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

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June 2018
$10

Traffic Death (ex-Black Market Fetus), War Bison, Molten, Los Huaycos

Sunday, June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

TRAFFIC DEATH Traffic Death is a high speed, violent crossover band that has a tendency to crash into a sudden doomy halt. Based out of Des Moines, Iowa. Four veterans of the extreme metal and punk scene came together to form a unique style of music with frequent feel and tempo changes that fuses together several sub-genres of metal and punk, creating a style that’s almost impossible to pinpoint. WAR BISON SF hardcore MOLTEN LOS HUAYCOS SF/Oakland based psychedelic landslide…

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, June 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. 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 for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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FREE with purchase of Deep Eddy drink, otherwise $5!

Deep Eddy Vodka presents: Pit Stains, Jerry’s Timeshare, Meant to Bend — free/cheap show!

Tuesday, June 26 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

PIT STAINS\ IS A COUPLE OF MIDDLE AGED MOTHERS BAKING COOKIES FULL OF CRACK ROCKS. GET EM WHILE THEY’RE MOIST… (Narcs & Yuppies need not apply) P!TSTAINZZ!Z!! JERRY’S TIMESHARE San Francisco garage rock band. MEANT TO BEND

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$7

Superbrat, Husky Boys (Portland), The Heartlights

Wednesday, June 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

SUPERBRAT HUSKY BOYS Basement arena rock from Portland. THE HEARTLIGHTS from Oakland, Calif. blend power pop punk with thumping garage guitars and female vocals. They bring something fresh to the genre with their take on songwriting, layering a mix of sweet—and sometimes self-deprecating—lyrics over catchy, toe-tapping rhythms. The band’s humor and high energy in both their live performances and recordings ensure everyone has a good time. (Razorcake)

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$12 adv.

Peach Kelli Pop, Toner, Moon Daze — ADV. TIX ON SALE!

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

PEACH KELLI POP is a band from Los Angeles, CA by way of Ottawa, Canada and was founded by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Allie Hanlon. The band is known for playing Ramones-structured rock songs: Fast tempos, 4/4 drums, layered with loud guitars, and laden with immediate, infectious vocal melodies. Hanlon’s songwriting is unique in that it encompasses great emotional profundity and the use of the abstract and imagination. Since Hanlon created Peach Kelli Pop in 2010, she has released 3 albums,…

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$8

This Stellar Madness, We Are Invisible, Trez Maschine

Friday, June 29 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

THIS STELLAR MADNESS Dark & Heavy Art-Rock from San Francisco, CA WE ARE INVISIBLE Influenced by classic, prog and punk rock, We Are Invisible are a grinding power rock trio sure to make fists punch the air, legs kick the walls, and eyeballs catch fire. TREZ MACHINE Continuing the long tradition of bad-ass music originating from the Bay Area. The Dead Kennedy’s, Metallica, Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, Primus, American Music Club, Third Eye Blind, Red House Painters, Green Day,…

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$12

Eric McFadden, Gabby La La

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

ERIC McFADDEN is a virtuoso of the six-string. He has toured the world both as a solo artist, as well as traveling with funk legend George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic), and rock legend Eric Burdon (The Animals). McFadden is a member of the new supergroup, T.E.N. (www.TEN-music.com), alongside Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta) and Norwood Fisher (Fishbone). Eric has also been collaborating with Fishbone frontman, Angelo Moore, & Queen delphine on a project called TASTY FACE. If that isn’t enough, you can catch…

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July 2018

Jon and the Vons (Paris/SF), The Outta Sorts — FREE SHOW!

Monday, July 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

JON AND THE VONS Former Rip-Offs and Mr. T Experience guitarist Jon Von now lives in Paris France and has recruited a ferocious foursome to help him spread his brand of rock ‘n roll to a whole other continent. Jon and The Vons play a loud, fun 1960’s influenced brand of garage rock n roll. Their music is rowdy and rollicking and it’s going to make you get up on your feet and strut, spin, shimmy and shake your day…

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FREE with purchase of Deep Eddy drink, otherwise $5!

HAROLD RAY AND EAST BAY DYNAMITE, Ramona (Spain) — a cheap and/or free show sponsored by Deep Eddy Vodka!

Tuesday, July 3 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Deep Eddy Vodka is sponsoring a new series of shows this summer at the Hemlock! Here’s how it works: admission to the show is FREE with the purchase of one Deep Eddy Vodka drink, otherwise the cover is $5. FREE OR CHEAP, the decision is YOURS! Either way, it’s gonna be fun so c’mon down! HAROLD RAY AND EAST BAY DYNAMITE are an explosive rock, roll, and soul band. RAMONA We wish to play at your pool party.

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$5

4th of July with Crucial BBQ! High by Night (Rush tribute w/members of OWL), My Three Sons (w/Carroll of Death Angel), Mom and the Jabbers — bands from 6:00-9:00pm, free BBQ while supplies last!

Wednesday, July 4 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A very special 4th of July with some awesome tribute/cover bands and FREE BBQ from our pals at Crucial BBQ! HIGH BY NIGHT – Rush tribute featuring members of OWL MY THREE SONS – 70s and 80s nard rock covers from Carroll of Death Angel and his two brothers! MOM AND THE JABBERS – A 21 gun salute to American hero and patriot, G.G. ALLIN! 5-9pm. Bands start at 6pm. FREE BBQ*!!!! (* = while supplies last)

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$12

Dino Stamatopoulos (Community, Mr. Show, TV Funhouse), DJ Real, Sad Vicious — ADV. TIX ON SALE!

Thursday, July 5 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

DINO STAMATOPOULOS has written comedy for shows like Mr. Show, TV Funhouse, Mad TV, The Dana Carvey Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He also created multiple animated TV shows such as Moral Orel, Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, and High School USA! And as an actor he is best known for his recurring role as the character Alex “Star-Burns” Osbourne on the NBC comedy series Community, on which he also worked as a producer and…

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$8

The Rabbles, Novio Electro, Jess Rowland

Friday, July 6 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

THE RABBLES are an eclectic rock band from San Francisco founded in 2003. They play a pastiche of styles influenced by 60’s psychedelia, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s underground post-punk and various art and noise rock. The band has recorded 5 DIY albums, Rabble Music (2004), Rabble Rabble (2008), Rabbylon (2009), Dabble (2010) and How We Roll (2012). Each is a unique collection of curios spanning lush pop to abrasive dissonance. The members of The Rabbles have been a part of…

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$8

Jesse Cobb and the Golden West, Michael Michael Motorcycle, Pancho Morris

Saturday, July 7 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

JESSE COBB AND THE GOLDEN WEST Rock n’soul MICHAEL MICHAEL MOTORCYCLE Centering on earworm melodies and earth-worn atmospheres, Bay Area-based Michael Michael Motorcycle have struck gold pursuing a layered (but simultaneously no-frills) sound that, like their band name, doesn’t take itself too seriously.Lead single Just Don’t Mean a Thing is an icebreaker song. And it’s a hell of a fun listen: an unassuming yet melodic banter session about getting casual tattoos, growing your hair long, and singing really loud –…

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$8

Solaritan, Azalia Snail, Lunar Modulator

Sunday, July 8 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

SOLARITAN Experimental/noise rock/psych duo w/ Alex (of Impuritan). Experimental guitar/synth/vocals & loops with electronics. AZALIA SNAIL has been making her uniquely sweet, hypnotic, noise-inflected brand of pop music since the days before Nirvana broke. With her new album, Neon Resistance, producer/arranger and LoveyDove bandmate Dan West has tightened, refined and glorified Azalia’s sui generis sound, creating a textured, shimmering pop album for the 21st century. LUNAR MODULATOR

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KXSF Launch Party w/ Bellyfruit, The Third Victim of Abigail Rutledge, Leila Sweetleaf, DJ Litta Rascal

Monday, July 9 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Formerly known as KUSF 90.3fm., KXSF-LP 102.5fm is non-commercial community radio coming to the SF airwaves July 10th, 2018!!!

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FREE with purchase of Deep Eddy drink, otherwise $5!

Frehley’s Vomet (Ace Frehley tribute), Thunderbleed AKA Blind Vengeance — a free/cheap show sponsored by Deep Eddy Vodka!

Tuesday, July 10 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Deep Eddy Vodka is sponsoring a new series of shows this summer at the Hemlock! Here’s how it works: admission to the show is FREE with the purchase of one Deep Eddy Vodka drink, otherwise the cover is $5. FREE OR CHEAP, the decision is YOURS! Either way, it’s gonna be fun so c’mon down! FREHLEY’S VOMET Honoring The Forceful Expulsion Of Ace Frehley’s Spirit THUNDERBLEED Thunderbleed got sick of competing with Blind Vengeance for bay area rock dominance so…

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$10

Wyldlife, Bear Call, Dirty Few, Burning Curtains

Wednesday, July 11 @ 8:30 pm

WYLDLIFE Four dudes raised by alcoholic wolves. Fast rhythms and sweet melodies. Loud mouths. Leather jackets. Last spotted without t-shirts. BEAR CALL The band blends 60s soul with melodic garage psych. DIRTY FEW Warm beers. Out-of-tune guitars. Cancelled shows. Broken mopeds. While lesser bands may have crumbled under the weight of such colossal rock & roll bummers, Dirty Few has not only weathered the storm, but emerged victorious, leading an entire army of Denver dive-bar diehards into a rad utopia…

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$8

Nequequam Vacuum (LA)

Thursday, July 12 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

NEQUEQUAM VACUUM LA shoegaze.

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$8

Cape Fury, Not Yetis, IFIC

Friday, July 13 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

CAPE FURY Cape Fury does songs about murders on the high sea. NOT YETIS Not Yetis have received the Dental Hygiene Award for touring bands. IFIC

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$10 adv., $12 door

Noise Pop presents: Bellows (Brooklyn) — ADV. TIX ON SALE!

Saturday, July 14 @ 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm

BELLOWS is the bedroom recording project of songwriter and producer Oliver Kalb. The sound of Bellows is sensory and delicate, subtle and quiet but erupting with frantic wobbling drums, large orchestral sections and bursts of noise that push the conventions of pop and folk. Started in late 2010 in a dorm room at Bard College, Bellows has since blossomed from solo recording experiment into a large-scale rock band, employing the help of The Epoch collective to bring Kalb’s intimate home…

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, July 16 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. 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 for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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Blurred Out, Shadowgraphs (Portland)

Thursday, July 19 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

BLURRED OUT Indie-Psych weirdos from Oakland. SHADOWGRAPHS make baroque psych, taking late ’60s acts like Pink Floyd (the Syd years), The Zombies and 13th Floor Elevators as a starting point and putting their own spin on things. -BrooklynVegan

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$8

Juicebumps, Color Tongue (NYC), Trash Vampires

Friday, July 20 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

JUICEBUMPS is a spookwave squad from San Francisco. COLOR TONGUE Luxurious booger pop from Brooklyn. TRASH VAMPIRES Super bad, super cold, super sweet.

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$8

Sam Flax, Talkies (Austin), Mean Jolene (Austin), The Love-Birds

Saturday, July 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

SAM FLAX A burning blend of synth-pop and guitar rock. TALKIES Post-Chilton powerpop from Austin, TX! MEAN JOLENE Infectious & perverse pop songs with an attitude. THE LOVE-BIRDS FACEBOOK EVENT

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Noise Pop presents: Spanish Love Songs, Mercy Music — ADV. TIX ON SALE!

Sunday, July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

SPANISH LOVE SONGS is a five piece punk band based in Los Angeles, CA. They formed in 2014 after the demise of a previous band and a chance Craiglist post about lonely people looking to go to punk shows. Their sound combines the energy of drunken bar shows with the immediacy of intimate, lived-in lyrics. Self released in 2015 (and later reissued on Wiretap Records), their first album, “Giant Sings the Blues,” chronicles singer Dylan Slocum’s mid-twenties through songs about…

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, July 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. 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 for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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$8

Pardoner, Pope (New Orleans), Lawn (New Orleans), New Circle

Wednesday, July 25 @ 8:30 pm - 10:55 pm

PARDONER can’t stop saving us from ‘blah’ punk. That’s what Uncontrollable Salvation means, right? Or maybe Pardoner’s some kind of Judge Dredd, a combination of judge, jury and savior whenever a perp is making lame punk crossed with ’90s alt-rock. In any case, the San Francisco band’s debut album is a muscle spasm of Polvo’s weirdo heft and Dinosaur Jr.’s slacker fuzz, set to a disaffected punk squall. It’s a blessing that bludgeons, much like this title track that simultaneously…

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$7

Music City Rehearsal presents: Agouti, Mint, Rugs

Thursday, July 26 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

Our neighbors Music City Rehearsal present a night of rock action at the Hemlock! AGOUTI psych/rock MINT surf/rock RUGS The Monks meets The Modern Lovers; art-damaged pop tunes with a beat and weird guitars. MUSIC CITY REHEARSAL

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$10

Diego Gonzalez & Jonas Reinhardt, Phil Manley Life Coach (solo), LFZ (w/Sean Smith), Snickers

Friday, July 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

JONAS REINHARDT AND DIEGO GONZALEZ The collaboration with Diego Gonzalez began over an extended meal at Le Garage in Sausalito. Discussing the use of Tambura in Uzbek folk art tradition, I suggested synthesizers would be a unique counterpart. He proposed we establish a sonic bridge between the two and draw from the results. The first experiment in this vein was ‘Pater Breugel’. In this piece, we melded the metallic resonance of the tamboura with the electric timbral equivalent of the…

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$10

Lavender Blush, Quali (San Diego), Praying

Saturday, July 28 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

LAVENDER BLUSH is a noise pop group devoted to home recording, atmospherics, and analog warmth. The members of Lavender Blush have been involved with several like-minded groups including LSD and the Search for God, Moonbeams, and My Red Dress. “Gorgeously noisy…they have the perfect combination of feedback and melancholy.” – San Diego CityBeat QUALI A noise pop band from San Diego. PRAYING Two-piece turned power trio Florida Doom in California.

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, July 30 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. 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 for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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$15

Wand (LA, Drag City) — ADV. TIX ON SALE

Tuesday, July 31 @ 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm

WAND Plum is Wand’s fourth LP since the band formed in late 2013 but their first new album in two years. After a whirlwind initial phase of writing, recording, and touring at a frenetic clip, their newest document marks a period of relative patience; a refocusing and a push toward a new democratization of both process and musical surface. In late winter of 2016, the band expanded their core membership of Evan Burrows, Cory Hanson, and Lee Landey to include…

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August 2018

SNOB (UK), Judy and the Jerks, Toads

Wednesday, August 1 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

Trash Vampires, Sad Baxter, Catchlight

Thursday, August 2 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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NVRSLVRS, Host Bodies, Pretty Handsome

Friday, August 3 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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Chuckleberries, Ogres, Gravys Drop

Saturday, August 4 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$10

Tony Molina Band, Pandiscordian, Necrogenisis, The Love-Birds, Smiles

Tuesday, August 7 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$15

Dylan Carlson (of EARTH), Mary Lattimore — ADV. TIX NOW ON SALE!

Thursday, August 9 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

DYLAN CARLSON As the founder and only consistent member of drone institution Earth, Dylan Carlson has made abundantly clear what hes capable of with just an electric guitar, some pedals, and an amplifier. His music is a holistic experience, built not only from his heavy, gnarled riffs but also the space between his notes, the rattling amplifier, and the ringing in your ears once its all over. Scorpions in Their Mouths is a highlight from his forthcoming LP Conquistador, the…

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Noise Pop presents: Bodega — ADV. TIX NOW ON SALE!

Friday, August 10 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

BODEGA With wild minimalism and sharp wit, BODEGA revitalizes the rock and roll vocabulary under the influence of post punk, contemporary pop, hip-hop, kraut rock, and folk-derived narrative songwriting. With the eyes of filmmakers, Ben Hozie (guitar, vocals) and Nikki Belfiglio (vocals) turn the documentary on themselves, finding the political in the personal. Formerly of prankster rock collective Bodega Bay, known for its outlandish critical stunts, their blend of essay and confession bears witness to the harsh poetry of being…

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$8

Together We Can Rule the Galaxy, Cedar Park, Dad Jokes

Saturday, August 11 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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10 adv., $15 door

Brendon Walsh (Comedy Central, HBO), Brett Erickson — ADV. TIX ON SALE!

Sunday, August 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

BRENDON WALSH You’ve seen Brendon Walsh most recently in Doug Stanhope’s “Comedians Comedian’s Comedians” special on Seeso TV. You may recognize him from his ‘Comedy Central Half Hour’ or his appearances on Drunk History, @midnight, The Late Late Show, Conan, HBO, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Tru Tv’s World’s Dumbest, Another Period, Maron, the film ‘Punching Henry’ starring JK Simmons & Henry Phillips, or the Nekrogoblikon video “Dressed as Goblins”. He has performed at numerous comedy festivals around the world including the…

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Deep Eddy Vodka presents ASADA MESSIAH

Tuesday, August 14 @ 8:30 am - 11:55 pm
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Roy Loney

Friday, August 17 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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Killer Whale

Saturday, August 18 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

Wander, X-Suns, Sloth and Turtle

Wednesday, August 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$10

Subliminal SF presents Hightower, Slashers (NYC)

Friday, August 24 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$7

Polythene Pam, *soft vowel sounds* (aka Julia Serano), Scorpio Moon

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