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“No Roots” singer Alice Merton performs Thursday at August Hall

The first time I heard that was on the radio in a rental car in traffic in Atlanta, and everybody in the car was like WHAAAAAAT IS THIS?????

Well it’s Alice Merton! Here’s the deal:

Platinum-selling English born, German-based singer-songwriter Alice Merton releases her most commercial and exciting single to date with ‘Why So Serious’, along with intriguing official video taken from her upcoming and much-anticipated debut album ‘Mint’ out in Jan. 2019 via Mom + Pop Music (Pre-Orders 21st Sept.).

After rising to fame two years ago in 2016 with her explosive debut single ‘No Roots’ (Mom + Pop), written about her constant moving homes as a child becoming such as huge debut, it’s safe to say it’s been a whirlwind for Alice Merton with 124 Million YouTube hits to date. With an early mission statement to perform and write music she has a passion for, to be an artist she’s proud of and to keep an Independent way of thinking, she took things into her own hands and started Paper Plane Records Int. with her best friend and manager Paul and together formed some huge plans.

Can’t wait. Show is 8pm this Thursday at August Hall. More info and tickets here.

Here’s the new single:

Aussie legends the Scientists and the Church play the Chapel this Sunday and Monday respectively

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First up it’s the Scientists — on their first ever US tour! From the tour announcement:

With a sound that was swampy, primal and modern-urban all at once – as much in the tradition of rock and roll and punk rock as it was a rejection of those things, the Scientists’ formula was as universal as it was specific to their own experience. They were about what it was like to be young and living in modern times in an Australian urban/suburban environment. The themes of getting wasted on alcohol and drugs, driving round in hotted up cars, being trapped in crap jobs and paranoia were their subject matter.

CHeckit:

More info and tickets here. (Ty Segall is one of the opening acts btw.)

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Next up is the Church. It’s on a Monday night, sure, but here’s all you need to know:

And guess what: they’re on tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the album that legendary song is on, what more do you need to know?

More info and tickets here. Big thanks to the Chapel for hosting all these great shows!

P.S. The Aussie onslaught continues at the Treasure Island Music Festival in a couple weeks! More on that soon!

Some recent portraits of people hanging out on sidewalks in the Mission

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[All photos via Honey Jets]

Eleanor Friedburger brings her “warped version of ’80s goth disco” to the Chapel this Wednesday night

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Eleanor spent the summer in Greece a couple years back and came away with some good ideas:

After a month in Athens I asked my friend, the Greek musician Σtella, “What’s one thing I have to do before I leave?” After some long and careful consideration she smiled and said, “you have to go to Rebound. It’s a time warp; kind of an 80s goth disco where everyone does the chicken dance; you’ll love it… but it’s only open on Saturdays after 3:00 AM.” Rebound proved to be a revelation in terms of finding the sound and energy for my fourth album. The club was very dark and despite the no smoking signs, like everywhere in Athens, it was very smoky. The “chicken dance” Stella mentioned was a solitary one. I copied the slouchy strut, moving back and forth in line, swinging my arms in time to the music that at first sounded like Joy Division or maybe The Cure, but never revealed itself– one could only assume it to be knock-off by an unknown Baltic band. It was alienating and exhilarating. “In Between Stars” is an attempt at a song you could hear at Rebound. It’s a dark and disorienting; my warped version of 80s goth disco.

Have a listen:

The opener Pill sounds pretty good too. Show is this Wednesday night at the Chapel, 8pm; get tix and more info here.

[Photo via Eleanor on Instagram]

Not Working 9 to 5

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It’s the one year anniversary party for those of us who don’t feel quite at home working 9 to 5. Today for Happy Hour, Not My Place (in the 9-to-5 World)  celebrates its 1-Year Anniversary Party! DJ Nutzeffekt (aka Allan) promises to bring you the rock on vinyl from 6-9pm.  Join us: “Cuz when it comes to workin 9 to 5 there ain’t no place for me!!!!!”

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

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Doc’s Clock sign lighting ceremony

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Doc’s has been back up and running for a while now, and their sign has been back up for a while too — but this Tuesday at 7:30ish is the official first time it’ll be lit up in all its glory. Here’s the official invite:

This day has finally come! We are going to light up the sign on Tuesday September 18th, around sunset (7:30pm)

Come be a witness and help celebrate this amazing moment!!

RSVP and invite your friends!

UPDATE: 

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PSA Press made this special Doc’s pin, which will be for sale at the event or on the PSA website.

Leblon presents SUPERBACANA! Brazilian Wax

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This Wednesday Guillermo, Lady Z & Professor Brian Oblivion bring SUPERBACANA! to Pop’s Bar, sponsored by Leblon. It’s a function that celebrates classic and rare Brazilian music on wax all night long. Bossa, samba soul, tropicalia, soul, funk, boogie, psych, jazz and more all from Brazilian artists with that distinct Brazilian swing. Warming you up all night are $9 Leblon Caipirinha Specials.  Come through and bring your dancing shoes!

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

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Drama Talk & Drinks: On Your Feet! – “walked out on a high note”

I was a huge Emilio and Gloria Estefan fan growing up so of course when I heard their musical On Your Feet! was coming to town it was a must see for me. Also, the Golden Gate theater was shut down for the last 13 months for renovations (you can read more about that here) and the grand re-opening was being celebrated with the opening night for On Your Feet!, so a win win night of Drama Talk and Drinks.

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Photo by Matthew Murphy

Garrett: I walked out on a high note with that energetic closing number. For me, this had moments of being really fun. I appreciated the choreography, colorful costumes and set design, but I felt a little lost because it felt like pieces of a story that didn’t really go together. Things didn’t quite add up for me. It wasn’t really cohesive or meaningful. I guess I didn’t learn anything about her that I didn’t already know.

Katie: I think that speaks to the issue of it not being a well written story. The original songs didn’t move anything forward, and there were also parts of her life they didn’t even go into at all. Like getting pregnant and having a kid, getting married… and when the hell did grandma die? There were things that were set up to be important and things that you were set up to care about that they didn’t include. I just think they tried to do too much that actually wasn’t very interesting. I would have rather seen more more character and relationship development. I just wish this was more heartfelt and unique. They were trying to appeal to a mass audience and throw in some fluff, and it fell flat for me and I LOVE Gloria Estefan.

G: Yeah, you either need to go full fluff or none at all and make it really interesting and they did neither.

K: It was this in between that felt random and forgettable.

G: Maybe they should have focused on the relationship between Gloria and her dad, or her and her sister, or her mother, or her grandma. Instead it was bits and pieces of each one and I ended up not caring about any of them.

K: But the bright side is the renovated theater looked beautiful.

G: Yes it did! New bathrooms, carpeting, and accents all around. It was great to be there and feel like a part of that theater-supporting community. Fun night!

 

The Verdict: This is a fun night out for Gloria Estefan fans, but not so much for those who are not.

The Drama Talk: This show tries to do too much and subsequently doesn’t do much at all. The story structure feels arbitrary and random with original songs that really slow down the pace. The story aside, this show had amazing performances, choreography and music. It’s a shame we left feeling that there was a missed opportunity with this show.

The Drinks: We wanted fun drinks after leaving this fun show so we headed a couple blocks away to Charmaine’s, which is a rooftop bar on top of the Proper hotel.

On Your Feet! plays through October 7th at the Golden Gate Theatre. Tickets range from $55-$236 and can be purchased on the SHN website. They are also doing in-person AND mobile rush tickets for $40, which is pretty cool. Visit this page to find link to the mobile app. Right now there are discounted tickets available on Goldstar.

 

 

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

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