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October 15th to 30th

A varied mix of live music leads up to two of San Francisco's biggest holiday's: Halloween and the national elections. and then vote.

On a musical note, I always look forward to FREE shows at Amoeba Records and the Union Square Virgin Megastore. They are quick, easy and cost nothing at all. You will read of many in this and future L*L*L previews. The sound is great at Amoeba and Virgin is mega convenient to hit up after work, kind of like a musical happy hourů

Last week -- my first week -- I recommended a show that sold out (Snow Patrol). I hate when that happens. I will double check to make sure a few tickets are left for loyal SF Station readers. Now, on with the shows:

1. The Velvet Teen with The Plus Ones (15th) and The Roots of Orchis(16th)
Cafe Du Nord
October 15th and 16th/ 9:30 PM
Amoeba Record
October 30th / 2 PM

The night before their two night Du Nord stand, the Velvet Teen played the big time CMJ Festival in New York City. After a few quick dates in the city, they're off to Tokyo's world famous Club Quattro. It can't get much more exciting for Bay Area's own Indie/DIY Velvet Teen. On this current tour, they've dropped the guitars and added keyboards and laptops for the orchestrated pop sounds of their latest release, Elysium.

2. Explosions In the Sky with Lazurus and Eluvium
Cafe Du Nord
October 22nd / 9 PM

This Austin-based instrumental quartet jam in the vein of Mogwai and God Speed You Black Emperor. Explosions may be the perfect band to sit back and think to, especially before we head into our national elections; they provide the soundtrack for a difficult world.

3. Clinic with Sons and Daughters and Autolux
October 23rd / 9 PM
$19 Adv / $21 door
Great American Music Hall
October 24th / 8 PM
$19 Adv / $21 door

In the early years, Clinic opened for Radiohead and garnered a Grammy nomination. Still performing in scrubs and surgical masks, the band visits San Francisco for the first time in two years. Often compared to Velvet Underground, the band's live sights and sounds dissect the art of Devo while operating a show as fast paced as the Strokes. The new album, Winchester Cathedral, arrived stateside in September.

4. Clarion Alley Block Party
Clarion Alley between 17th and 18th & Valencia and Mission
October 24th / 2 to 11 PM
Alley Information:

Murals and music are the key to painting a good time at this slim, one block-long festival. It's all about creating art and listening to a wildly diverse group of local bands (at least it was last year). I'm still unable to find more information about this year's event. If you are in the neighborhood, please head over and support our local art scene.

5. The Kissers
12 Galaxies
October 24th / 9PM

Not finished partying after the last paint is sprayed in Clarion Alley? Then turn the corner and head down to 22nd and Mission and enter 12 Galaxies. The Kissers play Pogues inspired Celtic rock and roll. Expect a high energy show from this Madison, Wisconsin seven piece band who are on their first west coast tour.

6. The Donnas
Virgin Megastore
October 26th / 7 PM

Anyone who keeps even a casual eye on the local scene will remember when the Donnas turned 21 a few years ago. The four rock-and-roll girls from Palo Alto are celebrating the release of their latest full length Gold Metal, with this rare instore. Come on down, you may get lucky.

7. Saul Williams
Amoeba Records
October 27th / 6 PM

Hip Hop shows are few and far between in this town; even with the popularity of the musical form. Saul Williams bring his socially conscious melody making in support of his new self-title album. If you are a fan of Public Enemy you'll dig Saul. You have to catch him at Amoeba as this is his only NorCal performance.

8.Sly and Robbie's 25th Anniversary Show with Tony Rebel, Half Pint and Mishka
The Independent
October 27th / 8 PM
$23 Adv / $25 Door

Long live the masters of drum and bass -- Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. The duo is celebrating 25 years of jamming. They have supported almost everyone, from the Black Uhuru to the Rolling Stones. Reggae fans already know the power of their bouncy dubs and fans of jam band music will appreciate their long, loopy solos. Everyone will smile and dance.

9. Sun City Girls with Neung Phak and Six Organs of Admittance
Bottom of the Hill
October 29th / 10PM

Diverse line-ups hearken back to the day when Bill Graham put blues, jazz and rock on the same bill at the Fillmore. Bottom of the Hill is one of the few clubs that still uphold this San Francisco musical tradition. Tonight is traditional music night! Underground legends, the Sun City Girls are hard to peg. A combination of distort classic rock tunes and frenetic middle eastern chords. Neung Phak describe themselves as a "Southeast Asian Bar Band". Anyone who has spent time backpacking through Thailand will appreciate Nueng's fusion of musical styles. The psychedelic sounds of Six Organs opens the show.

On a final note -- VOTE Tuesday, November 2nd!