Treasure Island Music Festival is this weekend! Not on Treasure Island! Heaps of Aussies mate!

This year’s Treasure Island Music Festival takes place across the bay at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, amongst the Port of Oakland’s iconic bigass cranes. Here’s what the view will be like probably:

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The lineup is stacked with a mess of our favorite Australians: Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, and Alex Cameron (who we first discovered in the Mission opening for Thee Oh Sees a few years back). Here’s the whole thing, organized by day:

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Transportation works thusly: take BART to West Oakland and hop on a special free shuttle.

Lots more info here. Pick up your tickets at the gate, or online here.

[Photo by Julean]

“No Roots” singer Alice Merton performs Thursday at August Hall

The first time I heard that was on the radio in a rental car in traffic in Atlanta, and everybody in the car was like WHAAAAAAT IS THIS?????

Well it’s Alice Merton! Here’s the deal:

Platinum-selling English born, German-based singer-songwriter Alice Merton releases her most commercial and exciting single to date with ‘Why So Serious’, along with intriguing official video taken from her upcoming and much-anticipated debut album ‘Mint’ out in Jan. 2019 via Mom + Pop Music (Pre-Orders 21st Sept.).

After rising to fame two years ago in 2016 with her explosive debut single ‘No Roots’ (Mom + Pop), written about her constant moving homes as a child becoming such as huge debut, it’s safe to say it’s been a whirlwind for Alice Merton with 124 Million YouTube hits to date. With an early mission statement to perform and write music she has a passion for, to be an artist she’s proud of and to keep an Independent way of thinking, she took things into her own hands and started Paper Plane Records Int. with her best friend and manager Paul and together formed some huge plans.

Can’t wait. Show is 8pm this Thursday at August Hall. More info and tickets here.

Here’s the new single:

Aussie legends the Scientists and the Church play the Chapel this Sunday and Monday respectively

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First up it’s the Scientists — on their first ever US tour! From the tour announcement:

With a sound that was swampy, primal and modern-urban all at once – as much in the tradition of rock and roll and punk rock as it was a rejection of those things, the Scientists’ formula was as universal as it was specific to their own experience. They were about what it was like to be young and living in modern times in an Australian urban/suburban environment. The themes of getting wasted on alcohol and drugs, driving round in hotted up cars, being trapped in crap jobs and paranoia were their subject matter.

CHeckit:

More info and tickets here. (Ty Segall is one of the opening acts btw.)

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Next up is the Church. It’s on a Monday night, sure, but here’s all you need to know:

And guess what: they’re on tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the album that legendary song is on, what more do you need to know?

More info and tickets here. Big thanks to the Chapel for hosting all these great shows!

P.S. The Aussie onslaught continues at the Treasure Island Music Festival in a couple weeks! More on that soon!

Eleanor Friedburger brings her “warped version of ’80s goth disco” to the Chapel this Wednesday night

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Eleanor spent the summer in Greece a couple years back and came away with some good ideas:

After a month in Athens I asked my friend, the Greek musician Σtella, “What’s one thing I have to do before I leave?” After some long and careful consideration she smiled and said, “you have to go to Rebound. It’s a time warp; kind of an 80s goth disco where everyone does the chicken dance; you’ll love it… but it’s only open on Saturdays after 3:00 AM.” Rebound proved to be a revelation in terms of finding the sound and energy for my fourth album. The club was very dark and despite the no smoking signs, like everywhere in Athens, it was very smoky. The “chicken dance” Stella mentioned was a solitary one. I copied the slouchy strut, moving back and forth in line, swinging my arms in time to the music that at first sounded like Joy Division or maybe The Cure, but never revealed itself– one could only assume it to be knock-off by an unknown Baltic band. It was alienating and exhilarating. “In Between Stars” is an attempt at a song you could hear at Rebound. It’s a dark and disorienting; my warped version of 80s goth disco.

Have a listen:

The opener Pill sounds pretty good too. Show is this Wednesday night at the Chapel, 8pm; get tix and more info here.

[Photo via Eleanor on Instagram]

Not Working 9 to 5

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It’s the one year anniversary party for those of us who don’t feel quite at home working 9 to 5. Today for Happy Hour, Not My Place (in the 9-to-5 World)  celebrates its 1-Year Anniversary Party! DJ Nutzeffekt (aka Allan) promises to bring you the rock on vinyl from 6-9pm.  Join us: “Cuz when it comes to workin 9 to 5 there ain’t no place for me!!!!!”

Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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Leblon presents SUPERBACANA! Brazilian Wax

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This Wednesday Guillermo, Lady Z & Professor Brian Oblivion bring SUPERBACANA! to Pop’s Bar, sponsored by Leblon. It’s a function that celebrates classic and rare Brazilian music on wax all night long. Bossa, samba soul, tropicalia, soul, funk, boogie, psych, jazz and more all from Brazilian artists with that distinct Brazilian swing. Warming you up all night are $9 Leblon Caipirinha Specials.  Come through and bring your dancing shoes!

Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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Synth POPS

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Experience the Unknown Pleasures of an amazing New Wave dance party every 2nd Thursday at Pops Bar with HANG THE DJ.  A night of post-punk, new wave, synth-pop, soul and R&B throwbacks to keep you moving on the dance floor.  Love may tear us apart but music brings us together.  Check out Hang The DJ with ZeroOne on local mission radio station BFF.fm Saturdays from 2-4pm.

Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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Krautrock pioneers faUSt invade the Mission tonight!

Here’s their latest:

8pm tonight at the Chapel! Tix and info here.

….and an oldie:

Need a Vacation?

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We hear you. It’s a little hard to focus on work while your instagram feed fills up with pictures of all the exotic places your friends are visiting.  While we can’t literally whisk you away, we can provide a sanctuary of good people, drinks and music to soothe your tired soul.  This Wednesday, get over the hump with us at VACATION dance party.  DJ Jesse Ro and Company take you away to a R&B // Hip Hop // Remixes // Tropical // House oasis.  And this VACATION won’t bust your wallet. It’s no cover all night long!

Check out this week’s full entertainment line up at Pops Bar:

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Jonathan Richman is playing in the Mission and it’s NOT at the Make-Out Room for once

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Nothing against Make-Out Room at all, but I figured it’s worth noting that he’s played Make-Out Room multiple times a year for at least the last 15 years I can remember — but very very rarely anywhere else in the neighborhood. Thursday night he plays the Chapel, with Tommy Larkins on drums of course.

Get tickets and more info here.

Here’s a recording of Talking Heads covering “Pablo Picasso” a long time ago:

[Original photo by Night Fog Reader (RIP)]