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

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January 2018
$8

Violence Creeps, The Wameki (Japan, Digital Regress), Wonder Bread

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

VIOLENCE CREEPS “If you surfed over to this website on purpose, there’s a strong chance you’re a big fan of gnarly, grotesque punk that eschews sunshine and bubbly love for cracked concrete and slimy hate. Same goes for me, which is why I’m so psyched that Violence Creeps are putting out music. Their songs are uniquely gnarly, as memorable as they are relatable, and I dunno, what else do you really want to hear, honestly?” – YellowGreenRed THE WAMEKI is…

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FREE

Open Mic

Monday, January 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week for 5 weeks

Hosted by Sal Orlando. 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.

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$8

N. Lannon, Forest Bees, Alexsarah

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

N. LANNON (of Film School) Lannon has released three solo albums: “Chemical Friends” (2004), “Pressure” (2007) and “Falling Inside” (2015). They can be purchased from the Portland-based label Badman Recording Company, or on Amazon, or iTunes. He played guitar in the band Film School for much of the 00’s and still does some recording with the band. He also releases music as Sacred Caves. FOREST BEES is what happens when you take the daughter of Indian immigrants; feed her on…

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$8

Hangtown, His Master’s Voice, Monsoon

Friday, January 26 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

HANGTOWN Post-apocalyptic spaghetti western surf. HIS MASTER’S VOICE San Francisco duo creating washed-out spaghetti western music for the future. MONSOON is a guitar and drum duo playing sludgy and psychedelic rock grooves around the Bay Area. They’ll melt your face and then soothe your soul Facebook invite here!

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$10

Phil Manley Life Coach (solo), Pink Mountaintops (Steve McBean from Black Mountain), Your Leader (Jake from Hightower/Pins of Light)

Saturday, January 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

PHIL MANLEY LIFE COACH “I am a San Francisco based recording engineer and producer. I’m also also a musician who plays in the band Trans Am and solo as Phil Manley Life Coach. I have also played with The Fucking Champs, Oneida, Jonas Reinhardt and Golden.” PINK MOUNTAINTOPS is a Canadian rock and roll band from Vancouver led by Stephen McBean. YOUR LEADER Jake from Hightower and Pins of Light, two b(r)and names you can trust.

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FREE

Open Mic

Monday, January 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week for 5 weeks

Hosted by Sal Orlando. 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.

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$10

Bill Orcutt/Chris Corsano Duo, Chuck Johnson

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

BILL ORCUTT/CHRIS CORSANO “In the 90s noise band Harry Pussy, Bill Orcutt’s electric guitar playing was bracing, brittle, and singularly brutal. When he returned to recording and releasing music in 2009 after about a decade away, his sound was just as distinctive– but this time it was done with acoustic guitar, making his consistency that much more remarkable. Harry Pussy devotees were suitably stoked by this seamless rebirth, but surely in the back of their minds a question lurked: would…

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February 2018
$7

Wolf Snake Sun, The Has-Beens, The Chemtrails

Thursday, February 1 @ 8:30 pm - 11:50 pm

WOLF SNAKE SUN Hailing from San Jose, CA, Wolf Snake Sun blends hard rock, metal, progressive rock, blues, and psychedelic rock into a unique sonic wall of sound that can be aptly summed up as Death Rock/Doom Metal. The sextet’s characteristic sound draws influences from the world of 60s and 70s hard rock, yet is presented in a fresh, modern context. You’ll hear guitar riffs reminiscent of Black Sabbath and keyboard/organ textures that bring Deep Purple and Yes to mind.…

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$8

Dirty Denim, Prettiest Eyes (LA), Mane

Friday, February 2 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

DIRTY DENIM Sleazy Surf, Death Doo-wop, Schizophrenic Sixties Garage. Dirty Denim brings fetishism to the impetus of sleazy rock ‘n roll. PRETTIEST EYES “Very pleased to be working with these boys… I first saw them ages ago at the Sattelite and they were cake-takers that night…now, they are stronger and weirder than ever. I couldn’t believe this new batch of tunes and their bananas-energy live show and, their fans are hard-core heads, just a soup of dance and mouths agog…

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$8

Beauty Queen, Killer Whale, The Ha

Saturday, February 3 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

BEAUTY QUEEN Devastated Desert Rock. KILLER WHALE “Baton Rouge’s Thomas Johnson moved to San Francisco and brought a bountiful sense of creativity with him. Recording as Killer Whale, Johnson crafts psychedelic rock-pop from a mixture of acoustic instruments, electronics, and layered vocals. Johnson already released a new EP, Pink Pacific, earlier this month. One hopes that we’ll be hearing more new music from this inventive singer-songwriter before the year is through.” – The Bay Bridged THE HA The Human Assembly…

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FREE

Open Mic

Monday, February 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week for 5 weeks

Hosted by Sal Orlando. 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.

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$5

Smoky Smells, Criminal Rock Shop, Turquoiz Noiz

Wednesday, February 7 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

SMOKY SMELLS CRIMINAL ROCK SHOP We like to get weird. The sound is probably best described as garage/punk/blues with a fucking killer trombone on lead, but that might be a slight misrepresentation- Not because the bone aint killer, cause it most certainly is, but because we don’t cleanly fit into that little box we all like to refer to as genre, nor should any band for that matter. Put simply: we’re a four piece: Brett the fucking god damn hippy…

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$7

Loud, TheeAnnoying

Thursday, February 8 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 pm

LOUD is a 4-piece hardcore punk band from San Francisco. Originally formed in 2014, their sound is an amalgamation of 80s hardcore and heavy stoner metal riffs. Fast, aggressive, and most importantly, loud. TheeANNOYING “TheeAnnoying formed in early 2010 with Ten Ticklish Ants on noisy guitar walls and vocals, M. Mersereau on bass, vocals and samples and D.A. Leech on percussion. We seek bold, expressive sounds to push the envelope of what it means to play rock music in an…

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$8

We Are Invisible, The Blackouts (Denver), Apopka Darkroom

Friday, February 9 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

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. THE BLACKOUTS From the trenches of the Denver music scene, The Blackouts are a hard-hitting, rock and roll band. Influenced by AC/DC, Motorhead, Joan Jett, The Ramones, Led Zeppelin, and Nashville Pussy, this all-female foursome gives new meaning to fast, loud, and raucous. APOPKA DARKROOM SF…

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Main bar open 4pm-close. Private party in the back room 8pm-close.

Saturday, February 10 @ 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
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$6

Blank Square, The Trashies (Seattle), Drama

Monday, February 12 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

BLANK SQUARE “Squirming black mold in a dingy Bayshore warehouse became sentient, creaked and took humanoid form…Blank Square and their singularly odd-punk debut, Animal I. Leaning towards the weirder end of Flesheaters but with a sterility that can only be contemporarily compared to Total Control’s Aussie hardcore quarantine no wave and then a pinch of what made DNA and Mars amazing…It’s captured with plenty of concrete and sheet metal kept in the mix and a highlight towards dissonant syncopations. Recorded…

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$8

Death Cheetah, City of Djinn (Chicago)

Thursday, February 15 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

DEATH CHEETAH embraces the darker elements of drone, chaos and subtlety and smashes them against sub-bass brutality. Bridging the carved out gaps between electro, post-punk noise and ambient soundscape, metallic mantras are created through acts of constructing deconstruction as an ever expanding sound collage hyperventilates. Accurately described as undefinable, cinematic and down right terrifying, It’s not unlikely to find audiences entranced by the elegantly evil atmosphere created during a live performance. CITY OF DJINN is a duo that creates a…

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$10

KXSF fundraiser with Bellyfruit, XFR 4TA, The Sin X-x, Vollmer

Saturday, February 17 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

BELLYFRUIT Are you a fan of spiteful songs about exes and unnecessarily long guitar solos?? Well friend, you are in luck! Before there was cowpunk, before there was alt-country, there was Bellyfruit. Featuring veterans of Pet the Bunny, the Wendy Kroys, the Graves Brothers Deluxe and several other local bands, Bellyfruit offends the senses with a mix of punk, rock, whisky and ill begotten hookups. Bellyfruit is the original Bad Idea. XFR 4TA THE SIN X-X VOLLMER

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Open mic

Monday, February 19 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until April 30, 2018

Hosted by Sal Orlando. 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.

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Noise Pop presents Spiral Stairs

Thursday, February 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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Elletrodomestico (w/Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s), Gabby La La (solo), The Seismics — ADV. TIX NOW ON SALE!

Friday, February 23 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

ELLETRODOMESTICO NewWave/Pop icon Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s) teams up American/Italian multi instrumentalist Pietro Straccia (epiqe) to create timeless electro psychedelic pop songs. GABBY LA LA Gabby La La is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist signed to Prawn Song Records. Her music is self described as “fun, unique, crazy (and) kooky” THE SEISMICS Classic 60’s surf rock sounds based in San Francisco, CA. BROWN PAPER TICKETS ADV. TICKET LINK

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$11

Blackwülf (album release show), Mesmer, Union Jack and the The Rippers — ADV. TIX NOW ON SALE!

Saturday, February 24 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

Blackwülf album and CD release show for Ripple Music release “Sinister Sides” with Oakland’s MESMER and UNION JACK & THE RIPPERS from Santa Rosa! Get some of this shred! “Oakland’s Blackwülf bring some serious stoner vibes to the party, hitting the listener with some fat bottomed rock” – Decibel magazine “The soundtrack to the apocalypse has arrived” 9.5 out of 10 stars – Maximum Volume MESMER Heavy proto-metal. UNION JACK AND THE RIPPERS Homage to British Heavy Metal from the…

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Open mic

Monday, February 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until April 30, 2018

Hosted by Sal Orlando. 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.

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$7

Natural Pear, Dragland

Wednesday, February 28 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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March 2018
$10

Bill MacKay (Drag City), Matt Baldwin, Graham LeBron

Thursday, March 1 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$12

100 Flowers, Traps ps

Friday, March 2 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

Mud Lords, Dead River Rebels, The Tortured

Saturday, March 3 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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FREE

Open mic

Monday, March 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until April 30, 2018

Hosted by Sal Orlando. 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.

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$8

Rantouls, New Faultlines, Odd Hope

Friday, March 9 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

Chuckleberries, Gravys Drop

Saturday, March 10 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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FREE

Open mic

Monday, March 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until April 30, 2018

Hosted by Sal Orlando. 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.

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Johan Johansson (Stockholm, ex-KMSB)

Tuesday, March 13 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

JOHAN JOHANSSON is a writer and musician (drums, guitar, bass, vocal). He is most famous for his time as songwriter and drummer for the Swedish punk-rock band KSMB.

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$8

Dawn Oberg, Johnny Angel Wendell, Sea Monsters

Wednesday, March 14 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

Gone Zero, In Spades, RH1NOS

Thursday, March 15 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$10

Black Cobra, Apprentice Destroyer, Flat Black

Friday, March 16 @ 8:30 pm - 12:30 am
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Thunderbleed AKA Blind Vengeance, Genuine Parts

Saturday, March 17 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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FREE

Open mic

Monday, March 19 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until April 30, 2018

Hosted by Sal Orlando. 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.

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$8

Praying, Cortége, Sastruga

Wednesday, March 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends

Friday, March 23 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

Shell Corp.

Sunday, March 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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FREE

Open mic

Monday, March 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until April 30, 2018

Hosted by Sal Orlando. 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.

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$8

New Spell, Flour Flour, Kamerin

Thursday, March 29 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

Western Addiction

Friday, March 30 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

Love-Birds, Lydia & the Projects, Twin Dimension

Saturday, March 31 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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April 2018
FREE

Open mic

Monday, April 2 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until April 30, 2018

Hosted by Sal Orlando. 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.

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FREE

Open mic

Monday, April 9 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until April 30, 2018

Hosted by Sal Orlando. 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.

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FREE

Open mic

Monday, April 16 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until April 30, 2018

Hosted by Sal Orlando. 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.

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FREE

Open mic

Monday, April 23 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until April 30, 2018

Hosted by Sal Orlando. 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.

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FREE

Open mic

Monday, April 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until April 30, 2018

Hosted by Sal Orlando. 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.

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