Here’s a rare sight: DJ Purple out from behind the decks, on the mic!

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Me and my pals at Jameson Irish Whiskey threw DJ Purple a 50th birthday bash-slash-holiday party (at J. Rusten Furniture Studios, which, incidentally, may not be located in the Mission for very much longer; throw yourself a party there asap while you still can) on Saturday night, and it was epic.

As a special treat for himself (and everyone in attendance) DJ Purple got KJ Paul to come in and assist on karaoke duties so that the birthday boy could step out and sing some stuff for once! It was historic.

Here’s some video:

DJ Purple does his patented “Dance Karaoke” party every Thursday in the Mission, at Slate Bar on 16th Street, don’t forget.

Here’s one more pic of the party:

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[Photos and videos by Luke Spray]

All is Merry & Bright at Pops!

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[Editor's note: Pay attention! Here's a great opportunity to spend Christmas Eve with Melly from te Aprecio and Prima Bike Maintenance!]

This Christmas Eve, our friends at BFF.fm radio will be holding down the holidays at Pops Bar for a LOCALS’ XMAS EVE with DJ MELLY G. With hella R&B, Hip-Hop, oldies and classic jams, even Santa may pop in for a spin on the dance floor! Come get weird with us under the mistletoe, we’ll keep the bar warm and toasty for you.

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

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Holiday Art Party at the Galallery this Friday!

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Procrastinated on your holiday shopping again? Don’t worry, we did too. Lucky for you, the Secret Alley’s brand new Galallery is hosting a ~ Holiday Art Party ~ tomorrow night for all you slackers, featuring goodies by local artists and designers. Here’s a sneak peek:

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Limited-edition lapel pins, from the folks behind Gruen Day!

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Treats and provisions for all you boozy rats, from hello, cheetle!

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A popular sentiment on a shirt, plus other cute tees and bags from assorted local artists! Plus, so much more!

RSVP and invite your friends, and consider dropping by the BFF.fm Holiday Party right up the alley that same night.

Vote for Pop’s!

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Pops Bar is thrilled to be nominated this year for THE NITEYS under the category of BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR. THE NITEYS celebrates the best in San Francisco nightlife and patron experience through a public vote.

Show your support for POPS and vote today!

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

 

12/7/15 MONDAY

Metal Mondays

Hosted by BFF.fm & Cult of Riffs

9pm-2AM

Keepin’ it real and playing all things heavy! If you’re false, do not enter! Classic 60′s, 70′s, 80′s deep cuts, black metal, death metal, thrash metal, NWOBHM, proto-metal, psychedelic, heavy blues rock, hardcore punk, d-beat, noise. ANYTHING WITH RIFFS!

No Cover

 

12/8/15 TUESDAY

Trivia Tuesdays

Pops Quiz

$2 to play

8:30-10:30PM

Join us every Tuesday of the month and test your wits at Pops trivia night “POP’s Quiz” where your brain may get stump on categories such as Pop’s culture, Sports, Movies, Music and more, with little snippets of audio and visual effects too! So come on in for some good ole fashion competition and a night of drinking with the crew! It is a 2 dollar cover and winner gets the pot!! so tell friends and family because the more peeps the steeper the cash prize is!!

MUSIC THERAPY

Electro-Cumbia Breaks, Hip Hop, Nu Latin Beats

9PM-1:30am

No Cover

21 UP

 

12/9/15 WEDNESDAY

Rude Awakenings

Happy Hour 6-9pm

Rude Awakenings: Forgotten underground classics of the 60′s, 70′s and ’80′s, with DJs Cathy 2-Tone and Scooter Stalin

WHATEVER WEDNESDAY

9PM-1:30AM

Whatever Wednesday is YOUR PARTY, literally. You got DJ skills? Have you been itching to show ALL your friends? Its your turn to take over the night and mix it up. Send us your request, your best mix and we’ll see what we can do to get you your turn.

Email: tom@popssf.com

No Cover

21 UP

 

12/10/15 THURSDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9pm with Drew Smith.

BFF.FM Night

9PM-1:30AM

Rotating DJs from local BFF.fm radio! This week: Knokternal Foxx bring you nothing but hooks!

Come support local community radio.

No Cover

 

12/11/15 FRIDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9pm

Music For Ghosts

Lester T. Raww spinning music from the 1920’s, 30’s & 40’s.

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Rap Music + Cheap PBR + No Cover + Good Company

9PM-1:30AM

No Cover

 

12/12/15 SATURDAY

Lonesome Lester

6-9PM

Lonesome Lester plays three kinds of music: his music, old music, and his old music. Armed with a ukulele, occasionally joined by an acquaintance or two, Lester plays Tin Pan Alley favorites as well as his own songs…which sound like Tin Pan Alley favorites.

SADDERDAY EMO NIGHT

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an emo/pop punk/scremo/electro dance party

DJ Kevin Kannibal and Ashley Suicide

Get ready to relive the days of white belts, myspace, and bangs. Lots of them. We’ll have a bathroom photobooth for your next profile pic, a wall for posting emotional updates, and a costume contest for the best scenester. Expect music from all your faves like Alkaline Trio, Thrice, The Faint, Get Up Kids, Boys Night Out, Taking Back Sunday, Moving Units, and many many more!

9:00pm-1:30am

No Cover

21 UP

 

POPS BAR

2800 24th Street @ York

San Francisco, CA 94110

www.popssf.com

Christopher Owens (of Girls) presents a special show dedicated to his many years in SF

It’s at the newly refurbished Swedish American Hall on Friday, December 11th, and it sounds like it’s gonna be pretty special. Here’s the message Christopher posted on Facebook earlier:

I’ve been writing songs for 8 years now in San Francisco, join me in a special show, about those songs & those years

Songs like Lust for Life and I Will Always Love You and years such as 2009 and 2011! Sounds good!

Get tickets here.

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Drake vs. Kanye dance party, Saturday at Rickshaw Stop

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Sounds pretty straightforward:

No Remixes, No Mashups, All originals. All Drake + Kanye!

Tickets and more info here.

Gobble Gobble! (Lot’s going on at Pop’s!)

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Pops Bar is your official spot to detox by retox from the holidays at your favorite neighborhood bar! Starting with much need MUSIC THERAPY on Wednesday night, your monthly groove session with DJ Clave spinning Electro-Cumbia beats. Join us Thursday for a neighborhood Thanksgiving day potluck, 3pm until your stuffed. Then, give thanks to the gods of heavy metal at BFF.fm’s Cult of Riffs event starting at 9pm. Friday, FringePop, pops in for a special cheers to the holiday with an all indie rock, indie pop and alternative dance party guaranteed to get those pumpkin pie calories burning down on the dance floor.

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

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Noise Pop Music Festival 2016 starring the Mountain Goats, Parquet Courts, the Thermals and more

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Is Nick Pal in charge this year or what? Can’t wait!

[via Noise Pop on Facebook]

Hop on Pop’s (This Saturday is SADDERDAY!)

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This Saturday at Pops Bar is SADDERDAY! Your favorite emo, pop-punk, scream, post-hardcore and indie from the 90s & 00s ALL NIGHT! As an extra bonus, DJ Kevin Kannibal and Ashley Suicide are giving away tickets to the Senses Fail/Silverstein concert at the Regency Ballroom on November 27th. Get ready to sing, scream, cry and dance. It’s Sadderday!

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

11/17/15 TUESDAY

Trivia Tuesdays

Pops Quiz

$2 to play

8:30-10:30PM

Join us every Tuesday of the month and test your wits at Pops trivia night “POP’s Quiz” where your brain may get stump on categories such as Pop’s culture, Sports, Movies, Music and more, with little snippets of audio and visual effects too! So come on in for some good ole fashion competition and a night of drinking with the crew! It is a 2 dollar cover and winner gets the pot!! so tell friends and family because the more peeps the steeper the cash prize is!!

MUSIC THERAPY

Electro-Cumbia Breaks, Hip Hop, Nu Latin Beats

9PM-1:30am

No Cover

21 UP

 

11/18/15 WEDNESDAY

Spike’s Live Piano Karaoke

Every 3rd Wednesday 7-10pm with Karl on the Keys

WHATEVER WEDNESDAY

9PM-1:30AM

Whatever Wednesday is YOUR PARTY, literally. You got DJ skills? Have you been itching to show ALL your friends? Its your turn to take over the night and mix it up. Send us your request, your best mix and we’ll see what we can do to get you your turn.

Email: tom@popssf.com

No Cover

21 UP

 

11/19/15 THURSDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9pm with DJ Sektor spinning Retro Thursday.

BFF.FM Night

9PM-1:30AM

Rotating DJs from local BFF.fm radio! This week: Hang the DJ with ZeroOne

Join us for a night of post-punk, power pop, and new wave. Cold beer, cool people & rad music.

Come support local community radio.

No Cover

 

11/20/15 FRIDAY

Haight Street All Stars

If you are looking for a good time, Todd’s rock and roll band, “The Haight Street All-Stars” will exceed your highest expectations. Featured at the Haight Street Fair this year, the blues/rock sensation, “The Haight Street All-Stars” will keep you dancing throughout the night. Playing songs to the likes of James Brown, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Albert King and many more. “The Haight Street All-Stars” are fun from beginning to end. Come on out to enjoy some soul in San Francisco !

Cult of Choice
9PM-2AM

A night dedicated to those of us who turn the music up unreasonably loud in our own living rooms just to feel the vibration, who stand feet from the stage attempting to understand how the guitar player gets that sound, who travel to places around the world because of the music that was born there, who connect with music as their own unique form of worship.

We have many a musical cult to choose from, and every 3rd Friday, we do our best to honor them all. From T.Rex to Tinariwen, John Holt to Howlin’ Wolf, Baris Manco to Merle Haggard, Ann Peebles to Arthur Russell, Rza to Ranking Dread, Fania to Fela.

Cult of Choice is hosted by a ragtag group of record collectors and music appreciators with the sole intention of sharing music with you. So come listen, dance, and even talk to us! We’d love to tell you all about who you’re listening to.

This Week

Record Selections by LP, Lord Cromwell, & casias

Live hiphop performance by Brothers Amor & Karen Less

No Cover

21 UP

 

11/21/15 SATURDAY

COMOLOCO

6-9PM

COMOLOCO is rich blend of rock, funk , reggae and cumbia, with always a very danceable Latin influence, this band offers a vibrant show that will get people to dance.

SADDERDAY EMO NIGHT

SADDERDAY

an emo/pop punk/scremo/electro dance party

DJ Kevin Kannibal and Ashley Suicide

Get ready to relive the days of white belts, myspace, and bangs. Lots of them. We’ll have a bathroom photobooth for your next profile pic, a wall for posting emotional updates, and a costume contest for the best scenester. Expect music from all your faves like Alkaline Trio, Thrice, The Faint, Get Up Kids, Boys Night Out, Taking Back Sunday, Moving Units, and many many more!

9:00pm-1:30am

No Cover

21 UP

 

POPS BAR

2800 24th Street @ York

San Francisco, CA 94110

www.popssf.com

Hop on Pop’s (METAL MONDAYS starts this week)

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Starting this week, BFF.fm’s ONE AND ONLY 100% heavy metal radio show Cult of Riffs joins the Pops line up for the brand new METAL MONDAYS! Spinning Black death doom thrash metal, NWOBHM, raw and harsh noise, hardcore punk, d-beat, 60′s and 70′s heavy deep cuts, heavy blues, Satanic messages and occult rituals. Worship the riff! Worship unholy obscurity! Eternal hails! Sinners welcome.

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

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