Jolie Holland at the Ivy Room
Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

Jolie Holland at the Ivy Room

Doors 8pm, show 9pm. 21+

$25 adv., $30 door. BUY ADV. TICKETS

Over the span of her career, Jolie Holland has knotted together a century of American song—jazz, blues, soul, rock and roll—into some stew that is impossible to categorize with any conventional critical terminology. This is her burden and her gift, to know all of these American songs of the last ten decades in her head and her heart, and to have to wrestle with their legacy. She dives straight to the pathos of a song the way the very greatest singers, singers like Mavis Staples, or Al Green, or Skip James, or Tom Waits do. Upon first encounter her songs seem challenging, perhaps unsettling at times, but as so many poets and rockers have shown us (from Dante Alighieri to William Blake to Sylvia Plath to Patti Smith to Nick Cave to Mark E. Smith) that's where the beauty lies.

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ROTFEST X at The Knockout -- EARLY SHOW 5pm!
Aug
3
5:00 PM17:00

ROTFEST X at The Knockout -- EARLY SHOW 5pm!

The Xth installment of ROTFEST, the festival that has its origins in the infamous San Mateo rock squat/den of iniquity known as THE ROT! The Rot was musical home to now-legendary acts such as The Mummies, Phantom Surfers, and festival founder David Nudelman’s bands The Wild Breed and Three Stoned Men. Rotfest features a lineage of bands ranging from the late 1980s San Mateo Sound™ all the way through mid-90s Tom Guido-era Purple Onion to present-day SF/Bay Area budget rock and Burger Boogaloo style rock and roll. One of the highlights of the musical calendar for true believers in party time rock and roll!!!

THIS YEAR’S LINEUP:

3 Stoned men

Hiroshi Hasegawa's Poontang Wranglers, featuring the Commodore

The UKE band

We Could Be friends

The Resineators

The Nudelman Bros.

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Depth Charge and Talent Moat present: Behold...the Arctopus, Imperial Triumphant at SF Eagle
Aug
8
8:30 PM20:30

Depth Charge and Talent Moat present: Behold...the Arctopus, Imperial Triumphant at SF Eagle

Thurs., Aug. 8th. 9:00pm, $12. 21+

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BEHOLD...THE ARCTOPUS

Instrumental power-trio extracting the grit, rawness and obscured beauty of old black, death and doom metal inspired by bands like Ulver, Darkthrone, Enslaved, Morbid Angel, Swans with the structures and harmonies of the classical world composers.

Behold the Arctopus was formed in New York City in 2001 by Colin Marston and Mike Lerner. Their music exists at the nexus of extreme metal and progressive rock, with a compositional approach heavily informed by 20th century classical music.

They recorded the “We Need a Drummer” demo with programmed drums in 2002.

Charlie Zeleny joined as the first drummer in 2003 and the band re-recorded the songs from “We Need a Drummer” as the “Arctopocalypse Now… Warmageddon Later” 3” cd. In 2004 they made their 2nd recording, “Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning,” and began touring more actively. Behold worked on the music for “Skullgird” over the next 3 years and finally recorded and released the album in 2007. But before that, in 2006, they recorded and released a single song, “Paincave” as a split 7” with Orthrelm. the 7” included cover art from Voivod’s Away and was created as a dedication to Piggy, who had recently passed.

In 2008, after a tour of eastern Canada, a US tour with Intronaut and Mouth of the Architect, and a month in Europe with Genghis Tron, everyone decided that Charlie Z shouldn’t continue with Behold the Arctopus.

2009 saw the beginning of writing for “Horrorscension,” and at the end of the year Weasel Walter joined as the band’s second drummer. Walter’s music (especially the compositional Flying Luttenbachers albums) were a significant influence on Behold in the early days, so his drumming and writing style were welcome additions to the band.

Behold recorded and released “Horrorscension” in 2012 and did 2 tours, one eastern US, and one west coast tour with Weasel.

Weasel decided to leave the band in late 2013, busy with Lydia Lunch, family, and many other musical projects, but Colin and he still play together in Encenathrakh.

Over the following year, Behold worked with Lille Gruber (Defeated Sanity) on new material that was begun with Weasel. Eventually it became clear that the logistics of such a long distance working relationship would be too impractical, so the search for a new drummer began again.

Jason Bauers (previously of Psyopus) moved to New York City and joined in 2015, and the band worked on what would become “Cognitive Emancipation” over the following year. The album was recorded and self-released on election day, November 2016. In 2018, the band toured the eastern US with Defeated Sanity, as well as the west coast.

Behold has now finished writing their 7th recording due out in early 2020. The new music is a significant step forward, leaving behind the traditional drum set and exploring more idiosyncratic territory.

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IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT

NYC-based avant-black metal.

Born in the metropolis: Imperial Triumphant embodies the sounds of New York. The chaos, the menagerie, the perils and majesty of the greatest city on earth. We portray this great juxtaposition between high society luxury coexisting with absolute filth and urban decay. Our city is like the corpse of a giant. What was once so bright, grand and spectacular, is now filled with greedy maggots writhing towards their share of 'success'. We don't support it nor are we against. We only play the sounds of the New York City as we hear them.



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Victim's Family, Surplus 1980 Collectiv Ensemble  w/ G.W. Sok (of The Ex ), Preening at Bottom of the Hill
Aug
24
8:30 PM20:30

Victim's Family, Surplus 1980 Collectiv Ensemble w/ G.W. Sok (of The Ex ), Preening at Bottom of the Hill

8:30pm doors, 9pm show.

$12 adv., $15 door. BUY ADVANCE TICKETS

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Victims Family are a hardcore punk band formed in 1984 in Santa Rosa, California, by the bass guitarist Larry Boothroyd and the guitarist and vocalist Ralph Spight. Devon VrMeer completed the trio as drummer. Their sound blended punk, heavy metal and jazz, making them difficult to categorize into a single genre. Allmusic says, "Since its inception, the trio has refused to be pigeonholed to any single musical style — incorporating elements of hardcore punk, jazz, funk, hard rock, and noise into its challenging sound". They were known as one of the most musically diverse bands in the San Francisco underground music scene. Over the years, Victims Family went through four drummers and two break-ups. Their name was taken from a piece by the cartoonist B. Kliban. They have releases on Alternative Tentacles. This will be their first show in many years.

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Surplus 1980 is proud to announce this performance of the collaboration project of Surplus 1980 Collectiv Ensemble with G.W. Sok, the Dutch vocalist formerly of the Ex (and currently with King Champion Sounds, Cannibales & Vahinés, as well as European collaborations with Action Beat, The And, FiliaMotsa, among many others). This project includes the current line-up of Surplus 1980, as well as past member and collaborators, with an instrumentation of four guitars, three bassist, one upright bassist, two reeds, and two drummers along with GW Sok doing vocals under the conduction of leader Moe Staiano.

These pair of performances (the other date is in Oakland on the 23rd) will parallel with the release of the CD album, 'Forget All This', on the Italian Music 'A La Coque label. The Surplus 1980 Collectiv Ensembl with G.W. Sok is a collaborative style of post-punk and post-rock with elaborate vocal song-telling storylines with ever changing music to help the journey go through adventurously.

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Preening "Key players among the recent spate of jitter-itchy sax-honking oddbods out of Oakland, CA – see also The World, No Babies and Violence Creeps, for whom Preening’s Max Nordile also plays. Here, his saxophone features instead of a guitar, rather than as well as one, and leans towards lyrical, abrasive hard bop where in VC it seemed more like a blunt instrument of noise. On ‘PO Box’, track two of five on the EP, he seems to go to battle against his bandmates, bassist Alejandra Alcala and drummer/sometime music journo Sam Lefebvre, as they maintain a stout postpunk rhythm’n’chant until overwhelmed by Nordile’s slobber’n’blow. If the idea of Ted Milton’s Gloucestershire jazzpunx Blurt playing with the scorch of Lydia Lunch’s Teenage Jesus tickles you, stop dreaming and start Preening.” - The Quietus



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The Intelligence (LA), Blues Lawyer, Sleeper Cult at Starline Social Club Crystal Cavern
Sep
4
8:30 PM20:30

The Intelligence (LA), Blues Lawyer, Sleeper Cult at Starline Social Club Crystal Cavern

8:30pm doors, 9pm show. 21+

$10 adv./door.

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The Intelligence

Still panting from their installment in Castle Face’s Live In San Francisco series (where they ran a greatest hits clinic for basement sweat-rats) The Intelligence return in NEU-veau mode with Un-Psychedelic In Peavey City, their 10th studio album-amalgam. Load up on electrolytes, all ye who enter here.

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Blues Lawyer "...borrows from the nervous and tense jangle of the FEELIES, the subtly melancholic hooks of Flying Nun’s Dunedin faction, and perhaps most of all, the scrappy and lovelorn guy/gal harmonies of the VASELINES, all while grappling with the realities of daily life and romance in a modern world where hyper-connectivity only seems to result in greater alienation from one another.” - Maximum Rockandroll


Sleeper Cult

Muslim Delgado (Guitar, Vocals) of Meercaz joins DC/LA transplant Sara Shaffer (Guitar, Vocals)and Utrillo Kushner (Drums) of Comets On Fire to make music with emphasis on guitar interplay, melodies and dynamics taken from the late 60’s and early 70’s Rock n Roll and Pop elements but executed through a post punk and indie lens.


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The Intelligence, Marbled Eye, DJ Foodcourt at Make-Out Room
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

The Intelligence, Marbled Eye, DJ Foodcourt at Make-Out Room

Doors 7:00pm, show 8:00pm.

DJ Foodcourt spinning before, in between and after the bands

$10 adv./door.

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The Intelligence

Still panting from their installment in Castle Face’s Live In San Francisco series (where they ran a greatest hits clinic for basement sweat-rats) The Intelligence return in NEU-veau mode with Un-Psychedelic In Peavey City, their 10th studio album-amalgam. Load up on electrolytes, all ye who enter here.

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Marbled Eye

Although initially conceived by Chris Natividad and Michael Lucero, Marbled Eyes members also perform with Meat Market, Unity, Useless Eaters, Golden Drugs, and Creepers. The instrumentation simultaneously invokes the post-punk stylings of both the Pacific Northwest and the Austin, Texas scene  spidery guitar leads over driving rhythms paired with deadpan vocals. Although many of the lyrical themes seem tied to the genre, the casual delivery gives the often tense tracks a playfulness that serves the songs, and doesnt detract.  The Bay Bridged

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Joe Mande - King of Content Tour live at Starline Social Club
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Joe Mande - King of Content Tour live at Starline Social Club

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$20/22. 18+. Fully seated show. GET TICKETS

Joe Mande is a multi-talented comedian/writer/actor known the world over as Hollywood’s “King of Content.” His Award-Winning Comedy Special can be seen on Netflix. His acting has been featured on Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and in the film The Disaster Artist. And his writing credits include The Good Place, Master of None, and Kroll Show. Now is finally your chance to see some of that famous content, live and in person.

On his new King of Content Tour, Joe Mande travels all over America in a heroic attempt to heal a broken nation with his patented mix of humor and content.

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Lust for Youth (Denmark, Sacred Bones), Crack Cloud (Vancouver), Las Sucias, DJ Omar (Popscene) at SF Eagle
Oct
31
to Nov 1

Lust for Youth (Denmark, Sacred Bones), Crack Cloud (Vancouver), Las Sucias, DJ Omar (Popscene) at SF Eagle

8:30pm doors, 9pm show

$15 adv., $15 door. 21+ BUY TICKETS

LUST FOR YOUTH

Buoyant synth pop in the vein of early Depeche Mode and New Order. New album out this June on Sacred Bones.

“Pirouetting on decadence, meeting eyes with a dizzy sensation, falling and flying at the same time—Lust for Youth have continually held poise through the most vitalizing of times. Their new album, a self-titled collection of eight songs, is sure-footed where they had earlier feared to tread, and light-headed for a new set of reasons. The album is driven by a dance-pop agenda, hustling its way through upbeat peaks that level out into reflective ballads. While still taking clear cues from a crop of austere synth-pop, Lust for Youth sound brighter than they ever have before, taking tips from some of the flirtiest Eurobeat to aid their new direction.

On their previous album, Compassion, Lust for Youth examined euphoria and contemporary life with a wry wit. Where facetiousness masqueraded as commitment, compliments and fawning clearly yearned for a true connection. Lust for Youth sees Hannes Norrvide and Malthe Fischer taking some familiar strides, though to another place. The disaffected balearia is this time rendered into brighter pop compositions that bustle with intricate production. No longer galvanizing us with hooks, but with a songcraft unhindered by anxiety, the album presents a cohesion not seen in the project until now. Lyrically, the apprehension still hangs like tinsel. Often garish and celebratory, the droll mischief is this time more pointed, more personal, and far more self-aware. A thread of reflections upon the state of the world is artfully wound throughout the album, casting a quiet force upon the detachment of Norrvide’s vocals.

Lust for Youth have been one of love’s most honest confrères, detailing the pangs of what is all too often a sullen process. On this occasion, they look up. The pull of the world is different for us all, but it pulls us all.”

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CRACK CLOUD is a mixed-media collective based out of Vancouver, BC. Modelled around harm reduction philosophy, Crack Cloud operates as a rehabilitative outlet for a revolving cast of multi-disciplinary artists across Canada.

"Crack Cloud are certainly unconventional: a multimedia collective of musicians, film-makers, artists and designers, made up of recovering addicts and people who work with mental health patients and people with addiction. Their influences stretch from Gang of Four and Talking Heads to Fela Kuti, Malcolm X and hip-hop. Thus far, the band have recorded two excellent EPs and are recording an album that will be more informed by hip-hop, with “less post-punk tropes and more storytelling,” says Choy. Onstage and off, they are unmistakable; their dense videos and screen-printed outfits have the paramilitary chic of anarchist punk collectives Crass or Chumbawamba. “We all live together and some of us are siblings,” Choy explains. “If people think we look like a cult, then we are making our mark.” But living Crack Cloud 24/7 goes deeper than clothing. “The band is our recovery programme,” keyboardist Mohammad Ali Sharar explains. “Pouring ourselves into it is a way of staying alive, or at least sober and together. So we can’t do anything by half-measures.” - The Guardian

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Las Sucias is a duo formed by Danishta Rivero and Alexandra Buschman, mixing anti-patriarchal riotgrrrl lyrics, afro- caribbean rhythms, brujería noise and possessed vocals. Each performance is a ritual that combines all of the senses and elevates into a higher realm, inspiring the listener to dance, speak in tongues, laugh hysterically and get possessed by the spirits awoken.


DJ Omar Perez was raised in the thriving musical subcultures of Washington, D.C. where he was exposed to sounds such as hardcore, post-punk, Hi-NRG and go-go at concerts and clubs. He credits this early education for the eclectic and open-minded slant he brings to mixing records. Ask him about his favorite artists and he'll offer up a list of strange bedfellows that includes Lime, Rites Of Spring, Depeche Mode and Einsturzende Neubauten. Few other DJs in San Francisco can speak of playing such a wide variety of sounds, preferring instead to stay within the genre lines. Omar's multivariate approach resonates with many people and whose tastes may be equally as broad including the following artists whoch he has opened for : Pete Shop Boys, Grace Jones, Duran Duran, Glass Candy, Chromatics, NItzer Ebb, Lana Del Rey, The Killers, Glass Animals, LCD Soundsystem, Boyharsher, The Faint and many others.




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Naked Roommate, Natural Man & The Flamin’ Hot Band (KC), DJ Andy Human at Starline Social Club Crystal Cavern -- FREE SHOW!
Jul
7
9:00 PM21:00

Naked Roommate, Natural Man & The Flamin’ Hot Band (KC), DJ Andy Human at Starline Social Club Crystal Cavern -- FREE SHOW!

9pm doors, 10pm show. 21+

Post-Burger Boogaloo FREE SHOW party action!!!

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NAKED ROOMMATE

“Sly and world-weary yet buoyant dance music. Echoes of Young Marble Giants if they suddenly time-traveled to the Bay area and had to use those startup scooters to get to band practice.”

NATURAL MAN & THE FLAMIN’ HOT BAND (Kansas City)

“Aided by the all-directions Flamin’ Hot Band, Natural Man’s orchestral yet abnormal spazz recalls the most acidic and jaunty oddities of 80s American punk and DIY, a truly outside sound that’s positively thwacking at the gates, demanding entry. All four movements here have the requisite legs, fins, hoofs, gills and spores needed to cause prolonged and consistent commotion. “Sudden Wave” begins with recognizable Detroit punk riffing, gradually evolving that tough-guy overbite into bonfide space skronk. “Militant” drags a new wave pulse through the gutter, wringing out a danceability that even the spikiest of punks couldn’t resist. In this universe or your mother’s, Natural Man is an Electrical Man and just the right man for our end times.”  – Mitch Cardwell

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Bob Log III, Sabertooth Rockers, Chaki at the Ivy Room
Jun
26
8:00 PM20:00

Bob Log III, Sabertooth Rockers, Chaki at the Ivy Room

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
$12.00 - $15.00 / 21+ / Adv. tickets now on sale

BOB LOG III
"A man in a human cannonball suit soon appeared from a side door, his head completely obscured by a tinted black helmet, its front welded into a telephone which seemed to wirelessly amplify his voice to the audience. Bob Log III launched into a mind-blowing set, finger-picking his beaten-up black guitar for a sound of steel string blues and heavy rock n’ roll. The sound was reminiscent of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion if it had to be categorised, but his music would be better described as Jerry Lee Lewis crossed with a little of Tom Waits’ heavy industrial sounds."


SABERTOOTH ROCKERS
In a world... (Read out loud in movie trailer voice) where guitars have been traded in for laptops and drum sticks have been replaced by digital samples, rockers are nearly extinct. Dive bars are rapidly being turned into luxury condos and tech bros are running mild in the streets. But now, resurrected from pre-historic times, Sabertooth Rockers are here to play party punk for the people. So come all ye pinheads, flunky junkies, riff raffers, street walkers and sketchballs. Feel the bite of Sabertooth Rockers.

CHAKI

Chaki is a funky alien wizard from Outer Space. With his unique take on electro funk, he has brought his face melting stage show to festivals like Noise Pop and The Offbeat Fest. Chaki has shared the stage with like minded weirdos Peelander Z, El Vez, Metalachi, Captured By Robots and The Oingo Boingo Dance Party. Rolling Stone said he is like Prince except not sexy and much fatter.

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Peacers (Drag City), Swiftumz, The Umbrellas at Starline Social Club Crystal Cavern
Jun
25
8:30 PM20:30

Peacers (Drag City), Swiftumz, The Umbrellas at Starline Social Club Crystal Cavern

8:30pm doors, 9:00pm show. 21+

$8 adv./door. BUY ADV. TICKETS

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Peacers “Veteran Bay Area psych merchant Mike Donovan leads a nimble four-piece working band that heightens the nuance and dynamic range of his twisted tunes while retaining the shambolic, damaged vibe that colors all his projects (he was also the mastermind of the defunct Sic Alps). The distended rhythms recall the solo work of Syd Barrett, with raw melodies and ramshackle guitars drifting in and out of focus—it’s deliciously out of sync, each song existing as a tantalizing glimpse of what it might’ve been. Donovan and company could surely polish up their music, but the fuzzy edges give it its charm.” – Chicago Reader


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SWIFTUMZ “A stoned mix of stuck-in-your-head pop hooks, saccharine love songs that you want to play over and over again, and Ariel Pinkish bedroom lo-fi weirdness. Brings to mind Teenage Fanclub power pop, Guided By Voices, and maybe even the more sunshine-y Sparklehorse tracks out there.” – aQuarius Records

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The Umbrellas 4-piece indie pop band from SF (featuring members of Toyota) that just released their EP titled “Maritime” on discontinuous innovations inc.

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Sweet Knives (Memphis, ex-Lost Sounds), The Control Freaks, Dots at Thee Parkside
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Sweet Knives (Memphis, ex-Lost Sounds), The Control Freaks, Dots at Thee Parkside

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8:00pm doors / $10 adv., $12 door / 21+ / Adv. tickets on sale

SWEET KNIVES

"In 2005 Memphis black-wave synth punk band Lost Sounds called it quits after being kicked out of a house in Stuttgart in the middle of a long long night. With that, four albums and numerous singles and outtakes releases were leftover, and the brutal live show would never happen again. As Jay Reatard (½ of the Lost Sounds songwriting team with Alicja Trout) continued to grow his hopeful career on Matador Records the other band members moved on down less-publicised roads.

Rich Crook, drummer of Lost Sounds, formed Lover! and THING and toured as singer/guitar player. Alicja toured with River City Tanlines, Black Sunday, Mouserocket, and released solo recordings as Alicja-pop. Meanwhile time was healing the wounds that had caused the band break-up.

Sadly, Jay’s light died in January 2010.So, what was to become of the 100+ Lost Sounds song catalog? Alicja, Rich, and original member John Garland have brought back a set of tunes from the old Lost Sounds closet. Along with Johnny Valiant on bass they are called Sweet Knives, named after a song from the Lost Sounds 2004 In The Red “Future Touch” seven song EP.

Lost Sounds was known for a sound filled with angst, paranoia, and anxiety all rolled up in a synth laden rock n roll tasty burrito. Sweet Knives carries on the quest with a new delivery, less likely to fall apart and fall off stage, and more likely to infect a room with a symphony of sharpened blades.

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THE CONTROL FREAKS

After years of clenching our fists and throwing tantrums like they were hand grenades, Greg Lowery of The Rip Offs, Supercharger and some other jerky combos finally granted us our wish and slapped us silly with this LP from his latest no-count crew CONTROL FREAKS. Be careful what you wish for, indeed! This is snot-caked Bay Area slime by abusive maniacs with the teen-beat on lockdown, and they will C.O.N.T.R.O.L. your last remaining brain cells! “Mindless Entertainment” got all the obnoxious pop you can handle: “Hollywood” is classic G-Lo retardation, and guitarist Natalie Sweet is making us itch sharing vocal doodies all over the album in her best Edith Bunker impression. Keep punk stupid, stupid!

DOTS

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Featuring members of FM Knives and Midnite Snaxxx, two b(r)and names you can trust!!!

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Studded Left (FKA Indian Jewelry), Weed Alien, VOL. at Starline Social Club Crystal Cavern
Jun
18
8:30 PM20:30

Studded Left (FKA Indian Jewelry), Weed Alien, VOL. at Starline Social Club Crystal Cavern

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8:30pm doors, 9pm show. 21+

$8 adv./door. BUY ADVANCE TICKETS

Studded Left (Houston, fka Indian Jewelry)
Tex Kerschen and Erika Thrasher, the goo and the be-gone of Studded Left (FKA Indian Jewelry), learned the ins and outs of contempt from years of trotting their ecstatic vision of the world to unlikely parties in every noise-hole and crypto-fascist music festival around. Popular Intuition is Tex Kerschen and Erika Thrasher’s first full-length album as Studded Left. It contains 9 haute ballads, contemporary music for contemptible adults, in other words, adult contempt.

Weed Alien

Songs about power, the Man, the world, the spiritual, the treacherous, the loud, the louder, the beat, the trip inside, the dark, the light, and sending love to friends beyond…

VOL. is Marissa Magic and Max Nordile, two Oakland based multi instrumentalists, playing their own version of Post Apocalyptic Buddy Comedy Free Wave.

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Mike Donovan, Brigid Dawson, Bozmo, J. Burd at The Knockout -- EARLY SHOW
Jun
15
5:00 PM17:00

Mike Donovan, Brigid Dawson, Bozmo, J. Burd at The Knockout -- EARLY SHOW

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EARLY SHOW! 5-9pm. $10 at the door. 21+

Holed up in the far-flung Quonset of his mind, Sic Alps’ MIKE DONOVAN is free to beam his haunted falsetto on waves of ripping feedback into the yawning spaces of the lo-fi (but ever-expandin') rock and roll project universe. A craftsman, he casts his classic bubblegum ditties in shades of dream-strewn gray, an arrested envelopment of glitter rock/metal machine music for the DAC age. Flee the urban squall!

BRIGID DAWSON (Thee Oh Sees/OCS)
A rare solo show by interstellar chanteuse Brigid D., who's been recording and readying her debut solo LP.

BOZMO
"Hooky-heavy psychedelic-pop that never devolves into fake drug-haze BS. That’s not to say Bozmo’s not on drugs, he probably is, he just doesn’t drag that s*** into work with him. There’s two distinct flavors here: lip-smacking sunshiny pop tunes, like insta-hit Wig Strut, and heavier bummer-jams like Open Wide. Both are equally groovy." - Louder Sound

J. BURD (Long Beach)

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Zig-Zags (LA), Older Sun, Psychic Hit at the Ivy Room
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Zig-Zags (LA), Older Sun, Psychic Hit at the Ivy Room

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Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
$10.00 - $12.00 / 21+ / Advance tickets now on sale

Zig-Zags
On the Zig Zags’ self-titled debut LP, recorded and produced by Ty Segall for In The Red, they chainsaw through weirdo film and caveman rock and space noise and make smart sound so dumb it turns inside-out and becomes brilliant.

“Rat milk, magic frogs and motorbikes. ghost pirates, trailer park babysitters, king kong bundy and werewolf santas. nwobhm, early metallica, the wipers, budgie and bobby soxx. it ain’t retro, it’s total fucking recall. get me off this dying rock. escape from LA while you still have the chance. over.” - Randy, 2024

Older Sun
Inspired by late 60's, early 70's heavy rock. Tube amps, big drums and soulful vocals.

Psychic Hit
Oakland's proto-metal sweethearts. magine a crazy alternative reality where Stevie Nicks held impromptu late night jam sessions with Thin Lizzy. Envision a fantasy world where Judas Priest reinterpreted “Satori Part I” instead of “Diamonds and Rust”. If a super fan got hold of these wild recordings and put them on a bootleg mixtape, that might give you an idea of what Psychic Hit’s debut demo “Promo 2018” sounds like.

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Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds, Midnite Snaxxx
Jun
13
8:00 PM20:00

Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds, Midnite Snaxxx

Thurs., 6/13. 8pm doors, 9pm show. $20. GET TICKETS.

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SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB

There comes a moment in every Slim Cessna’s Auto Club show when you realize you’re seeing something you’ll never see anywhere else. It’s Slim Cessna in a white cowboy hat and beard, the lights haloing his ungainly frame, horn-rimmed glasses flashing through the smoke. He’s trading lyrics and insults with Munly Munly, gaunt and strange, dressed in a shade of black particular to preachers and burnt down barns. Their voices rise and converge in the kind of exquisite harmony usually found in Sacred Harp congregations, and then the band cuts loose, the best live band in the world, and the two men are doing battle, playing out some cathartic war between good and evil on stage. Or trading dance steps. You can’t tell.

I said the best live band in the world, and I ain’t the only one. No Depression and Spin Magazine have said the same. This is a band that’s held its own onstage with everybody from Johnny Cash to the Dresden Dolls. But you listen to the recording of “That Fierce Cow is Common Sense in a Country Dress,” and it’ll take you just about four minutes before you realize you’re listening to the best band in the world, period. It’s Lord Dwight Pentacost leading the lunatic rapture on his Jesus and Mary double-necked guitar; Rebecca Vera playing pedal steel so sublimely that I swear to God you can see the ghost of Ralph Mooney circling the stage; and, holding down the rhythm section like they have with each other since seventh grade, The Peeler on drums and Danny Pants on the doghouse bass, driving the band, making you lose your damn mind.

They’ve been making music for over twenty years, and there is, quite simply, nothing else like it. It’s gospel music, is what I’ve decided. Gospel music for a blasted world. A world straining and bursting in constant pain, but one that can’t help but overspill with joy – even knowing better. And the songs, Jesus. Songs about Colorado Indian hater John Chivington, alien abductions, patricide, a man born without a spine. This is the wild, bloody and weird America of Harry Crews, the only America worth a damn. It’s what Flannery O’Connor was trying to say when she wrote of dark romances and the grotesque. If you’ve got a heart, these songs’ll break it, and if you’ve got any laughter left in you, they’ll beat it out of you until you cry.

I probably can’t improve on what Jello Biafra said about Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, that they’re “the country band that plays the bar at the end of the world.” But I like to think that as long as they’re around, they can still save us from that end. Or at least from what currently passes as country music.

– Benjamin Whitmer

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KID CONGO AND THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS’ fourth and strongest album yet for In The Red Records, “La Araña Es La Vida”, summons the Mexican muse of The Great Spider Goddess of Teoticuhan, who sprouts hallucinogenic morning glories and protects the underworld, or in Kid’s eyes, the world of underground music. Recorded at The Harveyville High School gym in Kansas, Guitar slinger and singer, the legendary Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds), bassist Kiki Solis (Baby Baby Dance With Me, Knife in The Water, Rhythm of Black Lines), drummer Ron Miller (Switch Hitter, Up The Academy) are joined by Chicano, Mosrite playing guitarist Mark Cisneros (Medications, Deathfix) on this self-produced ball of wax.

“La Araña Es La Vida” rocks n rolls it’s way thru a planet of Glamazons (Psychic Future), blisters with the tricks of a “Magic Machine” then gets to work out a low rider groove on “Chicano Studies”. Tales of gender bending, disembodied heads, gente from La Puente and even a TCB-era, Elvis-inspired rave up on “Karate Monkey” is merely a smatter of the magic on this platter.

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MIDNITE SNAXXX “Since their 2017 record, Chew On This, Oakland’s Midnite Snaxxx have been spitting singles in fits and starts, but the short forms remain their forte. No disrespect to the full length lovers, but the band’s whiplash spirt is best captured between two sides of short attention span snotty punk built for sunshine hijinx. The A-side, “Let Me Do What I Want,” is a denim-vested world beater that’s not content to take no for an answer and isn’t afraid to lob the first volley in food fight fisticuffs. The song might as well stand as a credo for the California combo – loud, fast and brash – it’s a femme punk fuck you to the ruling class, or at the very least, a middle finger to the store manager on the way out of the sliding doors.“ - Raven Sings the Blues



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Art Gray Noizz Quintet (w/Stu Spasm of Lubricated Goat), The Tunnel, Musk at The Knockout
Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

Art Gray Noizz Quintet (w/Stu Spasm of Lubricated Goat), The Tunnel, Musk at The Knockout

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EARLY SHOW! 5-9pm. $10 at the door. 21+.

Spearheaded by twisted Australian guitar legend STU SPASM (Lubricated Goat), the ART GRAY NOIZZ QUINTET was originally formed to play an afterparty for the NYC premiere of Eric Robel's AMREP documentary THE COLOR OF NOISE. As Spasm puts it, "Eric thought I had a functioning lineup of Lubricated Goat but I have officially ended playing under that name. So it was obvious I must assemble a super group of the finest Noise Rockers New York had to offer . . . My main man, drummer "BLOODY" RICH HUTCHINS was away, so I enlisted drummer Jay Jay Meraz who did a great job but is still pissed off at me for having to abdicate the drummer's seat on Rich's return. Next, I recruited SKELETON BOY who, just as LeadBelly was the King Of The 12 String Guitar, is himself the King Of The Two String Bass. Then, came guitarist ANDREA SICCO of Twin Guns. When our guitars merge it forms a most piquant Aural Melange. I christened the ensemble THE ART GRAY NOIZZ QUINTET. Having laboured under the name STU for most of my life, only to discover the much cooler name of ART was hiding on the end all along - a new name for a new band."


THE TUNNEL
"Crooked and restless, The Tunnel's discography draws apt comparisons to The Jesus Lizard, 16 Horsepower, Killing Joke, and The Birthday Party - a mixture of outlaw ballads soaked in dark musicianship. From apocalyptic jangles to hypnotic drum machines, sprawling sci-fi blues to pummeling, angular deathrock, these punk troubadours have many a lurid tale to tell."

MUSK
The Nü-Monkees of Misanthropy™ return to a Bay Area stage for the first time in over a year, more loaded for bear than ever with the addition of FNU Clone mastermind Jim Vail for some reason or another. You dreamt it, now live it!

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RL Boyce (N. Mississippi), Lightnin' Malcolm at the Ivy Room
May
19
5:00 PM17:00

RL Boyce (N. Mississippi), Lightnin' Malcolm at the Ivy Room

RL Boyce is a Grammy nominated American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist born and raised in Como, Mississippi. He is a protege of Hill country blues musicians including R.L. Burnside, and Mississippi Fred McDowell.

"North Mississippi Hill Country music is loose and free, so much so that it puts both the performer and the listener in a warm, almost meditative state while still groovy enough to demand a good ass shake. Through improvisation, it is designed to heighten your consciousness. You don’t play this sort of music so much as you submit to it. R.L.’s been a musician since his days as a child growing up in Como, Mississippi, home to the great Hill Country bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell. He started out as a drummer, playing for the Rising Star Fife and Drum band with blues legend Otha Turner, all the while waiting to come out in front to sing and play guitar. His songs are often delivered in an improvisational fashion, with references to his collaborators, his environs and whatever else happens to be on mind at that particular moment.”

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Cutting Edge Bluesman LIGHTNIN MALCOLM, a charismatic and energetic guitarslinger with a deep soulful voice, has taken his irresistable Dance grooves from Juke Joint teen years as a One Man Band to World stages with mainstream artists such as Robert Plant, Jimmy Buffett, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, The Black Keys, Widespread Panic, Big Head Todd, North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, and Gary Clark Jr.

The Mississippi based Multi-instrumentalist combines the Tribal Rhythms and raw electrifying power of the Hill Country Blues with melodic songwriting wisdom of heroes Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix. MALCOLM fuses elements of Funk, Soul, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, West African World Beat, Gospel and Country to create an Authentic Signature sound in modern day World Roots Music.

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Andy Human and the Reptoids, Very Paranoia, FNU Clone at SF Eagle
May
16
9:00 PM21:00

Andy Human and the Reptoids, Very Paranoia, FNU Clone at SF Eagle

8:30pm doors, 9:00pm show / $8 at the door / 21+.

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ANDY HUMAN AND THE REPTOIDS

"Oakland squirm punks Andy Human & The Reptoids are back with another long player and it’s charging through the hallways ripping down your Duran Duran posters and spray-painting DEVO all over the walls. Human (nee Jordan) has been mining the nerd curdle of the ‘80s for some time now, though Psychic Sidekick might be his most complete vision yet. While they’re a bit more constrained than similar t-zone dropouts like Ausmuteants, Timmy Vulgar, or Hierophants – the band doesn’t scrape the glue-soaked freak centers as often as others – they still know how to inject a good dose of plastic shrapnel into their brand of punk. When they’re at their best they’re echoing high quality discomfort warriors like Twinkeyz and Simply Saucer for next gen of back row miscreants and the new LP rounds up quite a lot of their best. Guitars thrash, a haze of ionospheric synth static rains down, and Jordan’s nasal vocal puncture is exactly what’s called for to keep the insomniac punks running ‘til dawn. - Raven Sings the Blues

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Sporting members of Hot Lunch and Annihilation Time, VERY PARANOIA is a San Francisco unit operated by four veterans of the Psychic Wars. This band embodies what is, and will always be, crude, raw mechanical violence. Its deafening sound has been shaped by the cult-artists and underground characters found in the multiple sub-genres that have caused hearing loss throughout the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

FNU CLONE

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“Screwed dystopian space punk. All alien soundtracks and DMT nightmares. Ripping riffs, hard driving bass lines, modulated vocals, and layers upon layers of synth texture and sinister sounds. A masterpiece of twisted psychedelic hate made to rot your mind and kill your speakers!!” - Total Punk

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Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Tino Drima, Sleeper Cult at the Ivy Room
May
15
8:00 PM20:00

Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Tino Drima, Sleeper Cult at the Ivy Room

8pm doors, 9pm show. $10/12.

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Frankie and the Witch Fingers

Over the course of five years and four LPs, L.A. veterans, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, have been mutating and perfecting their high-powered rock n’ roll sound. After savagely touring the USA and Europe, this four-headed beast has shown no signs of relenting—appearing like summoned daemons and dosing crowds with cerebral party fuel.

”A raucous, tuneful garage punk that touches on classic psych and power pop (echoes of Roky Erickson and the Flamin’ Groovies) as well as the more modern, frenetic sounds of former SF standbys Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees.” - Dave Pehling, KPIX-CBS

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Tino Drima is a cauldron of then, now, and what will be. Crooning hell harmonies over charmed, ripping beats Tino channels music that feels like it has always existed. Think the inter-dimensional 50s radio in Old Man Cooper's house that portals Classics from a more excellent world into his living room and everybody wants to hang out and listen and maybe stay the night even though it's p weird there.

Sleeper Cult

"Muslim Delgado (Guitar, Vocals) of Meercaz joins DC/LA transplant Sara Shaffer (Guitar, Vocals) and Utrillo Kushner (Drums) of Comets On Fire to make music based on some of the elements Meercaz was known for but with more emphasis on guitar interplay, melodies and dynamics taken from the late 60's and early 70's Rock n Roll and Pop elements but executed through a post punk and indie lens.“

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Moaning (LA, Sub Pop), Violent Change, Modern Dance (members of Rays, Life Stinks) at Ivy Room
May
14
8:00 PM20:00

Moaning (LA, Sub Pop), Violent Change, Modern Dance (members of Rays, Life Stinks) at Ivy Room

8pm doors, 9pm show. $10/12. Adv. tickets now on sale

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MOANING

Los Angeles-band Moaning is the abrasive post-punk trio comprised of Sean Solomon, Pascal Stevenson, and Andrew MacKelvie. The three initially met as teenagers while growing up in the San Fernando Valley, and immediately developed a kinship through Los Angeles’s local music scene. The three began regularly frequenting DIY institutions like The Smell and Pehrspace, eventually selling out dozens of their shows at both venues with their first few bands. From the sentimental to catastrophic, hiding meek and introspective lyrics within powerful droning dance songs, the music Moaning makes also gives sonic nods to some of the band’s musical heroes like New Order, Broadcast, and Slowdive.

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VIOLENT CHANGE

Hazy pop channeling a Swell Maps meets Guided by Voices vibe. A churning wash of guitars and driving rhythms topped off by guitarist/vocalist Matt Bleyle’s distinctive laconic deadpan vocals.

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MODERN DANCE
Street hassle stupor group featuring members of Life Stinks and Rays.

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Flat Worms (Drag City/Castle Face), Warm Drag (In the Red), Jealousy at The Knockout
Apr
27
to Apr 28

Flat Worms (Drag City/Castle Face), Warm Drag (In the Red), Jealousy at The Knockout

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Doors 9:00pm, show 10:00pm / $12 at the door.

Flat Worms are a band from Los Angeles. They released their 7” on Volar Records and their debut LP on Castle Face Records. They continue their ride on a buzzsaw wave of feedback-tipped riffs into the middle distance, smog choked sunset receding in the rearview, a thousand yard dead-pan surgically pinned to a high octane set of boredom energized punk pistons. Flat Worms – an ears-a-ringing missive from the end of the cul-de-sac, the mirage of direction wavering above a mid-sized American suburb at dusk, constellations bleached black by the sprawl. A little Wipers, a little Wire, and a lot of late-capitalist era anxious energy.




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Warm Drag are a musical two piece. A two-sided conversation. Two devils on your shoulders, one of them telling you to take that drug, sleep with that person and steal that car. The other devil is whispering that you should hit the reverb pedal and turn the volume alllll the way up.

Warm Drag listen to both devils. And they are bringing their samplers-and-switchblade post-noir noise disco to you this summer, with their self-titled debut on In The Red.

The two people in Warm Drag do specific things. Vashti Windish sings, the way Siouxsie sang power, the way Nico sang allure, the way Patti sang sex. Paul Quattrone makes the noise with two Akai MPC 1000 samplers. Beats that pummel or seduce, usually simultaneously, synths that soar like Morricone or pump like DAF, and gloriously twangy guitars that clang and echo like Duane Eddy spiraling down a k-hole.

Windish and Quattrone have history. They’ve lived and they’ve been in bands. Quattrone is a drummer in the current powerhouse Oh Sees lineup, which should be enough of a recommendation for anyone, but hey, this guy’s also been in !!! and Modey Lemon too. Windish cut her teeth in bands including the K-Holes and Golden Triangle, back in her native New York.

A chance reunion in Los Angeles led Quattrone and Windish to attempt the outlandish ambition of marrying her love for the genre-defying genius of Blondie’s Parallel Lines (the first cassette she ever owned) to Quattrone’s love of Bomb Squad’s production styles.

“I loved Parallel Lines when I was five,” Windish recalls. “Warm Drag is my first band that has the ability to blend genres up into a musical milkshake that remains uniform despite all of its parts. I can scream, dance, cry, rage and seduce, all in a single show.”

“I basically wanna make Bomb Squad versions of rock n roll songs,” Quattrone says. “It sounds weird but I can hear a common ground where girl groups, dub, harsh noise, minimal synth, repetitious industrial, voodoo percussion, power electronics, black leather jacket rock n roll and DJ Screw-inspired slowing down/pitching down of samples all meet.”

Lyrically, Warm Drag dive head-first into right now, careening from love to the end times, broken hearts to rotting bodies, devastation and lies and emotional self-defense. They have something to say, but they’d never be so gauche as to over-explain. Listen closely.

They’ve been winning over notoriously-inert Los Angeles audiences for a year now. An early show caught he eye of Ian Svenonius. “Their cut-up collage of electronic stomp-music embodied everything people were searching for that summer,” he remembers. “There were just two of them but the sound was magnificent. Vashti was a revelation and Paul looked tough and cool and preoccupied in just the right way. Let’s hope they achieve the success they deserve.”

Warm Drag are the soundtrack to the best night of your life. It probably hasn’t happened yet, or maybe it happened in Berlin, in 1980. You won’t remember much, but you still have this record, and a few bruises, to jolt your memory. Sangfroid has never been sexier.


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A one-man project of experimental twisting and turning, JEALOUSY is the brainchild of CCR HEADCLEANER’s Mark Treise. His sophomore record, Paid for It, manifests like a vision. Looped, layered and distorted, the sounds come together like a series of fragmented images flickering through Treise’s mind.

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Tony Molina Band, Reds Pinks and Purples, The Umbrellas at the Ivy Room
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Tony Molina Band, Reds Pinks and Purples, The Umbrellas at the Ivy Room

8pm doors, 9pm show. $10/12. Adv. tickets now on sale.

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Tony Molina Band
West Bay native Tony Molina has been following a fascinating trajectory on his recent string of releases. Early entries like the “6 Songs EP” and “Dissed And Dismissed” LP combined the best bits of Weezer/Teenage Fanclub-style power-pop with Tony’s smart, touching songs, shredding guitar pyrotechnics and ironclad DIY HC roots.

Now Tony is back with his brilliant, long-awaited album “Kill The Lights.” The ten songs on “Kill The Lights” continue in his evolution towards stripping the songs back to reveal each one’s emotional and melodic core. But where “Confront The Truth” was mostly acoustic, “Kill The Lights” adds back some full band arrangements to brilliant effect. Album opener “Nothing I Can Say” is a lovely 12-string pop tune that would sit snugly in The Byrds’ songbook – it’s that good. “Wrong Town” is gentle and subtly wrenching, recalling prime Elliott Smith in its simple truth. “Afraid To Go Outside” expands on some of the pastoral early Bee Gees/Kaleidoscope/Tomorrow flavor revealed on “Confront,” aided by some great organ lines. “Now That She’s Gone” features some gorgeous guitar finger-picking, while “Jasper’s Theme” is a rootsy mid-tempo groover that leans towards Gram-era Byrds.

Everywhere on “Kill The Lights” we hear Tony synthesizing his influences with great skill and intention; these classic folk and pop styles are being employed in the service of stellar songs and universal lyrical truths rather than just as aesthetic filigree.

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The Reds, Pinks & Purples
DIY pop project featuring Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums etc).

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The Umbrellas
4-piece indie pop band from SF (featuring members of Toyota) that just released their EP titled “Maritime” on discontinuous innovations inc.

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Mane, Susan (LA), Seablite at the Ivy Room
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Mane, Susan (LA), Seablite at the Ivy Room

8pm doors, 9pm show. $8/10. 21+. Adv. tix on sale.

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MANE

Alpha females creating new sound from elements of post-punk and gothic dark wave

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Susan are three women from Los Angeles who make fun, catchy, hook-filled garage-punk-pop. Formed in 2012, the band makes music that blares with early Dum Dum Girls, Toronto’s The Beaches, and touches of Elastica.

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Seablite

4 piece odd pop from San Francisco.

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Las Sucias, Special Interest (New Orleans), NEON, Drama, DJ 8ulentina
Apr
16
8:00 PM20:00

Las Sucias, Special Interest (New Orleans), NEON, Drama, DJ 8ulentina

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$8/10. Adv. tickets now on sale.

Las Sucias is a duo formed by Danishta Rivero and Alexandra Buschman, mixing anti-patriarchal riotgrrrl lyrics, afro- caribbean rhythms, brujería noise and possessed vocals. Each performance is a ritual that combines all of the senses and elevates into a higher realm, inspiring the listener to dance, speak in tongues, laugh hysterically and get possessed by the spirits awoken.

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"Special Interest draws from the no wave sound of late ‘70s New York, an art rock movement falling somewhere between punk and new wave, but noisily eschewing the conventions of either genre. A veritable underground New Orleans supergroup—featuring members of Mystic Inane, TV-MA, Patsy, Psychic Hotline, MAL FLORA, and Lassie—the band’s new album, Spiraling, was produced by local virtuoso Quintron.” - Anti-Gravity

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Everything you could possibly want in punk music. If not, interrogate the integrity of your desires. NEON is a four-piece medium translating the universal howling female shitstorm alive and kicking within us all. Do you seek adventure? Justification for further recorded sound from a guitar? For those bored to tears by predictable rock'n'roll formula and pseudo-punk box-ticking, predictable posturing, NEON is a psychedelic diamond in the barren toxic rough. Yes, Virginia, there really are freaks still residing in a California. 100% proof adult women must escalate the full takeover of all aspects of punk everything. Neon will make you radiant and happy, probably more desirable.”

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Drama

Dreamy radical anxious magical angels playing punk, post punk, fem punk.

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Kowloon Walled City, Great Falls (Seattle), Heiress (Seattle) at the Ivy Room
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Kowloon Walled City, Great Falls (Seattle), Heiress (Seattle) at the Ivy Room

Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pm. $10.00 - $12.00 / 21+. Advance tickets now on sale.

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KOWLOON WALLED CITY
San Francisco’s Kowloon Walled City is a post-metal group fronted by Scott Evans. It's a glorious trainwreck of AmRep-style noise rock sculpted into minimalist shapes, with a structure that becomes a metaphor for hollowness of all kinds.

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GREAT FALLS
Three piece from Seattle. A couple of us were in Playing Enemy. That worked out for awhile. One of us is in Jesu. That works out well. One of us played in both Kiss It Goodbye and Undertow and was the roadie for Deadguy during their peak. Another one of us played in Black Noise Cannon. Their last show was with Corrupted. One of us was also in a band that played mostly Diamondhead covers. Amazing. All three of us play very aggressive music that is not as hard to understand as some people like to say. We like anger. We like volume. We like slow music and we like fast music. One of us is also a professional writer. That person did not write this.


HEIRESS
Older Seattle gentlemen making loud beard metal.

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Cube (album release), Modern Dance, Zachary James Watkins at The Knockout
Apr
5
9:00 PM21:00

Cube (album release), Modern Dance, Zachary James Watkins at The Knockout

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$10/12. Advance tickets on sale

Cube is the prolific and chimeric nom de plume of one Adam Keith, formidable tape experimentalist and artist / abraser currently operating in Oakland, California's vibrant subterranea. After countless cassette releases, 2016's well-received My Cube LP and a tenure in no-wave faction Mansion, Keith reaffirms Cube's pledge with Decoy Street – his second album and the most developed work he has made under any guise to date.

Opener "In This House" serves as the ideal introduction to Cube: cellular interference, colliding circuitry, metal-on-metal grind and simplistic guitar distortion meet a towering and damaged beat. While "Habit" merges downtempo and industrial touchstones via layers of heavily treated vocals, "Sanctuary" tilts further towards propulsion – a dark treatise on discomfort, yet contagious enough to charm DIY and post-punk devotees.

Released on W.25TH, Superior Viaduct's sub-label for contemporary bands, Decoy Street is recommended for fans of Prurient, Puce Mary and Alan Vega.

Modern Dance
Proto street hassle stupor group featuring members of Life Stinks and Rays.

Zachary James Watkins

Noise + resonance + harmonics from Oakland-based Zachary James Watkins performing solo music for guitar, electronics, and devices.

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Shana Cleveland (of La Luz) record release show at Swedish American Hall. With special guests Sagittaire. Co-presented by Talent Moat and Noise Pop.
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Shana Cleveland (of La Luz) record release show at Swedish American Hall. With special guests Sagittaire. Co-presented by Talent Moat and Noise Pop.

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7:30pm. 18+. Fully seated show (first-come, first-served). $18/20.

Advance tix now on sale

Shana Cleveland has been beguiling listeners for years in her role as the superlative frontwoman for elastic surf rockers La Luz. Now Cleveland is evolving her sound on the new solo full-length Night of the Worm Moon, a serene album that flows like a warm current while simultaneously wresting open a portal to another dimension.

As much a work of California sci-fi as Octavia Butler’s Parable novels, Night of the Worm Moon incorporates everything from alternate realities to divine celestial bodies. Inspired in part by one of her musical idols, the Afro-futurist visionary Sun Ra (the album’s title is a tip of the hat to his 1970 release Night of the Purple Moon), the record blends pastoral folk with cosmic concerns.

Cleveland dreamt up this premise while living in Los Angeles, a city where–as deftly explored on La Luz’s recent Floating Features–reality and fantasy casually co-exist. One particularly evocative scene laid the groundwork for Night of the Worm Moon’s psychedelic undercurrents. As Cleveland tells it, “Shortly after I moved to Los Angeles I went to a hip hotel to watch a poolside screening of a documentary about a local alien-worshiping cult. Out front celebrities were getting out of the backs of cars and rushing past autograph hounds into some roped-off room where a secret dinner was about to commence. In the lobby a woman was being paid to exist inside a glass box. [Then] a car dressed as a spaceship pulled up in front to release 30 white doves into the sky above Sunset Boulevard.”

Appropriately enough, Night of the Worm Moon was recorded during a rare cosmic occurrence: 2017’s solar eclipse. “We took a break from recording during [the] totality and looked at the sun’s image through a piece of cardboard projecting onto a garbage can,” Cleveland says. “When we came back inside the studio was covered in dozens of tiny crescent suns, refracted from a mirrored disco ball that [engineer Johnny Goss] had hanging in a window.” Abetting Cleveland during the recording process was a familiar gallery of co-conspirators: multi-instrumentalist Will Sprott of Shannon & the Clams, original La Luz bassist Abbey Blackwell, Goss, pedal steel player Olie Eshelman, and Kristian Garrard, who drummed on Cleveland’s previous solo effort (with then-backing band The Sandcastles), 2015’s Oh Man, Cover the Ground.

But whereas that album was internal and contemplative, Night of the Worm Moonoccupies a different, vibrant kind of headspace. UFO sightings, insect carcasses, and twilight dimensions are all grist for Cleveland’s restless creativity, and they and other inspirations collide beautifully on the album’s 10 kaleidoscopic tracks–a spacebound transmission from America’s weirdo frontier.


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SAGITTAIRE

San Francisco based singer-songwriter Ivan Mairesse, better known as Sagittaire creates artsy, atmospheric, pop for life's more intimate and introspective moments.

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Amyl & the Sniffers (AUS), Nopes, Manback at Thee Parkside! Co-presented by KXSF and Burger Boogaloo! SOLD OUT, THANKS!
Mar
22
9:00 PM21:00

Amyl & the Sniffers (AUS), Nopes, Manback at Thee Parkside! Co-presented by KXSF and Burger Boogaloo! SOLD OUT, THANKS!

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SOLD OUT

Amyl and the Sniffers are a grimy pub rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Amy Taylor (vocals), Bryce Wilson (drums) and Declan Martens (guitar) are former housemates who formed the band, wrote a handful of tunes and released their debut EP, Giddy Up, all in a span of twelve hours. Completing their line up with Gus Romer on bass, Amyl and the Sniffers took their cues from a diverse mix of genres including pub rock, Aussie punk and country. They set out to have as much fun as possible and scared up a whole lot of fans along the way.

Amyl and the Sniffers’ second EP, Big Attractions, was released in February 2017, kicking off a stellar year. Growing buzz made them a hot tip on the Australian festival circuit including mind-blowing sets at Bigsound, Meredith Music Festival, Cherry Rock and Boogie, capping things off with a sold-out NYE show.

2018 started with a bang, with the band invited to support Foo Fighters on a leg of their Australian tour. Australian publication The Music named Amyl and the Sniffers a ‘Band to Watch in 2018’ and put them on the cover. Both PBS FM and Triple R FM made the record ‘Album of the Week’ and the band sold out multiple Australian headline shows.

Meanwhile, the Amyl buzz began to travel abroad. Limited edition vinyl copies of Giddy Up/Big Attractions flew off the shelves, pushing Amyl and the Sniffers into the Top 40 on the UK Vinyl Charts. The band made their international debut at The Great Escape festival in May, followed by sold out headline shows in London, before flying out to the Los Angeles to join King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard on a 20-date tour of the United States.

Amyl and the Sniffers debut album is due out in early 2019.

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The debut full-length by Bay Area punk foursome Nopes, features 12 squirmy songs, each a sputtering projectile following its own discrete, haphazard trajectory. As for mood, that dopey, deadbeat-chic album cover is telling: On Never Heard of It, day jobs are a scourge and jokes abound (even if it’s just naming a song “Duran Duran Duran”). But more than other garage-adjacent punk records, the players are distinct enough to animate a dozen tracks: the rhythm section swerves and strikes like boxers, in unison, until violently entangled. Fighting imagery aside, it’s the impish and kinetic guitar that has the lead voice on this album, with its zippy melodic runs and pitch-bent discord. - Sam Lefebvre, Bandcamp

Manback

Members of Lecherous Gaze, Ruleta Rusa



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Lithics (Portland, Kill Rock Stars), The World, Neon at the Ivy Room -- adv. tix now on sale
Mar
2
8:00 PM20:00

Lithics (Portland, Kill Rock Stars), The World, Neon at the Ivy Room -- adv. tix now on sale

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LITHICS is a four person minimalist punk band from Portland, Oregon formed in late 2014. Over the last year and a half they have refined a sound focusing on interlocked bass and drum rhythms paired with shrill guitar counterpoint and stark female vocals. While counting Wire, The Fall, Devo, Pylon, The Shadow Ring, and Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band as reference points, the band’s concerns are contemporary and urgent. An injection of uptight, nervous energy into the reverb drenched complacency of today’s musical underground.


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THE WORLD are five people from Oakland, California who write rambunctious dance music with a post punk tool kit and an insightful yet short attention span. Their songs typically clock in around two minutes long and are a wild head-rush of Amber Sermeno's funk-minded bass lines and shuddering dubbed-out guitar courtesy of Andy Jordan. Amber also sings alongside Elyse Schrock, who anchors their propulsive songs with some supremely robust drumming. The steady beat is bolstered by Stanley Martinez's flurrying saxophone melodies and Alexa Pantalone's expansive bongo rhythms. Alexa also plays sax on half of the songs too, contributing further to the complex interplay of instruments that make The World's music so immediate, compelling and groove conscious.

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Everything you could possibly want in punk music. If not, interrogate the integrity of your desires. NEON is a four-piece medium translating the universal howling female shitstorm alive and kicking within us all. Do you seek adventure? Justification for further recorded sound from a guitar? For those bored to tears by predictable rock'n'roll formula and pseudo-punk box-ticking, predictable posturing, NEON is a psychedelic diamond in the barren toxic rough. Yes, Virginia, there really are freaks still residing in a California. 100% proof adult women must escalate the full takeover of all aspects of punk everything. Neon will make you radiant and happy, probably more desirable.”




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Qui (LA), Frisco (ex-Acid King, Hank IV, Lost Goat), Terry Gross (members Trans Am, Film School, Pins of Light) at the Ivy Room
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Qui (LA), Frisco (ex-Acid King, Hank IV, Lost Goat), Terry Gross (members Trans Am, Film School, Pins of Light) at the Ivy Room

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QUI (LA) Since their first performance in LA in early 2001 and the release of their first full-length CD, Baby Kisses, Qui (pronounced, “Qui,”) maintained a prodigious pace of both local performances and national tours. Their idiosyncratic blend of punk, noise, and rock punctuated with avant-garde weirdness, coupled with their advanced musical prowess earned them a reputation for intense shows.

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FRISCO "Card-carrying members of San Francisco’s Coalition for Aging Rockers, Frisco is the latest band project founded in 2017 by a local crew of punk and metal veterans. The group teams singer Bob McDonald and guitarist Andy Oglesby of sadly defunct SF post-punk outfit Hank IV with ex-Acid King/Altamont drummer Joey Osbourne and former Lost Goat guitarist Eric Peterson. Playing knotty, aggressive noise-punk topped with McDonald’s manic delivery that sometimes echoes the vocal abstractions of Johnny Lydon during early era PiL, the group recorded its forthcoming Valley King debut 'Love Songs for Phantom Limbs' at San Francisco's El Studio this past summer." - Dave Pehling, CBS San Francisco

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TERRY GROSS San Francisco's new all-star band, Terry Gross, makes it's debut on Valley King Records! Terry Gross features guitarist Phil Manley (Trans Am, Life Coach), bassist Donny Newenhouse (Film School, Hot Fog, Buffalo Tooth) and drummer Phil Becker (Pins of Light, Triclops!, Anywhere)

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ESCAPE-ISM (w/Ian Svenonious) and FNU Clone at the Make-Out Room
Feb
23
6:00 PM18:00

ESCAPE-ISM (w/Ian Svenonious) and FNU Clone at the Make-Out Room

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Talent Moat and Depth Charge present: ESCAPE-ISM and FNU Clone live at the Make-Out Room, SF. Saturday, Feb. 23rd. EARLY SHOW 6:00-9:30pm.

ESCAPE-ISM (w/Ian Svenonius of Chain & the Gang, The Make-Up, Nation of Ulysses)

"Introduction to Escape-ism" shouldnt only be reviewed in the music press but in the world affairs column of a conspiracy-minded newspaper, on a hot-rod review TV show, or possibly at an important conference by a renowned astrophysicist. Its that important!

Why? Because its the first solo record by Ian Svenoniusof groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, The Nation of Ulysses, XYZ, Weird War, etc. and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic Soviet, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock n Roll Group, and Censorship Now!!and as such, its profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic Its introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire; it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre-conceived notions of what a record can be.

Yes, thats right: a single-person performance by I.F. Svenoniusrecognized by Performer Magazine as the greatest performer on the planetIntroduction to Escape-ism is a bite into a one-banana bunch.

A drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing outfor a way out. Live, its a new paradigm of performance: raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naïf, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where.

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FNU CLONE

Screwed dystopian space punk. All alien soundtracks and DMT nightmares. Ripping riffs, hard driving bass lines, modulated vocals, and layers upon layers of synth texture and sinister sounds. A masterpiece of twisted psychedelic hate made to rot your mind and kill your speakers!! - Total Punk

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Bill Orcutt, Surplus 1980, Preening at the Ivy Room
Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

Bill Orcutt, Surplus 1980, Preening at the Ivy Room

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BILL ORCUTT As one of experimental music's most influential guitarists, Bill Orcutt weaves looping melodic lines and angular attack into a dense, fissured landscape of American primitivism, outsider jazz, and a stripped-down re-envisioning of the possibilities of the guitar. Whether he’s playing his decrepit Kay acoustic or gutted electric Telecaster (both stripped of two of their strings, as has been Orcutt’s custom since 1985), Orcutt’s jagged sound is utterly unique and instantly recognizable, compared with equal frequency to avant-garde composers and rural bluesmen. The New York Times has called him a "powerful musician... a go-for-broke guitar improviser," and described his sound as "articulated sprays of arpeggiated chords and dissonance.”


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SURPLUS 1980 is a San Francisco Bay Area-based post-punk band founded in 2009 by former Sleepytime Gorilla Museum multi-instrumentalist Moe! Staiano. As alluded to in its name, Surplus 1980's music takes cues from the angular bands of the 1980s such as Dog Faced Hermans and Diagram Brothers and fuses it with the heavy, fierce attack pioneered by The Ex and The Fall to create their own blend of modern no-wave angst. Combined with Staiano’s playful lyrics, Surplus 1980's music is a thick slab of out-jazz, with more than a dash of punk ferocity.

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PREENING are a sax/bass/drums guitar-less no-wave style with demented street poet vocals.

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Owl, Hot Lunch, Psychic Hit at the Ivy Room
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

Owl, Hot Lunch, Psychic Hit at the Ivy Room

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OWL Oakland hard rock/metal big riff heavyweights plummeting into stoner caves and scaling staggering Zeppelinesque heights.

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HOT LUNCH is a punk ‘n’ roll band from the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area that specializes in getting loud, getting weird and getting rad. The quartet’s unique blend of brown-acid skate-rock and wah-fuzz proto-metal was born in the bowels of skatanic rituals, biker beer busts and wizard staff meetings. With a head-bludgeoning sound that refuses to take sides (and showers), Hot Lunch are on a hell-bent mission to create the best party soundtrack in the history of all music. Their self-titled debut album was recorded by Tim Green at Louder Studios and is available on all formats by Who Can You Trust? Records (EU), Tee Pee Records and Burger Records (US).

“A blast of 60’s acid rock seemingly unearthed after decades of rock ‘n’ roll mediocrity necessitated its rebirth” – Thrasher Magazine

“A glorious tangle of sixties style psych, eighties punk rock, hairy fuzzy proto-metal and seriously shredding guitar mastery” – Aquarius Records

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PSYCHIC HIT Rock and roll for your dark soul. Featuring members from Queen Crescent, Hedersleben, Owl, and Nik Turner’s Hawkwind)


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Valentine's Day with Sick Thoughts (New Orleans), Midnite Snaxxx, Talkies, DJ Carolyn (KALX/KXSF) at Ivy Room
Feb
14
8:30 PM20:30

Valentine's Day with Sick Thoughts (New Orleans), Midnite Snaxxx, Talkies, DJ Carolyn (KALX/KXSF) at Ivy Room

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Valentine's Day with Sick Thoughts (New Orleans), Midnite Snaxxx, and Talkies at the Ivy Room. 8:30pm, $8/10. Adv. tix now on sale

SICK THOUGHTS If you don’t know Sick Thoughts, you don’t know punk. The band is the mighty Drew Owen. Baltimore born and bred, he then up and moved to the swamps of New Orleans while still a teenager. The general consensus was he’d be another casualty of The Big Easy decadence, and would soon be seen hitting up tourists for money on Bourbon Street with a dog on a rope. But somehow he got hooked up with the best (worst?) folks in the city and kept making great music. That, and the fact that forty-ounce bottles just bounce off his head, have kept him alive. Rock and roll romance and the promise of socialized health care sent him to the (imaginary?) home of Killed By Death punk, Helsinki, Finland. Which makes perfect sense—this album is like the perfect KBD record, full of buzzsaw guitars, machine gun drums and hooks that hit like a tire iron. Owen’s brand of aural early-20s angst, with doses of Zero Boys, Reatards, and early Crüe, mixed with the stench of the streets, has never sounded better. This album clearly puts Sick Thoughts on top of the punk heap. It’s Owen’s world—get in it!

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MIDNITE SNAXXX “Since their 2017 record, Chew On This, Oakland’s Midnite Snaxxx have been spitting singles in fits and starts, but the short forms remain their forte. No disrespect to the full length lovers, but the band’s whiplash spirt is best captured between two sides of short attention span snotty punk built for sunshine hijinx. The A-side, “Let Me Do What I Want,” is a denim-vested world beater that’s not content to take no for an answer and isn’t afraid to lob the first volley in food fight fisticuffs. The song might as well stand as a credo for the California combo – loud, fast and brash – it’s a femme punk fuck you to the ruling class, or at the very least, a middle finger to the store manager on the way out of the sliding doors.“ - Raven Sings the Blues

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TALKIES

Bay Area four-piece that will take you back to the glamorous days of slick guitar-driven power pop. Frontman Ray Seraphin (whom you may know from Glitz, Legs, and other local bands) describes Talkies as a band "combining the dark, haunting tones of EMPIRE and pop accessibility of the SHOES." - The Bay Bridged

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Kate Berlant at the Rickshaw Stop (SF) with special guest Emily Catalano -- SOLD OUT, THANKS! No tix available at the door.
Feb
13
8:00 PM20:00

Kate Berlant at the Rickshaw Stop (SF) with special guest Emily Catalano -- SOLD OUT, THANKS! No tix available at the door.

Talent Moat presents KATE BERLANT at the Rickshaw Stop, SF. Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 8:00pm. 18+. SOLD OUT, THANKS!

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Kate Berlant is an LA based writer/performer who has performed at festivals across the globe including a sold out run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Festival Supreme, Treasure Island, Sasquatch, and Moontower. Her performances have been commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and she has been described by The New York Times as a "magnetic improvisational comic" at the forefront of experimental comedy. Kate most recently appeared in Boots Riley’s breakout Sundance film 'Sorry to Bother You' and can be seen in the films Dean, written and directed by Demetri Martin, Duck Butter, written by Alia Shawkat & Miguel Arteta, who also directed the film, and James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. Kate recently wrapped production on MIB, the Men In Black sequel with Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth (alongside John Early).

Kate has appeared in such television series as Search Party (TBS), Ghosted (Fox), Transparent (Amazon), and High Maintenance (HBO). She also wrote, executive produced, and starred in her own episode of Netflix Presents: The Characters for which she won raves.

In 2017 Kate was nominated for a Gotham Award for the Andy Deyoung-directed Vimeo series 555 which she co-wrote and co-starred in with John Early. Kate and John Early have also made multiple appearances together on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Emily Catalano is a San Francisco-based comedian. She won first place at the 2017 Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Competition and was a featured comedian at Outside Lands in 2018. Her comedy addresses a wide variety of life's most enjoyable topics like breakups, failed relationships, and ex-lovers. She is becoming known for her smart joke writing and her veritable dead pan delivery. You can catch her perform regularly in San Francisco at Punch Line and Cobbs.

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Kate Berlant at the Starline Social Club (OAK) with special guest Chris Thayer -- SOLD OUT, THANKS!!!
Feb
12
8:00 PM20:00

Kate Berlant at the Starline Social Club (OAK) with special guest Chris Thayer -- SOLD OUT, THANKS!!!

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Talent Moat presents KATE BERLANT with special guest Chris Thayer at the Starline Social Club. Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 8:00pm. 18+. Seated show. The show is sold out, no tickets will be sold at the door. There are still tix available for the 2/13 show at Rickshaw Stop, SF.

Kate Berlant is an LA based writer/performer who has performed at festivals across the globe including a sold out run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Festival Supreme, Treasure Island, Sasquatch, and Moontower. Her performances have been commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and she has been described by The New York Times as a "magnetic improvisational comic" at the forefront of experimental comedy. Kate most recently appeared in Boots Riley’s breakout Sundance film 'Sorry to Bother You' and can be seen in the films Dean, written and directed by Demetri Martin, Duck Butter, written by Alia Shawkat & Miguel Arteta, who also directed the film, and James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. Kate recently wrapped production on MIB, the Men In Black sequel with Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth (alongside John Early).

Kate has appeared in such television series as Search Party (TBS), Ghosted (Fox), Transparent (Amazon), and High Maintenance (HBO). She also wrote, executive produced, and starred in her own episode of Netflix Presents: The Characters for which she won raves.

In 2017 Kate was nominated for a Gotham Award for the Andy Deyoung-directed Vimeo series 555 which she co-wrote and co-starred in with John Early. Kate and John Early have also made multiple appearances together on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Chris Thayer is a stand-up comic and writer. He has appeared on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, VICELAND’s Flophouse, and TBS’ The Pete Holmes Show. He’s written for for Comedy Central’s CC: Studios, Funny or Die, TBS, and JASH. He has been a recurring guest on Pete Holmes’ You Made it Weird podcast, as well as having been featured on dozens of other podcasts (including 2 Dope Queens, The CrabFeast, & Put Your Hands Together).

He performs regularly–both in the US and abroad–and has appeared in numerous comedy festivals, such as SF Sketchfest and Bridgetown Comedy Festival. In addition to having embarked on thousands of miles of self-booked tours, he’s gone on the road extensively with Pete Holmes, as well as having worked with Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro, Thee Oh Sees, Kyle Kinane, Michael Ian Black, Demetri Martin, Rory Scovel, Nick Thune, Greg Fitzsimmons, and many others.

“Distinctly warped and funny.” – The Onion AV Club

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