‘Frisco Here I Come’ by Lou Johnson

Last night, about to fly home after a week in another city, I picked one of my Spotify playlists at random as I boarded the plane, and JUST as we finished taxiing and the engines revved, this song came on:

Music for the Mission: This Week at Pop’s!

Looking for your neighborhood place with good people and good times? Join the family over at Pops Bar. Get to know our cast of characters from our friendly bar staff to our talented local musicians and DJs. Remember, a good night of drinking is all about taking risks. So take a chance and make tonight one you will remember, we’ll keep the drinks flowing till you get here.

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


Why you should go to Eighty-Five Song Happy Hour on Wednesday evening

First of all, the poster art is a remix of a Psychedelic Furs album cover:

And here, DJ Nick Pal explains what’s special about this month’s edition:

RSVP and invite your friends!

Typatone, a musically and visually awesome way to send or publish a message

Built by Mission resident (and dance hero) Jono Brandel (aka Jonobr1), and launched just 37 minutes ago, Typatone is the tightest. Give it a try at your earliest convenience.

Music for the Mission: This week at Pop’s (includes interactive “Mr. Ice Cream Sandwich Man” flyer by BFF.fm)

Extra bonus points this Thursday at Pops Bar. Print out your interactive BFF.fm Night flyer and cut out Mr. Ice Cream Sandwich Man. Dress him for a night out on the town and bring him to the bar. While there is no cash value to Pops bonus points, they are none the less, priceless.

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


Widowspeak, the band that stunned the internet last month with its better-than-the-original Third Eye Blind cover, headlines the Swedish American Hall this Friday

Here’s the cover in question:

Here’s part of a little writeup about it:

The legacy of Third Eye Blind is a curious one. It’s generally agreed upon among cool people that they suck, but play “Semi-Charmed Life” in a Bushwick bar past 3am and everyone 26-34 will sing along to every word. It’s with that in mind that I present Brooklyn indie rock band Widowspeak’s cover of “How’s It Going To Be,” the second hit single off Third Eye Blind’s 1997 self-titled debut.

Stripped of frontmeth Stephan Jenkins’ delivery (which will never not rub me the wrong way)(I’m sure he’s a very nice person and I’m sorry), it turns out the skeleton of the song is quite good, and they manage to imbue it with their trademark Mazzy Star-like haze and understated melancholy. Their minimal guitar strumming evokes the Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane,” and the pedal steel twists the final knife in your heart.

If you haven’t been to a show at the newly refurbed Swedish American Hall (now programmed by the fine folks at Mission-based Noise Pop), you’re missing out.

Browse the calendar here.

Get tickets for Widowspeak (with Elliot Maginot, Grounders, Misteur Valaire, and Yard of Blondes) here.

My official Hardly Strictly Bluegrass recommendations

I’m gonna keep it short:

1.) Friday, 2:40pm, Banjo Stage: THE MAVERICKS!

2.) Saturday, 3:05pm, Towers of Gold Stage: JOE JACKSON!

3.) Sunday, 1pm, Swan Stage: NICK LOWE!

See the full schedule here.

Music for the Mission: This week at Pop’s (includes “Bangarang Crash” ska, rocksteady and reggae night)

We’re giving you another reason to look forward to the weekend! First Fridays show some love on the dance floor with Bangarang Crash spinning vintage reggae, ska and rocksteady from the golden age of Jamaican independence, the early 1960s to early 1970s. This DJ crew including Sir Rudy Blackout, Madame Streggae, The Mighty Zeke, DJ Fendi & King Papa Shirt throws down with all original press vinyl 7 inch singles for your dancing pleasure.

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


9/28/15 MONDAY


Motown on Mondays

It’s only Monday if you treat it like one.


9PM START, 1:30AM end


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Mondays at Pops






9/29/15 TUESDAY

Trivia Tuesdays

Pops Quiz

$2 to play


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! It starts at 7:00pm ends at 10:00pm. 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!!


Electro-Cumbia Breaks, Hip Hop, Nu Latin Beats


No Cover

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Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM with POSSUM

A mix of Hip Hop from the late 80s/90s golden age with rare funk from the 60s and 70s.


This week featuring DJ Sonny Phono


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

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10/1/15 THURSDAY

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9pm with Alabasters Record Collection. All Vinyl All The Time. Eclectic, Rock & Roll, Punk, Indie, 80s & Whatever.

BFF.FM Night


Rotating DJs from local BFF.fm radio! This week: Garage Rock with hello, cheetle.

Come support local community radio.

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10/2/15 FRIDAY

Uncle Rifkin

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9pm with Uncle Rifkin:

Uncle Rifkin is a 4 piece, mostly-acoustic, homegrown San Francisco band mixing up styles into a beaker that just might make you dance. Country to Blues. Rock & Folk all with a funky edge and storytelling vibe for your listening pleasure.

Bangarang Crash

Vintage reggae, ska and rocksteady from the golden age of Jamaican independence, the early 1960s to early 1970s. All original press vinyl 7 inch singles for your dancing pleasure.


No Cover


10/3/15 SATURDAY


with DJs Sake One

A true veteran of the Bay Area hip hop and music scene, DJ Sake One is a born and raised renaissance man, known to doing anything from community projects to opening up for big acts such as Mos Def or Kanye West. Whether it’s soulful lounge tracks or bass-filled remixes, his talent and musical palate does not discriminate.


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10/4/15 SUNDAY


Spill The Wine


DJs Vinnie Esparza, Guillermo & Slopoke

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San Francisco, CA 94110


DJ Beauregard’s Instagram video about tonight’s “Hip Hop & Ping Pong” party

[via American Tripps]

Make Me A Mixtape (emo night at the Knockout) is tonight!

RSVP and invite your friends!