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January 15th to 22nd

Welcome to 2005, as this is the slowest month on the live music calendar, I'll keep it simple. One note is some good news from the folks over at The Hemlock Tavern. Taking advantage of the holiday down time, the club has completely remodeled its "intimate" back room. An elevated stage, greater legroom, and a more appropriate sound system were all in the works over last couple weeks. I still need to experience the improvement myself so I can only guess that'll it's be as great as it sounds. I'll find out for sure this Sunday, when Gold Chains "rocks wicked da house".

Gold Chains and Sue Cie with The Lovemakers
The Hemlock Tavern
January 16th, 10 PM
$7 ~ 21 and over

Why has it taken this long for someone to nail the perfect name -- Gold Chains? Word is this duo is down with groovy, sweet spot, hip-hop. Gold Chains, a former computer geek, is on a mission to steal your girl and shake your indie ass. Oaktown trio, The Lovemakers, will caress their instruments, while pounding out "biting, electro-pop dance songs and perform them with a sweaty, sexually charged vendetta." Their words, not mine.

SF IndieFest Annual Benefit and Launch Party
Rickshaw Stop
January 21st, 8PM ~ closing
$10 (all proceeds benefit SF IndieFest) ~ 21 and over

Orixa, Dealership, Drop Black Sky, Smash Up Derby and Thistle perform sets to help raise funds for this persistently under-funded film festival. Also on the bill are video shorts, previews, discount tickets, $2 micro brews and The Church of Elvis. Sounds like more fun than New Year's Eve. What more do you want? The festival lights up February 3rd and rolls through the 15th.

Elefant, Everybody Else and Citizens Here and Abroad
Great American Music Hall
January 22nd, 9 PM
$13 ~ all ages

Elefant is taking a just announced mini tour up the coast of California after supporting Jimmy Eat World on the east coast. Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid, the band's 2003 album, infused with Brit Pop magic, seems to just be catching on. Check out the band on Jimmy Kimmel Live, on the 18th. SoCal-based Everybody Else is along for the ride. Local heroes Citizens Here and Abroad open. Look out for my extended interview with the Citizen's in the next few days.

Apologies to Audio Out Send, who I listed as Audio Send Out in my last column. Audio Out Send opened the Built Like Alaska record release party last Saturday at The Independent. Last year, the Oakland based quartet released Or Does It Explode, on The Flashcard Project label. Last weekend, the band's set built a slow, synth-fueled energy that evolved into a bouncy pop rock quartet towards the end their forty-minute set. I'm glad I arrived early enough to catch the entire performance -- next time I'll get your name right!