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A New Year...

Scroll through Pitchfork's Top 50 for 2005, and you' find four Bay Area based bands: Xiu Xiu (new home in Seattle) -- 50, Comets on Fire -- 47, Joanna Newsom -10 -- and Devandra Banhart -- 7..... Congrats to ALL. Our City by the Bay is Number 1 in my opinion. is the true success story for local music 2004, putting to shame most of the music news that can found in the red, black and yellow boxes lining the sidewalks of our fair city. Pitchfork single handedly sparked the Arcade Fire shot that was heard round the world and justly so. If I could only have one wish, is the same miracle may happen to us here in the Bay Area and we should all agree, stranger things have been known to happen.

Polkaside with The Dead and Hensons
12 Galaxies
January 7th, 9 PM
$7 ~ 21 and over

Oh, I do fondly remember the days: Tripod servin' up free PBR in the pool room. I was young, foolish and Polkaside was the house band at the I-Beam, a Haight Street historical landmark that is now sadly gone. I haven't heard much from the band in the days since; I guess we all have to grow up sometime. Polkaside is pure accordion and pure fun for anyone with a flair for humorous covers and the Dead Kennedy's. I can't wait to relive my youth. Let's try something new for the new year, drink better beer and become younger together. The Burning Man crowd is welcome.

Built Like Alaska with Loquat and Audio Send Out
The Independent
January 8th, 9 PM
$8 Advance, $10 Door ~ 21 and over

Hailing from the same Central Valley landscape as Grandaddy (oft compared), BLA offers up San Francisco it's Autumnland record release party at the Independent. This will truly be a treat for fans of keyboard drenched, melodic pop rock and roll. If you haven't been to the Independent, this is your chance to check out the best new live music venue. Come early to check a dreamy set of tunes by tech savvy local band Loquat, once winner's of SF Weekly's Pop Band of the Year.

Turn Records 5th Anniversary Party
Cafe Du Nord
January 13th, 8 PM
$8 ~ 21 and over

Time to catch several local indie rockers on the same bill, including an acoustic set from Pitchfork Top 50: Xiu Xiu. Also performing are local faves Track Star and Dealership. Up and coming The Dying Californians and Doctor Nurse open the night. A low price to catch several bands in a great local club and Turn Records promises an early skool night, too.

Dirty Power with Western Dark and Naysayers
Thee Parkside
January 15th
Call for Prices

Dirty Power energy has shocked crowds from the Folsom Street Fair to the Purple Onion to the Eagle Tavern and back over the past few years. Fronted by Pansy Division guitarist Patrick Goodwin, the band charges through soon to be hard rock classics LSD and Asthma Pimp of which clips can be found on their in your face website: This is their first CD release party. Rock ON!

Rest in Peace those of us who did not make it to 2005: those lost in the Buenos Aires nightclub fire, those lost in South Asia.