Show of the Week: GO4FREE to Protomartyr at Starline Social Club 3/11 (SUN)

ProtomartyrWritten by Chandler Kirkman //

Protomartyr //
Starline Social Club – Oakland
March 11th, 2018 //

Detroit’s Protomartyr have been making waves with their post-punk material, which features Joe Casey (vocals), Greg Ahee (guitar), Scott Davidson (bass) and Alex Leonard (drums), ever since they formed back in 2008. Four years after joining forces, the quartet released its debut album No Passion, All Technique via Urinal Cake Records.

That same year, Protomartyr followed with their single “Colpi Proibiti” before dropping Under Color of Official Right in 2014. Filled with a raw sensibility and highlighted by Casey’s baritone vocals, the band’s sophomore LP became a sensation for post-punk fans, who often compared its sound to Joy Division, the Fall and Nick Cave.

Protomartyr, after rising in the punk scene, came back a little more than 12 months later with their third album The Agent Intellect, which was critically acclaimed by a multitude of major media outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone and Spin.

After touring all across the U.S. and Europe while performing at South by Southwest, CMJ Music Marathon and Pitchfork Music Festival, Protomartyr signed with Domino Records a year ago and delivered their latest studio effort Relatives in Descent that shows the group’s continued evolution through new layers and insights without taking away the edge it once cultivated in earlier times.

This Sunday, Protomartyr will pay a visit to the Starline Social Club in Oakland and hit the stage for a special live performance. Tickets are available for $15, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

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SYML: March 7th (WED) @ Swedish American Hall                          
Sander Klingenberg: March 10th (SAT) @ Mezzanine


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

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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.

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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 Hot Chip (DJ set) at Mezzanine 11/22 (WED)

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Hot Chip feat. Felix Martin, Joe Goddard//
Mezzanine – San Francisco
November 22nd, 2017 //

Since forming in 2000 and releasing their debut EP Mexico, Hot Chip have remained one of today’s most distinctive and innovative bands with the way they combine indie and dance music in a refreshing manner. In addition to being known for their exciting, upbeat DJ sets and one-of-a-kind live performances, the London outfit has put out six studio albums, two mixed LPs, and both national and international radio mixes.

While Mexico launched the septet to stardom, frontman Alexis Taylor’s dreamy falsettos and Joe Goddard’s gruff vocals, plinky pianos and hypnotic, pulse-like techno beats have drawn more and more fans in worldwide. Each and every Hot Chip show feels unique, as the band’s members reinvent their original studio compositions and form an intense live improvisation that creates an energetic atmosphere.

Over the last 17 years, Hot Chip have performed in front of thousands at major music festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. The group has also received its fair share of accolades and recognition, including a Mercury Prize nomination for The Warning in 2006, a Grammy nomination for “Ready for the Floor” in 2009 and most recently, two Virgin Media Music award nominations in 2010.

Hot Chip released their sixth and most recent LP Why Make Sense? in 2015, reuniteing them with In Our Heads producer Mark Ralph as they explored a variety of sounds, from 90’s R&B to disco to post-punk.

This Wednesday, celebrate Thanksgiving one day early with a special extended DJ set from Felix Martin and Joe Goddard of Hot Chip. Tickets are available for $20, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

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Baio: November 21st (TUES) @ Rickshaw Stop
Dhani Harrison: November 22nd (WED) @ The Chapel
Lyrics Born: November 25th (SAT) @ The Independent
Swingin’ Utters: November 25th (SAT) @ Slim’s
Louisiana Love Act: November 25th (SAT) @ Great American Music Hall


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to The Stone Foxes at The Independent 11/17 (FRI)

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The Stone Foxes with Thee Commons, Jonny Ramada //
The Independent – San Francisco
November 17th, 2017 //

The Stone Foxes are SF’s rock band. Originating in the sleepy foothills of California’s Central Valley where former founding member Aaron Mort as well as brothers Spence (guitar, vocals) and Shannon Koehler (drums, harmonica, vocals) grew up, the group formed while attending San Francisco State University when Elliot Peltzman (keyboards, vocals), Vince Dewald (bass, vocals) and Ben Andrews (guitar, vocals) came aboard.

Since their formation in 2005, The Stone Foxes have carried the torch of their predecessors with the knowledge and belief that rock ‘n’ roll can move a new generation. After spending the first few years together developing and balancing its musical style, the six-piece’s self-titled debut LP hit the shelves in 2008 and was met with adoration.

Over the last few years, The Stone Foxes have played in front of thousands at major music festivals and have been featured on TV shows, such as Showtime’s “Shameless” and FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”. They’ve headlined the legendary Fillmore in SF and toured with huge bands like The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant and ZZ Top, invoking their audiences with a commanding, energetic stage presence that has built them a strong reputation among live music fans.

The Stone Foxes’ fourth and most recent LP Twelve Spells came out in 2015 and chronicles their new beginning with lyrics and sounds that take on the issues of their lives and ours, tying elements of western darkness, punk, surf and Americana to their rock ‘n’ roll roots. Their latest single “Broken” dropped earlier this year and has been met with rave reviews.

This Friday, The Stone Foxes will take the stage at The Independent with East LA’s own Thee Commons and SF native Jonny Ramada kicking off the show. Tickets are available for $22, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

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Cold Specks: November 16th (THUR) @ Rickshaw Stop
Gavin Turek: November 17th (FRI) @ The New Parish
James Brown Dance Party: November 17th (FRI) @ Mezzanine


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to HUMANS at Café du Nord 11/10 (FRI)

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HUMANS with Starfari //
Café du Nord – San Francisco
November 10th, 2017 //

Since forming in 2010, Canadian indie-electronic pop duo HUMANS have consistently impressed audiophiles with their composition skills and reputation of performing with unbelievable amounts of energy.

Vancouver’s own Robbie Slade and Peter Riq created HUMANS after spending the summer making music together and then dropped their self-released EP Avec Mes Mecs, which was quickly accepted as a house-party staple by fans around the globe.

HUMANS have established a unique sound through their successful fusion of experimental-electronic elements and catchy, indie-pop hooks that entered the spotlight on their 2012 EP Traps. Consequently, they held the No. 1 spot on the Earshot Electronic charts for six weeks following the release and continue to receive high praise from music media outlets such as Resident Advisor, DJ Mag and Exclaim!

Over the past few years, HUMANS have toured North America with festival slots at South by Southwest, Squamish Valley Music Festival, Bass Coast Music and Arts Festival, CMJ Music Marathon and more, and have been featured in projects with Red Bull, Entourage and MTV. The duo has also steadily been expanding its creative endeavors into the world of directing and visual artistry.

HUMANS’ latest EP Water Water came out in 2016 and has been a hit with electronic music fans as they continue to bring their high-energy, visually-based performances that use live audio input from the crowd, making each show feel like a one-of-a-kind experience, much like HUMANS’ signature sound.

This Friday, HUMANS will hit the stage at Cafe du Nord as Orange County’s own Starfari gets things started with a DJ set. Tickets are available for $15, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

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Shigeto: November 9th (THUR) @ Rickshaw Stop
Pell: November 9th (THUR) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Kelley Stoltz: November 9th (THUR) @ The Chapel
Eric Bellinger: November 9th (THUR) @ The New Parish
Escort: November 10th (FRI) @ Mezzanine
Rebirth Brass Band: November 11th (SAT) @ Mezzanine


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

Andrew WKWritten by Chandler Kirkman //

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.

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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 XXYYXX’s secret show 8/12 (SAT)

XxyyxxWritten by Chandler Kirkman //

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.

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Feed Me: July 29th (SAT) @ Mezzanine


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Jagwar Ma incite a high-energy, psychedelic dance party for their Bay Area fans

Jagwar MaBy Norm de Veyra //

Jagwar Ma with NVO //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
May 24th, 2017 //

Australian psychedelic-dance outfit Jagwar Ma lit up the Mezzanine stage last Wednesday as they currently tour North America in support of their 2016 sophomore LP Every Now & Then.

Providing equal parts high-energy dance party and hazy, dreamy soundscapes, the Sydney trio straddled an exciting line in the current gamut of psych-indie bands.

NVO, another electronic-leaning three-piece from SF, got the crowd worked up with a funky opening set.

Setlist:
What Love
Loose Ends
Uncertainty
O B 1
Give Me a Reason
Ordinary
Come Save Me
Four
Slipping

Encore:
Say What You Feel
Colours of Paradise
The Throw

DIIV showcase their fuzzy riffs, hazy melodies in SF

DIIVBy Norm de Veyra //

DIIV with The Paranoyds //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
May 16th, 2017 //

Brooklyn indie rockers DIIV invaded Mezzanine last Tuesday for a strong set that heavily leaned on material from their 2016 LP Is the Is Are. Led by vocalist/guitarist Zachery Cole Smith, the five-piece obliged the amped-up SF crowd with plenty of fuzzy riffs and hazy melodies.

Opening the show were The Paranoyds. The young punk quartet from Los Angeles stormed the stage with great energy and impressed the audience with solid tracks from their recently released EP Eat Their Own.

The Avalanches make their long-awaited return to SF after more than a decade

The AvalanchesPhotos by Norm de Veyra // Written by Brett Ruffenach //

The Avalanches with Jel //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
April 18th, 2017 //

Amid a flurry of incredible talent that made its way to the Bay Area in April, perhaps the most exciting to see on the list was The Avalanches, considering it has been over a decade since the Australian outfit has toured in the U.S. Walking into a packed Mezzanine on a Tuesday night, Jel warmed up the crowd with some impressive, live-produced hip-hop beats and some decent banter in between tracks.

Shortly after Jel’s set, The Avalanches took the stage, including the five-piece’s two founding members in guitarist Robbie Charter and Tony Diblasi, who manned a mix of drum machines, sampling kits and turntables. The group chose to take its “plunderphonics” style, consisting of intricately woven together samples, and turn it into a live band that boasts drummer Paris Jeffree, singer Eliza Wolfgramm and emcee Spank Rock.

Kicking off with “Because I’m Me”, the opening track on their 2016 sophomore LP Wildflower, which (ranked as my favorite album of the year), there was a clear issue when combining the mixing of their studio samples with what sounded like a conventional funk/rock band.

The Avalanches

While Wolfgramm and Spank Rock could more than hold their own on the mic, the energy coming from the band felt discordant and awkward, forcing Spank Rock to work more as a hype man than as a rapper. As they made their way through classic tracks “Flight Tonight” and “Radio” along with more recent hits like “Subway”, something just seemed … off.

Taking their studio efforts to the stage as a live band may not have been the right decision for The Avalanches, and that’s simply because of what makes them so appealing: their sampling. Sampling, after all, sounds very strange when you’re performing live.

The intricate textures and layers of The Avalanches’ material is what people find incredible about them. Yet, in an attempt to translate these productions into a live show, they ended up sounding more like “Flight Tonight: A Tribute to The Avalanches” than the actual Avalanches.

Setlist:
The Leaves Were Falling
Because I’m Me
Frankie Sinatra
The Guns of Brixton (The Clash cover)
Flight Tonight
Radio
Subways
Live a Lifetime Love
Bump (Spank Rock cover)
Frontier Psychiatrist
Life’s a Bitch (Nas cover)

Encore:
The Noisy Eater
Electricity
Since I Left You

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

Hanni El Khatib


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 Tiga (Live) at The Midway 10/28 (FRI)

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Tiga (Live), Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Martin Buttrich b2b Guti, Edu Imbernon //
The Midway – San Francisco
October 28th, 2016 //

French DJ, producer and world-renowned remix artist Tiga brings his legendary mix of house, electro and UK garage to The Midway, headlining an incredible roster of electronic talent to kick off the Halloween weekend.

Joined by British future house sensation Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, LA-based DJ/percussionist Martin Buttrich playing B2B with latin-jazz/electronic artist Guti, Spain’s own remix master Edu Imbernon and Modular label head Pedro Arbulu rounding out the main room, this party is absolutely stacked.

With a separate lineup gracing the patio that features Margot Lox, Rachel Toro, Elvi and Jill, this night plans to bump into the early morning, delivering up some of the best house sets in the Bay Area this Halloween weekend. Tickets are available for $35-40, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

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Girrafage & XXYYXX: October 31st (MON) @ Mezzanine
King Khan: October 31st (MON) @ Slims
The Masquerade Ball: October 31st (MON) @ The Chapel


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Bloc Party breathe life back into the ‘indie-rock’ club scene at a sold-out Mezzanine

Bloc PartyPhotos by Diana Cordero // Written by Molly Kish //

Bloc Party //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
September 19th, 2016 //

Bloc Party made their triumphant return to the Bay Area last Monday and performed for a capacity crowd at Mezzanine on what was a rare “indie-rock” night at the small club in SF. Rocking a new roster of both original and recently acquired band members, frontman Kele Okereke commanded the room’s attention well into the early-morning hours.

The seminal post-punk quartet blasted through a 17-song setlist that spanned all five of its studio albums and played into the audience’s energy, which reached incredible highs for a weeknight in SF. After celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their debut LP Silent Alarm in 2015, Bloc Party had yet to play such an intimate setting in quite some time.

Bloc Party

On this night, the excitement was palpable for the entire performance, as Okereke’s voice crescendoed throughout the venue. Championing for rail space and dance-floor real estate, fans sang along to every lyric, recalling old memories and creating new ones thanks to Bloc Party’s heavily emotive set. And before Okereke and company jumped into their encore, two new songs were performed, along with snippets of Bjork and Pixies tracks.

In what was truly a special evening for everyone there, Bloc Party proved that they can still breathe life back into club scene after filling stadiums and arenas across the country for the last few years.

Setlist:
Only He Can Heal Me
So Real
She’s Hearing Voices
Mercury
Virtue
Song for Clay (Disappear Here) (Bjork – Big Time Sensuality intro cover)
Banquet
Two More Years
(Unknown)
My True Name
Octopus (Pixies – I’ve Been Tired intro cover)
So He Begins to Lie
The Love Within

Encore:
Stunt Queen
Flux
Helicopter
Ratchet

Dirtybird rings in the fall season at Mezzanine

Dirtybird Quarterly 2016 - Christian Martin


Christian Martin

Photos by Lisette Worster // Written by EJ Bernardo //

Dirtybird Quarterly //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
September 16th, 2016 //

With the dust just starting to settle from Burning Man and summer almost over, the fall quarter is upon us. So, in the spirit of the season, SF record label Dirtybird brought its quarterly showcase to Mezzanine last Friday.

The Dirtybird Campout in Silverado, Calif., may be just weeks away, but these dirty players had no problem slaying some sick beats for the masses. Kicking off the night was Dateless, followed by the adorably foul-mouthed J.Phlip and Sacha Robotti. Christian Martin was up next, dropping an eclectic mix of 70’s disco and trap before DJ Worthy closed things out.

Dirtybird Quarterly 2016 - Sacha Robotti


Sacha Robotti

Although the venue was crowded, entering Mezzanine was a lot smoother than it had been in the past for Dirtybird quarterlies. With a packed house, the club provided bottle service on the top floor, bartenders to keep the drinks flowing and a wonderful light show that synced with the beats being produced onstage. As the music continued to bump through the night, some recognizable artists like J.Phlip and Robotti were spotted roaming the floor.

The night was filled with positive energy until the wee hours of the morning as the crowd was made up of hardcore Dirtybird fans and those who were looking to kick off their weekend with some house-infused fun, with a faint chant of “untz-ah untz-ah” coming from a few audience members at one point during the festivities.

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.


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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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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to The Detroiter: Block Party at Heron Arts 7/30 (SAT)

Matthew Dear


Matthew Dear

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The Detroiter: Block Party feat. Matthew Dear, Shigeto, Lusine, Christopher Willits //
Heron Arts – San Francisco
July 30th, 2016 //

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is just a little over a week away if you can believe it, (see our 10 favorite features of the festival here), but to hold you over until next weekend’s festivities at Golden Gate Park, Heron Arts has assembled an impressive lineup of artists for “The Detroiter” summer block party this Saturday.

Located in SOMA on Heron St., the gallery will open its doors and put on a showcase of more than 50 artists from around the globe, curated and brought to SF by Detroit-based Inner State Gallery. Joining the swaths of visual artists will be members of the Detroit-based record label Ghostly International, including electronic music producers Matthew Dear (who founded the label), Shigeto, Lusine and Christopher Willits.

Dear is a musician and artist that cannot be bound to a single genre. With a range of styles, the Texas native has worn a number of hats, from avant-garde electronic producer to house DJ to rock bandleader. He has made a name for himself through his work released under his own name as well as through various side projects like Audion, False and Jabberjaw. The release of Dear’s debut LP Leave Luck to Heaven in 2003 immediately caught the attention of dance and experimental artists alike, most notably receiving praise for his hit single “Dog Days”.

Over the last decade, Dear has continued to expand on his production style, incorporating African-influenced rhythms with elements of ambient noise and pop. This progression has culminated in the form of his most recent album, 2012’s Beams, a bold, unrestrained dance party that brings his vocals and songwriting to a centered, more personal level that are best demonstrated through the gothic vocals and foot-stomping rhythm of “Her Fantasy”. Dear’s prolific career as a producer, songwriter, visual-arts designer and record label executive has established him as a leader in the next generation of Detroit-based electronic music.

Shigeto


Shigeto

Shigeto is a project that would surprise you to learn it’s actually managed by only one person: Zachary Shigeto Saginaw. With a musical style that features hip-hop beats among a dizzying number of ambient sounds and manipulated samples, the Ann Arbor, Mich., native has found a unique place in today’s beat-driven music scene by incorporating his formal training in jazz drumming into his intricately woven sets.

Saginaw gained considerable popularity stemming from his 2013 album No Better Time Than Now, that featured unpredictable, poly-rhythmic tracks like “Detroit Pt. 1” and “Ringleader”. Now, after the release of his 2015 LP Intermission, Shigeto has really hit his stride, expanding the rhythmic possibilities of his style, using the framework of dance music as a petri dish to integrate in his own unique jazz and funk influences. As a producer and as a live performer, Shigeto brings a style to the electronic music scene that is set apart from the rest.

Joining Dear and Shigeto this Saturday afternoon and evening at Heron Arts will be Lusine, an experimental electronic music producer from Texas who now resides in Seattle, and SF-based musician Christopher Willits, who frequently collaborates with Tycho composer/bandleader Scott Hansen. Tickets are available for $35, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.

The Detroiter - Block Party


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Moving Units: July 27th (WED) @ The Independent
Black Milk: July 28th (THUR) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Pam the Funkstress: July 29th (FRI) @ Slim’s
Club Cheval: July 30th (SAT) @ Mezzanine


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

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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.

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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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DMX exhibits plenty of bark, almost some bite in SF

DMXPhotos by Alister Mori // Written by Paul Ronas-Tanner //

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

DMX, aka Dark Man X himself, visited the Bay Area last month to headline Mezzanine on a Friday night with local DJ Big Von and SF hip-hop group Legends Live Forever. As soon as I found out I was going, I could already hear Earl Simmons’ low growls exploding into loud barking inside my head. The barking got louder as the show neared and turned into yells by the time my friends and I walked into the venue.

When we entered Mezzanine the room was almost full, so we went right to the back bar to avoid the last-minute drink rush. Walking through the crowd to find any space that would allow for free movement is always difficult with a drink in each hand, but we found one, 15 feet just right of the stage.

Thirty minutes after claiming our spot and pounding our beers, the lights dimmed and you could hear X’s infamous dog growl. I remember hearing “It’s Dark” and “Hell Is Hot in 1998” when I was much younger and thought, “Wow, this guy is on something else!” (which would also be proven later on by his many run-ins with authority), but even then, I knew DMX was one of kind.

DMX

There is no deeper growl in hip-hop than DMX’s. At the age of 45, his gritty sound that can suddenly become melodic has long been a style to be reckoned with in the East Coast rap scene. After more than two decades in the game and a number of hits in his catalog, the Yonkers, N.Y., native came out swinging at Mezzanine. He asked us, “Where the Hood At?” and of course, made us act a fool. He even made me wish I had my own dirt bike when his signature “Ruff Ryders Anthem” came on.

But what I didn’t expect was Simmons asking the crowd to join him in prayer. “OK, D. I’ll give this a try,” I quietly thought to myself. He thanked the Lord for all his blessings and for being in SF when he noticed someone in the crowd was “mocking” him. I could quickly tell this was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime moment as he called out the person in front of everyone there, telling him that he would “knock his ass out in the name of the Lord!” As serious as X was at that instant, it was hard not to find his threat a little bit funny.

As a Catholic myself, I had to give it to DMX for using his platform to promote positivity even if not all of the crowd was into it, which probably led to the brief moment of confrontation. Fortunately, nothing escalated before he asked the crowd my favorite question of the night: “What DO these bitches want from me?!?!”

DMX

After thanking the man up above and free styling gospel in between his anthems, Simmons decided to do some push-ups — 50 I believe. Yes, in the middle of his set. Maybe he knew the lights would shine on the grey hairs of his chin and wanted to show the crowd that he can still keep up, but he was so full of life that he did it with relative ease. He rocked the mic — and the crowd — with anthem after anthem, some gospel and a little preaching all while doing it over a bevy of backing tracks. There were no backup vocalists, pre-recorded ad libs or hype men. Just DMX, in the flesh.

Regardless of all the turmoil and questionable decisions Simmons has made over the course of his career, he is still giving it his all and you can feel it in his performance. You can tell he takes his religion seriously as it was present throughout the show. He genuinely wanted the people in attendance to be righteous and do good to others, which I could support. Though acknowledging he has 14 children with another on the way and still trying to have more that night reassured me that The Dog will always be, well … The Dog.

Nevertheless, I believe DMX’s faith is good for him. He knows he’s in a position that can do some good while still providing a fun time for his fans. And he made sure we knew that he loved us as his fans, just like he loves his women.