Perform on the same stage M.I.A. and Jonathan Richman performed on

The invite explains:

SINGIN’ & PINGIN’ happens at a lot of venues around SF and the region, but only Rickshaw Stop is a legit legendary concert venue. When you sing onstage at Rickshaw Stop, you’re gracing the very same stage as an ever-growing list of rock superstars. Check it out:

• M.I.A.
• Vampire Weekend
• Jonathan Richman
• Grimes
• Neon Indian
• The Dirtbombs
• YACHT
• Diplo
• Matthew Dear
• Jolie Holland

You get to perform on the same stage as M.I.A. for goodness’ sake! Let’s party!!

The Sonics too. The Sonics. The Sonics!! RSVP and invite your frens!

Rad show at the Makeout Room this Sunday!

With Wing Dam visiting from Baltimore and featuring members of Dan Deacon’s recording outfit, as well as local bands Balms and Couches (fresh off their recent tour)!

Damn, with Last Nite returning and cool shows happening again, the Makeout Room is starting to make its case for best bar in the Mission!  Not to mention Primo holding down Tuesdays with Slow Jams for like FOREVER.

That tinsel ceiling seals it.

Hey no big deal but here’s Terry Zwigoff and Robert Crumb getting down to Craig and Meredith

Craig Ventresco and Meredith Axelrod are San Francisco legends in my book. Glad to know I’m in good company with Robert Crumb and Terry Zwigoff. Why don’t you join this elite club of ragtime, early jazz, and blues fans and get down to Atlas Cafe on Saturdays 4-6pm?

Don’t forget we interviewed inverviewed Mr. Zwigoff in 2012! He was a delight.

Capp Street serenade

I wonder if this is the guy who locks his keyboard to a bike rack in front of Taqueria Cancun.

[via Capp Street Crap]

The absolute WORST way to start a road trip

As our pal Michael notes, “That tape player has been steady freddy for like 20 years!”

[Photo by Jack Ipekjian]

Emo band Hawthorne Heights is playing at local jazz club Yoshi’s

So, I got the band wrong and my timing was a little off, but my prediction from March ’09 was essentially pretty sound:

Get tickets here. (Thanks for the tip, Camille!)

Bonus ancient Yoshi’s jokes after the jump: (more…)

All the people I ran into at the Cloud Nothings show last night

Everybody and their mom was there!

  • Pat from Cocktails (the band)
  • Rain from Darn-It! (the denim repair shop)
  • Chad from Noise Pop (the music festival)
  • Ben from BFF (the radio station)
  • Tyler from Oskar Blues (the microbrewery)
  • Nicole from Phono del Sol (the outdoor concert at Potrero del Sol THIS WEEKEND)
  • Literally a thousand 19-year-olds

The show was pretty great, but as you can see from this ‘gram, most people had a pretty hard time getting a decent sightline on the drummer, which sucks because he is #thebest

Now let’s watch a great video:

(Full disclosure: I was Pat’s +1, so technically I didn’t really run into him.)

[Photo by b_wert]

Nobunny pumping his fist like Billy Idol from atop a speaker among the trees in Mosswood Park

Burger Boogaloo continues today, starring Ronnie Spector and more!

[via Taffy]

Trippy new video for trippy new Windham Flat song

Also, they’re playing this Saturday night, *not* with Ronnie Spector:

Here are the 18 songs I sang at karaoke in the month of June

In terms of quantity, this definitely doesn’t top the 45 songs I sang in May, but it was still a good month:

  1. Hounds of Love – The Futureheads
  2. Supersoaker – Kings of Leon
  3. Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
  4. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
  5. Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again – The Angels
  6. Too Much Time on My Hands – Styx
  7. Reflektor – Arcade Fire
  8. Silly Love Songs – Wings
  9. Real Wild Child – Iggy Pop
  10. You Don’t Know How It Feels – Tom Petty
  11. Let Me Go – Cake
  12. Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town – Kenny Rogers
  13. I’m Sticking with You – The Velvet Underground
  14. Conquest – The White Stripes
  15. Country Girl – Primal Scream
  16. Dancing in the Moonlight – Thin Lizzy
  17. Baby, I Love You – Ramones
  18. Love Stinks – J. Geils Band

And the lesson remains the same: karaoke is super fun, the karaoke scene here in SF is pretty killer, and you can sing a wide variety of cool songs if you want.

(I like going to DJ Purple on Tuesdays at Tupelo in North Beach and Thursdays at Slate here in the Mission, KJ Paul on Saturdays at SoMa StrEat Food Park sometimes, and Roger Niner at Butter on Sundays. How bout you?) (Oh and I sang “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town” at this awesome dive in Santa Monica called the Gaslite.)