Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Joyce Manor, Jason Webley, Talib Kweli

Another week jam-packed with stupid shit in the world. Wipe up those tiny Kim Jong-un-sized tears over not being able to see the Interview and…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Yusuf Islam, Stanton Moore, Ryan Adams

Here we are, another weekend approaching with the promise of great music. You’ve survived Rainocalpyse, the storm that rivals storms that I don’t even remember…

Here’s Your Weekend: Rockin’ Shows to See Friday Through Sunday

In lieu of artist interviews, (at least for now) I’m starting a weekly column for show recommendations that should get you through your weekend and…

Appealing Events: Mac DeMarco at the Fillmore
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Appealing Events: Mac DeMarco at the Fillmore

To paraphrase the perpetually poorly constructed Lord of the Rings meme in which Mordor is swapped for damn near anything, one does not simply walk…

Monster Mash: Three Halloween Shows to See
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Monster Mash: Three Halloween Shows to See

Happy Halloween, everybody! I’m going as a dying industry on a new platform that further devalues its legitimacy. I mean, I’m in pjs writing this…

Appealing Events: The Kills at the Fillmore
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Appealing Events: The Kills at the Fillmore

The formidable duo of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince (aka the Kills) return to SF tonight for an intimate show at the Fillmore. The band…

The Comedown Day: Sunday at Treasure Island Music Festival 2014

“Actually, you have too much weed in your bag.” I could’ve sworn a security guard had uttered those bizarre and entirely Californian words to the…

Observations on the Meta: Saturday at Treasure Island Music Festival 2014

I planned on attending TIMF because I wanted to see what a small festival with no stage conflict would feel like in a FOMO-centric world….

Artists to Watch at Treasure Island Music Festival 2014
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Artists to Watch at Treasure Island Music Festival 2014

It can be difficult to choose a list of must-sees at a festival that certainly caters to the FOMO-infected audiophile. With no real chance of…

Appealing Events: Richard Cheese at Bimbo’s 365 Club
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Appealing Events: Richard Cheese at Bimbo’s 365 Club

Everyone’s favorite raunchy lounge lizard is headed to the legendary Bimbo’s 365 Club. Crooner Richard Cheese and his Lounge Against the Machine backing band mix…

Bridging the Gap: Culture Collide in SF
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Bridging the Gap: Culture Collide in SF

Los Angeles’ flagship international festival has made its way up the coast. SF is hosting its first-ever Culture Collide today and tomorrow, which includes a…

Positive Motion: Imelda May Plays the Fillmore
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Positive Motion: Imelda May Plays the Fillmore

Imelda May is a fresh face to US listeners. Her showstopping performance at August’s Outside Lands helped rouse angry Chvrches fans, many of whom had…

Consistency: Blitzen Trapper Plays the Independent
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Consistency: Blitzen Trapper Plays the Independent

Blitzen Trapper is coming back to one of their favorite venues. The Portland quintet has spent many a nights entertaining the masses all around SF…

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Our Picks for Your Free Weekend of Music
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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Our Picks for Your Free Weekend of Music

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is celebrating its 15th year of free music in Golden Gate Park. You may already be there with your middle schooler watching…

750,000 Festival Attendees Expected at Golden Gate Park for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
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750,000 Festival Attendees Expected at Golden Gate Park for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

More than 100 musical artists are scheduled to perform across seven stages at San Francisco’s annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in the city’s Golden Gate…

Contrast in Concert: The Lone Bellow Plays the Fillmore
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Contrast in Concert: The Lone Bellow Plays the Fillmore

The Lone Bellow is leading a revival. What they’re attempting to revive is the type of Americana vignettes that make songwriting a particularly colorful, textured…

Appealing Events: Brother Ali at Bottom of the Hill
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Appealing Events: Brother Ali at Bottom of the Hill

Activist and rapper Brother Ali is headed to SF’s Bottom of the Hill on his Home Away From Home tour. Inspired by legendary NYC acts…

Far-Reaching: Wand Plays the Rickshaw Stop
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Far-Reaching: Wand Plays the Rickshaw Stop

Cory Thomas Hanson has a ridiculous voicemail. It’s his voice in the standard format of who you’ve reached and what you should say after the…

Appealing Events: Rocco DeLuca at the Chapel
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Appealing Events: Rocco DeLuca at the Chapel

California native Rocco DeLuca kicks off his one month tour tonight in San Francisco. A month of touring may seem pretty banal to most, but…

Appealing Events: The Silent Comedy at Bottom of the Hill
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Appealing Events: The Silent Comedy at Bottom of the Hill

San Diego brother band the Silent Comedy want you to believe in the power of music. Their rollicking “whiskey tent revival” of a live show…

Appealing Events: Shock the Party Music Festival at Slim’s
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Appealing Events: Shock the Party Music Festival at Slim’s

Hyphy’s not dead and neither is the Bay Area rap scene. To prove it, 415Hyphy and Insain415 is celebrating all that is awesome in local…

World Inspiration: Bombino Plays the Independent
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World Inspiration: Bombino Plays the Independent

Music is still a rebellious act. Its sentiments have had political implications the world over and the sheer act of owning and operating an instrument…

Looking Towards the Future: Dev Plays Mezzanine
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Looking Towards the Future: Dev Plays Mezzanine

It’s not easy moving away from the Bay Area, especially when its melding pot of musical influences not only helped launch a music career but…

Out There in Style: Paul McCartney Closes Out Candlestick Park
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Out There in Style: Paul McCartney Closes Out Candlestick Park

The city of San Francisco had failed to prepare its public transit behemoth for a capacity crowd at Candlestick’s final night. At its peak, getting…

Sir Paul McCartney Will Close Candlestick Tonight
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Sir Paul McCartney Will Close Candlestick Tonight

Candlestick Park is closing its doors for good but not before one last hoorah. Sir Paul McCartney will perform at the San Francisco stadium tonight…

Unified Disruption: the International Pop Overthrow Festival Returns to SF
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Unified Disruption: the International Pop Overthrow Festival Returns to SF

It can be difficult to properly rage against the machine, especially when you’re going it alone. The power pop genre can be a very isolating…

(Slideshow) Outside Lands 2014 Day 3: Are We Human Or Are We Dancer?
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(Slideshow) Outside Lands 2014 Day 3: Are We Human Or Are We Dancer?

All photos by April Siese See our day one coverage here, day two here. Holy shit, people actually go to music festivals for fun. The…

(Slideshow) Outside Lands 2014 Day 2: A Study In Contrasts
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(Slideshow) Outside Lands 2014 Day 2: A Study In Contrasts

All photos: April Siese We got one more day left in us at Outside Lands 2014! Be sure to follow us on Twitter @SFAppealOL for…

(Slideshow) Outside Lands 2014 Day 1: “I’m Kanye and I can do whatever the f*ck I want”
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(Slideshow) Outside Lands 2014 Day 1: “I’m Kanye and I can do whatever the f*ck I want”

All photos: April Siese Be sure to follow the San Francisco Appeal live at Outside Lands on Twitter @SFAppealOL as we’ll be tweeting from the…

Outside Lands Brings Major Musicians to Golden Gate Park
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Outside Lands Brings Major Musicians to Golden Gate Park

Three days packed with music, food, art and likely some fog are set to begin in the far reaches of Golden Gate Park Friday afternoon…

Unified: RX Bandits Play the Fillmore
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Unified: RX Bandits Play the Fillmore

The storied music history of the Bay Area has brought bands together and brought about their demise but rarely has it signaled success as much…

What to Eat and Drink at Outside Lands
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What to Eat and Drink at Outside Lands

If you thought we’d stop at bands to see and comedians to laugh with (or at) in terms of recommendations, then clearly you didn’t realize…

Outside Lands 2014: Our Must-Sees in Music and Comedy
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Outside Lands 2014: Our Must-Sees in Music and Comedy

It’s that time of the year again, where Golden Gate Park’s Hellman Hollow becomes its own small commune of music fans, foodies, and comedy lovers….

Soon Away: GRMLN Plays the Rickshaw Stop
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Soon Away: GRMLN Plays the Rickshaw Stop

Congratulations, SF: you’ve snagged another fantastic musician for your musical landscape. GRMLN frontman Yoodoo Park is set to make a permanent move to the city…

Relative Distance: Andrew Jackson Jihad Plays Slim’s
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Relative Distance: Andrew Jackson Jihad Plays Slim’s

There’s a musical trope of sorts, that the vulnerable lyricist will inevitably open himself to an eager audience armed with empathy and the type of…

Homecoming: Craft Spells Plays the Chapel
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Homecoming: Craft Spells Plays the Chapel

It’s been two months since Craft Spells‘ Justin Paul Vallesteros left for Seattle, WA and already he’s thrown himself into a place that feels more…

Appealing Events: Cloud Nothings at the Great American Music Hall
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Appealing Events: Cloud Nothings at the Great American Music Hall

Cleveland rockers Cloud Nothings are at the top of their game with a critically acclaimed new album and a tour that’s taken them to Bonnaroo…

Summer Songs: La Sera Plays the Burger Boogaloo
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Summer Songs: La Sera Plays the Burger Boogaloo

Summer is here and with that comes road trip after road trip to either explore the rest of the country, find some shade in the…

California Love: Be Calm Honcho Plays The Rickshaw Stop
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California Love: Be Calm Honcho Plays The Rickshaw Stop

It’s rare that just one song can grab someone anymore and leave them legitimately waiting for more material to surface. In a society hellbent on…

Treasure Island Line-up Announced: OutKast is Headlining (Eat That, Kanye)
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Treasure Island Line-up Announced: OutKast is Headlining (Eat That, Kanye)

Kanye West may have signed his life away to the behemoth that put on Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, but the hip-hop legends to watch will…