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April 1

Club Six – Aural Fixation
Ok, let’s get real, when the flyer of an event says: “droppin’ straight flame for that ass in the BASEMENT,” it has to be legit.  But, when you’ve got the self proclaimed “Black Elvis” of hip-hop Kool Keith and DJ Godfather providing the music, it’s going to be one uncontrollable firestorm.  This isn’t for the Ruby Skye crowd; this is for serious dirty dancers and fans of booty bass, Detroit techno, and even dubstep.

Lower Haight Art Walk
Another promising season to go ga-ga over one of the city’s most artistic communities and party on the street.  If you haven’t noticed, as of late, a lot of artists have been throwing up some new murals around the area, and they are sublimely daunting and beautiful.  Expect intimate gallery openings, great eats, and live music on the street, including local thrashers Young Offenders and Airfix Kits, playing literally on top of Idle Hand Tattoo shop.

Embarcadero Center – 33rd Annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade
Why haven’t I ever heard of this April Fool’s Day parade before?  Just another excuse for San Franciscans to get stupid, make some noise, and blow the wigs off those crusty financial suits downtown.  I scream, you scream, we all scream for anarchy!

April 2

Bottom of The Hill – Hunx and His Punks / Shannon & The Clams
“I got so many fellas, I make the ladies jealous,” whines out Seth Brogart  (lead singer of Hunx) off his song “Cruising.”  Brogart and his power pop band are local faves for all those that love being vicariously young while wearing studded leather, and of course, preferring bananas over peaches.  Sexual innuendos aside, Brogart is just fun.  He shares the stage with Shanon & the Clams. Her voice would make Roy Orbison sweat.

Gallery Hijinks – “American Mythic”
Peter Gronquist is known for conceptualizing the revolution as chic with his collection of Louis Vuitton shotguns, Burberry AK-47s, and Dolce & Gabbana Uzis.  He will feature his old and recent parodies of American excess, featuring mediums like taxidermy and acquired junk via online auction.

Tenderloin – Cambodian New Years Festival
According to the Cambodian Community Development Inc., the Bay Area houses the fourth largest number of Cambodian residents in the United States.  Come celebrate a fascinating culture with traditional festivities, live music, and of course, simmering BBQ.

April 3

YBCA – Fearless: Independent Chinese Docs
These are low budget, under the radar documentaries made in China.  They have rarely gotten play in their communities due to their heavy political content, and we all know how the Chinese government loves to control content.  These films aren’t necessarily trying to spark a revolution, but expose overlooked at truths behind catastrophic events that you would never know in the West, and even how these filmmakers see themselves within China’s modernity.

Brava Theatre – Switchboard Music Festival
If you haven’t treated your ears to the city’s experimental jazz, folk, and pop scene, this is a great event that features some very accessible musicians.  Meaning, you don’t have to grind your ears and clasp your teeth, just because it’s “avant-garde.” The festival features the amazing Classical Revolution Quartet, the genre splitting guitarist, Genie, Dirty Projector-esque Birds & Batteries, and many jazz influenced composers. Prices for the tickets are pretty reasonable, too: ranging from $15 to $40.

April  5 – 6

Free Admission to these fabulous museums
April 5 =  De Young / Legion of Honor / SOMA / YBCA / Conservatory of Flowers / Cartoon Art Museum
April 6 = SF Zoo / Exploratorium

Noise Pop ‘11 Shows Local Pride

Our local friends of the Noise Pop Industry (NPI), the same great music loving minds that bring us Treasure Island Festival every year, created another solid city wide line-up with this year’s Noise Pop Festival. The Noise Pop Festival is strictly for the locals, a delicate pairing of statewide bands and venues to give us San Franciscans the most optimum sonic experience. We may be a liberal city, but we are pickier than a baby opting peas over candy. This year’s festival had a definite sense of locality as the NPI barely gleaned artists outside of the west coast among their over 50 band line-up.

The big headliner was Yo La Tengo (the once sublime indie rock band from Jersey) and the Urinals (short lived but influential 70s punk band from SoCal). Other big acts were Aesop Rock performing with Kimya Dawson, Ted Leo (solo show without the Pharmacists), Ben Gibber, and Best Coast with Wavves. Like any proper music festival, I stared at the schedule for two hours, and finally made a decision of going about the labyrinth: to go for the underdogs of Noise Pop.

Robbinchilds w/ Kinski @ SFMoMA
Redefining museum space as a performance venue, the SF art and music community sat informally but attentively on the marble floor during this unique experience. CLUE (Color Location Ultimate Experience) is an experiment by dance duo Robbinchilds (Layla Childs and Sonya Robbins) in collaboration with cinematographer A.L. Steiner and Seattle-based rock outfit Kinski. Surrounding you are massive projections of Robbinchilds wanderlust films, as they dance through sweeping floral fields, the bold woods, and the skeletal urban. At the same time Robbinchilds perform their signature dances of simple patterns with contemporary acuteness in front of you with multiple colorful wardrobe changes on site (yes, you see them get naked).

Kinski and Robbinchilds were an accessible package of wafting melodic contemplation through repetition that spontaneously combusted to a rattling force. Within the dance’s vibrant language, the energy of color and harmony was heightened within Kinski’s exploration of sound through the bowing of guitars, splashing of cymbals, organs, flutes and effects. The rock out parts weren’t abrasive but a deep crunch and a hard wind that carried the soft steps of Robbinchilds like a pair of feathers whipping around each other in the wind. Music, video, and performance were one, like an ephemeral circle graph overlapping all around you.

Tamaryn / Black Ryder / The Soft Moon / Wax Idols @ Café Du Nord
This line-up seemed like the more “darker” bands of Noise Pop. Personally, I did not find this show enjoyable. I love 80s music, and I love how today’s record labels are repressing obscure dark and minimal 80s bands for all to cherish. However, I do not appreciate these bands being generic derivatives. There is one thing to appropriate a sound, but it’s another to completely rip off the sound riff to riff and add no contemporary spice to it.

Just because you grew up in the 80s listening to Human League and didn’t get to appreciate the bending works of Joy Division, doesn’t mean you start a band now and think your Ian Curtis. Also, especially if you are going to start a band that adds nothing new to musical craft, don’t take yourself really seriously. For example, Tamaryn thought she was a diva. She asked probably ten times for her microphone to be louder and gave a prissy Sioux and the Banshees attitude. Well, maybe if you use less reverb on your mic and actually sing clearly, you and everybody else can hear.

I was really hoping Soft Moon would be the exception. They were loud, which was good, but way too repetitive in structure, like a looping riff of Jesus & The Mary Chain, having little songs that stood out. Soft Moon, please take note: minimalism does not necessarily equal a lack of diversity in sound or structure, it’s the opposite. The very first band, Oakland Knights TheWax Idols, despite their jaded attitude, were the “redeeming” act, with their garage-rock femme harmonies that fluctuated between sweet and grimy.

Crazy Band / Rank/Xerox / Grass Widows @ Rickshaw Stop
We all have been to a party were there are a group of really obnoxious and obscene girls or boys. Most people at the party hate them, but then again, there are those that really vibe off their energy and want to take the party to the next level. That’s what it was like to watch LA’s young punk group Crazy Band.

Before they even started playing, the three Hispanic gals and drummer boy spent five minutes throwing inside jokes at each other, and not really playing. Then when they actually played, all their songs were probably written yesterday, that day, or improv (the lead singer was singing lyrics from her hello kitty notebook). Not to say they couldn’t play their instruments decently, but played them obscenely crude.

You can tell they were all at In-N-Out Burger on Hollywood Blvd one day, blaring Bikini Kill from one of their mom’s station wagon, and were like “Hey, let’s start a band, yo.” And I love them! The old stifflers in the back of the venue couldn’t laugh or clap for them. The mosh pit probably took up fifty percent of the standing room in a packed venue, and there was only two guys moshing. The girl who saw Ted Leo the night before clutched her drink, bit her lip, and went into her happy place with some hip guy serenading to her with an acoustic guitar. It reminded me that San Francisco can be full of softies sometimes.

Afterwards, came local thrashers Rank/Xerox. After being in that mosh pit for ten minutes, I also realized how good punk rock show can be an incentive to quit smoking.

You can’t romp around if you’re on the ground with your lungs collapsing. Grass Widows, the revered local and lovely femme trio, tamed the boisterous crowd in front, and whipped them into a dance craze with their galloping surf-rock that sounds like you are trying to balance on a surfboard with one leg before wiping out in a sea of butterflies.

Peanut Butter Wolf & Dam-Funk @ SF Public Works
A dance party that shook SF. Sweat to sweat, beat for beat, the L.A. producers on the notorious Stone Throw label, brought the jams. All 45s (mini record that look like donuts) the grooved out fresh and obscure 80s funk, disco, and soul. Prince and Rick James probably would have an orgasm with the selection. Dam-Funk and Peanut Butter Wolf even spliced in a fiery Teena Marie (RIP) tribute set, jokingly crying out the best thing ever in the one dollar bin at Amoeba. Clearly not underdogs but forces to bow down to.

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February 10

Anthem Screen Printing Gallery – Of Hearty Stock Valentine’s Day Card Making Party

Hallmark cards are so passé: soulless, humorless, and drawn up by second rate artists. If you want to take your DIY card making skills up a notch, put down the glitter, and go to this event where you get to craft personal screen printed cards (you man the screen printing machines). The event costs $20 but the cards will be so good, it might just end up as a framed center piece on your valentine’s wall.

February 11

Freak Bike Cabaret

The lovely ladies of the Deraileurs will be wheeling towards the more freaky side of your date as they seduce with their big toys … bikes. Deep within their new downtown warehouse lair, they will hold wrestling matches, a scandalous date auction, a grotesque burlesque, a bike mosh pit, a kissing booth, and more. Prim and proper dates be warned, your valentine’s impulsive actions may ruffle your feathers.

CELLspace – Phil Berkowitz and His Dirty Cats / Fromagique / BadMen / et. Al

The guys running the SF IndieFest got this week’s music on lock! If the previous night’s punk music isn’t your cup of tea, give this night a try with smoldering melodies of swing, jazz, and rockabilly.

February 12

Thrillhouse Records – Brilliant Colors / Weird TV / Culture Kids

Free show at one of the city’s raddest punk record stores, featuring some of the city’s young stars. Brilliant Colors are a trio of femmes that have youthful vitality by rocking hard but have mature “twee pop” (think Smiths) sensitivities. Culture Kids… more like: Savage Local Brats.

Yerba Buena Center Of The Arts – Valen-tiny Idea Night

Free party, and knowing the YBCA, they can make your spilled martini glass come across as the biggest artistic statement of the year. Also knowing the YBCA, they will have some really fun stuff to do for your date (or the serendipitous chance of meeting someone), like: dance party with Portland’s synth-pop trio, Lovers – an interactive cell phone game, elevator peep shows, and provocative puppetry.

Castro Theatre – Silent Film Festival Winter

Sometimes the best moments of love are when we don’t speak at all, but silently look at each

other. These films will do all the walking: three classic Charlie Chaplin Shorts, L’Argent by

Marcel L’Herbier (1920’s Paris drama) and King Vidor’s La Boheme. The heart-fluttering live music accompaniment will do all the talking.

February 13

McLaren Hall – KUSF Rock-n-Swap

More than just an opportunity to get the last minute perfect valentine gift (and treating yourself at the same time), the proceeds will be going to our fabled “radio” station. While you are there, give the staff some love with a big hug! Free for students with ID, duh.

February 14

Free Gold Watch Gallery – 200 Yards Call To Photographers

A project started by 200yards.com asks for local photographers to take pictures of the surrounding area in a particular part of the city. The exhibit will display the best photos as an ever-shifting perspective of our immortally-beloved city.

Roxie Theatre – Love Bites: 80’s Power Ballad Sing Along

Flare out your hair and strap on those crazy tights you’ve been hiding, because now is the time to not care at all. Why? Because you got no date! Air-pump your fist to the radically amorous music videos of Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, REO Speedwagon, and so much more. Don’t forget your lighter to sway for those epic slow jams, and maybe a tissue pack, too.

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February 3
Roxie Theatre – 13th Annual Independent Film Festival
Going on February 3-17. Another film season exploiting sexuality, religion, and racial identity. Check out sfindie.com for the complete listing and info of all 85 films and the 40 bands playing across the city in conjunction with SF Music Winter Festival. I am stoked for these films: We Are What We Are, The Evangelist and Offensive!

February 4
SOMArts Cultural Center – A Sensory Feast
An interactive exhibit on the meaning of food, especially in Asian cultures. It tickles not only the tongue, but all the senses. You’ll see model food-ware, intriguing food sculptures, complimentary food perfume, and of course you can eat!

Uptown, Oakland – Grass Widow / Human Baggage / Death Sentence: Panda! / Bam Bam!
I have a soft spot for the local femme punk trio, Grass Widows. They are bold women that craft some beautiful side-winding songs. Their current success demands for more women rockers on the scene, and they always line up with some of the Bay’s unheard, but progressive, punk acts.

February 5
Public Works SF – Electrik Kingdom w/ Egyptian Lover
Any fan of electro-dance music and/or hip-hop must go give a sacrificial dance to the Egyptian Lover.  For over 25 years, the self-proclaimed “King of the Beat” has made the floors wet with his turntable and hard as steel TR-808. Protective helmets may be required because the over exposure of bass will make your head implode.

Café Du Nord – Tommy Guererro (Record Release)
The former Bones Brigade skateboarder and local San Franciscan will be putting out his 7th album. Guererro’s blood vessels are probably clotted with shards of San Francisco from eating the pavement back in the day. These injuries have helped Guererro’s guitar compositions embody the soul of the city: diversely funky and laaaiiid baaack.

February 6
Cellspace – Super Bowl XLV: Mystery Science Theatre 3000-Style
For those who don’t take the big game too seriously and want more laughs than drama, come to Cellspace as they do some quirky side commentary of the game and commercials, like our favorite nonchalant movie program.
Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, Berkeley – Food Not Bombs: 20th Anniversary Party
For those who don’t want to get mobbed by the capital gluttony behind the big game, come share your food with those who truly need it. In return you make new friends, eat great food, and enjoy live music. No leftover meat please, FNB is strictly vegan friendly.

Yerba Buena Center of the Arts – Screening of Shoah
Cluade Lanzman’s nine hours and thirty-six minute documentary, of interviews and footage about victims and perpetrators of the Holocaust, goes back to death camps and Warsaw ghettos, investigating every aspect imaginable.  The YBCA will be screening this in multiple sittings and multiple days. Please check the YBCA website for details.

February 8
The Independent – Big Boi
Rightfully soul, last years Sir Lucious Left Foot was within the top 20 of many critics “best of” lists. Take the experience out of the iPod and into the full-blown reality of the Independent’s massive sound system.

February 9
Great American Music Hall – Thee Oh Sees / Sic Alps
A benefit for the Coalition of the Homeless (you know, the people behind Street Sheet publication that gives SF Homeless a job to earn their money directly from you), with two of San Francisco’s prime bands. There’s not much to say that’s already been said about these garage rock furies, but go see them for yourselves and get buck-wild!

Conservatory of Flowers – Jungle Love!
Waltz within the 12,000 square-foot bed of aromatic fleurs d’affection, nestle into your partner within each others arms, smile at the serenades of the Jazz quartet and poets. The Conservatory of Flowers’ version of After Hours also features the Garden Railway exhibit, the Magnolia Photo Booth, and beer by Pacific Brew Lab.

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December 1
Hemlock Tavern: K-Holes / Wax Idols / Stickers
K-Holes of Brooklyn sound like they frolic in the muck of a manhole swamp dragging their guitars behind, very reminiscent of the Black Lips.  Catch these hip garage goons with local punks Wax Idols (these guys sound like a poppy and blown out version of X) and Stickers.

Warfield: Dweezil Zappa
One of the four Zappa children playing the sounds and words of psychedelic rock’s grand inquisitor.  Dweezil, a guitarist like Big Poppa Frank, will be playing his dad’s 1975 album Apostrophe.

December 2
Mezzanine:  Wu Tang Clan / Jacka
If you weren’t sleeping during break, you would already have got your ticket by now. The striking grip and legacy of Wu Tang Clan will join forces with bay area rap legend, the Jacka, for a lyrical massacre.

Peidmont Theatre, Oakland:  Screening of “Empress Hotel”
Are you scared of the Tenderloin? Are you scared of the homeless? Are you just scared? Take a glimpse of what it means to live in a SRO (single room occupancy) hotel in downtown SF at this free screening.

December 3
Thrillhouse Records: Sopors / Unfun / Nosedive / Loaded Words
10×10 room in the back of a record store forever boasting some hard local or touring punk acts: always unpredictable, always ear-shattering.  This is a free show but bring some extra dough for bands, drinks, and a quality selection of rock records for really cheap.

Bridge Theater: Free
Midnight Screening of Cowboy Bebop
If you’re a fan of anime, noir, jazz, comedy, pop culture or violence, attendance is mandatory.  The midnight screenings at the Bridge are classics just as much as watching “The Room” at the Red Vic is a classic.

December 4
Bottom of the Hill: Maus Haus / et.al
One of San Francisco’s best experimental Indie acts continues its humble beginnings at Bottom of the Hill.  They’re jazzy, they’re electronic, they’re rock, but they’re poppy enough to make you dance.

Rickshaw Stop:  Mumlers / Sic Alps / et.al (benefit show)
These eerie garage rock bands will go riff for riff in who can whoop louder and make you sweat harder in their infectious haze of bluesy reverb.  Proceeds go toward the hospital bills of Robyn Miller’s mom’s cancer treatment.

December 5
Submission: Brogan Bentley / Joya / Peter Grimm / et.al
This is a special night to hear some USF students play in one of the city’s best alternative all ages venues.  Rhythmic depths that grapple no bounds from electronic-soul producer and crooner Chet Bentley, aka Brogan Bentley.  Joya is Alex Helldorffer and Sonny Pearce (Electric Shepherd) shearing your nerves with some feverish pop ballads.  Peter Grimm, a USF graduate, intertwines wit and blues into melodic honesty.  FREE and featuring two other promising local acts!

Great American Music Hall:  Jonathan Richman, Gail Davies
Ex-lead guitarist and singer of the Modern Lovers once again gives SF some love.  He’s still got the poetic folk-rock that still hits with the clear urgency and bluesy angst that made him an indispensable musician forty years ago.

December 6
Museum Grand Prix: First Tuesday Free Admission
A noble and rewarding task if you can do this all in one day: Start your day right with the classics at the Legion of Honor, then spend your lunch at Conservatory of Flowers and the De Young, then get swanky post-modern at the SF MOMA by night fall. All free for you and a date.

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November 12

A.Muse Gallery – Meryl Pataky’s “Metaphysics” (Neon lights exhibit)

Victoria Theater – “Radical Light: Bay Area Found Footage” (Film)

Free Admission to Muir Woods & State Parks

Rickshaw Stop – Nosaj Thing (Electronica hip-hop)

Oracle Arena, Oakland – Usher/Trey Songz (Hip-hop R&B)

Metro, Oakland – Alkaline Trio (Punk)

Veterans Memorial Theatre, Davis – JANDEK (Experimental folk)

November 13

Shooting Gallery – “Vision Is A Dream” exhibit (Local photography)

White Walls Gallery – GANAS 2020 (Political art)

Swedish American Hall – Salvic Soul Party (World music)

Japantown Peace Plaza – Outdoor Bollywood Movie Screening

November 14

McLaren Hall – KUSF ROCK N’SWAP (Buy vinyl)

Contemporary Jewish Museum – “Curious George Saves The Day” exhibit

Palace Of Fine Arts – Rosanne Cash performs (Folk/Country)

Yerbua Buena Center For The Arts – Vijay Iyer Trio Performs (Jazz)

Bottom of the Hill – High Places/Soft Circle (Indie-Rock)

November 15

ArtPeople Gallery – “Places To Be, Things To Do” exhibit (Paintings/Mixed media)

Gallery Hijinks – Mark Jacques’s “I’m Here Now” exhibit (Cultural mixed media)

Café Du Nord – Nico Vega (Rock)

Independent – Thermals/Night Marches/White Fang (Pysch)

Great American Music Hall – Explosions In The Sky (Indie-Rock)

Rickshaw Stop – Pomegranates/Oh No Oh My/Big Tree (Indie-Rock)

November 16

Southern Exposure – Thinkings (Participatory mixed media)

Amnesia – Burmese/Preyers/Tearist/Black Anvil (Metal experimental)

Hemlock Tavern– Bright Blues/Drums & Color/Moonshine & the Drugs (Rock)

November 17

Victoria Theater – “New Landscapes for the New World” (Experimental Spanish cinema)

Independent – Or, The Whale with Chris Pureka (Indie-Rock)

Senator Theatre, Chico – Danzig (Punk)