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Q&A: ‘Queen Diva’ Big Freedia Proud to Participate in SF Pride 2015

Q&A: ‘Queen Diva’ Big Freedia Proud to Participate in SF Pride 2015

In honor of the 45th annual SF Pride festivities, numerous music artists will show their support for the event through local performances, including emcee and Bounce ambassador Big Freedia who comes to the main stage at Civic Center Plaza and Public Works on Sunday, June…

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Q&A: Oakland’s Astronauts, Etc. Kickoff U.S. Tour at the Rickshaw Stop

Q&A: Oakland’s Astronauts, Etc. Kickoff U.S. Tour at the Rickshaw Stop

Former classical musician at UC Berkeley Anthony Ferraro and his band Astronauts, etc. begin their nationwide tour at the Rickshaw Stop starting June 30. Since Astronauts, etc. broke out in 2012 with tracks “Mystery Colors” and “Coldboy,” the band has continued to evolve following the…

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Q&A: Ryan Hemsworth Finishes Just Rap Tour, Teases Upcoming EP

Q&A: Ryan Hemsworth Finishes Just Rap Tour, Teases Upcoming EP

Canadian DJ and electronic producer Ryan Hemsworth has spent the past month throwing parties across North America with Montreal’s Tommy Kruise for their Just Rap Tour, and they bring their second-to-last show to 1015 Folsom on June 26. Specializing in sampling, the prolific Nova Scotian…

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Q&A: Easy Star All-Stars Celebrate Complete Catalog at Slim’s

Q&A: Easy Star All-Stars Celebrate Complete Catalog at Slim’s

Reggae music collective Easy Star All-Stars have announced additional dates to their current U.S. tour, including June 20 at Slim’s, with the band playing hits from all of their cover albums plus original material. This rotating roster of musicians and singers, which started back in…

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Q&A: Jaga Jazzist Re-Emerge in SF with ‘Starfire’

Q&A: Jaga Jazzist Re-Emerge in SF with ‘Starfire’

Norweigan experimental band Jaga Jazzist visit the Independent on June 18 following the release of their fifth full-length studio album, Starfire. With over 20 years experience making music, the Oslo-based group of eight multi-instrumentalists thoughtfully manipulate atmospheric sounds, demonstrating a strong-willed distaste for orthodoxy. Jaga…

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Indie Slash Ends 10-Year Run at Amnesia, Rebrands as “Fine Time”

Indie Slash Ends 10-Year Run at Amnesia, Rebrands as “Fine Time”

After celebrating their 9-year anniversary last year, monthly synth-pop dance party Indie Slash turns 10 and will be throwing their final bash (‘The Last Slash‘) on Friday, June 12 at Amnesia. Since 2005, Indie Slash organizers have showcased all the great vocal electronic dance music…

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SF Commits $7 Million to Support the Arts

SF Commits $7 Million to Support the Arts

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced a “Shared Prosperity for the Arts Package,” in which the city will contribute $7 million for the next two years to programs supporting the arts. The new funding package includes a $2 million enhancement to the Cultural Equity Endowment…

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Q&A: No Joy Return to Bottom of the Hill, Release ‘More Faithful’

Q&A: No Joy Return to Bottom of the Hill, Release ‘More Faithful’

Ahead of their show at Bottom of the Hill on June 14, Montreal-based shoegaze band No Joy releases its third studio album, More Faithful on June 9. Consisting primarily of Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz, the Canadian rock band No Joy formed in 2009 with…

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“Slackers” To Be Suspended Over San Francisco Streetcars for Red Bull Competition

“Slackers” To Be Suspended Over San Francisco Streetcars for Red Bull Competition

Innovative slacklining competition known as Red Bull Baylines will take over San Francisco on Saturday, June 13, bringing the world’s best “slackers” to compete while hanging 30 feet above Justin Herman Plaza. The free event is open to the public, with Baylines competitors delivering trickline-style…

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Specs and Trick Dog Named Best Bars in America

Specs and Trick Dog Named Best Bars in America

Men’s magazine Esquire has named Specs in North Beach and Trick Dog in the Mission as two of the top 10 best bars in America. Esquire’s editors, led by David Wondrich, picked the best places to drink in the United States in the June/July issue,…

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Q&A: Wild Nothing Wraps Up 5-City Converse Rubber Tracks Live Tour in SF

Q&A: Wild Nothing Wraps Up 5-City Converse Rubber Tracks Live Tour in SF

Dreamy indie-pop act Wild Nothing headlines their fifth and final show at The Chapel as part of the third annual, multi-city Converse Rubber Tracks Tour. Over the past two weeks, Wild Nothing has played shows in Toronto, Canada, followed by stops in Boston, Brooklyn, then…

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Nicolas Jaar, Kaytranada, tUnE-yArDs, Sylvan Esso, Ibeyi to Perform at Symbiosis 10 Year Gathering

Nicolas Jaar, Kaytranada, tUnE-yArDs, Sylvan Esso, Ibeyi to Perform at Symbiosis 10 Year Gathering

  Minimal electronic artist Nicolas Jaar, experimental sister duo CocoRosie, and UK breakbeat act Tipper have been announced as headliners for Symbiosis Gathering 2015, celebrating the festival’s 10th anniversary September 17-20 at the Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, California. June 8 Update: Organizers announced a few…

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