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1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
415-923-0925http://www.hemlocktavern.com

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November 2017
$8

Harold Ray LIve in Concert, The Heartlights, Gravys Drop

Saturday, November 18 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

HAROLD RAY LIVE IN CONCERT And let’s not forget the boys in the backroom band: the boss honk of the squawnk, the whack crack of the rum-tee-tee-tum, the smooth move of the bu-bu-bu-ba-da, the castrato demidivinity of the ree-ree da-dahhh, the roller coaster ride of the piree-eep-eep (and let’s not forget what sound the mooly-cow makes!). They’re the ones who stretch the canvas, who stuff the rabbits into the the secret compartments of the tophats, to wit: the stooges who…

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Terry Malts, Rips (NYC), Michael O. (of The Mantles)

Sunday, November 19 @ 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm

TERRY MALTS Terry Malts’ third album, Lost At The Party, is a long time coming, 3 years to be precise. But the time was spent well. Between stints of touring and local shows, Bassist/vocalist Phil Benson and guitarist/vocalist Corey Cunningham wrote and re-wrote songs over the course of a year in Los Angeles where Cunningham had moved since the release of their last album, 2013’s Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere. The idea was to broaden the Terry Malts concept and…

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Spirit in the Room, Voidtripper, Direct Collapse

Wednesday, November 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

SPIRIT IN THE ROOM Occupying that weird and wonderful space between late 60s LA, The Doors, the Manson gang, EST, Hawkwind, Spiritualized and how the fog used to hang around Stonehenge when I was a kid, their sound is fuzzy and warm to the ear but with a really deliciously malevolent touch…really great stuff.” -Steffan Charizi (editor of Metallica’s So What! magazine) VOIDTRIPPER Drone and roots blues, VOIDTRIPPER is the amalgamation of different vibrational states. DIRECT COLLAPSE Industrial hardcore space…

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THANKSGIVING

Thursday, November 23 @ 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
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$10 adv.

John Davis (ex-Folk Implosion), Grace Sings Sludge, Gray Tolhurst — ADV. TIX NOW ON SALE!

Saturday, November 25 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

JOHN DAVIS I released a bunch of records in the ’90s under my own name and as half of a duo called the Folk Implosion that I co-founded with Lou Barlow in 1993 and left in 2000. I/we worked with both indie and major record labels, including Shrimper, Communion, London, Domino, Interscope, and BMG. Folk Implosion songs have been featured on various film soundtracks, (Kids, Adaptation,) soundtrack albums, (American Beauty,) and TV shows, (The People vs. OJ Simpson, NFL on…

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Jonah Sun, Great Highway, Sophia San Tulli

Wednesday, November 29 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

JONAH SUN is an indie-electronic artist based out of San Francisco, CA. Utilizing his unique setup of keyboards, samples, vocal effects and drum machines, he creates music that blends cinematic, piano-driven melodies with dreamy synths and captivating vocals. The catchy, transcendent sounds resonate with messages of hope that will be on repeat in your head for days. GREAT HIGHWAY has developed a signature brand of dark electropop that seamlessly blends pumping electronic sounds with analog instrumentation. Their earworm songs package…

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Kokomo Hum, Pastel Felt (LA), Well Read Seals (members of Terry Malts, Neutrals, Cruel Summer–first show)

Thursday, November 30 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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December 2017
$8

Babewatch, Nu Normol, Sob Stories, Business of Dreams

Friday, December 1 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

BABEWATCH “That magic blend of surf, psych, and garage rock that lots of bands try to replicate but Babewatch’s Santa Cruz origins make their sound that much more authentic.” – The Bay Bridged NU NORMOL Low key garage punk with submerged female vocals sounds like a long lost volume from the “Girls in the Garage” series.” – Bandcamp New and Notable SOB STORIES A shotgun marriage of ’80s jangle pop and nervy, tongue-in-cheek lyrics unite in the wedded bliss of…

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The Homobiles, Drama, Muñecas

Saturday, December 2 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

THE HOMOBILES Queer party punk supergroup singing songs about cars and babes, crimes and change, bathhouses and ballot measures. Featuring Lynn Breedlove (ex-Tribe-8 frontman and founder of Homobiles the ride service) and Stephany Joy Ashley (St. James Infirmary director) on lead vocals, Fureigh (ex-The Shondes) on guitar, storied queer festival Homo A Go Go creator Ed Varga on drums, award-winning songwriter Mya Byrne on bass, and radical healer Corrie Bennett on violin. DRAMA Ex-Quaaludes! MUNECAS SF band that mixes punk/dark…

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Mosaics, Little Empire, Charley Peach

Sunday, December 3 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

MOSAICS Combining the songwriting strengths of Alt-J and the production agility of Four Tet and Apparat, MOSAICS is a San Francisco trio crafting and spinning catchy, emotive electro and experimental rock tracks. LITTLE EMPIRE a pop/rock band from Los Angeles CHARLEY PEACH Charley Peach from Santa Rosa, California delivers heavy effect driven rock soundscapes lead by a powerful songstress. An updated interpretation of American Rock that balances dark realities with optimistic jams.

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Decent Criminal, Reunions, Self Care

Wednesday, December 6 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

DECENT CRIMINAL Blending punk, surf and power-pop, DECENT CRIMINAL offer catchy, upbeat songs that mercilessly collide with abrasive and often melancholy undertones, to bring forth a style that’s playfully compatible while still feeling inadvertently raw. REUNIONS SELF CARE

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$7

The Mud Lords, Dead River Rebels, The Tortured

Thursday, December 7 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

THE MUD LORDS A five-piece, female fronted rock and roll band from San Francisco. DEAD RIVER REBELS SF punk rock! THE TORTURED We’re a surf/punk band based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We write about the ocean, love, loss, society, travel, peace, chaos.

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Gnarboots, Twinpack, Build Them To Break

Friday, December 8 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

GNARBOOTS GnarBoots is a dynamic, formless entity of musical non-conformity. They don’t practice, and anything goes. TWINPACK 2 piece rock band from SF. 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.

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Songs for Snakes, If It Kills You, New Day Rising, Sleeper Hold

Saturday, December 9 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

Songs for Snakes and If It Kills You split 7″ release party!!! SONGS FOR SNAKES Melodic indie/punk for the fans of music from the last millennia IF IT KILLS YOU So many times the word “punk” gets tossed around about a certain sound or certain look, but for most of us “old guys” it’s more a way of doing things. It’s about finding that voice that is uniquely yours and putting your heart into it. If It Kills You has…

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Glue (Digital Regress), The Creatrix, Odio

Sunday, December 10 @ 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm

GLUE didn’t really have to get better, but they have. With barely 25 minutes of recorded music to their name—spread across a demo, an EP and a tour tape—our appetite for the band’s distinctive take on hardcore had hardly been sated. However, their latest foray ups the ante in all respects, not only pushing against the edges of their sound in the ways you might expect when a band releases its first 12” record, but also by taking the things…

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Violence Creeps, Toyota, Nopes

Monday, December 11 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

VIOLENCE CREEPS Somewhere between Pissed Jeans, Hole, Flipper and The Melvins. TOYOTA “Obnoxiously hyperactive, but it’s also infectiously fun. The tape features rapid bursts of punchy, staccato instrumentation. Its repetitive song structures wind into tight spirals, becoming faster and more climactic through the reiteration of each phrase. With its wiry guitars, jolts of drumming, and off-center bass, Toyota largely eschews melody. Its vocals at times sound like maniacal chatter or mean-spirited kids jeering on the playground. And yet its bright,…

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The Throwups, Superchaos, Scrim

Tuesday, December 12 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

THE THROWUPS Band Members: Vigilant Gary – Drums and vigilance Generous Lover – Guitar, yells and over the pants hand stuff King Huge – Bass, shouts and beef SUPERCHAOS Superchaos is a San Francisco based post-punk trio. Their music is every bit cohesive as it is chaotic, moving the listener between post-punk, bright noise rock, and even melancholy-yet-energized pop-punk.​ SCRIM scrap punk two piece

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Grex, Inward Creature, Safa Shokrai

Thursday, December 14 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

GREX Grex (Karl Evangelista, Rei Scampavia) is an art rock band based out of Oakland, California. In biological terms, a “grex” is an entity composed of several smaller organisms. Grex (the band) explores the meeting point between fun, delightfully strange psychedelic pop/rock and the dark outer reaches of noise and free jazz. INWARD CREATURE SAFA SHOKRAI Safa Shokrai is inspired by visual art, architecture, and movement. They inform the color and tone of his work. He strives to create a…

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Swiftumz, Italian Cherry, The Plastic Shoelaces

Friday, December 15 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

SWIFTUMZ “A stoned mix of stuck-in-your-head pop hooks, saccharine love songs that you want to play over and over again, and Ariel Pinkish bedroom lo-fi weirdness. Did we mention wanting to play them over and over again? This record is seriously difficult to not start right up again after it ends. By the time we finished track three on the first listen, this was pretty much automatically a Record Of The Week, bringing to mind Teenage Fanclub power pop, Guided…

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Burning Curtains, Couches, Horrible/Adorable, TV Dinner

Saturday, December 16 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

BURNING CURTAINS Genre: Songwriting, Feedback, Harmony, Lightning Band Members: AK47, Steve-O, Lord Rideout, That Rocker Guy COUCHES Indie rock slacker rock. HORRIBLE/ADORABLE 2 girls who like to rock out. TV DINNER

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Super Unison, Spiritual Cramp

Sunday, December 17 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

SUPER UNISON SPIRITUAL CRAMP

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UT Kirin, The Radio Fliers, Colleagues

Thursday, December 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

Come kick off the Holiday season with some indie rock in SF! Check out three East Bay indie rock bands – Mae Prolly, The Radio Fliers and UT Kirin! Doors at 8:30, show starts at 9, $8 cover. Come in cold, warm yourself right up, drink alcohol while listening to spirited independent musicans play guitars and hit drums and sing about their feelings. UT KIRIN Folk punk bedroom pop from Berkeley. THE RADIO FLIERS are an act out of Oakland,…

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Down and Outlaws, Locus Pocus, Nyre

Friday, December 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

DOWN AND OUTLAWS In the year following Down and Outlaws’ debut album release, the San Francisco quartet has played San Francisco’s famed Outside Lands festival, shared bills with the likes of Meatbodies, Dead Meadow and members of Pavement, and honed their live shows with ever-increasing energy and power. The quartet — Peter and Chris Danzig, Jon Carr, and Kyle Luck — have appeared on Last Call With Carson Daly and recorded in Vancouver for Converse Rubber Tracks. The D&O’s music…

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Electric Machine Gun Tits

Saturday, December 23 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

ELECTRIC MACHINE GUN TITS are a two piece Rock n Roll – Punk duo, based out of the San Francisco Bay area since the winter of 2015. Naoko Nozawa on lead vocals and synth, Tora Fujimoto on guitar and vocals. They have toured New York and have done two summer tours through Japan in 2016 and 2017. Electric Machine Gun Tits have shared the stage with GUITAR WOLF, PUFFY AMI YUMI, LOLITA No18 and many others

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Christmas Day — bar opens at 8pm

Monday, December 25 @ 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hungry Skinny, The Macks (Portland), Suicide Club

Thursday, December 28 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

HUNGRY SKINNY puts the business of being entertainers on center stage — dancing, rolling, and hustling to supply their own style of high-flying rock and roll. “For San Francisco’s Hungry Skinny, it’s all about rock ‘n’ roll that can make you dance. If it were a different era, they probably would have a chance to play ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ or ‘American Bandstand.’” ​- San Francisco Chronicle THE MACKS are a 4-piece swingin’, bluesy garage rock and roll band out…

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Cruel Summer, Sun Graves (LA), Moon Daze, Lower Self

Saturday, December 30 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

CRUEL SUMMER Dreamy, gazey, noisey, hazy, wavey gravy SUN GRAVES Sun Graves’ ever-evolving twangy vibrations is a result of Mario’s deep love for Country and Folk music. Contrast to Alex’s who’s early 60’s pop style of playing and songwriting ability has created some of the bands best work. MOON DAZE Dream pop / psych rock / garage rock based in San Frandisco, CA with members of Hvvmid and Vela Eyes. LOWER SELF Vocally driven primitive post punk

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New Year’s Eve Bash! CCR Headcleaner and The World!

Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 2:00 am
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January 20182018
15 adv.

Red Aunts (In the Red/Epitaph), Des Roar — ADV. TIX ON SALE OCT. 11TH!

Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

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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