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

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September 2017
$8

No Statik (Iron Lung), HVAC (NYC, La Vida Es Un Mus), Drama (ex-Quaaludes)

Tuesday, September 19 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

NO STATIK A chaotic Swirl Blasting at extreme velocity, the San Francisco Bay Area’s NO STATIK is a torrent of rapid fire drum attack, Searing guitar leads and harsh vocals. NO STATIK ‘s Sound draws from the Fast, Chaotic hardcore sound of the 1990’s as the band’s long pedigree maps DIY hardcore scene of the last two decades- Members previously played in SCROTUM GRINDER, MOMENTO MORI, IMPETUS INTER, LOOK BACK AND LAUGH, DESTROY!, ARTIMUS PYLE, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?, END OF…

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$8

The Thunderroads (Tokyo), Control Freaks, Electric Machine Gun Tits

Thursday, September 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

THE THUNDERROADS Since human beings emerged on Earth, cool sounds are always come from The Underground. Fuck everything & Rock’n’Roll!!! CONTROL FREAKS After years of clenching our fists and throwing tantrums like they were hand grenades, Greg Lowery of The Rip Offs, Supercharger and some other jerky combos finally granted us our wish and slapped us silly with this LP from his latest no-count crew CONTROL FREAKS. Be careful what you wish for, indeed! This is snot-caked Bay Area slime…

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$8

Fortress, Raised By Zebras, Pale Ape

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

FORTRESS RAISED BY ZEBRAS PALE APE Born in Oakland in 2011, Pale Ape is sonic weirdness. Songwriter Gabriel J. draws inspiration from his experiences working for years in psych wards. The expansive hard and soft, fast and slow, electric and organic nature of Pale Ape is a reflection of his nightmares, hallucinations, and madness. Pale Ape does not intend to defy genres rather it mangles them together in both celebration and torment of influences across any genre the 4 piece…

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$8

Slow Bloom, Praying, Reunions

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

SLOW BLOOM North Bay punk/post-hardcore. PRAYING Oakland, CA via Tallahassee, FL Big guitar, big drums, uncompromisingly loud. REUNIONS Hardcore pop punk freedom rock

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Oktoberfest with Sierra Nevada! Free BBQ starting 6pm! Live bands — Bam!Bam!, Sana, Kid Gorgeous — at 8pm, $5

Sunday, September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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$10

Tom Carter (of Charalambides), Bill Orcutt, Snickers

Monday, September 25 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

TOM CARTER Tom Carter’s electric guitar work weaves strands of melody, drone, fuzz, and charged silence into intricately detailed instant compositions. Best known for his work with iconoclastic acid-folk improvisers Charalambides (which he co-founded with Christina Carter in 1991), Tom Carter has focused on solo performances and recordings since 2012. His 2015 double LP on Three Lobed Records Long Time Underground is the final installment of a trilogy begun in 2009 with The Dance From Which All Dances Come and…

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$10

Yotam Ben-Horin (of Useless ID), Seth Anderson, Joey Mathews (of Cut Up) — acoustic show!

Wednesday, September 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

YOTAM BEN-HORIN is an Israeli musician best known for his work as the lead singer and bassist for Israeli punk rock band Useless ID. SETH ANDERSON JOEY MATTHEWS

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$10

Ice Balloons (NYC, members of TV on the Radio, Samiam, Surfbort), Sun Foot, EDR

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

ICE BALLOONS Ice Balloons are a New York supergroup that count TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone, Samiam’s Sean Kennerly, Fuckemos’ Sean Powell, and Midnight Masses’ Giselle Reiber amongst its members. Oh, and they’re fronted by a giant golden fly. “I spent four days high in the mountains of Colorado suffering from altitude sickness, unable to breathe properly or to sleep through the night,” Kennerly explains. “When I got back to Brooklyn, I slept for 18 hours straight and woke…

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$8

The Saucy Jacks, Sea Blite, Sob Stories

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

THE SAUCY JACKS The Saucy Jacks is lead by Aaron Burnham on Vocals and Guitar with Marty Garrett on bass, Mark Ostopiak on drums, and Julie Chandler on keyboard. Aaron picked up where his previous band The Makes Nice left off to create melodic retro pop as The Saucy Jacks. SEA BLITE is Lauren Matsui, Galine Tumasyan, Andrew Brush & Jen Mundy. Blasting surf riffs that would easily fit into the early 90’s twee scene, these California poppers will surely…

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$10

Ehnahre (Boston, ex-Kayo Dot), Vale, Kevin Gan Yuen (Sutekh Hexen)

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

EHNAHRE The third album from the avant-death/doom ensemble Ehnahre and the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2010 album ‘Taming The Cannibals’ on Crucial Blast, ‘Old Earth’ again finds the trio of Ricardo Donoso, John Carchia and Ryan McGuire (the latter two former members of avant-prog rockers Kayo Dot) exploring their unique fusion of hellish death-doom, blackened prog, avant-jazz and experimental modern music composition, to earth-scorching result. VALE Oakland crust metal KEVIN GAN YUEN (Sutekh Hexen)

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October 2017
FREE!

Happy Abandon (Chapel Hill) — FREE SHOW!

Wednesday, October 4 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

HAPPY ABANDON is an orchestral indie rock band based in Chapel Hill.

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$8

No Captains, Parade of Horribles, Badabing, Sit Kitty Sit

Thursday, October 5 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

NO CAPTAINS a funky, rock/metal band from San Francisco. Band interests: alex loves to take photos. danny loves ribs. nik loves dwight yoakam, derek loves battlestar gallactica. PARADE OF HORRIBLES is a two piece experimental sound disaster best described as a punk version of Primus. Chris provides a solid foundation with a drumming style rooted in old school and hardcore punk. To this Jason overlays a flurry of different musical styles ranging from punk to funk, mixing in hints of…

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$12 adv.

Dead Rider (Drag City, ex-US Maple), Chriomancer, Negativwobblyland — ADV. TIX ON SALE!

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

DEAD RIDER A damned chimera, reconflecting man in pieces — audio-verite dance and blues, pop and rock varieties. Not created but lived, with parts of life on the run reused… CHIROMANCER is an avant pop/ prog duo featuring Bay Area improvisor Evelyn Davis (Frankenixon, Cheer-Accident) on Nord and drummer Charlie Werber (Guzzlemug, Murmur). NEGATIVEWOBBLYLAND is a satellite project of the notorious art collective Negativland. The cut-and-paste media collage of their best-known work is here abandoned to explore the unpredictable anomalies…

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$10

Walter TV (members of Mac DeMarco’s band), Emotional, Eternal Drag (members of The Dodos and Social Studies)

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

WALTER TV Carpe Diem sees Walter TV dealing with many (all?) of the “classic tropes that no person can seem to escape or avoid (except the enlightened few) including, suffering, loss, death, love, chaos, inevitability, declining conditions of earth, self inflicted spiritual pain, heart attacks, forfeiture of morals, yearning, attempts at doing the right thing, karma (police), moments of clarity, depression, introversion/extroversion, the singularity, technological advancements, neglect, insults of opulence, lack of community and looking out for your fellow people,…

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$8

Dealer, Omotai (Houston), Mouth

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

DEALER Bay Area power trio. OMOTAI “Fresh Hell, the latest offering from Houston grind squadron Omotai, breaks from the assault pattern of 2012’s Terrestrial Grief on a number of fronts. The hulking snow-mountain trudge of opener “Get Your Dead Straight” pointedly establishes that the band is just as at-home pounding out molten, doom-laden jams as any of the hyperspeed sludge on which they’ve established their name. The relentless drive of “Leglifter” oscillates between indie sophistication and crude stoner metal, the…

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$10

Angel 1, C CC V L T S SS (LA/KC), Collin McKelvey, Headboggle/Vibrating Garbage

Monday, October 9 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

ANGEL 1 C CC V L T S SS (LA/KC) COLLIN MCKELVEY HEADBOGGLE/VIBRATING GARBAGE

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10 adv., $12 door

Noise Pop presents: Peaer, Sinai Vessel (solo), Club Night — ADV. TIX NOW ON SALE

Wednesday, October 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

PEARER one piece-turned-three-piece subtle math rock trio based out of connecticut. david bazan/duster-esque from the mind of Peter Katz (poverty hollow, fugue) ADV. TICKET LINK

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$8

This Stellar Madness, Exit Wonderland, Unknown Jordans

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

THIS STELLAR MADNESS Heavy Psych-Rock from San Francisco. “In this knock-down, drag-out fight for your mind…What’ll we find?… A dose of dirty and a hit from the divine…” Launched from the side-show of a supernova circus in 2016, this multi-dimensional band of Bay Area psychonauts fuses thunderous grooves, ferocious riffs, and soaring, maniacal vocals, into a burning-hot, brain-melting plasma of dark, ridiculous awesome… Through glitter-filled gutters and moments of grimy grace: Rocket, ever onward, toward This Stellar Madness… EXIT WONDERLAND…

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$10

Altar de Fey

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

ALTAR DE FEY Altar De Fey originated in San Francisco in the early 1980’s as part of the emerging musical form that would come to be known as Deathrock. Out of the Zeitgeist flash of 70’s Punk Rock the new sound took the darkest elements of the counter culture into ever deeper gloomier and more mature territory. Performing at legendary San Francisco venues Mabuhay Gardens, Graffiti, The Nightbreak and the rest billed with Christian Death, 45 Grave, and all the…

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No show tonight! Private party in the back room, main bar open to the public (no cover)!

Saturday, October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
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$8

Disastroid, Caustic Casanova (Wash., DC) — EARLY 6PM SHOW!

Sunday, October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

DISASTROID plays a heavy mix of sludge / metal / stoner / grunge / math rock. CAUSTIC CASANOVA DC heavy rock, punk, sludge, psychedelic trio.

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$7

Violence Creeps, Turquoiz Noiz, Outercourse, Dancing Plague of 1518

Monday, October 16 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

VIOLENCE CREEPS Too musical to be no wave but too musically confrontational to really be called straightforward punk, Violence Creeps have the same kind of stance as bands like Flipper, No Trend, and Public Image Ltd., and like those bands at their very best Violence Creeps have a way of wrenching jagged but memorable melodies out of the chaos. TURQUOIZ NOIZ OUTERCOURSE DANCING PLAGUE OF 1518 Goth/darkwave from Spokane, WA.

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$8

The Gargoyles, The Ogres, The Durty Whyte Boots

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

THE GARGOYLES are a rockin’ garage/R’n’B combo hailing from sunny San Diego, California. THE OGRES Finally, a band that rocks exclusively in your favorite key: C. One chord and a cloud of dust. Plus plush vests. THE DURTY WHYTE BOOTS are: Durty Chow Mein, Durty Birdie, Durty Honey Bunny, Durty Daisy Yumessy – garage punk r&b punk girl band.

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$10

Eyelids (PDX), Hellenes (ex-Rain Parade), The Bye Bye Blackbirds — ADV. TIX NOW ON SALE!

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

EYELIDS Portland, Oregon’s EYELIDS existed long before the actual band came to be. Friends for over two decades, principal songwriters John Moen and Chris Slusarenko had long desired to get together to write songs, “sweet melodies” paired with “bummer vibes,” which would fuse Big Star’s jangle to XTC’s melodicism, connecting the dots between the dream pop sounds of the ‘80s Paisley Underground to the homespun post-punk of the legendary Flying Nun label. For years, Moen and Slusarenko played and wrote…

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$8

Marbled Eye, Collate (PDX), Neutrals, End Time

Sunday, October 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

MARBLED EYE Although initially conceived by Chris Natividad and Michael Lucero, Marbled Eye’s members also perform with Meat Market, Unity, Useless Eaters, Golden Drugs, and Creepers. The groups self-titled EP serves as another reminder that the Bay’s scene is far from uninspired. The songs are concise, well written, and consistent. There’s the immediacy of opener “Coated,” the cutting, pensive leads on “Primrose,” and perhaps the EP’s most memorable track, closer “Oddity,” where the band leans into the pop sensibility that’s…

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$12 adv., $14 door

Omni (Atlanta, Trouble in Mind), Blank Square, Otzi — ADV. TIX NOW ON SALE!

Tuesday, October 24 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

OMNI Framed from within the relentless heatwave of Atlanta, Georgia, Omni cuts through the oppressive humidity of the gilded southern capital with a cool and breezy combo of lo-fi nonchalance. In paying homage to post-punk forebears like Pylon, Wire and Devo, Omni exploits a succinct and focused sound in their 2016 debut. Strung taut with wiry guitar and incisive rhythms, their approach is not without plenty of sneaky, danceable melodies to round off the hard angles. Indeed, ‘Deluxe’ represents a…

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$8

Funeral Kings, Outers

Thursday, October 26 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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$10

ASTROZOMBIES (early Misfits tribute!) plus special guests Back from the Grave: A Garage Rock Revue (feat. members of Trendy Dad and The Stone Foxes)

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

ASTROZOMBIES A live reinvention of early era MISFITS! 6th annual appearance at the Hemlock on Halloween!

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$10 adv., $12 door

Mimicking Birds (PDX) — 7-10pm show!

Saturday, October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

MIMICKING BIRDS For years, Nate Lacy’s Mimicking Birds project has been linked to his friends and colleagues in Modest Mouse. That band’s singer, Isaac Brock, released both of Mimicking Birds’ terrific studio albums on his Glacial Pace label, and both groups are scheduled to tour together in August. They complement each other in other ways, too: Mimicking Birds’ sinister, unsettling sound fits beautifully next to Modest Mouse’s more frenetic excursions. They’re cousins in mood and tone — different enough to…

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$5 at front door of the bar

Halloween Dance Party! 10pm-close! Deejays galore!

Saturday, October 28 @ 10:00 pm - 2:00 am
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$10

A Giant Dog (Austin, Merge Records), Great Apes, Mare Island — ADV. TIX NOW ON SALE

Sunday, October 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

A GIANT DOG Austin’s A Giant Dog have gained a reputation for powerful live shows. Their DIY road ethic has taken them from coast to coast many times over the past decade, logging hundreds of sweaty, intense performances, and building their fanbase one by one in basement bars, dark clubs and the occasional trashed living room. Toy, their fourth LP and their second for Merge Records, captures the quintet at the height of their powers. The band brings a newfound…

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$5

Halloween Night! Hangtown, Bloody Waters, The New Jerks

Tuesday, October 31 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

HANGTOWN Post-apocalyptic spaghetti surf! BLOODY WATERS Cosmic death surf. THE NEW JERKS

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November 2017
$7

Flat Black, Lollygaggers

Friday, November 3 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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$8

Diagonal Mints, Blurred Out, Wolfeel

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

Trip Wire, Citrus Clouds, Death Valley Rally

Sunday, November 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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$5

Kind Fall, Jerkagram, Glass Factory

Monday, November 6 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$7

Scholtman, Kal Marks, Noyes (LA)

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

Twin Ponies

Wednesday, November 8 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$7

Harriot

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

HARRIOT

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$10

Amplified Heat (Austin)

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

In the Company of Serpents, Goya, Connoisseur

Tuesday, November 14 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

Peacers, Flat Worms (LA), Naked Lights, Blank Square

Wednesday, November 15 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

Sit Kitty Sit, North by North (Chicago), Rip Room

Thursday, November 16 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$12 adv., $14 door

Helms Alee, Kowloon Walled City, Mini and the Bear — ADV. TIX NOW ON SALE!

Friday, November 17 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

HELMS ALEE Every music nerd has gotten roped into the desert island conversation. You know—what’s the one record you would bring with you to some remote location to provide solace for the rest of your days? Or better yet, what’s the one band whose catalog would always remain fresh to your ears, even after years and years of isolation? Of course, the ideal candidate would be a band who has a significant body of work, a band who’s songs span…

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$8

Harold Ray LIve in Concert, Heartlights, Gravy’s Drop

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

Terry Malts, Rips (NYC)

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