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

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July 2017
$7

His Master’s Voice, Bloody Waters, Slow Torpedo

Saturday, July 22 @ 9:00 pm - 12:30 am

HIS MASTER’S VOICE is a San Francisco based act creating washed-out spaghetti western music for the future. BLOODY WATERS Death surf. What was meant to be a lovely day in the sun quickly became quite the contrary. It’s snack time in the riptide. SLOW TORPEDO East Bay two piece garage rock punk.

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$10

The Atom Age, The Ghoulies (Denver), The Band Ice Cream

Sunday, July 23 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

THE ATOM AGE find their inspiration from the dust covered collections of unhinged 60’s punk and R&B, whose crazed energy was once misconceived as a better fit for your trashcan than for your turntable. While taking many of their cues from these primitive pilgrims of punk, The Atom Age still strive to lay down their own modernized take on the sound. The band’s new record, Hot Shame, was co-produced by Blag Dahlia of the Dwarves, and channels a wide range…

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$7

Snuggle (Seattle), Mea Culpa (New Orleans), Goop (Oakland)

Tuesday, July 25 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

SNUGGLE sounds a bit like if you took the first few records of all of Samiam, Crimpshrine and Rancid, artfully smashed them to pieces and even more artfully reassembled them in to one giant record and updated it so it wasn’t a boring throwback or some inept aping. MEA CULPA Television fucks Blitz at a Zounds show, aborts Replacements, Wipers clean up the mess. GOOP Pop punk crust punk! FACEBOOK INVITE!

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$7

Yogurt Brain, Sad Baxter (Nashville), The By Gods (Nashville), Trash Vampires

Thursday, July 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

YOGURT BRAIN is Jammin’ Econo. Yogurt Brain is Hippies because Punks=Hippies. The Yogurt Brain ship is navigated by an Oakland songwriter who thinks Charles Foster Kane is just fantastic. A perfect date with Yogurt Brain includes Copy Centers, Wallace and Gromit, and Suffocation. The most members of the live experience currently equate two – guitar and drums. Self-releasing their own cassettes and LP’s for the last 5 years – Yogurt Brain is fiercely and stupidly DIY because everyone else makes…

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$7

Sleeper Hold, TV Dinner, Big Mother Gig

Friday, July 28 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

SLEEPER HOLD Formerly known as Blackout Hawaii. A vibrant and bona fide boneyard of some of the Bay Area’s most wonderfully unknown gigging musicians. A cornucopia of arts and crafts loving individuals, as eager to fashion you your very own goat horn basket to fill with fruits and veggies, as we are to sing you a song. Only one group is a sure fire lock to be your new favorite band. Only one group is a sure fire lock to…

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$8

Beatniks, Fried Egg, Violence Creeps, North is Everywhere

Saturday, July 29 @ 9:00 pm - 1:00 am

BEATNIKS is a punk band in Oakland, featuring members of Violent Change, Life Stinks, The World and Andy Human & The Reps. BEATNIKS are serious: they don’t watch TV. Here’s what people have to say about the BEATNIKS demo tape: “…Great downer rock n’ roll / proto-punk for fans of Charles Manson (the cult leader, not the musician) and hand-rolled cigarettes…disgusted crooner vocals and a desperate urban feel.” -Alex from France (MRR) “Heavy KBD/protopunk influence (think Penetrators, early Gizmos etc.)…

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$8

Lendarkaris Muertos (Spain, Basque Country), Party Force, The Pathogens

Sunday, July 30 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

LENDAKARIS MUERTOS Fast and short classic punk from Spain. PARTY FORCE Punk drunk-n-roll family friendly hardcore punk Oakland THE PATHOGENS Punk rock and fucking roll from Oakland.

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$6

Vanessa Silberman, Wolf and I, Carissa Johnson

Monday, July 31 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

VANESSA SILBERMAN Vanessa’s live shows (often touring solo or featuring other players) and music has been compared to the raw bare bones rock ‘n roll of Nirvana & The Ramones along with the appeal of Liz Phair & Christie Hynde, authenticity of classic artists such as Patti Smith & Neil Young & the pop sensibilities of commercial radio artists such as Paramore. WOLF AND I CARISSA JOHNSON is addicted to playing rock and roll. The kind of sweaty, turbulent, in-your-face,…

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August 2017
$8

Scarlet Sails (NYC), Radiator King, Night Animals

Tuesday, August 1 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

SCARLET SAILS Indie rock band with a soul and attitude. When all you see is darkness within, you find the light, that’s what Scarlet Sails sound like. “With Olya Viglione at the helm as lead vocalist and her incredible drummer husband Brian Viglione – a staple in the music community, best known for his work with The Dresden Dolls and Violent Femmes – driving the instrumentals with his powerful percussion.” – Impose Magazine RADIATOR KING Somewhere between punk and blues…

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$12

Ex-Cult (In the Red), Enemy, Preening — ADV. TIX NOW ON SALE!

Wednesday, August 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm

EX-CULT “Memphis-based punk cyclone that no doubt has laid waste to a town near you recently. Chris Shaw lends a sneering, spitting toughness to the proceedings while the band flays riffs in loose, hairy mosh inducing menace behind him, touching on post-punk, psych sprawl, and early 80s hardcore while remaining beholden to none.” Fresh off the release of Negative Growth and a European tour, Memphis punks Ex-Cult are back with a three song single and handful of tour dates. New…

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$7

Laytcomers, Nyre, The Daisy Chain Reaction

Thursday, August 3 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

LAYTCOMERS A collective of ambitious losers with self-deprecating 4track, trapped inside a small Bay Area garage. We produce a mixture of noise rock, post-punk and even some elements of twee. “Since forming The Laytcomers after graduating high-school in 2008, Shkipin and vocalist and guitarist Cye Husain have been holding down Fremont’s ‘weird New Zealand pop’ mantle. There seems to be few challengers. The discovery of New Zealand pop came through a compilation that a Russian friend made for them. “It…

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$8

Less Art (album release show), Super Unison, Rip Room

Friday, August 4 @ 9:00 pm - 12:30 am

LESS ART “Curl Up and Die vocalist Mike Minnick, Kowloon Walled City members Ian Miller and Jon Howell, and Thrice drummer Riley Breckenridge already play together in the baseball-themed grindcore band Puig Destroyer (named after Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig and Pig Destroyer), and more recently they formed the more serious band Less Art. For this one, Riley roped in his brother and Thrice bandmate Ed Breckenridge, meaning Less Art features Thrice’s pummeling rhythm section (though Ed plays guitar here).…

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$8

Dead Country Gentlemen, Silver (Reno), Highway Poets, Beauty Queen

Saturday, August 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

DEAD COUNTRY GENTLEMEN Closer to rock and roll than punk, closer to punk than country. SILVER American roots music from Reno, NV. HIGHWAY POETS “new retro soul – an ever-evolving twist on newer rock and pop styles with R&B, country and folk.” BEAUTY QUEEN 60s rock soul garage rock

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$7

Healing Potpourri, Donald Beaman, The Ex-Rippers

Sunday, August 6 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

HEALING POTPOURRI “Ambient escapism, some minimal skronk, soothing textures. Sure, you could look into installing a fountain in your home or garden, but it’s possible to achieve the relaxation you seek in the sounds of Healing Potpourri.” DONALD BEAMAN is a songwriter, singer, and guitarist living in Northern California. He is the former guitarist and co-songwriter for the New York City based band The Double (Matador Records). He has shared the stage with Jonathan Richman, Sharon Van Etten, Michael Hurley,…

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$7

AlhhlA, Yairms

Wednesday, August 9 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

YAIRMS A 4-piece psychotropic/kraut/pop outfit currently based in Brooklyn/Tucson “This little heralded band plays surreal mid-fi pop that you’d be lucky to stumble on in a dive bar” – New Yorker Magazine “sound like a Burger Records Band except interesting” – Fort Worth Weekly ALHHIA

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$7

Lewandowski, Astromutt, Sun Colors

Thursday, August 10 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

LEWANDOWSKI Hard rock garage punk from SF. ASTROMUTT Punk rock surf garage from Oakland. SUN COLORS Post-surf shoegaze.

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$7

Sean Real (of Little Teeth), Origami Ghosts, Gray Tolhurst and the Early 90s

Friday, August 11 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Please join us for this special freaky/psychy/folky Friday summer night in San Francisco: Sean Real of local band Little Teeth; Seattle Antifolk band Origami Ghosts make their return to the Hemlock; and Gray Tolhurst is a beautiful songwriter of former SF band Coo Coo Birds. Can you already feel the magic?! SEAN REAL Residing somewhere between noise-pop and freak folk. ORIGAMI GHOSTS Antifolk? Irreverent trance pop? Twee? Origami Ghosts have been shapeshifting and genre-bending since 2004. The tunes are soulful…

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$8

Real Numbers (Slumberland), The Oilies, Yea-Ming and the Rumours

Saturday, August 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

REAL NUMBERS Wordless Wonder is the long awaited full length from Real Numbers. It follows up a pair of 12″ EPs on Three Dimensional Records, a single on Florida’s Dying, and recent appearances on cassettes from Forged Artifacts and No Problem. Tenderly crafted by Matt Castore at his St. Paul, MN studio A Harder Commune from late 2015 to early 2016, it is presented here on Slumberland Records for your enjoyment. Members of the band include Eli Hansen (Cozy, Boys…

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$7

Old Man Wizard (San Diego), Crystal Logic

Sunday, August 13 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

OLD MAN WIZARD Heavy rock band from Southern California. Influences include Queen, King Diamond, Rainbow, Jethro Tull, King Diamond, Opeth, Motörhead, King Diamond, etc. CRYSTAL LOGIC Lizzy-violence punk rock and roll Oakland

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10 adv., $12 door

Narita (of High Rise, Japan), Bill Orcutt, The Odyssey Cult Cult (w/Ethan Miller of Heron Oblivion, Comets on Fire) — ADV. TIX ON SALE

Monday, August 14 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

NARITA All the way from the Tokyo underground, NARITA, the guitarist of legendary Japanese psychedelic punks HIGH RISE, who changed the course of the underground musical landscape in the 80s with their blown-out beyond-comprehension biker-speed riff-mania and monolithic releases on the great PSF label of Japan. In the 90s and 2000s HIGH RISE were instrumental in inspiring a whole new wave of blown out, over-the-top guitar driven American psychedelic bands like Monoshock, Comets On Fire and Earthless (to name just…

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8 adv., $10 door

Monk Parker, Redwood Sound, Natural Pear

Wednesday, August 16 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

MONK PARKER “Monk Parker’s ‘How the Spark Loves the Tinder’ is fall music—languid, heart-wrenching, suggesting pangs of transition. Singing unhurried minor-key songs burnished with horns, weeping organs, and steel guitar, Parker traffics in a twilit Americana, drifting between Phosphorescent’s sun-drunk aphorisms and Castanets’ moonlit chill.” – Pitchfork REDWOOD SOUND Folk/Rock/Americana and more abstract elements. A mixture of Bon Iver, Nick Cave, Paul Simon, Guided by Voices, Kurt Vile and others. NATURAL PEAR Country folk rock from SF.

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$8

Casey Chisholm, Miss Moist, Tabor Mountain, Litronix

Thursday, August 17 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

CASEY CHISHOLM “One Man Wolf Pack” From Northern Ca. playing live loops of guitar, synth, vocals, and drums. He puts on a one man show that is far from a novelty. Casey Chisholm taps into the unified field and connects on a deep level with anyone conscious of the vibrations of the earth. His music ranges from instrumental ambient soundtracks to beautiful raw avant garde pop songs. MISS MOIST Electronic bedroom pop from Oakland. TABOR MOUNTAIN 80s california hair metal…

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$7

Bronzer, Wild Wing (LA), Grill Cloth

Saturday, August 19 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

BRONZER is a four-piece band from the most affordable city in America, San Francisco, CA. Formed in late 2016 the band is about to release its debut album this summer July 11th via Astro Lizard Records Long Beach. A heavy garage punk sound with pop sensibility. WILD WING Two guys and a drummer and a bassist. Every show is our last show, so catch us while we’re hot! GRILL CLOTH

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$7

Burd, Charms (Seattle), Uma’s Thermos

Tuesday, August 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

BURD Heavy two piece from SF. CHARMS A biomechanical noise punk trio whose necro-electro sound is akin to a thousand broken computers surging with blue crystal power, i.e., a heavy noise rock/synth punk/post punk trio. UMA’S THERMOS

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$8

Mouth, Multicult (Baltimore), Praying

Wednesday, August 23 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

MOUTH Two-piece Oakland drums/bass punk/metal destruction. MULTICULT An abrasive but cerebral album, Position Remote is Multicult’s fourth overall, but the band’s first full length on Reptilian This Baltimore trio featuring former members of Triac and Fight Amp is a thinking person’s noise rock unit for those whose cognitive abilities exceed that of even the normal deep thinker– this is noise rock for the quantum physics set, the supercollider crowd. And while some of Multicult’s contemporaries seek low end bombast and…

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$10

Jeremy Pinnell, Misisipi Mike Wolf, Ags Connolly

Thursday, August 24 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

JEREMY PINNELL Honky-tonk from Cincinnati, Ohio. “Kentuckian Jeremy Pinnell hits all the country-tune sweet spots. His voice is strong and a little mournful — you can feel his ache seep through the speakers as you listen — and the rhythm section shuffles along gently. Weepy pedal steel licks feel just right as Pinnell sings a regretful refrain of ‘I did it again,’ a familiar sentiment for any of us who’ve ever done a little backsliding.” – THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION “Sorrow…

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$7

Birds of Fire, The Mud Lords

Saturday, August 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

BIRDS OF FIRE THE MUD LORDS Balls to the wall rock and roll.

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$7

Fuckwolf, Marriage + Cancer (PDX), Blank Square (Castle Face), Earth Jerks

Sunday, August 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

FUCKWOLF “This band is called Fuckwolf. This, to me, sounds like LCD Soundsystem if you shot them with an elephant tranquilizer meets the second Liars album (the one about witches). It’s totally narcotic. Suicide-like repeating synth drug dances. It’s totally hypnotic and rad. I give it several stars on a scale of one to lots.” – KUCI FM MARRIAGE AND CANCER Described by the Portland Mercury as, “crooked, anxious, punk-flecked rock,” Marriage and Cancer are a band that writes some…

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$10

Home Blitz (NJ)

Tuesday, August 29 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

HOME BLITZ First ever west coast tour and San Francisco debut! As the driving force behind Home Blitz, Daniel DiMaggio keeps the rhythms crazier and the feelings more nervous than ever, having fully adopted the restless jangle of Hoboken ’81, the working-class anger of London’s East End in the mid ‘70s and the starry-eyed wonder of the Sunset Strip in ’78. You can choose which lens you want to view them through, though there’s only one right answer: that which…

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September 2017
$15

feedtime (Australia, In the Red), Musk, FNU Clone — ADV. TIX NOW ON SALE!

Saturday, September 16 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

feedtime have an almost subterranean legacy and those who like the band, LOVE the band and find a psychic link with this music. A ravaged beauty and soul underscore the claustrophobia of the lyrics, and the name itself is almost Zen-like: are you consuming your time or giving it over to something else? Time is given form and force through sound. There is always a road somewhere and if you gotta ride, get going and don’t be afraid. Trust your…

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