Sorta Secret Show


Rob and Lauren, formerly of the band He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister (not actually brother/sister but yes actually husband/wife) have a new project called KOLARS. They’re stopping by Mission Bicycle Company for an intimate acoustic show tomorrow before their sold-out Independent gig on Saturday. Free beer courtesy of New Belgium Brewing.

Friday 3/18. Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00. Limited tix available online and at the door. 766 Valencia, between 18th and 19th.



[Editor's note: At Roger Niner nights, I've sang "Love Is the Drug" by Roxy Music, "Roadrunner" by the Modern Lovers, "People Who Died" by the Jim Carroll Band, "Whole Wide World" by Wreckless Eric, "Linoleum" by NOFX , "Suzanne" by Weezer, "Seasons" by Future Island, and probably lots more I can't remember. Point is, QUITE a songbook this guy has.]

Warm up your pipes. This Friday Roger Niner is back in The Mission… at Pops Bar! And he’s bringing his big ole’ book of rare and unheard karaoke tunes. Find and sing a new favorite or a long forgotten oddity. Karaoke like you never left the basement of your parents house. Check out the songbook and PREPARE!

“I’ll open your mind, shake your ass, shuffle your shizzle, cast you off, reel you in, rent out your heart to a loving couple, make tea in your soul, rake your leaves, find you a puppy, melt your brain, solve your puzzles, get you off The Island, take your temperature, sooth your aching nerves, reach your stars, bend your perception of space/time, AND give you back $0.97 in change, all in the name of Rock and/or Roll BAY AREA KARAOKE! Go epic or go home!” – Roger Niner

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


Let’s talk about Nick Pal

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He’s a dad, he’s a lawyer, he has his own radio show, he was in Readyville, he was born and raised in San Francisco, and he has his own monthly DJ night at one of my favorite bars of all time. Here’s what happens at Eighty-Five Song Happy Hour, which is tonight (and every first Wednesday, 6-9) at Pop’s:

Nick Pal spins short songs because life is short. Punk, pop, rock and power pop vinyl.

And he does a great job of it. Plus he lets me make all his poster art, which is nice. RSVP and invite your pals.

UPDATE (3:04pm): Nick adds, “[N]ationally ranked Hearthstone player, former Mission Mission staff writer, sober Sally.” Oh and I just remembered he’s also one of the few people with a 2-character Twitter handle.

Hey music nerds, check out Music Mondays at the Alamo Drafthouse!

I went on a whim last night and saw Urgh! A Music War, a cult-fave compilation of concert footage featuring the Police, Wall of Voodoo, the Go-Gos, Gang of Four, Gary Numan, Devo, Klaus Nomi, and lots more. It was very ’80s and very awesome. Check out this rippin’ performance by the Cramps:

Can’t believe I’d never seen that before!

Anyway, Music Mondays are every Monday at 10pm in the main (awesome) auditorium, tickets are only $5, you can eat and drink, and the movies are expertly chosen by our pal Mike Keegan.

Next week is Velvet Goldmine, and the week after that is Christiane F. Check out the full Alamo calendar and have yourself a blast!

Slow Jams tonight (and every Tuesday night) at the Make-Out Room

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I mean, when was the last time you went, man?

In case you’ve never been, here’s what’s so great about it. Maybe you should invite that friend of yours who never comes to the Mission.

[via Primo]

CONTEST: Win tickets to Diane Coffee at Noise Pop!

Who’s Diane Coffee, you ask? Get this:

Shaun Michael Fleming (born May 31, 1987) is an American actor and musician. He is best known as the drummer of the indie rock band Foxygen and the creator of his solo project Diane Coffee as well as his Disney voice acting career.

And now have a listen:

Here are the show details:

Diane Coffee plus Hazel English, Be Calm Honcho, Dick Stusso
Tuesday, February 23rd @ Brick + Mortar
8pm (7pm doors) $15 / 18+

If you’d like to win a pair of tickets, leave a comment on this blog post, or retweet the tweet we send about it, or comment on the Facebook post we post about it. A winner will be selected at random. Contest ends Thursday night at 6pm.

Tickets and more info here.

Ramones and Misfits cover bands tonight at the Knockout!


Cool David Bowie quote

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[via Pamela]

A tribute to the cowbell


Indulge us for a moment as we pay tribute to one of the greatest elements of the percussive world: The Cowbell. Many successful Indie Dance Songs feature steady, driving beats influenced from either from rock or from dance music. DJ Blondie K from Fringe says that “the ones that really move people on the dance floor are the tracks that mix steady beats with looser percussion elements. The push and pull of the rhythms is what makes people want to get out there and dance.”

DFA recording artists like LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture took this technique to great success with songs like “House of Jealous Lovers”, which feature cowbell and other dance percussion mixed with punk rock grooves. Remixes of songs by the Twelves, MSTRKRFT and RAC use live percussion to transform straight ahead songs by artists like the Two Door Cinema Club and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs into dance floor favorites.

DJ subOctave who was been a drummer long before becoming a DJ says, “We love all percussion but there is something about the cowbell that can cut through a mix and has a attitude that is edgy and fun. ”

Fringe DJs Blondie K & subOctave will be playing an indie rock tribute to the Cowbell and percussion based grooves this Saturday January 30th at Pops Bar. Check out the promo video:

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


Why are there so many good summer jams coming out right now?

First there was the new song by Still Flyin’, and now there’s this:

The full Still Flyin’ album came out on Friday and it is tiiiight through and through fyi, and Ben Pearce (with drummer Nate Brown) has a record release show at Brick & Mortar Music Hall here in the Mission on Wednesday evening.

Just close your eyes and pretend it’s summer!

[via The Bay Bridged]