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November 1st to 15th

First, we must say goodbye to broadcast legend John Peel who took a turn up Route 66 last Monday while vacationing with his family in Peru. John was a founding BBC Radio1 disk jockey. He was the first to perfect and popularize live studio sessions; influencing the FM dial from KUSF to KFOG. He gave countless household names (New Order, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne) their first break on the airwaves. I will miss his charming and informative shows from Maiden Vale Lane, his country home where he lived with his wife and four children. More information can be found at the John Peel website.

Now, my picks for the upcoming weeks:

1. Th'Legendary Shack*Shakers with Plain High Drifters and Ofer Moses
Bottom of The Hill
November 3rd / 9 PM

If you think spinning into chaos with the Reverend Horton Heat sounds like a grand evening, then a Shack*Shakers show is your cup of tea. Self described as "Southern by the grace of Goth", the band promises a set of "Junkyard Carnival Punk".

2. Jack Pine Social Club Holiday Party: Oranger, Ian Moore and Beaver Nelson
Thee Parkside
November 5th
Call club for cover

Local record label Jack Pine Social Club is giving you the chance to listen before you stuff your friends' stockings with it's CD's. San Francisco's own Oranger headline what is sure to be a show full of small surprises. Oranger plays keyboard driven pych-pop nuggets a la Gram Parsons vs. The Beach Boys. Arrive early for Seattle based roots rocker Ian Moore and Austin, Texas singer songwriter Beaver Nelson.

3. San Francisco Funk Festival
Elbo Room
November 5th /6th and 12th/13th
Information: SFS LISTING |

The Elbo Room will live up to it's name during Sunset Promotions 4th Annual Funk Fest. Highlights include Miami's latin funk Spam Allstars and Urban Soul Night featuring Martin Luther, lead singer of Philly hip hop group, the Roots. Also on the bill, Funk School, an all day workshop at the SF Art Institute.

4. Steel Pulse
The Independent
November 6th / 7th 9PM
Amoeba Records
November 7th
Information: SFS LISTING

If you've been telling yourself for the longest time that you really need to see Steel Pulse someday, then this weekend is the day. You've got three chances. I highly recommend the newly remodeled Independent (former Kennel Club). Out is the enormous horseshoe bar and in is a sound system and dance floor to rival the Fillmore. All this adds up to a what is sure to be a great set of well known classics as well as tracks from the Rasta's latest release, African Holocaust.

5. The Von Bondies with Starlight Desperation
Swedish American Hall
November 13th 9 PM
Information: SFS ARTICLE

Formerly known as the White Stripes tour mates and punching bag, The Von Bondies are criss-crossing the country in support of their major label debut Pawn Shoppe Heart. The band still draws on the roots of hometown Detroit; pounding out simple, loud, garage rock anthems. Jason Stollsteimer and his sexy bandmates will shimmy and shake the Hall tonight. If you can't make it, they'll be back; opening for The Hives at the Warfield on December 11th.

6. The Reputation with Recliner and The ExBoyfriend
Bottom of The Hill
November 14th 9 PM

Elizabeth Elmore, former lead singer of the late 90's band Sarge, brings her sassy sounding party time rock and roll to town. Elmore is supporting her latest release, the eclectic to force a fate, out now on Berkeley's Lookout! Records. Shake their ass local upstart, Recliner, also performs. The ExBoyFriend open and hope to meet Elmore.

Looking Forward To...
Arcade Fire
Bottom of the Hill
December 8th 9 PM

Long lines followed the Arcade Fire at this year's CMJ Music Marathon. They are this year's buzz band to catch at Bottom of the Hill. The former unknowns from Montreal have extended their tour and Merge Records is frantically burning extra copies of the group's debut, Funeral. Don't let the title get you down. Word is to expect smoldering, mind bending, genre generating indie rock performed on a stage full of instruments. I hereby give notice, get your tickets now! This will sell out and you will read about what you missed in all the local rags.