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

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May 2017

Hemlock Monday Raffle! 9pm til close

Monday, May 1 @ 9:00 pm
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Monday Raffle

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$10

The New Trust, Composite, Brown Bags, Praying

Tuesday, May 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm

THE NEW TRUST Depending on which part of its story you choose to focus on, The New Trust is either extremely straightforward or tantalizingly complex. In one corner, the co–ed band from Santa Rosa–located about 55 miles north of San Francisco–plays unpretentious, fired–up indie–rock songs that bring to mind the mid–’90s heyday (think Boilermaker, Knapsack, early Promise Ring, etc.), are catchy as all get–out, and rarely reach the three–minute mark. COMPOSITE DIY punk bay area goth post-punk Oakland BROWN BAGS…

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Melters VIP Club — The Oilies (live band) plus deejays

Wednesday, May 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

Top slay tracks as selected and spun by the masterminds behind the Melters record label. “Here’s the last exit on life’s lonely highway, a lonely roadhouse across from the Arco and the KFC about 20 miles out from Cottonwood. It’s been raining all winter but the grass hasn’t quite grown in; there’s a tackle shop down the way but no streams and none of God’s creatures at all for that matter save one turkey vulture slowly circling a ways up…

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$8

The Sunset Shipwrecks, Moonsaults, Lester and the Hoax

Thursday, May 4 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

THE SUNSET SHIPWRECKS Unrepentant rock and roll. THE MOONSAULTS 60′s influenced rock’n’roll from San Francisco LESTER AND THE HOAX Psych punk Oakland

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$8

Disastroid, Squalus (members of Giant Squid), The Same

Friday, May 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

DISASTROID plays a heavy mix of sludge / metal / stoner / grunge / math rock SQUALUS Only a bass, drums, keys; fishing shanties mixed with gargling cries for help. Volume abounds. Startling attacks from below. First bite is to cripple. Wait for prey to bleed out. Then consume at leisure. You’ll never see it hit you. THE SAME

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$8

Coolzey, Spoken Nerd, DJ HALO, Heddy Fur

Saturday, May 6 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

COOLZEY Golden era hip-hop roots planted in black Iowa dirt are the foundation. Growth tempered by alternative era rock influence. This along with a love for the juxtaposition of the dark, horrific nature of life paired with a slapstick and comedic view of the world allow for a wide, unpredictable arsenal ranging from soul-spilling indie bedroom rock to wise-cracking battle rap and on to radio pop. SPOKEN NERD Hip hop shoegaze from Nashville DJ HALO I am interested in doing…

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$10

Mr. Airplane Man, Greg Ashley, Razz, Bandit Voyage — 8pm doors.

Sunday, May 7 @ 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm

MR. AIRPLANE MAN is Margaret on guitar and Tara on drums. We are a mishmash of deep love for Mississppi hill country blues, Memphis weirdo rocknroll, drony VU and Stooges, and Boston (our hometown) garage beat and pop wonderment. GREG ASHLEY RAZZ “Rock and roll with a delicious pop twist.” – Terminal Boredom BANDIT VOYAGE

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$7

The Littler (Philadelphia), The Total Bettys

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

THE LITTLER THE TOTAL BETTYS

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Hemlock Monday Raffle! 9pm til close

Monday, May 8 @ 9:00 pm
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Monday Raffle

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$8

Matt Baldwin, Elkhorn, Danny Paul Grody

Tuesday, May 9 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

MATT BALDWIN Artifacts for future Guitar Deities. ELKHORN Folk/psych-rock guitar duo featuring Jesse Sheppard on twelve-string acoustic and Drew Gardner on electric, interweaving the extended folk tradition with psychedelic improvisation, moving freely from pre-rock to post-rock, from the 1860s to the 1960s and beyond. DANNY PAUL GRODY is a founding member of both San Francisco based bands Tarentel & The Drift. He is a self taught guitarist, and the melodies at the core of Danny’s songwriting bring to mind his…

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$8

Demonsmoke, X-Suns, Catapult the Dead, Isles

Wednesday, May 10 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

DEMONSMOKE formed in early 2015, hails from the slums of the Delta, Antioch CA. We play our own style of down-tuned heavy blues riffs with punishing rhythms, and aggressive vocals. Our influences include bands such as EYEHATEGOD, Weedeater, Graves at Sea, and Iron Monkey. We are a group of Riff n’ Spliff peddlers. X-SUNS (Pronounced “TEN” SUNS) is an instrumental space rock band from Seattle, WA. CATAPULT THE DEAD A bleak journey into the deep realms of darkness hidden in…

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$8

Before Sleep, The Stones, Eight80

Thursday, May 11 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

BEFORE SLEEP Post-metal. THE STONES Loud Goofy Euphoric Diverse Penetrative Enticing Drunk Genre-Bending METAL EIGHT80

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$10

Sweet Chariot, Skookum, Billy and Dolly

Friday, May 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

SWEET CHARIOT throws off a vibe that would slot perfectly into a scene from a lost Sam Peckinpah film when the two heros ride up to the biker bar and slip into the back room to hand a briefcase full of cash to the coke dealer. There was a seasoned storyteller’s lilt to all the songs the band played Sunday night. Each one was delivered as a fairly straight narrative. The set was well-paced and smooth. The playing — line-up:…

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$10

Kids on a Crime Spree, The Cigarette Bums (LA), Trash Vampires, Bloody Waters

Saturday, May 13 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

KIDS ON A CRIME SPREE About a decade ago, Californian Mario Hernandez (of Ciao Bella and From Bubblegum to Sky) was sitting on a Stockholm couch, casually drinking a really good cup of coffee when a friend put on the Back to Mono box set and Hernandez’s life was forever changed. He was instantly drawn in by the excellent songwriting and lush instrumental arrangements; and what started out as an innocent side trip into the Phil Spector back catalog soon…

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$8

Name, Into the Storm (Seattle), Aberrant Phase

Sunday, May 14 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

NAME Metal experimental grind jazz INTO THE STORM Noisy blasts of heavy emanating from the great Pacific Northwest ABERRANT PHASE

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$7

Friends w/o Benefits, Breatherrr (Long Beach), Sterile Jets

Monday, May 15 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

FRIENDS W/O BENEFITS This is real Fictional Characters/Real Entertainment. BREATHERRR is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist producer Michael Anthony Espinach. Founded in early 2014, BREATHERRR fuses psychedelic noise with new wave jazz and pop for a unique musical experiment. After only a couple of years, BREATHERRR has garnered critical acclaim and success in his hometown of Long Beach. STERILE JETS Long Beach California’s Sterile Jets are intent on confronting the tortured dynamic of modern America with unflinching honesty and an exceptional…

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Hemlock Monday Raffle! 9pm til close

Monday, May 15 @ 9:00 pm
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Monday Raffle

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$8

Emotional, Pro Teens, Marinero, Froogy’s Groovys

Tuesday, May 16 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

EMOTIONAL is the spiritual manifestation of songwriter, singer, director, and Death Records founder Brian Wakefield. Wakefield, a San Jose native, has been a humble part of the San Francisco music community since the early ‘00s, working with various bands, but most notably the “dream-pop quartet” Melted Toys. Emotional was initially embarked upon as an experimental side pop-project to Melted Toys—it now serves as the signature vessel for Wakefield’s personal songwriting. Ahh…The Name’s Emotional, Baby! arrives as a multi-label effort that…

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$8

Rip Room, Student-Led, Hafner, Daikon

Thursday, May 18 @ 8:30 am - 11:55 pm

RIP ROOM Nasty, bass-heavy riffs with dark vocal harmonies that channel Lou Reed and The Raincoats. STUDENT-LED (Sacramento) HAFNER draws influence from Noise and Post-Punk acts like Cheater Slicks, The Melvins, Flipper and The Jesus Lizard while maintaining a consonance much more in the vein of Husker Du or Bad Brains. Songs about esoteric baseball players, idiocy and self-embarrassment regularly on tap. DAIKON Indie rock with punk roots.

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$8

The Control Freaks (record release), Pathogens, Cape Fury

Friday, May 19 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

THE CONTROL FREAKS Classic Garage punk from the mind responsible for Supercharger, The Rip Offs, Infections, and Zodiac Killers. PATHOGENS A punk band from Oakland, CA. CAPE FURY Cape Fury does songs about murders on the high sea.

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$8

Shovels (AUS), Frisco (ex-Hank IV, Acid King), Carlton Melton

Saturday, May 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

SHOVELS From Melbourne, Australia. Part post-punk, experimental and white noise-psych. FRISCO New band featuring ex-members of Hank IV, Acid King and Lost Goat. Hard rock punk. CARLTON MELTON While Carlton Melton’s sound is heavily inspired by psychedelic music, it is equal parts, blues, rock, improvisation and drone. Whether the band is hanging on a well-defined riff reminiscent of Led Zeppelin or Joe Walsh or largely abandoning conventional music structure à la Spacemen 3 and Bardo Pond, Carlton Melton uses layers,…

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$8

Couches, Baked (Brooklyn), Schlotman, TV Dinner

Sunday, May 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

COUCHES BAKED “Stay,” a new song from the Brooklyn indie rock quintet Baked, will appeal to fans of Crazy Horse-era Neil Young, with its high, mournful singing, country-ish clean guitar interplay, and a pair of fuzzed-out climaxes that bring to mind “Cowgirl in the Sand” or “Cinnamon Girl.” “Stay” is also the first Baked song written by and featuring keyboardist Isabella Mingione on vocals. In a statement to SPIN, Mingione said that “Stay” is about “feeling left behind by the…

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Hemlock Monday Raffle! 9pm til close

Monday, May 22 @ 9:00 pm
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$8

Barnyard Hammer, Dyllan Hersey, Maya Hall

Wednesday, May 24 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

BARNYARD HAMMER is an indie blues and analog rock n roll outfit based in the Bay Area. The band plays original songs that move from heavy and high energy, to somber and stripped down. DYLLAN HERSEY “It isn’t easy to make a compelling album with just a single voice and guitar, but Hersey managed to do that and more on her self-titled debut…Her guitar work is more intricate than typical folk-singer strumming, yet avoids taking attention away from the beautiful…

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$7

Didisdead, Rats in the Louvre, Viqueen

Thursday, May 25 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

DIDISDEAD Punk Oakland. RATS IN THE LOUVRE “Their music is somewhere between art punk, experimental indie, and riot grrrl, blending angst with darkness, noise, and syncopation. Cavender’s experimental bass tones explore harsh dissonance, and ethereal, atmospheric soundscapes, while Cruz employs swirling futuristic effects under gritty tones, yells and growls. Drummer Melissa Posod’s background as a writer is obvious in her intention, utilizing dynamics and linear phrases to build the feeling of a story through percussion, vacillating between grunge and indie…

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$10

POW!, Crooked Bangs (Austin), Violent Change, Nopes

Friday, May 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

POW! is rechromed and ready to soundtrack your dystopian near future. Harsh neon synths keep battle with zipline guitars for space above a dark and teeming cityscape. Your guide is always in the shadows, you can’t make out his face but you hear his crazed diatribe as he wards off all affronts. The songs are at their core razor sharp punk, but are fleshed out with inventive and catchy synth work – and the floating bits of atmospheric expansion between…

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$8

XDS (Portland), Eye-o, Coconut

Saturday, May 27 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

XDS XDS is a band. SHoko and Jesse play here. The guitar bends to the breaking point. Drums crack pump and coo. Synthesizer samples crisp & crackle. A voice howls. A sea of bass over a lake of pedals. Nerdy dirty Jazz punk? vintage garage pop? psychedelic world music?,, synth fractured dance beats? Pretty? yes. Ugly? yes. EYE-O Kraut noise space rock. COCONUT San Francisco’s Coconut makes serene, tortoise-paced songs built around pristine melodies. Colter Jacobsen and Tomonori Yasuda have…

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Pale Ape

Sunday, May 28 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

PALE APE

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Hemlock Monday Raffle! 9pm til close

Monday, May 29 @ 9:00 pm
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$8

Jesse Lortz (ex-Duchess and the Duke), Blades of Joy, Grace Sings Sludge

Tuesday, May 30 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

JESSE LORTZ former Case Studies / former Dutchess and the Duke. BLADES OF JOY San Francisco band led by Anthony from Swanox.

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$10

Toys That Kill, The Know It Alls, Pale Angels (Wales), Sciatic Nerve

Wednesday, May 31 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

TOYS THAT KILL San Pedro-based punk band. THE KNOW IT ALLS PALE ANGELS SCIATIC NERVE

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June 2017
$10

Prism Tats (Anti-)

Friday, June 2 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

PRISM TATS Using guitars, vocals and sparse electronic elements, Prism Tats pulls from various visual and musical inspirations to create waking dream sub-realities that devastate and elate.

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$10

The Hip Priests (Nottingham), He Who Cannot Be Named

Saturday, June 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

THE HIP PRIESTS The inbred, oversexed, white trash bastard sons of Iggy P, Johnny T, Lemmy & Handsome Dick. An awesome, glorious mess of Rampantly sexual, Souped up, Lubed up, Fucked up, Low Rent, Hot Assed Anthemic Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll. HE WHO CANNOT BE NAMED has been playing punk rock for over 25 years, most of that time with the legendary “Dwarves”. An original member of this San Francisco based combo, he wrote or cowrote many of your favorite…

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$8

Crown Larks (Chicago), The Tunnel

Sunday, June 4 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

CROWN LARKS Polyrhythmic post punk // eccentric noise lullabies // machine-tooled no wave // free jazz-inflected krautrock // PURE CRED // “Crown Larks threw psych-rock, noise music, and free jazz into one pot and stirred until the whole thing combusted.” – Stereogum THE TUNNEL

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Hemlock Monday Raffle! 9pm til close

Monday, June 5 @ 9:00 pm
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$15 adv./$18 door

The Donkeys (San Diego), Outer Embassy — ADV. TIX ON SALE!

Tuesday, June 6 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

THE DONKEYS As we watched the Donkeys perform one of the first of their nearly 150 shows in support of 2014’s Ride The Black Wave, on the clattery rooftop stage of the aptly named SXSW venue Cheers Shot Bar, Craig Finn (he of literate-rock luminaries The Hold Steady) turned to me and said something on the order of “you can just feel that they’ve played with each other since high school…they’ve got that thing, and you just can’t get it…

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$10

Radioactivity, Bad Sports, Neutrals — 7pm doors — ADV. TIX NOW ON SALE!

Wednesday, June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

RADIOACTIVITY Seems pretty safe to assume that almost no one doubted Radioactivity’s ability to follow up their 2013 Dirtnap debut with something equally stunning. Frontman and chief songwriter Jeff Burke (The Marked Men, The Reds, The Potential Johns) has certainly done more than enough to earn that kind of expectation and pressure. But Silent Kill, which finds Burke backed by Marked Men compatriot Mark Ryan and two-thirds of Bad Sports (Daniel Fried and Gregory Rutherford), does more than merely match…

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$7

Impuritan, Necromonkey (Stockholm), Solar Maximum

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

IMPURITAN Impuritan is a sonic embodiment of life, death, love, hate, space, time, evolution and extinction in the form of experimental rock. An abstract dream or visceral nightmare. NECROMONKEY Necromonkey is Mattias Olsson and David Lundberg. Together they record and play music that they have written themselves. They are pretty loud. SOLAR MAXIMUM Experimental psychedelic duo that produces their music from their home studio in El Cerrito, California.

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$8

Future Twin, Parlor Walls (NYC), Oracle Room

Friday, June 9 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

FUTURE TWIN Avant pop soul. PARLOR WALLS Experimental ambient no wave trash ORACLE ROOM

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$8

Wild Calm, Our Fathers, Together We Can Rule the Galaxy

Saturday, June 10 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

WILD CALM Post-hardcore post-rock OUR FATHERS TOGETHER WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY

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Hemlock Monday Raffle! 9pm til close

Monday, June 12 @ 9:00 pm
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$8

Name, Abrams, Drawing Heaven, Lowcaster

Thursday, June 15 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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$10

Know, Stalag 13, Fux, Ground Score, Stagger and Fall

Friday, June 16 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

New Faultlines, Lovebirds, Vaguess

Saturday, June 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm
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$5

Nomad, Shrill Laimbeer — 6pm show!

Sunday, June 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hemlock Monday Raffle! 9pm til close

Monday, June 19 @ 9:00 pm
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$8

Monarch (San Diego), Ocelot

Thursday, June 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

The Boars, Lunchbox, The Outta Sorts

Friday, June 23 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

THE BOARS

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Hemlock Monday Raffle! 9pm til close

Monday, June 26 @ 9:00 pm
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Monday Raffle

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$8

Devotionals, Smokin’ Ziggurats

Friday, June 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

DEVOTIONALS

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July 2017
$8

Midnite Snaxxx, Car Crash (Japan), Italian Cherry

Tuesday, July 4 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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$8

Hangtown, Superbrat

Wednesday, July 5 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

Cut Up, SKASUCKS (Korea)

Thursday, July 6 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

The Rabbles

Saturday, July 15 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm
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