Major Babewatch!


LOUD & LOCAL is a weekly show on that highlights the best bands from the Bay Area…and now it’s also a rad monthly event! On the first Thursday of the month LOUD & Local presents a bar night to benefit, featuring awesome live bands and guest DJs at Pops Bar. This Thursday Loud and Local features:

Babewatch- energetic, almost spooky psych rock

DJ Digger Barrett- hot licks and dank riffs from yesterday and today

DJ Wam Bam Ashleyanne Krigbaum- rare soul tracks from from the 1960’s: from girl groups, to R&B, to Northern Soul, and feel-good classic soul — all on original 45RPM vinyl.

Come out to Pops and support local music!

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


Listen to this summer banger ‘Yes and No’ by the Tambo Rays

Yesterday I posted a 5-year-old Tambo Rays song in our announcement about the 20th Street Block Party lineup, saying “it still feels like a summer banger for the present.”

Just now a Bandcamp notification told me to check out a new release by the Tambo Rays, and it turns out it’s an even better summer banger, definitely expressly for the present:

Click through to preorder their forthcoming new album (which gets you an immediate download of “Yes and No”), and then see them play Noise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party, August 19th. Pencil it in.

Announcing this year’s 20th Street Block Party lineup!


Just in time for you to finally be recovering from your Phono del Sol sunburn, it’s time to get excited about the summer’s other big party on the east side of the Mission, Noise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party! Here’s da blurb:

The free neighborhood celebration will bring an eclectic mix of music and entertainment, food and drink, and art to multiple stages along 19th and 20th Streets. In 20th Street Block Party tradition, the music will include some of the best in the Bay Area and beyond. Past performances have included Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Mac Demarco, Two Gallants, Nick Waterhouse, Andrew St. James, and more. Last year’s Block Party saw 20,000 people in attendance and featured Chicano Batman, Miami Horror, Boulevards, Hazel English, and more.

This year’s culinary offerings will be carefully curated to represent a wide array of the Mission’s best flavors. Among the 2016 culinary highlights were Flour + Water, Burma Bear, Farmhouse Kitchen Thai, Universal Café, and many more. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements on this year’s program—including music, food, family-friendly Art Row activities, nonprofit vendors and partners, and more—in the coming months.

And here’s my favorite Tambo Rays song (from a few years back but it still feels like a summer banger for the present):

RSVP and invite your friends!

Who run the world? Girls!


The ladies take over the decks all night at Spin The Night from 9pm-2am this Wednesday at Pops Bar. Spin The Night is a fun boozy filled evening showcasing the local heroes working hard to keep the music scene alive and well in San Francisco. No particular genre, just music that inspires us to party on. Enjoy an opening set by BadGurl Bailey b2b Taryn. The rest of the night Chelsea Lynn shows you why she is the queen of the dance floor. Who run this motha? Girls!

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


The Coathangers (all the way from Atlanta) play Phono del Sol this weekend!

Here’s my favorite song from their latest album:

I first saw them about 3 years ago exactly, and I’ve seen them like 6 or 7 times since because they are one of the best bands right now to see live many many times.

They take the stage at 5:30pm, but as you can see, there’s a full lineup all afternoon


Phono del Sol takes place every summer at Potrero del Sol, a lovely little park in the far southeast corner of the Mission. Get tickets and more info here.

(Thee Oh Sees are playing too btw.)

Oh Sees (no more Thee?) headline Phono del Sol this week in the Mission

This will be my third time seeing them at Potrero del Sol, and I think I can safely say they’re the best band to see in that park.

Here’s animated GIF (made with Stilly) from the last time they played Potrero del Sol (also headlining a Phono del Sol):

Thee Oh Sees Phono del Sol 2013 Stilly App

That’s pretty much what the show looks and feels like, although now they have two drummers! Here’s a newly released song from their forthcoming new album (and it goes pretty good with the Stilly):

Sure hope they play that one this weekend.

According to Pitchfork, they’ve dropped the Thee from their name, but that only makes them leaner and meaner. DO NOT MISS.

Check out the rest of the lineup (including the Coathangers!!!!) and the food truck lineup and get tickets here.

Ronnie Spector headlines this year’s Hard French pride party!

hard french

We saw her at Burger Boogaloo a few years back and it was KILLER. Definitely go to this:

This forthcoming Pride Sunday, Hard French Presents invites you to keep it going for an incredibly special, pretty unbelievable, entirely magical Hard French▼ Los Homos.

Our 7th Annual Pride Party spills over this year with 1 Bruja block party, 2 stages, 6 clubs in 6 hours and one legendary performance featuring none other than the incomparable RONNIE SPECTOR and the THE RONETTES <3.

Sunday, June 25th! More info and tickets here.

(This year’s Boogaloo headliner is Iggy Pop btw.)

Get Loud & Local!


LOUD & Local is a weekly show on that highlights the best bands from the Bay Area…and now it’s also a rad monthly event! On the first Thursday of the month LOUD & Local presents a bar night to benefit, featuring awesome live bands and guest DJs at Pops Bar. This Thursday Loud and Local features Peggy Bunker and the Bunkmates- playing hip swinging surf rock as well as Oakland based vinyl DJs The B-Side Brujas spinning Souldies, Salsa, Funk, & Freestyle y mas!

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


Debaser is back!


Let’s party like it’s 2008! (Which is when the Debaser party first started, I think.) Here’s the invite for this Saturday’s party, at the Knockout of course:

DJs Jamie Jams and Emdee return with more songs from a time when “alternative” meant “not mainstream.”

It’s like the best episode of 120 minutes or a good night on college radio circa 1993.

$10 / $5 adv.

FREE with FLANNEL before 10pm.
6pm-2am, 21+

***** JUST ADDED ****

Emo Happy Hour
w/ special guests Goonie Walsh and Douglock Slayton
(Make Me a Mixtape, Sadderday)

So dress up and get there early!

RSVP and invite your friends!

Girlpool and Buster Poindexter: Great Wednesday night shows 2 weeks in row at the Chapel

This Wednesday it’s the kinda quiet, kinda downbeat duo Girlpool. Watch a video and read this blurb:

Life has been a whirl for Girlpool since the release of their acclaimed 2015 debut Before the World Was Big. Shortly before the record came out, Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker relocated from their hometown of Los Angeles all the way across the country to Philadelphia, where they quickly became embedded in the local D.I.Y. scene. “Before BTWWB, I was just out of high school, living in my old neighborhood,” recalls Cleo Tucker. “Then we started touring in a way we’d never done before. I really started to experience the duality that was beginning to exist in my life: tour/not on tour.”After a chaotic and informative year spent floating around the East Coast, both bandmates moved home to California at the start of 2017.

Tickets and info here.

Next Wednesday it’s the loud loud loud, always upbeat ’80s superstar Buster Poindexter. Video and blurb:

Today, the words “blues” and “shouting” are, alas, inextricably linked, but what about the tradition of mellow blues crooners that extended through Charles Brown, Nat King Cole and, in their more romantic moments, Joe Williams and Ray Charles? “Buster Poindexter” (nee David Johansen) first attracted attention as a glam rock pioneer (in the New York Dolls, with whom he still tours) and then as an early MTV idol (with “Hot Hot Hot”). Yet with his big, deep, resonant voice, Buster Poindexter is most impressive as a crooner and occasional belter of ballads in the classic R&B tradition. His ongoing run affirms the point that however you know him, the artist known as Buster Poindexter, complete with his one-liners and longer comic monologues (not to mention his signature pompadour), is one of the most endearing and enduring entertainers currently trodding the boards in New York.

Tickets and info here.

Nice work, the Chapel! Their full calendar here.