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November 15th to 30th

We are in a time when free ice cream (see below) and Frank "12 Galaxies" Chu all makes sense, aren't we? Thanksgiving is up next, Christmas is around the corner and I think a lot of my fellow San Franciscan's would maybe rather spend the holidays in the sanity that is our transplant, our hometown, than head back to some other place not surrounded by water.

The music comes to us, an avalanche of riches at our doorstep. Artists are on our side. I'll try to keep it coming in good faith, uplifting musicians that make us forget about the world outside; at least for the few hours we enter the sanctuary of our world renowned live music venues.

Dresden Dolls with Count Zero and The Ditty Bops
Amoeba Records
November 16th 6 PM
Great American Music Hall
November 17th, 8 PM
$16, all ages

Cabaret punk ala 1920's Germany from the shores of Boston, MA. Fronted by singer/pianist Amanda Plummer and drummer Brian Viglione, this show will stretch the boundaries of art for art's sake. You'll definitely hear some songs you've heard before. Are they the White Stripes for someone looking for something different? Be adventurous and find out.

Communique with The Plus Ones and Nuke Infusion
Bottom of the Hill
November 18th, 9 PM
$8, all ages

Got to give a shout out to the left coast bands. 415 in the house! NorCal's own Communique caught some recent buzz on MTV2 for its song "Perfect Weapon". It's power pop with a punk edge and a big 80's twist. El Cerrito's, The Plus Ones, will dish out an equal helping of homegrown power pop to keep you bumping. Don't we all wish we had a Plus One on the list? Nuke Infusion is a mystery? They once opened for Mike Watt. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This.

Rawk Gawdz vs. Filthy Funk
Rickshaw Stop
November 20th, 9 PM
$3, 21+

The newest competition in Hayes Valley. The Rickshaw Stop is easily the hippest bar in town. If you're feeling low on funds and still want to have a good time, head over to the Rickshaw Stop. Live music is not a natural here; but the exotic atmosphere, ample breathing room, legions of local musician drinkers, plus the cache of the Jade and the Hemlock Tavern make this one of the in the know places to hang. And it's Saturday night. Check Rickshaw's website for details.

Bing Ji Ling and the Ice Cream Band
12 Galaxies
November 20th
$9 advance / $12 door, 21+

Honestly, one look at Bing's website and you should be hooked. I don't think I can add more, especially when the ad for this particular show pops up. Funky R&B served with several scoops of you're favorite flavor on top. Take a look and decide. Save room for dessert. Seriously! And it's Saturday night.

Sondre Lerche with The Golden Republic
Slim's 333
November 30th, 8 PM
$17, all ages

Norwegian singer/songwriter Lerche (pronounced "Lurk-eh", not "Lurch") made his name with his second album Two Way Monologue and a string of sold out shows earlier this year. A rocking crooner whose voice and stage persona add up to a night of campfire songs with your best friends at the beach. He's often compared in style to Neil Finn and Ed Harcort. Get your tickets early as this will most likely sell out. Lookout for a more in depth review, soon.

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