Stories from Slim’s, Part 2: Stephan Jenkins, Fat Mike and more share memories of Slim’s

  Michael Bingham, Spiritual Cramp (photo: Derek Nielsen) "My fondest memory of Slim's had less to do with my experience at the show and more to do with my partner's. In our many years going to shows, she is usually pretty unimpressed (at the hardcore ones I drag her to) with the macho bullshit that a lot of these bands get their rocks off on — understandably so. A lot of the times we were usually going to drink some beers and catch up with friends on tour. This particular time Basement was on tour with Turnstile and we were cruising [...]

Stories from Slim’s, Part 1: My last show at Slim’s ended in the tow yard

(Source: Slim's Facebook) So yeah, Slim's closed down. In a normal world, that would have been the most bummer thing to have happened last week. I use that term "normal world" loosely because who even remembers what that looks like anymore (Looks into camera, shrugs a la Jim from The Office)? But I think it's important we remember the good times. In times like this, it helps to remember what we're fighting for! And also I got some time to kill while hanging inside. So without further ado, I'll be sharing a few stories from Slim's over the years, along with [...]

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Slim’s hosting “pop-up” restaurants for the month of August

Photo credit: PSFK As the New York Times recently pointed out, San Francisco is on a roll (no pun intended) with bringing food and music together, i.e. "A Fine Tune to Match Your Entree." Noise Pop's Covers dinners and Turntable Kitchen's regular pairings are just two examples, and Slim's is now stepping in to join the party. Each Monday during the month of August, Slim's will host a different Pop-Up Restaurant at the venue. Admission to the events is free - attendees simply pay for whatever food they would like to eat. The first rendition (featuring the Jetset Chef) has already [...]

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Music and…: Five Ways to Think About the Crackdown on SF Venues

In the midst of enjoying a series of sold-out, locally-headlined shows during last week's Noise Pop festivities, there was just enough of a gap between bands, drinks and good times for me to have a real downer of a realization: if the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has its way, many of the great venues hosting Noise Pop shows would be put out of business. Places like Bottom of the Hill, Cafe Du Nord, Slim's, and the Great American Music Hall. Chances are pretty good that if you've been to see a show recently, you've been to a [...]

My Metal Month of May

The shows cropped up fast as Memorial day approached, cascading on top of each other like the hairs of a vigorously headbanged coif. Instead of trying to keep pace, I bode my time. Now, feast on these reviews, covering the last couple weeks of heavy, condensed and combined into an omnibus post, richly suffused with the connective tissue of metaphor and theme. Black Cobra at Thee Parkside, 5/14 The beginning of a landmine marathon, the first battle in a war that my eardrums were certain to lose. Local duo Black Cobra appeared at a birthday party for Pirate [...]

The latest on the ABC and local venues: why promises of change aren’t enough

A Bay Bridged reader tipped us off to this post over at the Chronicle's City Insider blog, the latest in the paper's coverage of the ongoing conflict between the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and some of the City’s best venues, including Bottom of the Hill, Cafe Du Nord, the Great American Music Hall and the DNA Lounge. You can find our previous posts about this issue here and here for more background, but here's a quick recap: the ABC, charged with issuing and enforcing alcohol licenses throughout the state, has been challenging the liquor licenses of a number [...]

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