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January 2018
$8

Build Them To Break, Worth Taking, the Kegels

Saturday, January 20 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Hemlock Tavern,
1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
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BUILD THEM TO BREAK emerged in the San Francisco DIY scene in the summer of 2008. Since then, the quartet has been performing throughout the Bay Area, fine-tuning their melodic taste of punk rock and rationalizing their consumed time with free drink tickets from local dive bars. WORTH TAKING Jimmy Eat World, blink-182, Green Day influenced pop punk. THE KEGELS San Francisco’s premiere Pop Punk quartet.

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$10

Fearing, Glaare (LA), Screature (rec. rel.), High and Fragile

Friday, January 19 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Hemlock Tavern,
1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
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FEARING Taking cues from such pioneers such as Asylum Party, Pornography-era The Cure, and The Chameleons; Fearing tackle themes of love, life, and lost morality. GLAARE LA-based DIY fusion of shoegaze, post-punk, and dreampop that feels very 90’s Goth—at times sounding like it could have be culled from the catalog of Projekt Records. SCREATURE California’s Central Valley is a hot, dry place, with a series of small towns pretending to be cities. At the heart of the valley is Sacramento,…

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$7

No Captains, Lo-Fi Satellites, Musavi

Thursday, January 18 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Hemlock Tavern,
1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
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NO CAPTAINS A funky, rock/metal band from San Francisco. LO-FI SATELLITES LoFi Satellites a 4 piece psychedelic/alt/rock band hailing from the coastal town of Pacifica, Ca. Fueled by thundering bass lines, driving drums and melodic guitars. MUSAVI San Francisco punk rock, noise, mush.

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$7

Praying, Needs (Vancouver), Lofter

Wednesday, January 17 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Hemlock Tavern,
1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
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PRAYING Oakland, CA via Tallahassee, FL Big guitar, big drums, uncompromisingly loud. NEEDS Needs. We all have them. In this case it was the need for catharsis through a return to heavy music by some old friends. Menacing and melodic, intelligent yet terrifying; the group invokes feelings similar to that first time you heard Nation of Ulysses and Big Black, or when you discovered the power of the Wipers. Vancouver Canada’s NEEDS call on the mighty lords of DC. They…

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FREE

Open Mic

Monday, January 15 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week for 5 weeks
Hemlock Tavern,
1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
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Hosted by Sal Orlando. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets.

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15 adv.

Red Aunts (In the Red/Epitaph), Des Roar, Control Freaks — SOLD OUT!

Sunday, January 14 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Hemlock Tavern,
1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
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The RED AUNTS are an all-female punk band that formed in 1991 in Long Beach, California, when Terri Wahl (guitar/vocals) recruited friends Kerry Davis (guitar/vocals), Debi Martini (bass/vocals), and Lesley Ishino (drums). Their brand of unfiltered music is toxic, taking a sharp claw to every riot grrrl cliché it can shred. After five albums, several years of touring, and a huge fan base, they called it quits in 1998. Their greatest hits compilation, ‘COME UP FOR A CLOSER LOOK’ was…

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$8

Snuise, Host Bodies, Night Sea

Saturday, January 13 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Hemlock Tavern,
1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
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SNUISE (pronounced Snooze) is the alias of Clifford Hudson a 26 year old producer from San Francisco. Hudson experiments with elements of many genres, with a heavy nod to hip-hop and ambient music. HOST BODIES is a collaborative electronic music project focused on performance of live instruments (think: synth, bass, guitar, drums, MIDI controllers, rap vocals) over lush ambient textures. Host Bodies is not not an attempt to be something, but rather to see what will be. NIGHT SEA Ambient…

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$10

Musk, Die Group (LA), Midnite Snaxxx, Year Zero

Friday, January 12 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Hemlock Tavern,
1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
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MUSK The Aberrant punk idea gave way to more of a Beasts Of Bourbon/Panther Burns concept after their first year or so together prior to Musk recording a widely hailed debut LP with Chris Woodhouse in two days (see below), but ’Second Skumming’ was completed in a decadent four (suck on that, Pink Floyd). You could say they’ve grown or matured, but YOU’D BE MISTAKEN. Like all great sequels (“The Godfather II”, “Bring It On : All Or Nothing”, “Eddie…

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$8

The Brankas, Dancing Plague of 1518, Pry (Reno), Chron

Thursday, January 11 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Hemlock Tavern,
1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
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THE BRANKAS Poppy No-Hooks, 1st Grade Math Rock, Punk You Can’t Dance To. DANCING PLAGUE OF 1518 Music fitted with an exoskeleton of darkness that shields any and all light from entering. Oddly, though, this sheath of industrial electronics doesn’t impart a chilly vibe, rather an uncomfortably humid one. The Dancing Plague of 1518’s recent EP, Habitual, opens with “Cataracts,” which immediately places you in the early ‘80s goth scene. Its persistent buzz, coupled with Knowles’ baritone croon, instantly conjures…

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$7

Barons of Bad News, Dan Juan, Ken Riffey Jr.

Wednesday, January 10 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Hemlock Tavern,
1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
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BARONS OF BAD NEWS combine the growling, baritone vocals and brooding lyrics of Kevin Waylonis; the haunted, jangling lead guitar of Brett Hydeman; the relentless, rumbling bass of Tyler Gary; and the raw, unhinged, unyielding drums of Danielle Goldsmith. The result is a raucous and irreverent rock’n’roll that hugs and hangs like an ill fitted suit. Bluesy, but not blues – soul for the soulless. It’s Creedence Clearwater’s inbred cousin – Lovecraft’s lovechild. It’s garage rock made in a bedroom.…

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