opening act with HOR –– the uncomfortable experimental, electronic side project of Ginn. Joining Black Flag are Brooklyn’s Cinema Cinema, and [...]

Review & Photos: Useless Eaters, Scraper, Generation Loss @ Hemlock Tavern

Useless Eaters played a short set at the Hemlock Tavern on Friday, and denied yells for more. Halfway through, Seth broke a string; somehow unable to get another, he left his guitar on the floor and moved to full vocal duties. It took a song for the band to reconfigure, but ultimately it worked. The band morphed into a more primitive punk sound and the crowd responded with a swirling mosh pit. The spontaneous rearrangement was impressive, but, shoved to stage left, I yearned for a guitar string. I wanted the show to pick up where the second tune of [...]

Scraper releases first full-length album

San Francisco’s Scraper have released their first full-length album out on Cut-Rate records. Limited to a run of 500 copies, the album is a gritty, unpolished hiss of rock n’ roll. Earlier this summer, Scraper released a 7-inch on Drag City's weird little brother label, God? Records. To finally see a full-length album is incredibly exciting to say the least; Scraper’s album embodies that deeply satisfying violence that makes punk music so perfect. With songs about getting drunk, starting fights, and a brilliant cover of The Dicks’ “Kill From the Heart”—the album is classic, straightforward punk rock music. It’s a [...]

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If you've spent any time at Mission staples like Zeitgeist or El Rio, you've probably come across Virginia Ramos and her cart of homemade tamales. Affectionately known as The Tamale Lady, she has been satisfying late-night cravings and offering her tell-it-like-it-is advice for the better portion of the last two decades, but due to city regulations, was forced to shut down her vagabond operation back in June. A bonafide San Francisco institution, Virginia saw immediate support from the community, the city's residents and her customers whom she refers to as "My People." With an extraordinary amount of help from District [...]

Mixtape: Bay Area Rock and Roll, Garage Punk, Lo-Fi, and Power Pop (Podcast #312) Download: Mixtape: Bay Area Rock and Roll, Garage Punk, Lo-Fi, and Power Pop (Podcast #312) Over the past few years, the San Francisco Bay Area has dominated the world of garage rock, with folks like Thee Oh Sees, Shannon and the Clams and Ty Segall recognized as the leaders of a fertile local rock and roll scene. In 2013, all three of those acts remain great: the first two put out a couple of the year's best albums, and the now LA-based Ty's newest comes highly anticipated from Drag City next week. An honest accounting of Bay Area rock [...]

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