In 2018, Corporate Monotony Seized San Francisco Music Venues
Sam Lefebvre, KQED Arts, 12/11/18

Includes interview quotes from Jamie Zawinski of DNA Lounge and from Tony Bedard regarding Talent Moat and his new gig booking in the East Bay at the Ivy Room.


Memphis Garage Punk Band Lands at Make-Out Room
Dave Pehling, KPIX-CBS, 10/10/18

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — One of the most popular garage-punk outfits to emerge in the past decade from the hotbed of Memphis (home of noted underground imprint Goner Records, which holds it’s unhinged annual Gonerfest every fall), Ex-Cult got it’s start in 2011 when five musicians from various hardcore, psych and indie-pop backgrounds first came together... [READ MORE]


Australian Post-Punks Bring First US Tour to The Chapel
Dave Pehling, KPIX-CBS, 9/25/18

One of the more celebrated post-punk bands from Australia to exert an influence on American alternative rock during the ’90s, the Scientists bring their first ever U.S. tour to the Chapel in San Francisco Sunday night... [READ MORE]


If the Hemlock’s Walls Could Talk: Looking Back at 17 Years of Shows
Ned Raggett, KQED Arts, 8/23/18

On Oct. 6, the Hemlock Tavern, the longtime Tenderloin rock bar, will celebrate its 17th anniversary. But the occasion is bittersweet: the celebration is also a goodbye party, as the venue is slated for demolition and will close its doors—at least in this iteration—after its last show.

The Hemlock has, per the estimate of its longtime booker, Tony Bedard, hosted around 15,000 bands since opening in 2001. Animal Collective, Joanna Newsom, Beach House, Reggie Watts, Ty Segall and Parquet Courts are just a few of the high-caliber indie rock and pop acts that cut their teeth on the Hemlock's intimate stage.

The Hemlock staff has always had an ear for the weird and obscure. Other memorable performances included the exploratory acoustic guitar work of the late Jack Rose; the heavy and beautiful droning feedback of Liz Harris’s Grouper; and, in an especially memorable combination, Captain Beefheart sideman Moris Teper alongside U.K. alternative icon PJ Harvey. [READ MORE}


Backstage Heroes: Hemlock Tavern Booker Tony Bedard
Hiya Swanhuyser, KQED Arts, 6/10/15

The Hemlock Tavern on Polk Street is an international destination for music — “unconventional, not necessarily commercial, artistically adventurous music,” says the venue’s booker, Tony Bedard. For the past 13 years, Bedard has been in charge of which bands step onto the Hemlock’s small back-room stage, a fact as surprising to him as it is necessary to anyone who loves independent music. [READ MORE]