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June 17th to June 30th

Did the Coachwhips call it quits last Saturday at 12 Galaxies? They added mystery to their set by performing not on stage but in the upper reaches of the balcony, amps for the guitar only, creating the feel of a night of band practice with several hundred fans circled around. Early in the night, all girl quartet, T.I.T.S played a risky business inspired set of acerbic, Erase Errata style rock and roll. Clad in press white collared shirts and little else, they dedicated their set to the amazing Tom Cruise. Not to be outdone, Liza Thorn --- So So Many White White Tigers' lead singer -- strut around the stage in a silvery, slinky slip of fabric. Her voice a growl and howl as she flaunted and chastised; spitting beer into the crowd. It was a Mission Creek night to remember.

The Stern Grove Festival, in their newly refurbished amphitheater, kick off their summer season this Sunday with John Doe and Lucinda Williams. The complete schedule can be found here:

Coming Up:

Hanging on a Star: A Tribute to Nick Drake
Cafe Du Nord
June 19th, 7:30 PM
$10 ~ 21 and over

Every music fan remembers the day they met Nick Drake's songs, a love affair that began with the first lush instrumentation. Nick never received his due during his lifetime (he died in 1974), but since influenced a whole generation of alt rockers. Come out and hear some San Francisco's finest musicians celebrate the magic that is Nick Drake. The guest list so far reads: Kelley Stoltz, The Court and Spark, Fado-Core band Judith and Holofernes, Dazzling Strangers, Lia Rose of minipop, 20 Minute Loop, Christian Kiefer and Mandrake.

Gabby La La featuring Les Claypool with Weapon of Choice and Rondo Borthers
Great American Music Hall
June 26th, 8 PM
$15 ~ all ages

The eccentric sitar guru teams up with Mr. Claypool and released her first album described as a, “wildly fun, endlessly charming and musically off-the-wall debut”. Be Careful What You Wish For was released on Les's Prawn Song label just few weeks ago. The real draw will be Les, who will surely add his own magically off-the-wall slap. Get your tickets early as this will sell out. Les's show at the Independent on the 19th sold out instantly.

Rachid Taha with Cheb i Sabbah
Great American Music Hall
June 28th, 9 PM
$ 20 ~ all ages

Rachid was born in Algeria, lives in Paris and is an outspoken global activist. His style of rock, funk, punk and Rai (Arabic pop music) is immensely popular almost everywhere else in the world especially in Europe and North Africa. Rachid is touring in support of his sixth solo album Tékitoi (Wrasse). Rachid told The New York Times earlier this year that there is little difference between our President and Osama bin Laden , both born wealthy with sand and oil in their blood. Expect an equally incendiary a set of music.

Local world beat DJ extraordinaire Cheb i Saabah spins an opening set. He just produced a brand new Moroccan influenced disk, La Kahena -- Les Voix du Maghreb out now on the Six Degrees label. Cheb i Sabbah also performs with the King of Rai, Khaled, at Stern Grove on July 10th.

The Gris Gris with The Apes, Time Flys and Genghis Kahn
12 Galaxies
June 30th, 9 PM
$8 ~ 21 and over

Local recording group, Birdman, throws itself a party. Oakland based The Gris Gris (pronounced "Gree Gree") headline with a Texas-flavored set of pysch rock. The Apes, just out with their latest, Baba's Mountain, a heavy dose of blues psychedelic rock that has The Village Voice ogling, "They attack with fuzzed out Deep Purple organ that throbs angry Birthday Party-esque goth riffs, driving bass and drums that channel up tempo Melvins marches, and a frontman that has a classic rock/Blue Cheer growl." East Bay long-haired rockers, Time Flys and Genghis Khan open. The Apes also headline with Side on Sound at Thee Parkside on Junes 27th.

Veronica Lipgloss And The Evil Eyes with hey willpower and Stripmall Seizures
Bottom of the Hill
June 30th, 9 PM
$8 ~ all ages

This is your chance to catch Veronica if you missed their Mission Creek Hemlock show. Added bonus is an opening set with hey willpower featuring Imperial Teen Will Schwartz. hey willpower throw a bawdy dance party and you're all invited. Stripmall Seizure, why we live in San Francisco, open.

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