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BFF.fm radio aka Best Frequencies Forever is your local non-profit, bad-ass, volunteer run radio station, operating right out of the mission district. Every Thursday night, BFF.fm rotates their best DJs to take over the decks at Pops Bar. BFF.fm was recently voted “Best Radio Station” in SFWEEKLY.

This week DJ ZeroOne hosts the New Wave Dance Party. Join us for a night of post-punk, power pop, new wave, and other time- and genre-adjacent tunes. Cold beers, cool people, rad musics. So grab your BFF and hop on Pops!

Check out this week’s full music line up at Pop’s Bar:

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Ice Cube is headlining the final Treasure Island Music Festival on Treasure Island!

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Featuring MC Ren and DJ Yella! Announced this morning! Here’s the rest of the lineup:

Sigur Rós
James Blake
Purity Ring
ZHU
Glass Animals
Tycho
Duke Dumont
Mac DeMarco
Young Thug
Flight Facilities
Sylvan Esso
Christine And The Queens
Stormzy
Neon Indian
Wild Nothing
Mura Masa
Deafheaven
Kelela
How To Dress Well
HONNE
Hinds
Car Seat Headrest
Day Wave
Kamaiyah

RSVP and invite your friends!

[Photo by Laura]

Spin the Night

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Make no mistake, the music scene is alive and well in San Francisco. Pops Bar is committed to shining a light on those local heroes working hard to keep it going strong. With that, we bring you Spin the Night this Wednesday. Enjoy a DJ set from local band Hot Flash Heat Wave. Hot Flash Heat Wave create melodically upbeat, hook-filled garage rock, referencing a range of influences from Girls and the Beach Boys, to Santo & Johnny and Weezer. Their style is partially a tongue and cheek nod to the dreamy, lo-fi vibes of the “chill-wave” movement, as contrasted by the more sunny, sweltering sound of their own jams (“heat-wave”). So join us for a boozy fun filled night with jams from musicians who inspire San Franciscans to PARTY ON!

Check out this week’s full music line up at Pop’s Bar:

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Nick Pal explains why you should attend his Eighty-Five Song Happy Hour tonight

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Take it away, Nicky:

Guys, bad news. Eighty-Five Song Happy Hour is mired in crippling debt and the banks are threatening to SHUT US DOWN. If we don’t sell at least 28 gin and tonics between 6 and 9 PM, there may not be a safe public space to listen to Matthew Sweet records on a Wednesday in the Bay Area anymore. Come out and show your support on June 1, and send a clear message to Washington about what really matters.

RSVP and invite your friends!

DJ Wam Bam Ashleyanne returns to American Tripps tonight at Pop’s!

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That’s a pic I took of Wam Bam Ashleyanne the night she deejayed our first ever American Tripps Halloween party, at the Secret Alley way back in 2011. It was one of the best parties ever!

Tonight she returns (for the first time in a while) to American Tripps (the “Berlin-style” ping pong night), which is now every Monday night at Pop’s, and it sounds like it’s gonna be a fun one:

I’m bringing only jammers tonight, spanning 60′s Soul & R&B hipshakers, French Psych stompers, and even some good time favorites like The Mummies, The Okmoniks, Tullycraft, and more! It’s a trash bag full of goodness!

RSVP and invite your friends!

Thank you, San Francisco!

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We were pleasantly surprised to see Pops Bar a couple of times in SFWEEKLY’s BEST OF SF 2016 Readers Poll. Thank you to all who voted our Bacon Bloody Mary as the best Bloody Mary in San Francisco! Pops Bar Trivia Tuesday was also voted Best Trivia Night. Definitely worth a shout out, local favorite BFF.fm radio won best radio station. You can catch BFF.fm DJs at Pops Bar every Thursday night. Thank you San Francisco for voting for us, we think YOU ARE THE BEST!

Check out this week’s full music line up at Pop’s Bar:

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Pops Pups

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Take a break from your day and enjoy a moment of adorable brought to you by Pops Bar. Not to brag, but we’re pretty sure we have the best looking four-legged patrons around town. Bring your pup to Pops and see for yourself!

Check out this week’s full music line up at Pop’s Bar:

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Emo Karaoke is back!

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What’s better then karaoke in the mission? Why EMO KARAOKE of course! Start warming up your vocal chords and get ready to singalong to your favorite emo, pop-punk, and screamo songs this Saturday! Check out a list of some of the songs we have for you to sing.

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

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Dave Chappelle’s tribute to Prince, here in the Mission late last night

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He was doing one of his short-notice late-night sets, this time at the Chapel. The Chronicle was on the scene:

Chappelle ended up dedicating much of the four-hour show to Prince, sharing stories of how his sister introduced him to the funky music, how he was finally introduced to Prince in real life and how much he respected Prince’s fight to protect the rights of musicians and artists.

Backed by a band, Chappelle’s set was as much as a musical tribute as it was a laugh fest. He often encouraged the band to keep jamming since he believed they could “say more with music than I could ever say … all I have are pussy jokes left anyway.”

Martin Luther McCoy, a San Francisco singer who wore a black shirt that read “Purple Reign,” provided vocals for the night. He and the band performed a medley of Prince hits including sing-alongs like “Kiss” and “Nothing Compares 2 U,” during which Chappelle often had his head bowed. At one point, just after 3 a.m., Chappelle unsheathed a shiny tambourine that bore the “Artist Formerly Known as Prince” symbol.

Read on.

[Photo by m__nolia]