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…

Constant Innovation: Metronomy Plays the Fillmore
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Constant Innovation: Metronomy Plays the Fillmore

If you’ve been keeping up with the weird news of the world, (read: Texas) you’ve probably seen the live footage of a $700,000 mansion overlooking…

Forward Motion: Electric Six Plays the Independent
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Forward Motion: Electric Six Plays the Independent

Congratulations, SF: you helped keep Electric Six from calling it quits some eight years ago. Metropolis label head Dave Heckman saw the band when they…

Road Test: Rocky Votolato Plays Bottom of the Hill
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Road Test: Rocky Votolato Plays Bottom of the Hill

The contemporary music scene tends to thrive on exclusivity, world premieres, and the type of loosely-marketed events that make graffiti a la Arcade Fire a…

Appealing Events: Die Antwoord at the Fillmore
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Appealing Events: Die Antwoord at the Fillmore

South African outfit Die Antwoord are just one week away from unleashing their third album upon the world. Donker Mag follows 2012’s Ten$Ion, an album…

Appealing Events: Brody Dalle at Slim’s
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Appealing Events: Brody Dalle at Slim’s

Just three years ago, independent documentary “The Other F Word” was released, detailing punk rock dads. Around the same time, punk queen Brody Dalle was…

Appealing Events: Yoni Wolf at Bottom of the Hill
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Appealing Events: Yoni Wolf at Bottom of the Hill

East Bay hero and rap rocker Yoni Wolf is headed across the Bay for a solo show at Bottom of the Hill. The Why? frontman’s…

Setting the Scene: Failure Plays the Great American Music Hall
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Setting the Scene: Failure Plays the Great American Music Hall

While you were ordering flowers (or edible arrangements) and setting those Mother’s Day plans in motion, the prolific and misunderstood Maynard James Keenan was celebrating…

Beyonce And Jay-Z Add Second AT&T Park Date
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Beyonce And Jay-Z Add Second AT&T Park Date

Beyonce and Jay-Z have added a second concert at San Francisco’s AT&T Park this August after quickly selling out their first one. The couple will…

Unexpected Contrast: I Break Horses Plays the Independent
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Unexpected Contrast: I Break Horses Plays the Independent

It’s all too often that, when you ask musicians if they’re excited about the next city on their tour, they’ll feign interest and enjoyment just…

Nowhere But Up: TEEN Plays the Chapel
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Nowhere But Up: TEEN Plays the Chapel

It’s always fascinating to hear what a musician may cite as inspiration for an album, a style; anything really. The idea of creative forces feeding…

Appealing Events: Jason Isbell at the Fillmore
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Appealing Events: Jason Isbell at the Fillmore

First we had our own Fauxchella line-up in SF, and now we’ve got Stagefaux: a bit of artists headed up from Indio after playing the…

SF Giants Season Ticket Holders To Get First Crack At Beyonce/Jay Z Tickets For AT&T Park Show
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SF Giants Season Ticket Holders To Get First Crack At Beyonce/Jay Z Tickets For AT&T Park Show

Beyonce and Jay Z announced today that they will perform at San Francisco’s AT&T Park this August as part of the couple’s “On the Run”…

Appealing Events: Tokyo Police Club at the Independent
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Appealing Events: Tokyo Police Club at the Independent

Fresh off the heels of their first album in four years, Tokyo Police Club are taking the stage this Monday at the Independent. Their fourth…

Appealing Events: The Soft White Sixties at Slim’s
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Appealing Events: The Soft White Sixties at Slim’s

Catch SF rockers the Soft White Sixties before they hit this year’s BottleRock Festival. Coming on like a Bay Area version of New Orleans outfit…

Appealing Events: The Dandy Warhols at the Independent

The Dandy Warhols are celebrating two decades of existence and SF’s the Independent happens to be the kickoff venue for their 20th anniversary tour. The…

Appealing Events: Hurray for the Riff Raff at the Independent

Say what you want about the traveling musicians — those kids sure have inspired some great music. It took her own bit of wandering for…

Fractals: Bombay Bicycle Club Play the Fillmore
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Fractals: Bombay Bicycle Club Play the Fillmore

It’s the time of the year where you can get your Coachella fix without heading all the way to the blistering heat (or sand-streaked winds)…

Appealing Events: Rufus Wainwright at the Palace of Fine Arts
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Appealing Events: Rufus Wainwright at the Palace of Fine Arts

Rufus Wainwright has kept his focus on opera as of late, so it only makes sense that the singer-songwriter perform at the regal Palace of…

Outside Lands Announces 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Jenny Lewis, Big Freedia
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Outside Lands Announces 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Jenny Lewis, Big Freedia

It looks like Kanye West must’ve signed a major contract with Superfly Presents because he’s now confirmed for both Bonnaroo and Outside Lands. Yeezus, Tom…