Doors Open: A Bay Area Reopening Series – Matt Haney

By Molly Kish //

Matt Haney – Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors (District 6)

Matt Haney has Bay Area advocacy in his blood. Raised predominantly by his mother in the East Bay, Haney was born into a family of civil rights activists and developed strong opinions about societal injustices. He noticed early on the ways in which his values were underrepresented in local politics, so he decided to get involved in efforts to reform them to support the communities that he was a part of while growing up.

Over the last decade, Haney has held roles as a faculty member at Stanford, an eviction defense attorney and a national policy director. He has served as vice president, president and commissioner of the SF School Board, and in 2019, Haney won in a landslide victory to become the supervisor of District 6, which stretches from the Tenderloin to Treasure Island. In the past year, he has not only assumed the position of budget chair on the Board of Supervisors, but has also worked tirelessly alongside the small business and entertainment commissions to introduce critical legislation that will help keep local, independent venues alive amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just days after the launch of his SF Music and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund, we caught up with Haney over a veggie omelette at a Market St. café to discuss his passion for preserving the culture and community of the Bay Area music and entertainment scene.


Showbams: Throughout your career you’ve worn many hats, so what ultimately made you want to run for the Board of Supervisors and led you to represent District 6?

Haney: I think a lot of it for me was recognizing the potential that the Bay Area has, when it comes to providing opportunity and a quality of life for everyone, wherever they are. We have a certain responsibility here, that is unlike many other places in the world and I had the opportunity to be a part of that.

I was working with a lot with families as a school board member and that led me to want to support my neighbors in other ways including: making sure they had housing, jobs and a future here in our city. This feeling is what led me to get more involved in citywide issues and ultimately to run for the Board of Supervisors.

He stops mid-thought to signal the waitress and asks for hot sauce and ketchup.

Haney: I think District 6 is one of the most special places in the world. It has just a tremendous amount of culture and history and the most “San Francisco” neighborhood in San Francisco, the Tenderloin. District 6 houses a lot of the growth and innovation in our city, and representing this area is an opportunity to try to make all of that work for everyone, better than it is now. Especially when it comes to some of the wealth and incredible opportunities that are here, I’m constantly thinking of how we make sure that they’re shared more broadly and that people have access to all the things they need to survive and thrive in our city.

“I think District 6 is one of the most special places in the world. It has just a tremendous amount of culture and history and the most ‘San Francisco’ neighborhood in San Francisco, the Tenderloin.”

Showbams: Over the last year, you’ve been a huge advocate for creating lifelines for independent music venues. Were you always interested in including music and entertainment into your political scope or was this something that was prompted by the pandemic’s effect on the local economy?

Haney: Ever since I’ve lived in San Francisco, I’ve been involved in the nightlife and music community here. In 2007, I moved in with a close friend who was one of the biggest event promoters at the time, his name is Nate Mezmer. So from that I got to know DJs, venue owners and all the challenges they had in operating here. I also saw from that time until now, many of those venues disappear. I witnessed the ways in which these venues, DJs, artists and bartenders were being pushed out of San Francisco and how it really impacted our culture and community here.

So much of the history of San Francisco is about different groups of people who were kicked out of other places and thought that they were alone. They came to San Francisco and were able to find each other here and in many cases that happened through nightlife and music and art. That’s a huge part of what I love and what’s so special about San Francisco and a lot of those venues are in my district now, so I really made it a big part of my goals to support them.

“So much of the history of San Francisco is about different groups of people who were kicked out of other places and thought that they were alone. They came to San Francisco and were able to find each other here and in many cases that happened through nightlife and music and art.”

Showbams: In December, you introduced your SF and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund legislation in a special meeting with the SF Board of Supervisors. Can you elaborate on how the meeting went and the key initiatives of the proposal?

Haney: I was committed to putting forward this fund, even before we knew where the money was going to come from. It was a bit of a leap of faith in some ways. In December we were still facing a pretty bleak outlook concerning the city’s budget, but we decided to introduce it anyways and started to develop the provisions with the venues, entertainment and small business commissions. In January it was decided we needed to put at least 1.5 Million into it, and then as things moved forward I proposed for us to double that. Luckily, we all ended up on the same page.

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We tried to make the application as simple as possible and are offering awards of at least $10,000. So that’s either 300 grants at $10,000, 150 at $20,000 or … I feel that some may even get upwards of $50,000. A lot of them have really high rents and are actually in need of 100’s or 1,000’s of dollars so we’re not going to be able to meet the whole thing, but writing a venue a check for $50,000 is meaningful.

We get briefly interrupted by a fellow diner who wants to express his gratitude for Haney’s work involving tenants rights. He graciously acknowledges the man, asks him how his particular experience is and orders a refill on his coffee. In that moment, it was apparent how ingrained and conscientious Haney was of the everyday issues that residents in his district were facing. The fact that someone felt comfortable enough to approach him while he was dining and engaged in conversation was not only a testament to his character, but also to his involvement with the community that he both resides in and represents. He apologizes and continues …

Haney: There’s always some politics ya know, the mayor initially did not want to put money into the fund that we created so we had to say, “Well, things have changed a little bit because I’m the budget chair now, so it’s just gonna happen.” It was kind of wild to have that level of power and be able to use it for something really important. It was the first real opportunity I had to do so in the new position.

For the last couple of years I was more of a flamethrower. So when the introduction of this fund came about I was still in that role and everyone kind of said, “Whoa, OK … you want to just take some money and give it to venues? Where’s that money coming from?” I said, “I don’t know yet” and then was able to move into a position of more power in relation to the budget, which allowed me to actually get the funds.

“It was kind of wild to have that level of power and be able to use it for something really important.”

Showbams: So the applications went live on April 21st, providing upwards of 300 grants for the initial funding. Do you feel optimistic that there will be a phase two of funding?”

Haney: I’m optimistic that we will add more money to the fund. We may need to learn from who applies, what the need is and change it accordingly in terms of targeting. In fact, some of what we’re going to need to focus on I think not just for these venues, but for small businesses more broadly, is commercial debt relief. Some of these venues may be getting the $25-50,000 dollars and they can’t even begin to have a conversation about their back due rent.

Each venue I think is in a different position because the only thing that has been universal is commercial eviction protection. Some of these venues may have just put pause on all rent for this past year, and now they have to have a conversation with their property management if they don’t own their own building. Then, the result is that they’ll have to negotiate some sort of payment plan and we’re going to have to figure out how we can meet up with that. So, that’s what I think might be the next phase of this.

We’re going to have to help these venues with their debt, but I hope they start to make even more money than they did before the pandemic. I hope that we can be more supportive of them and recognize their value, as to not make everything so hard for them to operate here. We need to protect our independent venues so that they can thrive and grow here and are able to create more spaces and events, to give them opportunities to do just that.

“We need to protect our independent venues so that they can thrive and grow here and are able to create more spaces and events, to give them opportunities to do just that.”

Showbams: Once the Bay Area opens back up, what’s the first venue that you would like to attend an event at?

Haney: I do miss a number of venues in my district. In the Tenderloin, I go to Black Cat and PianoFight a lot and I look forward to being able to go back to those two for sure. In the other parts of my district, I will definitely be at 1015 Folsom and 111 Minna Gallery when they reopen.

I really hope that by mid-June, if things go as they are now, that most of these venues can open at 100%. There’s no reason that I can think of — the vaccines have been very widely available for months — that a venue can’t allow a 100% capacity if everyone has been vaccinated. You should just be able to show your card or whatever, unless the vaccine starts to break down in some way. Then we’ve got a lot of other problems besides our venues.

“There’s no reason that I can think of — the vaccines have been very widely available for months — that a venue can’t allow a 100% capacity if everyone has been vaccinated.”

As we commiserate over the shows we have missed with the hope for some rescheduled dates soon, Haney finishes what was left of his side salad and asks the waitress for the check. His phone has been blowing up the entire interview, and it’s only in this moment that he glances at the numerous missed calls and texts. The waitress exchanges some cheerful banter with him as she finally places where she recognizes Haney from, and in return, he compliments the service and quality of his omelette. As he waits to sign the check and starts to visibly drift back into work mode, I ask him one final question.

Showbams: Have there been any positive takeaways from the events of the past year?

He pauses for a second and takes a long, deep breath before replying.

Haney: The incredible resilience of the city, its businesses and our residents. The businesses and people that are still here really fought through a lot to stay in this city. I think coming out of the pandemic, it’s going to be really important to recognize, develop a greater appreciation for and not take for granted.

I think that’s what makes me hopeful and now we as a government acknowledge how much the Bay Area needs venues and places to see each other, celebrate and be inspired.

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Noise Pop 2019 Shows of the Week // GO4FREE to Caroline Rose, Tommy Guerrero, Uffie & more

Uffie


Uffie

Written by Molly Kish//

Noise Pop //
Bay Area venues – San Francisco & Oakland
February 25th-March 3rd, 2019 //

We got your tickets to four of the top featured shows at Noise Pop 2019.

But first, make sure to read our festival guide so you get the most out of San Francisco’s essential indie fest.

Win a pair of free tickets to one of our SF Shows of the Week by entering your name and email below.

Contests end at 3 p.m. on the day of show.




Caroline Rose: February 28th (THUR) @ The Independent // BUY TICKETS
Fresh off the release of her sophomore album Loner last year, Caroline Rose returns to the Bay Area for Noise Pop 2019. The singer-songwriter conscientiously departed from her Americana roots in order to branch out into something more representative of her sound — and she did it with great success. Incorporating an array of new instruments and an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it,” Rose brings her latest material to life at The Independent, and we want to get you and a friend in to the show.

Contest ends this Thursday at 3 p.m.




DJ Boring & Jacques Greene: February 28th (THUR) @ 1015 Folsom // BUY TICKETS
This packed bill of house music innovators, which also boasts Jacques Greene and Eclair Fifi, will undoubtedly be one of the biggest parties at Noise Pop 2019. Spanning the globe with an armada of underground hits, DJ Boring and the two other electronic artists have made waves in their hometown scenes of London, Montreal and Australia and toured various club circuits, gaining attention for their individual mixes and stellar mainstream collaborations. The dance floor at 1015 Folsom is about to heat up!

Contest ends this Thursday at 3 p.m.




Tommy Guerrero: February 28th (THUR) @ The New Parish // BUY TICKETS
An original member of the skateboard company Powell Peralta as well as the Bones Brigade team, legendary skateboarder and musician Tommy Guerrero will cross the bay to play The New Parish in Oakland for Noise Pop 2019. Showcasing his talents as a bassist and guitarist, he will be sharing the stage with Chuck Treece, Josh Lippi and Matt Rodriguez, and this is a performance you won’t want to miss.

Contest ends this Thursday at 3 p.m.




Uffie: March 1st (FRI) @ The Independent // BUY TICKETS
Making her long-awaited comeback, Uffie is headlining one of the most anticipated Noise Pop showcases that sees vverevolf, STARFARI and MPHD all on board as support. The 31-year-old singer-songwriter formerly signed to French electronic music record label Ed Banger Records finds herself back in the spotlight with a brand-new, seven-song EP, and she’s making waves yet again as a viral electropop star primed for a buzzworthy return. You’ll definitely want to catch Uffie at The Independent, which is sure to feature her material from Tokyo Love Hotel.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


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Noise Pop 2019: Here are the shows you can’t miss

Noise Pop 2019Written by Molly Kish //

Noise Pop //
Bay Area venues – San Francisco & Oakland
February 25th-March 3rd, 2019 //

Noise Pop returns this year for its 27th installment with a lineup that features more than 130 acts spanning 18 Bay Area venues. In addition to the debut of the “Ear Up Global Showcase” this Saturday, March 2nd, NP2019 boasts a brand-new venue located in SF’s Mission District that’s known as the Brava Theater Center.

Attendees can still look forward to plenty of happy hours at Bender’s Bar & Grill as well as special showcases curated by DoTheBay, San Franpsycho, BFF.fm, Sea Witch Productions and Text Me Records. Plus, you can also view the “Noise Pop Festival Photo Retrospective” this Tuesday, February 26th at The Royale to relive some of the best moments in Noise Pop history through the lenses of the Bay Area’s top photographic talent.

Brava Theater Center


Brava Theater Center

The festival’s art this year highlights the Bay Area’s very own Kristin Farr, whose work can be seen on public murals, office building interiors and festival stages in SF and beyond and was even included in the Emmy Award-winning KQED Art School series.

Noise Pop badges and individual tickets to shows are still available and can be purchased here. To help you sort it all out, we have broken down the 2019 lineup and offered our top performances that you won’t want to miss below.


Noise Pop 2019 - Bob Mould

TUESDAY 2/26

  • Men I Trust @ Great American Music Hall

WEDNESDAY 2/27

  • Noise Pop Happy Hour with Coke
  • Baths @ Great American Music Hall
  • The Marías @ The New Parish

THURSDAY 2/28

  • Vetiver and Fruit Bats @ The Chapel
  • DJ Boring & Jacques Greene @ 1015 Folsom

FRIDAY 3/1

  • Saul Williams @ Brava Theater Center
  • Tourist @ Gray Area
  • Vagabond @ Swedish American Hall

SATURDAY 3/2

  • Beirut @ Fox Theater Oakland
  • Bob Mould @ The Fillmore
  • Princess Nokia @ UC Theater
  • VHS Collection @ The Independent

SUNDAY 3/3

  • Partner & Dude York @ Cafe du Nord
  • Daughters @ The Independent

Check out the monthly Noise Pop Podcast series to discover more new music and create your own customized Noise Pop schedule here.

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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Paul Oakenfold at 1015 Folsom 1/27 (SAT)

Written by Chandler Kirkman //

Paul Oakenfold //
1015 Folsom – San Francisco
January 27th, 2018 //

Paul Oakenfold can easily be seen as an electronic music legend. For the past three decades, the English record producer and DJ has elevated and shaped an entire genre while remaining one of its leading forces.

Growing up as the son of a musician, Oakenfold became a young DJ in the late 70’s who was influenced by funk music before taking a couple of life-changing trips in the 80’s that helped skyrocket his career. The first came in 1984, when he returned to his hometown of London to work in the A&R department at Champion Records and became the promoter for the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC. The second was in 1987, when he visited Ibiza and was inspired by the local Balearic sound.

Oakenfold began his career after the latter of the two trips, bringing the sounds of Ibiza back to his home country, but it wasn’t until he earned a residency at UK superclub Cream that he became a globally respected master of electronic music following the release of the Grammy-nominated Creamfields compilation in 2004.

Oakenfold’s role as a DJ and entertainer has taken him to the edges of the world beyond just nightclubs and festivals, including three world tours supporting Madonna and U2, a live gig on the Great Wall of China and two sold-out shows at the one and only Hollywood Bowl. His music more recently has taken him from the DJ booth to several movie studios, where he has produced the soundtracks for a number of blockbuster hits.

This Saturday, Oakenfold will visit pay visit to 1015 Folsom and hit the stage to perform an extended set for his Bay Area fans. Tickets are available for $25, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


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The Mynabirds: January 25th (THUR) @ Café du Nord
Whiskerman: January 26th (FRI) @ The Independent
Peter Murphy: January 27th (SAT) @ The Chapel
GusGus: January 27th (SAT) @ Mezzanine


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Andrew W.K. at The Independent 9/28 (THUR)

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Andrew W.K. with SHAME WAVES //
The Independent – San Francisco
September 28th, 2017 //

Creating feelings of pure joy, total love, endless freedom and infinite possibility are just brief glimpses into the musical stylings of multi-faceted singer-songwriter and performer Andrew W.K. (born Andrew Fetterly Wilkes-Krier). After starting his musical career when he was four years old, it didn’t take long for the Michigan native to explore some experimental interests that ultimately led to creating his own high-energy brand of rock music.

Skipping out on college at the age of 18 and moving to New York City to pursue music on his own, W.K. developed his sound through various solo projects and eventually moved to Florida to start a band with drummer Donald “D.T.” Tardy, leading to the release his first EP Girls Own Juice (abbreviated as AWKGOJ) on Bulb Records. Fast forward to 2017, and the self-proclaimed party animal has been rockin’ hard for over a decade with nine studio albums, including his infamous debut I Get Wet that features smash hit “Party Hard”.

Over the past few years, Andrew W.K. has been steadily expanding his creative endeavors to the worlds of motivational speaking, production, TV and broadcast media, and music venue ownership. Starting in 2008 with the opening of his co-owned music venue and nightclub in New York City called Santos Party House, Andrew W.K.’s hunger for more has earned him a number of appearances on MTV and VH1 along with a Grammy nomination while working as a record producer. He’s also releasing a new album next year on Sony Music Worldwide, but until then, fans will just have to keep partying because well, the party never dies.

This Thursday, Andrew W.K. will be back in SF by popular demand to play a second night at The Independent with Oakland quartet SHAME WAVES opening. Tickets are available for $25, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Thursday at 3 p.m.


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Sonny and the Sunsets: September 28th (THUR) @ The Chapel
Vagabon: September 28th (THUR) @ Swedish American Music Hall
Rayana Jay: September 28th (THUR) @ The New Parish
Rakim: September 29th (FRI) @ The New Parish
Flosstradamus: September 29th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom
Middle Kids: September 29th (FRI) @ The Independent
Wax Idols: September 29th (FRI) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
White Panda: September 30th (SAT) @ Mezzanine


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Sango at 1015 Folsom 9/22 (FRI)

SangoWritten by Chandler Kirkman //

Sango with MIKOS DA GAWD, Antonio Guedes, Matt Haze, Kush Arora, DOUBLE B, Danado, Izzy Wise //
1015 Folsom – San Francisco
September 22nd, 2017 //

It’s time to keep a close eye on Seattle-based beatsmith and producer Sango. His quickly growing fan base and worldwide critically acclaimed music are rapidly expanding as he prepares to release his first major commercial record via Wright Music Group.

Infusing Afro-punk, Brazilian baile funk and hip-hop with soulful R&B, Sango produces tracks that combine various elements into his own distinctive sound, as evidenced by his popular remixes of Aaliyah, Drake, Little Dragon, Nas and The Weeknd in addition to his debut album North, and his Baile Funk EP series Da Rocinha. Plus, not only has he been producing his own music since the age of 12, Sango is a talented graphic designer who impressively has designed all of his releases up to date.

In the past four years, Sango has taken his production skills from his college dorm to cities worldwide and now consistently collaborates with some of the best in the business. Along with touring his Da Rocinha projects in more than 50 cities worldwide, he has produced for some of the industry’s hottest acts, such as Tinashe, Bryson Tiller and Mick Jenkins. It’s clear that he is more than just a producer, but an artist in his own right — and his music is just one component of the growing statement he wishes to make.

This Friday, Sango will perform at 1015 Folsom with a slew of support from MIKOS DA GAWD, Antonio Guedes, Matt Haze, Kush Arora, DOUBLE B, Danado, Izzy Wise and more as part of  SF’s Brazilian Party put on by Braza! Tickets are available for $25, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

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Fruit Bats: September 20th (WED) @ The Chapel
Paul Kalkbrenner: September 21st (THURS) @ 1015 Folsom
Psychic TV: September 21st (THURS) @ The Independent
Japanese Breakfast: September 21st (THURS) @ Swedish American Music Hall
Valley Queen: September 21st (THURS) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Deerhoof: September 21st (THURS) @ Great American Music Hall
Martha Wainwright: September 22nd (FRI) @ Cafe Du Nord
Savoy: September 23rd (SAT) @ Mezzanine
Public Service Broadcasting: September 24th (SUN) @ Swedish American Music Hall
Downtown Boys: September 24th (SUN) @ Starline Social Club


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Shabazz Palaces at Great American Music Hall 8/18 (FRI)

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Shabazz Palaces with Porter Ray, FELA KUTCHii //
Great American Music Hall – San Francisco
August 18th, 2017 //

2017 has been a huge year for Seattle-based experimental hip-hop group Shabazz Palaces. From the minds of Ishmael Butler (aka Palaceer Lazaro) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai “Baba” Maraire, the duo broke onto the scene in 2009 with its first two EPs Eagles Soar, Oil Flows and The Seven New, which were both self-released anonymously. Subsequently, those releases led to Shabazz Palaces’ instant popularity and them signing with the renowned Sub Pop Records as one of the label’s few hip-hop acts.

In 2011, they dropped their debut LP Black Up, which was named as the No. 1 album among local music acts by the Seattle Times. Then in 2014, their second studio album Lese Majesty premiered at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center Laser Dome and went on to be a huge hit with fans. So far this year, Shabazz Palaces have already released two themed albums, entitled Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, that views modern America as though it were a strange planet.

Influenced by abstract muses, Butler and Maraire often find inspiration in various podcasts, mixtapes, jazz overtones and African percussion, and for their newest albums, utilized that material to tell the story of a protagonist by the name of Quazarz (and played by Butler) who navigates this new planet that feels familiar and terrifying on Gangster Star. Meanwhile, the ensuing Jealous Machines depicts how devices are used as extensions of ourselves and how we have become dependent on them to exist. What makes Shabazz Palaces compelling to listen to is their free-form composition structure that allows the listener to make their own conclusions and mental connections.

This Friday, Shabazz Palaces will perform at The Great American Music Hall with support from Porter Ray and FELA KUTCHii. Tickets are available for $25, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


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Sleepy Sun: August 17th (THUR) @ The Independent
Your Fearless Leader: August 17th (THUR) @ Slim’s
Pickwick: August 17th (THUR) @ The Chapel
Møme: August 18th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom
Travis Hayes: August 18th (FRI) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Matthew Sweet: August 18th (FRI) @ The Independent
Vetiver: August 18th (FRI) @ Swedish American Music Hall
Neon Indian: August 19th (SAT) @ Cafe Du Nord
Abbot Kinney: August 19th (SAT) @ Great American Music Hall
Summer Soul Celebration: August 19th (SAT) @ The Chapel
Showga: August 20th (SUN) @ The Swedish American Music Hall
Laetitia Sadier: August 20th (SUN) @ The Chapel


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to XXYYXX’s secret show 8/12 (SAT)

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XXYYXX (Live) with Elderbrook (Live), DJ Pierre //
Secret Location – San Francisco
August 12th, 2017 //

At just 21 years old, Marcel Everett is a prominent record producer and electronic musician who records and performs under the name XXYYXX. Growing up in Orlando, he began his career at 13, eventually finding himself deeply experimenting with electronic music.

Influenced by Lapalux, Star Slinger and Disclosure, Everett engrossed himself in creating his own crisp, experimental-bass sound and started building a following through his remixes of Usher, Future and Tinashe. His big break came back in 2013, when his single “Pay Attention” exceeded 1 million plays on Bandcamp. That same year, he headlined Noise Pop and put out “What We Want” on the “Grand Theft Auto V” soundtrack to further his career.

Everett has spent the majority of this past year touring as well as playing large-scale music festivals like HARD Summer, Mysteryland USA and Ancient Future. In 2016, he was credited for working on Torey Lanez’s single “Flex” that appeared on rapper/singer’s debut LP I Told You. XXYYXX’s hottest tracks include “About You”, “Fields” and “DMT”.

This Saturday, you can catch XXYYXX perform live at an undisclosed location in the Bay Area after UK producer ElderBrook and Chicago’s very own DJ Pierre take the stage at an unofficial all-night Outside Lands 2017 after party. A limited number of tickets are still available for $20, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

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Classixx: August 11th (FRI) @ Mezzanine
A-Trak & Chromeo‘s David Macklovitch: August 11th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Prince Fox at 1015 Folsom 7/28 (FRI)

Prince FoxWritten by Chandler Kirkman //

Prince Fox with Crywolf, TastyTreat//
1015 Folsom – San Francisco
July 28th, 2017 //

In 2014, New York DJ/producer Sam Lassner started releasing music under the name Prince Fox, which was inspired by the characters in the book “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and quickly discovered the limitless possibilities when it comes to making electronic dance music.

Lassner, from there, engrossed himself in creating his own sound and began building a loyal, dedicated following through his various remixes of 3LAU, Sam Smith, Florence & the Machine and CAZZETTE. His big break came just a year later, when he signed with Casablanca Records, a label that’s owned by Universal Music Group and operated under Republic Records.

Prince Fox has continued to soar since he released his collaboration with Melody Noel titled “I Don’t Wanna Love You”, which has accrued over 1.6 million streams on Spotify. His most recent tracks include a remix of Hey Violet’s “Guys My Age” and “Just Call” featuring Bella Thorne, both of which came out earlier this month.

This Friday, you can catch Prince Fox at 1015 Folsom after Crywolf and TastyTreat perform at what’s sure to be one hell of a party. Tickets are available for $22, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


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Feed Me: July 29th (SAT) @ Mezzanine


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to What So Not at 1015 Folsom 5/12 (FRI)

What So NotWritten by Lindsay Alamillo //

What So Not //
1015 Folsom – San Francisco
May 12th, 2017 //

Coachella (read our festival review here) may have come and gone, but your chance to see everyone from that desert lineup is not over! What So Not hits the Bay this weekend for a sold-out show.

Australian producer Chris Emerson began releasing music under the name Emoh Instead in collaboration with Flume back in 2011. He has since ventured off on his own under the alias What So Not and is now signed to OWSLA Records.

What So Not’s big break came in 2014 after the release of “High You Are (Branchez Remix)”, and his name has continued to soar since. His most recent EP Divide & Conquer came out in September as well as the single “Waiting” featuring RL Grime and Skrillex.

Emerson is hitting the festival circuit hard this summer (including a stop at HARD Summer), but he’s also coming to SF as part of his 2017 spring tour. This Friday, What So Not brings his unique style of combining house, hip-hop and bass to 1015 Folsom for what’s sure to be one hell of a party. Tickets are already sold out, but you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


Follow Showbams on Twitter for more contest giveaways throughout the week. Be the first to respond to our contest tweets to GO4FREE to these shows:

Peter Silberman: May 10th (WED) @ Swedish American Hall
Monster Rally: March 12th (FRI) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Japandroids at The Fillmore 3/15 (WED)

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Japandroids with Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers //
The Fillmore – San Francisco
March 15th, 2017 //

Singer/guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse are all who make up Japandroids. Listening to their music, it may surprise you that there are only two members in the band. With a sound big enough to fill arenas, you’d expect them to be more than just a duo, but somehow they manage to the find the energy simply within themselves.

Releasing their critically acclaimed debut LP Post Nothing back in 2009, Japandroids broke into the mainstream with their 2012 follow-up Celebration Rock, certified by UPROXX music critic Steven Hyden as one of the greatest records to drive a car to and get in a fight to — an opinion that’s hard to disagree with if you ask me. In January, the Canadian garage rockers released Near to the Wild Heart of Life, a blistering, full-length assault that further expands their sound into more pop-friendly territory.

With their capabilities onstage receiving equal acclaim to their studio efforts, it’s no surprise that they’re playing two nights at The Fillmore, with the second show set for this Wednesday. Tickets are available for $25, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Wednesday at 3 p.m.


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Thao (of The Get Down Stay Down): March 15th (WED) @ The Chapel
Emily Wells: March 16th (THUR) @ The New Parish
Keys N Krates: March 17th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom
G. Love & Special Sauce: March 17th (FRI) @ The Independent
Poor Man’s Whiskey: March 18th (SAT) @ Great American Music Hall
Xiu Xiu: March 19th (SUN) @ The Chapel


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to The Coathangers at Brick & Mortar Music Hall 3/10 (FRI)

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The Coathangers with Girl Tears, The Heartlights //
Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco
March 10th, 2017 //

In keeping with the themes of International Women’s Day and the general relentless push forward toward crushing the patriarchy (something we welcome here at Showbams), we’re psyched to see The Coathangers in SF this week.

An all-female trio hailing from Atlanta, The Coathangers started as a no-frills garage-punk band, playing house parties here and there. Now a decade later, they’ve made a name for themselves with their jagged guitar hooks and boisterous choruses, reaching new heights thanks to their most recent album Nosebleed Weekend.

Combining elements of post-punk, pop rock and their tried-and-true garage-fun sound, Nosebleed Weekend has been hailed as a breakthrough for the trio, with Paste not only considering it “a triumph,” but also their “strongest top-to-bottom album.”

This Friday, you can catch The Coathangers at Brick & Mortar Music Hall after Girls Tears and The Heartlights open the show. Tickets are available for $15, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


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Pure Bathing Culture: March 9th (THUR) @ The Chapel
Gavin Turek: March 9th (THUR) @ The New Parish
SG Lewis: March 10th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom


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Noise Pop 2017 Shows of the Week // GO4FREE to Weyes Blood, Desert Daze Caravan, Kelis & more

Noise Pop 2017Written by Molly Kish & Brett Ruffenach //

Noise Pop //
Bay Area venues – San Francisco & Oakland
February 17th–27th, 2017 //

Noise Pop is officially here, and the Bay Area is serving as home to some of the world’s best independent artists this week. There’s so much to see and hear in some of our favorite bars and venues — and we want you to get out there and participate!

While most Noise Pop shows are sure to sell out, we have you covered with tickets to a wide variety of them. Pick your favorite show from the list below and enter to win tickets.

Hint: Those who directly tweet @showbams or tag us on Instagram with their personal requests will have that much better of a chance of winning!

Contests for all weekday shows end at 3 p.m. on the day of show. Contests for all weekend shows end at 3 p.m. this Friday.


Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood: February 21st (TUE) @ Swedish American Hall // BUY TICKETS
GunkTVRecords founder as well as longtime Ariel Pink collaborator Weyes Blood brings her ethereal edge to the Swedish American Hall. Accompanied by Half Waif, Young Moon and a celebration of 20 Minute Loop’s record release and 20th anniversary, this singer-songwriter showcase will be one for the books. – MK

Contest ends this Tuesday at 3 p.m.


Hazel English

Hazel English: February 21st (TUE) @ Rickshaw Stop // BUY TICKETS
Females are holding it down on Tuesday at Rickshaw Stop as Aussie-turned-Oakland-resident Hazel English gets top billing thanks to her interspersed, dreamy and melodic vocal abilities. Joined by sister artists Elsa y ElMar, Tanukichan and Maggie Y/O, the lineup offers a stacked bill that beautifully spans indie rock, shoegaze and pop. – MK

Contest ends this Tuesday at 3 p.m.


Desert Daze Caravan

Desert Daze Caravan: February 22nd (WED) @ The Chapel // BUY TICKETS
Desert Daze, the innovative psychedelic-rock festival that took place last October in Joshua Tree, is bringing a special showcase to Noise Pop that’s led by UK experimental-rock outfit Temples, who bring their 60’s vibes to The Chapel alongside intriguing up-and-comers like psych-R&B group Night Beats and the fast-and-fierce female rock duo Deap Vally. – BR

Contest ends this Wednesday at 3 p.m.


Kelis

Kelis: February 22nd (WED) @ 1015 Folsom // BUY TICKETS
Kelis is one of New York’s most famous female hip-hop acts over the last decade. Best known for her 2006 smash hit “Milkshake”, Kelis is surely one of the bossiest artists to take the stage at Noise Pop this year. Grab your diamonds and grills, folks. – BR

Contest ends this Wednesday at 3 p.m.


Julia Holter

Julia Holter (solo): February 22nd (WED) @ Swedish American Hall // BUY TICKETS
Singer, songwriter, director, composer and artist, Julia Holter continues to wear a number of different creative hats. Headlining a show full of baroque pop and ambient music, she’ll be joined by Midnight Sister, Madeline Kenney and Doncat for what should be a unforgettable night at the Swedish American Hall. – MK

Contest ends this Wednesday at 3 p.m.


Moon Duo

Moon Duo: February 23rd (THU) @ The Chapel // BUY TICKETS
Portland-based psychedelic-rock group Moon Duo combine the entrancing nature of shoegaze with the transcendent feeling of psych-rock and enough flange to satisfy even the most ardent Tame Impala fans. Touring in support of their new album Occult Architecture Vol. 1 & 2, Moon Duo’s visceral synth and entrancing guitar work is surely not something to miss. – BR

Contest ends Thursday, February 23rd at 3 p.m.


Japanese Breakfast

Japanese Breakfast: February 23rd (THU) @ Rickshaw Stop // BUY TICKETS
Thursday is all about avant-garde folk, with a roster featuring experimental fusions of pop, indie rock and world music. Philadelphia’s own Japanese Breakfast (born Michelle Zauner) headlines the show, which includes opening acts Miya Folick, Dante Elephante and Flying Circles for what is easily one of Noise Pop’s most unique lineups. – MK

Contest ends this Thursday at 3 p.m.


Barclay Crenshaw

Barclay Crenshaw: February 23rd (THU) @ 1015 Folsom // BUY TICKETS
As it turns out, Claude VonStroke’s real name is even cooler than his fake one. From the man behind the Bay Area’s favorite record label Dirtybird, Barclay Crewshaw is a new project that turns from VonStroke’s thumping upbeat house beats that we’ve come to love to the exciting world of experimental hip-hop, sometimes known as West Coast bass. His production skills are out of this world as he takes you on a spacious, booming and psychedelic journey that’s sure to satisfy any bass head’s appetite. – BR

Contest ends this Thursday at 3 p.m.


Crocodiles

Crocodiles: February 23rd (THU) @ Bottom of the Hill // BUY TICKETS
Hitting Bottom of the Hill with a wave of garage rock and punk, Crocodiles will be hitting the stage for a raucous warm-up on the final leg of their cross-country tour. They’ll be taking the stage alongside Hot Flash Heat Wave and NRVS LVRS, making it one of Noise Pop’s strongest and most compelling bills. – MK

Contest ends this Thursday at 3 p.m.


Kevin Abstract

Kevin Abstract: February 23rd (THU) @ The New Parish // BUY TICKETS
Kevin Abstract is a jack-of-all-trades. Filmmaker, writer, singer and songwriter, Abstract has managed to achieve quite a bit before he celebrates his 21st birthday this year. With a smooth flow and pop sensibility, he’s sure to deliver a powerful performance at The New Parish. – BR

Contest ends this Thursday at 3 p.m.


Deviation

Deviation: February 24th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom // BUY TICKETS
With a lineup featuring Hudson Mohawke, Francois K, Teklife, Seven Davis Jr., Jay Daniel, and Benji B and Judah performing back to back, it’s hard to capture how much good music will be blaring through 1015’s numerous rooms during Deviation. Hudson Mohawke is likely the main draw for all future-beats fans, but it’s Teklife and BBC Radio 1’s Benji B who you should really stick around for. This should be a good one. – BR

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable (acoustic): February 24th (FRI) @ Swedish American Hall // BUY TICKETS
Welsh alt-rock powerhouse The Joy Formidable return to the Bay to take over the Swedish American Hall with some help from Emily Jane White and Everyone Is Dirty. All three acts bring their own blend of pop, hi-fi, garage rock and post-punk, this is a true blend of local and international talent that knows how to push the envelope. – MK

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


Mothers

Mothers: February 24th (FRI) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall // BUY TICKETS
Emerging from the tried-and-true arts and music scene in Athens, Ga., Mothers started as singer-songwriter Kristine Leschper’s solo project before morphing into a four-piece band. Combining Leschper’s haunting vocals and drummer Matthew Andregg’s punchy rhythms, Mothers have found an entrancing sound that is sure to captivate fans of female rock stars like Courtney Barnett and Angel Olsen. – BR

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


The Mother Hips

The Hip Replacements: February 24th (FRI) @ The New Parish // BUY TICKETS
One of the West Coast’s longstanding jam-rock bands, The Mother Hips are a California rock ‘n’ roll institution, touring the world and writing songs as both consummate instrumentalists and seasoned songwriters before Bill Clinton entered the White House. With singer/guitarist Tim Bluhm unable to perform due to an ongoing injury, the rest of the band — Greg Loiacono (guitar, vocals), John Hofer (drums) and Scott Thunes (bass) — will join forces with Bob Reed (Overwhelming Colorfast, Oranger), Johnny Irion and Dave Zirbel (San Geronimo) to unveil a mixture of songs by The Mother Hips and The Replacements on this night. – BR

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


The Family Crest

The Family Crest: February 25th (SAT) @ Swedish American Hall // BUY TICKETS
An evening of ensemble acts headlined by The Family Crest comes to the Swedish American Music Hall on Saturday, bringing an audible range of local talent to the stage at the intimate venue. In what promises to be a night of orchestral indie-rock bliss, all four acts will present their own unique genre-melding style, making for a neo-symphony on Saturday night. – MK

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


Ceremony

Ceremony: February 26th (SUN) @ The Chapel // BUY TICKETS
Ceremony are a no-nonsense punk band from Sonoma County. Both focused and at times sonically explosive, Ceremony have found their own sound and set themselves apart from similar-sounding groups such as Black Flag and Dillinger Escape Plan. They’re capable of balancing melody and musicianship with that intangible, white-knuckled feeling that can only be described as pure rock ‘n’ roll. – BR

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


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Noise Pop 2017: Celebrating 25 years of Bay Area indie culture

Noise Pop 2017Written by Molly Kish //

Noise Pop //
Bay Area venues – San Francisco & Oakland
February 17th–27th, 2017 //

Marking its 25th anniversary this month as the West Coast’s premiere independent music and arts festival, Noise Pop returns to take over more than 30 clubs, theaters and art spaces in the Bay Area. With residencies at various locations in SF and Oakland, the festival officially kicks off with its 2017 film series and art exhibits leading into 11 days of live musical performances from nationally recognized and locally curated acts.

This year’s roster includes members of Animal Collective, Vince Staples, BADBADNOTGOOD, Dawes, Kelis, Hudson Mohawke, Ty Segall and more, Noise Pop continues its legacy as one of the nation’s leading purveyors of independent music, culture and arts.

To help you navigate this year’s Noise Pop lineup, we have locked in our top picks for the fest’s happy hours, art shows, film series and concerts. Check out our full list of favorites below and prepare yourself for what’s to come!


Noise Pop 2017 - Mission Bowling Club

Art Shows

The Flavors of Noise Pop: February 1st-March 7th @ Mission Bowling Club


Noise Pop 2017 - film series

Films

Festival (featuring Q&A with director Michael Raspatello and panelists Allen Scott, Jordan Kurland & Kevin Arnold): February 17th (FRI) @ Swedish American Hall (8 p.m., $12, All Ages)

The Art of Listening: February 17th (FRI) @ Roxie Theatre (6:30 p.m., $12, All Ages)

My Buddha Is Punk: February 18th (SAT) @ Artists’ Television Access (2 p.m., $12, All Ages)


Noise Pop 2017 - Tricycle Records

Happy Hours

Tricycle Records Presents Hot Toddies, Great Apes & Brasil: February 23rd (THU) @ Bender’s Bar & Grill (5 p.m., 21+)

Different Fur Presents: OCD, Trash Vampires & Phosphene: February 24th (FRI) @ Bender’s Bar & Grill (5 p.m., 21+)


Noise Pop 2017 - Sunday Smörgåsbord

Other Events

Sunday Smörgåsbord: February 26th (SUN) @ Swedish American Hall (FREE RSVP, 21+)

Schedule:
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — “Showga” Yoga Set to Live Music (by Everyone Is Dirty’s Sivan Lioncub)
12-6 p.m. — 1-2-3-4 GO! Pop-Up Vinyl Store
12-6 p.m. — Vinyl Tapestry Part II: The Scarpati Brothers Rock Photo and Art Show
1-3 p.m. — The MailChimp Brunch Time Happy Hour
3-4 p.m. — Noise Pop Live Podcast
4-6 p.m. — Litquake: I Thought It Sucked


Cloud Nothings


Cloud Nothings

Music

Cloud Nothings with Itsaca, Never Young, Kid Trails: February 20th (MON) @ The Independent (7:30 p.m., $20, 21+)

Weyes Blood with Half Waif, 20 Minute Loop, Young Moon: February 21st (TUES) @ Swedish American Hall (7 p.m., $15, All Ages) // WIN TICKETS

Hazel English with Elsa Y Elmar, Tanukichan, Maggie y/o: February 21st (TUES) @ Rickshaw Stop (8 p.m., $12, All Ages) // WIN TICKETS

Diet Cig with Plush, Joyride!, Shutups: February 22nd (WED) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall (7 p.m., $15, 18+)

Desert Daze Caravan Festival featuring Temples, Night Moves, Deap Valley, Froth, JJUUJJUU: February 22nd (WED) @ The Chapel (7 p.m., $34, All Ages) // WIN TICKETS

The Palms with The Young Wild, Warbly Jets, NYRE: February 22nd (WED) @ Rickshaw Stop (8 p.m., $12, 18+)

Kelis with Rayana Jay, Cellus: February 22nd (WED) @ 1015 Folsom (10 p.m., $10, 21+) // WIN TICKETS

PWR BTTM with Chaos Chaos, Soar, The Total Betty’s: February 23rd (THU) @ Starline Social Club (21+, SOLD OUT)

Tash Sultana with Monster Rally, John Cashman, Affectionately: February 23rd (THU) @ Swedish American Hall (All Ages, SOLD OUT)

BADBADNOTGOOD with Hodgy, London O’Connor: February 23rd (THU) @ The Fillmore (18+, SOLD OUT)

Crocodiles with AJ Dávila, Hot Flash Heat Wave, NRVS LVRS: February 23rd (THU) @ Bottom of the Hill (7:30pm, $15, All Ages) // WIN TICKETS

Kevin Abstract with Bearface, Hugo, Hobo Johnson: February 23rd (THU) @ The New Parish (8 p.m., $18, 21+) // WIN TICKETS

Barclay Crenshaw with AABO, Chiller Whale, Jackson Waites, Roeviscious: February 23rd (THU) @ 1015 Folsom (10 p.m., $15, 21+) // WIN TICKETS

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Hanni El Khatib

Hanni El Khatib with The Buttertones, The Molochs, Innovative Leisure DJs: February 24th (FRI) @ The Chapel (7 p.m., $20, All Ages)

Matt Pond PA with Before the Brave, Hideout, The Bye Bye Blackbirds: February 24th (FRI) @ Bottom of the Hill (7:30 p.m., $16, All Ages)

Deafheaven with This Will Destroy You, Emma Ruth Rundle: February 24th (FRI) @ The Independent (8:30 p.m., $20, 21+)

Hudson Mohawke with Francios K, Teklife, DJ Spinn, And Taye, Jay Daniel, Seven Davis Jr., Benji B. & Judah: February 24th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom (10 p.m., $20, 21+) // WIN TICKETS

Vince Staples with Kilo Kish: February 25th (SAT) @ Fox Theater Oakland (7 p.m., $30, All Ages)

Tennis with Hoops, Great American Canyon Band & Owl Paws: February 25th (SAT) @ Great American Music Hall (18+, SOLD OUT)

MSTRKRFT with Maniacs, MPHD, NVO: February 25th (SAT) @ Mezzanine (9 p.m., $25, 21+)

The Radio Dept. with Germans, The Bilinda Butchers, Future Shapes: February 25th (SAT) @ The Independent (7:30 p.m., $25, 21+)

Grandaddy with Minihorse, N.Lannon, Goon: February 26th (SUN) @ Bimbo’s 365 Club (7 p.m., SOLD OUT, 18+)

Radical Face: February 26th (SUN) @ The Fillmore (8 p.m., $25, All Ages)

Ty Segall with Shannon and the Clams, White Fence, Axis: February 27th (MON) @ Fox Theater Oakland (6 p.m., $25, All Ages)


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Lupe Fiasco at 1015 Folsom 11/16 (WED)

Lupe FiascoWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

Lupe Fiasco with The Boy Illinois, RXMN //
1015 Folsom – San Francisco
November 16th, 2016 //

From his explosion onto the rap scene to who he is today, Lupe Fiasco has always been a rapper who will not compromise who he is for the limelight. A Chicago-born emcee who emerged from the “nerd rap” scene and caught the ear of artists like Kanye West and Talib Kweli, Fiasco’s best skill is a remarkably smooth flow over deep, complex lyrics.

Both accessible and robust, Fiasco’s catalog has contributed to the stylings of rappers like Nas and Common while expanding Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s famous single “The Message” into a more radio-friendly territory. His career, meanwhile, has been one of constant mishaps and challenges, from botched album releases to ill-conceived pop-crossover efforts to even protests by his dedicated fan base at his label Atlantic Records. Preemptive retirement announcements, canceled shows and a disappointing sequel to his seminal debut LP in 2012 have all held back the CEO of 1st & 15th Entertainment in recent years.

But with the release of his most recent effort Tetsuo & Youth, Fiasco has seemingly gotten his groove back. A fine-tuned production with the smooth-yet-complex lyricism built on dizzying layers of rhyme, double entendre, wordplay and references ranging anywhere between Steve Urkel and a Thomas Pynchon novel. Tetsuo & Youth is a redemption album for Fiasco, and we couldn’t be happier to see him return to his most true form.

Touring in support of Tetsuo & Youth, Fiasco will headline 1015 Folsom this Wednesday with support from The Boy Illinois and RXMN. Tickets are available for $40-50, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Lupe Fiasco - 1015 Folsom


Follow Showbams on Twitter for more contest giveaways throughout the week. Be the first to respond to our contest tweets to GO4FREE to these shows:

Golden Suits: November 15th (TUE) @ Swedish American Hall
Natasha Kmeto: November 16th (WED) @ Swedish American Hall
Matt Costa: November 17th (THUR) @ Slim’s
Joe Budden: November 17th (THUR) @ The New Parish
Ricky Eat Acid: November 17th (THUR) @ Swedish American Hall
Red Fang: November 18th (FRI) @ Slim’s
Sun Kil Moon: November 18th (FRI) @ Great American Music Hall
The Stone Foxes: November 18th (FRI) @ The Independent
Jay Som: November 18th (FRI) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Stones Throw 20th Anniversary Tour: November 18th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom
Should We Run: November 19th (SAT) @ The Independent


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Clams Casino at Mezzanine 9/15 (THUR)

Clams CasinoWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

Clams Casino //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
September 15th, 2016 //

As one of the fastest-rising producers in the world, Clams Casino (born Michael Volpe) has made a name for himself by combining familiar hip-hop rhythms with a unique, ominous sound. With its atmospheric synth and vocal distortions, his groundbreaking EP Rainforest released in 2011 quickly set Clams Casino apart from other crossover producers. Tracks like “Treetop” and “Waterfalls”, for example, best demonstrate his remarkable ability to meld arrangements that use vocal melodies as more of a side dish than the main course.

Over the past couple of years, Clams Casino has continued to hone his style through a trilogy of mixtapes titled Instrumentals, Instrumentals 2 and Instrumentals 3. In July, he released his first official LP 32 Levels, featuring a guest list of up-and-coming producers, hip-hop emcees like Vince Staples and Lil B, and singers such as Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring and alt-J’s Joe Newman. With bangers (“All Nite”) in addition to brooding, melancholy tracks (“Blast”, “Skull”), Clams Casino’s productions have evolved into a style that cannot be ignored.

Touring in support of 32 Levels, Clams Casino will take the stage in SF at Mezzanine this Thursday with “special guests” billed to join him. Maybe Lil B (aka “The BasedGod”) will grace us with his presence, too?

No matter who joins Volpe, this is not a show to sleep on. Tickets are available for $20-23, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Thursday at 3 p.m.


Follow Showbams on Twitter for more contest giveaways throughout the week. Be the first to respond to our contest tweets to GO4FREE to these shows:

Travis Hayes: September 15th (THUR) @ The Independent
Junior Toots: September 15th (THUR) @ Slim’s
Kimock with special guests: September 16th (FRI) @ Great American Music Hall
Brainfeeder Afterparty: September 16th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom
John Doe & Exene Cervenka: September 17th (SAT) @ Slim’s
St. Motel: September 17th (SAT) @ Great American Music Hall
Goapele: September 17th (SAT) @ Mezzanine
Entrance: September 17th (SAT) @ Swedish American Hall
Porches: September 18th (SUN) @ The Independent


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Chromeo keep things funky at 1015 Folsom

ChromeoBy Lisette Worster //

Chromeo (DJ set) with Sweater Funk //
1015 Folsom – San Francisco
July 22nd, 2016 //

Montreal two-piece Chromeo performed a late-night DJ set at 1015 Folsom last Friday. The duo comprised of David “Dave 1” Macklovitch and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel are best known for putting on their energetic live shows, but they didn’t disappoint while manning the decks in SF either.

Playing remixes of all their hits, these two Canadian funk lords offered a funky-house vibe for all to enjoy. And to no one’s surprise, the place was jumping until the very end of the night as fans showed off their “fancy footwork.”

SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Chromeo (DJ set) at 1015 Folsom 7/22 (FRI)

ChromeoWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

Chromeo (DJ set) with Sweater Funk //
1015 Folsom – San Francisco
July 22nd, 2016 //

Chromeo cannot be labeled as one genre, but you know it when you hear it. Having spent the past 15 years blending a mix of funk, electronic, soul and pop into their own unique style, the Canadian duo have reached new levels of fame following the release of their fourth full-length record White Women back in 2014, which could be best described as an exercise in borrowed nostalgia, bringing styles old and new into a highly refined, ass-kicking electro-funk album that peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Perhaps the most compelling thing about the Chromeo live experience is the combination of personas between “Dave 1” (David Macklovitch, brother of DJ and award-winning turntablist A-Trak) and “P-Thugg” (Patrick Gemayel). As the two have refined their late-disco pop style (bringing Hall & Oates to mind for many listeners), they have also built their own dedicated fan base around a self-aware, sexy, macho-yet-vulnerable persona -– perfectly suited for the kind of guy who would successfully use a corny pickup line at a bar only because he knows it’s so obviously corny.

Sporting wayfarers and leather jackets behind instruments popped up by curvy light-up legs, Chromeo truly own their own style and haven’t messed with that formula since the release of their debut album She’s in Control. Now, after touring the world and performing on the main stage at some of the biggest music festivals over the past year, Dave 1 and P-Thugg will bring their electro-funk concoction to 1015 Folsom this Friday for a headlining DJ set.

Sweater Funk will be joining the Montreal duo to get the party started. As a crew dedicated to the craft of vinyl-only dance parties, the SF-based DJ collective have focused on sharing their unique sub-genre of choice, better known as “Boogie,” with the world. Considered “The King of Boogie,” special guest Leroy Burgess will be joining the Sweater Funk crew to kick off what is sure to be a special night. Tickets are available for $25, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.

Chromeo - 1015 Folsom


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CeeLo: July 21st (THUR) @ The Independent
Everyone Is Dirty: July 21st (THUR) @ Great American Music Hall
Phoebe Ryan: July 21st (THUR) @ The New Parish
Robert Ellis: July 23rd (SAT) @ Slim’s
Yoni & Geti: July 23rd (SAT) @ Great American Music Hall
Zigaboo Modeliste: July 23rd (SAT) & 24th (SUN) @ The Chapel


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Giraffage at 1015 Folsom 7/8 (FRI)

GiraffageWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

Giraffage //
1015 Folsom – San Francisco
July 8th, 2016 //

At this point, Charlie Yin seems unstoppable. After spending most of 2015 touring the world and performing at major U.S. music festivals like Outside Lands, Electric Daisy Carnival and Life Is Beautiful, the man behind Giraffage has no time to rest.

As a hybrid of pop and trap music blended with some 8-bit Nintendo nostalgia, Yin has found a unique sound in an increasingly bland landscape of electronic music producers. In fact, his remixes of popular R&B songs and solo tracks have gained critical acclaim from music media outlets over the past few years.

Since graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in political economics, Yin has turned his focus to music, releasing two full-length albums — 2011’s Comfort and 2013’s Needs — along with a couple of EPs, most recently No Reason in 2014. Last year, the San Jose native worked with fellow electronic artists Viceroy and Patrick Baker on his single “Impression of You” in addition to dropping remixes of ODESZA and Tinashe.

With his arsenal of samples and two-step beats, Giraffage will return to 1015 Folsom for a headlining show with support from Wingtip, Bollywood Life and a few other special guests. Tickets are available for $25, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.

Giraffage at Folsom 1015


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Mitski: July 8th (FRI) @ Starline Social Club
Beyonce vs. Rihanna (Tribute // Dance Party): July 9th (SAT) @ Mezzanine


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to DMX at Mezzanine 6/18 (SAT)

DMXWritten by Molly Kish //

DMX with Big Von, Legends Live Forever //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
June 18th, 2016 //

Hip-hop legend, actor and Ruff Ryder for life, DMX (born Earl Simmons) has persevered through several challenges in both his personal life and professional career over the past decade. Amidst it all, he has continued to maintain an ever-growing body of work through music and acting, as well as found a higher calling as a transitional deacon in the Christian Church since 2012.

Still impacting the shape and sound of contemporary hip-hop, DMX has been perceived as a stylistic innovator and groundbreaking artist even 25 years after he got into the rap game. He has directly influenced some of the biggest names in the industry with his signature style and impassioned performances and moreover, is currently in the middle of putting the finishing touches on his eighth studio album, which is rumored to feature Kanye West and Dr. Dre.

Bringing his intense flows and catalog of aggressive hip-hop (aka “X gon’ bring it”) to SF this Saturday, DMX will be supported at Mezzanine by Big Von and Legends Live Forever on what is a dream bill of hip-hop nostalgia.

So, are you going to be there to catch the pit bull alpha and Ruff Ryder patriarch in all of his snarling glory? Tickets are available for $40 (GA) and $60 (VIP), or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


Follow Showbams on Twitter for more contest giveaways throughout the week. Be the first to respond to our contest tweets to GO4FREE to these shows:

The Donkeys: June 16th (THUR) @ The Independent
Wolfgang Gartner: June 17th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom
Céu: June 17th (FRI) @ Great American Music Hall
Frederico Aubele: June 17th (FRI) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Idlehands: June 19th (SUN) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall


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