Outside Lands enlists RÜFÜS DU SOL, Kaytranada, Dr. Dog, Blacklizt & more for 2021 night shows

Outside Lands 2021 night shows - lineup

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival //
Golden Gate Park – San Francisco
October 29th-31st, 2021 //

As the calendar turns from summer to fall and the weather starts to cool, less than six weeks stand between us and Outside Lands’ official return to Golden Gate Park.

But after what will be an 808-day hiatus for the three-day music festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OSL is gearing up for its 13th edition with another run of night shows next month to keep the party going past 10 p.m.

This year’s late-night slate over Halloween weekend will boast 16 performances across eight different venues throughout the Bay Area and feature must-see acts such as RÜFÜS DU SOL, Kaytranada, Dr. Dog, Blacklizt (ZHU’s techno side project), Marc Rebillet, A R I Z O N A, Yves Tumor & Its Band, and a whole lot more.

Tickets for OSL’s 2021 night shows will go on sale to the public this Friday, September 24th at Noon PT with special presales for both 2020 Eager Beaver and 2021 ticket holders beginning this Thursday and Friday, respectively, at Noon PT.


Here is the schedule for the upcoming night shows with links to purchase tickets:

October 27th: DRAMA with Brijean at Bimbo’s 365 Club, 8 p.m., $35, 18+ // BUY TICKETS

October 28th: mxmtoon at The New Parish, 8 p.m., $30, All Ages // BUY TICKETS

October 28th: Marc E. Bassy at The Independent, 8 p.m., $29.50, All Ages // BUY TICKETS

October 28th: Bartees Strange at Rickshaw Stop, 8 p.m., $15, All Ages // BUY TICKETS

October 28th: Nap Eyes with Boy Scouts, The Reds, Pinks and Purples, Advertisement at Balboa Theater, 8 p.m., $20, All Ages // BUY TICKETS

October 29th: Kaytranada at 1015 Folsom, 10 p.m., $40-50, 21+ // BUY TICKETS

October 29th: Dr. Dog with Tōth at The Warfield, 10 p.m., $39.50-69.50, All Ages // BUY TICKETS

October 29th: The Midnight with Jupiter Winterat The Independent, 10 p.m., $35, 21+ // BUY TICKETS

October 29th: Noga Erez with McKinley Dixon, DJ Aaron Axelsen at Rickshaw Stop, 10 p.m., $24, 18+ // BUY TICKETS

October 30th: RÜFÜS DU SOL at Fox Theater Oakland, 10 p.m., $99.50, 18+ // BUY TICKETS

October 30th: A R I Z O N A at The Independent, 10 p.m., $39.50, 21+ // BUY TICKETS

October 30th: Goth Babe at Rickshaw Stop, 10 p.m., $20, All Ages // BUY TICKETS

October 30th: The Hu with The Haunt at Bimbo’s 365 Club, 10 p.m., $35, +21 // BUY TICKETS

October 31st: Blacklizt at The Independent, 10 p.m., $59.50, +21 // BUY TICKETS

October 31st: Marc Rebillet with LP Giobbi (Live), Mary Droppinz, Izzy Wise at 1015 Folsom, 10 p.m., $35-45, +21 // BUY TICKETS

October 31st: Yves Tumor and Its Band with ECCO2K at Bimbo’s 365 Club, 10 p.m., $27.50, +21 // BUY TICKETS

*All OSL 2021 night shows will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (must be two weeks past your final dose) or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours from the time of entry into the venue. Masks will also be required for all patrons in attendance.

Outside Lands 2021 night shows

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.

Noise Pop 2019 - Phase 3 lineup

Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Kamaiyah at The New Parish 1/15 (TUE)

KamaiyahWritten by Molly Kish //

Kamaiyah with JT The 4th, DJ William Stokes //
The New Parish – Oakland
January 15th, 2019 //

The New Parish in Oakland is celebrating their 10th anniversary this week with a performance from one of the city’s homegrown talents, Kamaiyah.

Regarded as one of XXL’s Top 10 rappers in its “2017 Freshman Class,” Kamaiyah Johnson has fast-tracked her way into the hip-hop spotlight with the release of her debut single “How Does It Feel”, which was featured on Pitchfork’s and NPR’s “Best of the Year” lists back in 2015.

After unveiling her first mixtape the following year, Kamaiyah appeared on festival bills around the country, including a coveted spot at South by Southwest and one of the most memorable sets at the rain-soaked, 10th annual edition of Treasure Island Music Festival (read our review here). Since then, she has collaborated with YG and Drake, and last year “Addicted to Ballin'” saw her team up with ScHoolboy Q.

This Tuesday, Kamaiyah will hit the stage in her hometown with JT The 4th and DJ William Stokes opening the show. Tickets are available for $27, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Tuesday 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:

Azure Ray: January 17th (THUR) @ Café du Nord
Chromeo (DJ set): January 17th (THUR) @ 1015 Folsom
Your Smith: January 18th (FRI) @ Rickshaw Stop


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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.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


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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.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


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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.

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 Japandroids at The Fillmore 3/15 (WED)

JapandroidsWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

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 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 Mac Sabbath at Slim’s 1/27 (FRI)

Mac SabbathWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

Mac Sabbath with ArnoCorps //
Slim’s – San Francisco
January 27th, 2017 //

Mac Sabbath are, well, exactly what you think they are.

Remember when Macaulay Culkin did that gauche project called “The Pizza Underground” where, just three short months after the passing of Lou Reed, he made a Velvet Underground cover band singing pizza-themed parodies?

This is like that, only instead of The Velvet Underground, it’s Black Sabbath. And instead of pizza, it’s McDonalds.

Armed with cheeseburger headpieces, smoldering clown heads with laser eyes, a giant purple gumdrop bass player and hilarious fast-food lyrics, Mac Sabbath are certainly one of the most unique live acts coming to SF this weekend.

This Friday, Mac Sabbath will storm the stage at Slim’s after ArnoCorps’ opening set, and this is NOT a show you want to miss. I mean, c’mon … they’ve got clown heads with freakin’ laser beams coming out of their eyes! Tickets are available for $20, 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 She’s: January 26th (THU) @ The Independent
The Beatnuts: January 27th (FRI) @ The New Parish
Shy Girls: January 27th (FRI) @ The Independent
Heron Oblivion: January 27th (FRI) @ The Chapel
Lydia Loveless: January 28th (SAT) @ The Independent
The Donkeys: January 28th (SAT) @ The Chapel
Safetysuit: January 29th (SUN) @ The Chapel


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Cate Le Bon at The Chapel 1/14 (SAT)

Cate Le BonWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

Cate Le Bon with Tim Presley //
The Chapel – San Francisco
January 14th, 2017 //

I first heard Cate Le Bon’s plucky guitar licks and emotive vocals in the opening theme for St. Vincent’s radio show on Beats1 last year. Even as a 20-second theme song, her indie-pop/rock melodies and poignant songwriting really have a knack for getting stuck in your head.

Hailing from Wales and now based in Los Angeles, the 33-year-old singer-songwriter rose to fame in 2013 with the release of her third studio album Mug Museum. Last year, she dropped her newest LP Crab Day, taking new steps forward in her rhythmic and artistic direction that was complete with a 12-minute music video on her website that looks like something out of a surrealist Wes Anderson film.

Crab Day builds on Le Bon’s indie-pop sensibilities and adds wonkier, more surreal rhythms and lyrics to the mix. It’s an intriguing move and considered one — by some critics — of her most accomplished works to date.

This Saturday, Cate Le Bon will take the stage at The Chapel with support from Tim Presley. 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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Mirah: January 11th (WED) @ The Chapel
Fantastic Negrito: January 13th (FRI) @ The New Parish
Brown Sabbath: January 14th (SAT) @ The Independent
Protoje: January 15th (SUN) @ The Independent


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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


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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 Shows of the Week // GO4FREE to Treasure Island Music Festival night shows

Treasure Island Music Festival 2016 - night showsWritten by Josh Herwitt & Molly Kish //

Treasure Island Music Festival //
Treasure Island – San Francisco
October 15th-16th, 2016 //

This weekend, Treasure Island Music Festival celebrates its 10-year anniversary with some of the biggest names in rock, hip-hop, electronic and experimental music all performing on the island, including headliners Ice Cube and Sigur Rós.

The two-day event has become known for its groundbreaking lineups, picturesque location, ideal layout/production and incredible after-hours entertainment during the nights leading up to the festival as well as after each day of TIMF.

Win a pair of free tickets to a TIMF night show by entering your name and email below.




Dan Deacon: October 13th (THUR) @ California Academy of Sciences // BUY TICKETS

Avant-garde trailblazer and digital mastermind/composer Dan Deacon brings his interactive show (read what some had to say about his show in SF earlier this year here) to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday night before the festival officially kicks off a little less than two days later.

Contest ends this Thursday at 3 p.m.




BUKU: October 15th (SAT) @ The Independent // BUY TICKETS

Pittsburgh native and Music Technology graduate BUKU (born Robert Balotsky) brings his expertise in sound design and music theory to The Independent after the first day of TIMF with support from Stylust Beats and BOGL.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.




Deerhunter: October 15th (SAT) @ Mezzanine // BUY TICKETS

Fronted by the compellingly weird Bradford Cox, Atlanta four-piece Deerhunter performed at TIMF last year (read our review here), so while the experimental noise rockers won’t be hitting the island this year, you can be sure to catch them upon your return to the City on Saturday.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.




Stwo: October 15th (SAT) @ Secret Downtown SF Location (TBA) // BUY TICKETS

After amassing 10 million streams online with his debut single “Lovin U”, 24-year-old French producer Stwo will occupy a secret warehouse (address and information will be emailed only to ticket buyers 24 hours before the event) for this late-night affair.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.




Kero Kero Bonito: October 16th (SUN) @ Swedish American Hall // BUY TICKETS

Wrap up your TIMF weekend on Sunday night with Kero Kero Bonito at the Swedish American Hall as the British casio-electro trio are sure to perform songs from their forthcoming debut LP Bonito Generation before its release next week.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


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She Wants Revenge: October 13th (WED) at Mezzanine
Malaa & REZZ: October 13th (THUR) at The UC Theatre
Polyrhythmics: October 14th (FRI) at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Temples: October 15th (SAT) at Great American Music Hall
Andre Nickatina: October 15th (SAT) at Slim’s
The Sonics: October 15th (SAT) at The New Parish


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Les Sins hypnotizes his fans at The New Parish

Les SinsPhotos by Alister Mori // Written by Paul Ronas-Tanner //

Les Sins with Taraval, DJ Nina Sol //
The New Parish – Oakland
August 19th, 2016 //

There was something special in the air as soon as I got off Bart at the 19th St. Oakland station — and I am not talking about the recreational drugs or the food stands that were all around me, but rather the electricity that resonated with all the people who rushed out of the train eager to get into a club or bar within walking distance. Anywhere on Telegraph Ave. where you could buy a drink had a line that started blending in with the establishment next to it, which continued on for blocks. On this night, it seemed like Oakland was the place to be.

As I walked up 18th St. toward The New Parish, the positive vibes must have started kicking in because I quickly got excited for an act whose music I had never heard before. All the laughs and big grins I must have encountered at the Bart station made me just want to have a good time with some good people, but little did I know how much my fun I really would have.

I put a little more bounce in my step and hurried to the destination where lucky for me, the line was moving quite well. The marquee said “Les Sins” in big font. From the music I could hear outside the venue, I couldn’t help but two-step the moment after I walked through the door. Maybe it was the positive vibes I felt walking briefly around in Oakland, but I took my time looking for my friends.

Occasionally stepping in and out of small groups while dancing to the opening DJ, I couldn’t help but notice that everybody was moving, too. From the coat-check girl to the bar backs, it was as if someone had put a spell on those in attendance to forget all of their problems and genuinely enjoy the night. There were some people with rhythm and some with absolutely none, but all of us were living in the moment. Arms were flailing as people reached for the ceiling, and souls, well, they were definitely being touched.

Les Sins

I have been to Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Outside Lands and numerous clubs where I had to be intoxicated just to feel the music (disclosure: I’m more of a R&B and hip-hop fan), but this wasn’t it. This was exactly your typical EDM, but rather a soulful mix of them all with an old-school feel and nostalgic samples. I felt as though they took the classic hooks and breaks my older sisters and father used to play and brought them to the forefront by mixing it with more of a modern club sound. Even though some may refer to chillwave as “downtempo pop,” it can give you an uptempo feeling that makes you forget about time. At The New Parish, the room was filled with a multitude of colors and cultures that all moved to the same beat, like we were one life form.

Wanting to get some fresh air, we stepped outside to converse and found a few connected bars in the courtyard, which if you were not feeling the vibe, could go to and still feel like you were apart of the scene. We decided to catch the rest of Taraval’s opening set, and we hurried back to the second balcony to watch the Canadian composer, musician and DJ work his magic on the crowd.

As we made our way up the stairs, we came back to two DJ’s onstage, with the other being the night’s headliner. Les Sins is the alter ego of Chaz Bundick, best known as the brains behind indie-rock stalwart Toro y Moi, and standing side by side, the two artists dropped harmonious beat after beat that complimented each other’s style before Bundick took over, transitioning seamlessly into his headlining set. As if I were having a flashback of a past weekend in Vegas, I subsequently went into a trance and let the music take over my body. And with a drink in my hand, I decided to dance the night away.

Some DJ’s can play music throughout a night and they would all sound like one track, but when it comes to Les Sins, you can feel the difference in every mix. To my surprise, Bundick hasn’t played as many Les Sins shows as he has with Toro y Moi, which made this experience feel somewhat exclusive. Following that night at The New Parish, I can proudly say that I have subscribed to both Les Sins and Toro y Moi; when I’m driving to work or getting ready for a night out on the town, putting on Bundick’s music in one form or another helps me relive what proved to be a magical night in the East Bay.

Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Les Sins at The New Parish 8/19 (FRI)

Les SinsWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

Les Sins with Taraval, DJ Nina Sol //
The New Parish – Oakland
August 19th, 2016 //

Chaz Bundick is a busy man. Between writing music for his solo-project-turned-rock-band Toro y Moi, touring around the world in support of their most recent album What For? (read our community review here) and even taking that band to the Trona Pinnacles to record and release their own Pink Floyd-inspired album Live From Trona (watch the live film here), it’s hard to believe Bundick has the time to work on his electronic side project Les Sins.

Conceived in 2010, Les Sins has evolved into an excellent expansion of Bundick’s musical tastes, filling the gaps between a quirky indie-rock singer-songwriter and a foot-stomping electronic producer. His debut LP under the Les Sins moniker, Michael, was released on his own Company Records in late 2014, led by the album’s infectious single “Bother”.

As a DJ, Bundick blends familiar elements of French electronic, pop, house and 90’s hip-hop to create a rhythm guaranteed to keep your body moving. On tracks like “Grind” and “Why”, he demonstrates a deep understanding of how pop, soul, house and disco can mix together, creating a familiar, yet unique sound. Having seen both Toro y Moi and Les Sins perform in the past year, I’d take the latter any day.

This Friday, Les Sins pays a visit to The New Parish in Oakland for a DJ set with support from San Francisco’s own Taraval, a recent signee to Four Tet’s Text Records (you can listen to his debut EP Streetways here), and DJ Nina Sol, an Oaklander known for her eclectic sets as well as her genre-bending style. 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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IdleFox: August 16th (TUE) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Chuck Mosley & Friends: August 18th (THUR) @ Great American Music Hall
The Coathangers: August 19th (FRI) @ The Independent
Glen David Andrews: August 19th (FRI) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
The Muffs & The Rubinoos: August 20th (SAT) @ Slim’s
Panic Is Perfect & Dangermaker: August 20th (SAT) @ Great American Music Hall
Vetiver (Mollusk Moods special trio set): August 20th (SAT) @ The Chapel


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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 Wye Oak at Great American Music Hall 7/15 (FRI)

Wye OakWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

Wye Oak with Tuskha //
Great American Music Hall – San Francisco
July 15th, 2016 //

Just a year ago, I was at Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle, hanging out at the main stage on an unlikely sunny afternoon. Joining an impressive lineup of artists — including Jamie xx, Father John Misty and Toro y Moi — for a relatively small music festival, Wye Oak took the stage and demonstrated a unique sound. Between the masterful guitar and vocals of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stuck’s simultaneous drumming and synthesizer work, the duo put on a captivating set that certainly won more than a couple new fans (myself included) that day.

Wye Oak have successfully carved their own path in the world of indie rock. The Baltimore duo have made a name for themselves with their increasingly ambitious studio efforts, from their 2011 breakthrough LP Civilian to their critically acclaimed 2014 record Shriek. With each record, their sound has matured more in form as they add new elements of vocal distortions, synthesizers and syncopated guitar melodies.

Though a standard strategy for mainstream artists like Beyoncé and Adele, Wye Oak dropped their new record Tween by surprise just a month ago. It is a tightly-knit, 10-track album that expands on the production style of Shriek and continues to demonstrate Wye Oak’s ambition as a band, an ambition that’s best captured in the swelling vocals and distortions of “Trigger Finger” and dragging guitar chord progressions guiding “Too Right”.

In a non-stop stream of indie-rock acts coming through SF, Wye Oak is a truly different kind of indie-rock band that is not to be missed live. This Friday, they will be taking the stage at the Great American Music Hall with support from Bowerbirds member Phil Moore’s electropop project Tuskha. Tickets are available for $23, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.

Wye Oak - Great American Music Hall


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Mike Will Made-It: July 15th (FRI) @ The Independent
The English Beat: July 15th (FRI) @ The Independent
Fear of Men: July 15th (FRI) @ Swedish American Hall
Sugar Candy Mountain: July 15th (FRI) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Ozomatli: July 15th (FRI) or July 16th (SAT) @ The New Parish
La Gente: July 16th (SAT) @ Great American Music Hall


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to MSTRKRFT at The Independent 6/10 (FRI)

MSTRKRFTWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

MSTRKRFT with Io Echo //
The Independent – San Francisco
June 10th, 2016 //

Born out of the raw, fist-clenching dance-punk coming from Toronto duo Death from Above 1979, MSTRKRFT (pronounced “Master-craft”) are a gritty, electronic side project composed of DFA 1979 bassist/keyboardist Jesse F. Keeler and producer Al-P (Alex Puodziukas). Formed in 2005, MSTRKFT bring the grit of DFA 1979 as well as the uplifting rhythms and synth melodies of artists like Daft Punk and Ratatat to the stage.

Now, MSTRKFT are returning to the stage with an entirely new live production. This year in an interview with VICE, the duo discussed the challenge of producing electronic music in a live setting — that computers and backing tracks are too safe, minimizing the potential to make any mistakes. Foregoing the offerings of Ableton and other beat-making software, the group has created its own setup that’s basically one big mess of cables, synthesizers and drums.

“We’re trying to make a setup that can fuck up,” Keeler explained candidly. “One that can have grand, massive errors. That’s sort of the fun of being in a band onstage. I mean it sucks in the moment, but that’s how you know when you’re seeing something real. It’s like why people watch NASCAR — they’re waiting for an epic car crash. Well, that’s why I watch it.”

This Friday, MSTRKRFT returns to the Bay for a live performance at The Independent with support from Los Angeles indie-rock band Io Echo, who will open the show up with a DJ set. 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.


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:

Mirah & Jherek Bischoff: June 9th (THUR) @ Swedish American Hall
Andre Nickatina: June 10th (FRI) @ Slim’s
Funk Fellowship: June 10th (FRI) @ The New Parish
DVSN: June 10th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom
Lyrics Born: June 11th (SAT) @ The Independent
Lila Rose: June 11th (SAT) @ Slim’s
Mac Sabbath: June 12th (SUN) @ Slim’s
Kaki King: June 12th (SUN) @ Swedish American Hall
Israel Nash: June 12th (SUN) @ The Chapel


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