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Tue Apr 14 - Mon Apr 20, 2009
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This weekend, while the crowds flock to the desert for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, featuring dozens upon dozens of the hottest bands and artists around including The Killers, Jenny Lewis, Hercules and Love Affair and Shepard Fairey, the Bay will be experiencing its own music mania. One of the benefits of being upstate from Indio, CA is that many of the great acts playing the festival will also be taking a swing through our own venues. And the best part is that you don't have to brave the elements and can go home and take a nice shower afterwards. Check out the vocal stylings of Devendra Banhart at The Independent or rock out to the Junior Boys at Bimbo's 365 Club. Get Frenchified with Sebastien Tellier or embrace your inner 'emo' at the Paramount Theatre with Morrissey. Whether you're taking a roadtrip down to Coachella or keeping it local, there are plenty of ways this week to shake your musicmaker. And on Monday, celebrate 4/20 the right way - with Cypress Hill at The Fillmore.

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330 Ritch

at Atmosphere
Cherry Blossom Festival
in Japantown

Gui Boratto
at Paradise Lounge
Stereo Total
at Bimbo's 365

Veni Vidi Vici
at Club Six
Film Festival
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
at The Fillmore (8pm)

"We grew up listening to the music of our parents," Robin (Fleet Foxes) notes, "The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, The Zombies, Joni Mitchell, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Love, Marvin Gaye, Bach, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, and every other perennial '60s band you'd expect to find..."
at The Independent (8pm)

"Growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, and Los Angeles, Devendra Banhart was always playing music and drawing. But it wasn't until his brief stay at the San Francisco Art Institute that the disciplines became his constant companions. With the encouragement of poet and SFAI professor Bill Berskon, Banhart began experimenting with all kinds of art..."
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
at Harry Denton's Starlight Room (8pm - 2am)

Sebastien + Harry Denton in association with Desired Temptations request your presence at this Special Indulgence Let Them Eat Cake Soiree at San Francisco's Wednesday night hotspot. Sip on your favorite cocktails while dancing to fabulous penthouse views!
at Hemlock Tavern (9pm)

Originally from Baltimore and now based in sunny Oakland, songbird and solo uke-slinger, Tippy Canoe (Michele Kappel), made the switch from a 5-piece drum kit with the garage-pop princesses The Kirby Grips (Sympathy For The Record Industry), to a 4-stringed ukulele in 2003. Since then she's been on a mission with her band the Paddlemen to bring sincere uplift in a severely down-slanted era by spreading her hook-laden pop-meets-roots music...
Thursday, April 16, 2009
at Fox Theater (8pm)
"His reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on earth. Yet B.B. King continues to wear his crown well. At age 76, he is still light on his feet, singing and playing the blues with relentless passion. Time has no apparent effect on B.B., other than to make him more popular, more cherished, more relevant than ever. Don't look for him in some kind of semi-retirement..."
at Bimbo's 365 Club (8pm)
A Hamilton, Ontario-based electronic pop group, Junior Boys began as a duo with its duties split between Jeremy Greenspan and Johnny Dark. Influenced by a number of music sectors -- including arty synth pop, minimal techno, U.K. garage, and contemporary hip-hop...
at The Fillmore (8pm)
"Philadelphia indie pop act Dr. Dog is part of a long tradition of D.I.Y. pop oddballs who blend unapologetic '60s pop worship with lo-fi recording techniques and a complete disregard of current trends. R. Stevie Moore's quirky eclecticism is one obvious touchstone, as is their love of the straightforward pop hooks and..."
at Mezzanine (9pm)

"The Presets are a Sydney band that you probably haven't heard of outside of Australia, although they have graced the smaller stages of worldwide music festivals such as Glastonbury and SXSW. There are only two members, and their music can only be described as a harsh mix of punk and rave music. Renowned for their energetic live shows."
at Rickshaw Stop (9pm)
Hailing from Panama but now residing in Oakland, Los Rakas blends Hip Hop, Reggae and Dancehall music with Spanish and English lyricism creating songs that leaves your head noddin' and body rockin' for more. Los Rakas (DunDun and Rico AKA Filthy Rich) tag team the mic with a tenacity reminiscent of Old School veterans in the Hip Hop game, and the energy and passion of the newer cats on the scene.
at 330 Ritch Street (9pm)
"Based in Castle Donington and formed by 16- and 17-year-olds in 2004, Late of the Pier are an indie electro band unique to their scene and one that is incredibly difficult to pinpoint. Complex but utterly danceable, with songs laced with dirty bass, synths, and video game SFX, the most common reference point is the Klaxons, but comparisons have been made to artists all over the genre map..."
Film Festival
Friday, April 17, 2009
at Empire Polo Field, Indio (all day)
The festival that starts off the Summer festivalpalooza. This year the big headliners include Pual McCartney, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, The Cure and more!
at Fox Theater (8pm)
"Achieving musical transcendence is a tricky feat, almost definitively. If it happens at all, it happens naturally and perhaps nobody knows that better than Seattle, Washington's Band of Horses. Guitarist/vocalist Ben Bridwell and guitarist Mat Brooke formed Band of Horses in 2004..."
at The Independent (9pm)

"Sexuality Sebastien Tellier released his first album, L'Incroyable Verite, in 2001. After touring in support of AIR and contributing to the Lost in Translation soundtrack, Tellier recruited Tony Allen on drums and Phillippe Zdar on production for his 2004 album Politics, notable for the epic, piano-led La Ritournelle which brought Tellier's music to a global audience..."
at Hemlock Tavern (9pm)

"Trainwreck Riders are a rocking in their chair, guitar-pickin' on the porch band from San Francisco. Their debut album 'Lonely Road Revival' harkens back to a golden age of Americana, when folk, country and blues musically intertwined (even if the musicians themselves rarely did)...Lyrically lovelorn, nerves raw, and emotions muddled..."
at Cafe du Nord (9:30pm)
"The band is the sonic brainchild of singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart, who has also been its only constant member since its inception. His current bandmates are his cousin, Caralee McElroy, and experimental musician Ches Smith (of Good for Cows)..."
at 103 Harriet (10pm)
When three of the most interesting voices in electronic music get together in one place all of San Francisco should take notice. Jungle/Drum and Bass/Broken/Beat superstar Roni Size will be joined by the legendary Dynamite MC...
Saturday, April 18, 2009
at Pyramind Production and Training (11am - 3pm)

Check out our ProTools HD studios, and iMac labs with Logic, Live, and Reason. Meet with Pyramind students to find out how Pyramind helped them learn to produce their own music... then reach the next level. Find out why taking classes in a working production-studio environment makes us different from other places you've heard about and more!
at Paramount Theatre (8pm)
"As the lead singer of the Smiths, arguably the most important indie band in Britain during the '80s, Morrissey's theatrical crooning and literate, poetic lyrics -- filled with romantic angst, social alienation, and cutting wit -- connected powerfully with a legion of similarly sensitive, disaffected youth. These fans turned The Smiths into stars in Britain, exerting tremendous pull over much of the country's guitar-based music..."
at Anon Salon (9pm)

A Night of Strange Attractors and Twisty Desires...
at The Endup (10pm - noon)
Special event - 14 hours of non-stop music madness! Come celebrate the birthdays of your favorite SF DJ's! Happy Birthday Song & Cake at Midnight! In 2001 Worthy set up his studio in San Francisco and began producing house music. He began DJing around the city at clubs such as The Top, Lit, and Anu. Claude VonStroke noticed some of Worthy's tracks and asked him to be a resident DJ at their huge monthly summer event in Golden Gate Park...
Sunday, April 19, 2009
at The Brain (noon - 5pm)
The clothing label known worldwide for their innovative designs for men and women are teaming up with Blasthaus DJ's and a number of local performance artists for a day of fashion and music. This afternoon event allows guests to shop for clothing from past and present collections...
at Center for Sex & Culture (6pm)
Whether you are a novice or a professional, Delilah's fan dancing class will benefit you. Beginners will gain confidence and poise, performers will have the opportunity to refine their stage craft. Even if you are not interested in performing, fan dancing provides an incredible and fun workout for your upper arms (and all over)...
at Rickshaw Stop (7pm)
"Whimsical, durty, sweethearted singer-songwriter who is best known for her songs in Juno, but also has recorded six cool solo discs and two LPs with the Moldy Peaches. She'll be playing stuff from her new smutty kids album Alphabutt and other things as well. "It's kind of nice knowing that such positivity exists amidst the cynicism and anger of the outside world."
at Great American Music Hall (7:30pm)
When bands sign to a major label, their music sometimes becomes more mainstream. Not Mastodon. Blood Mountain, the group's third album, their first for Reprise Records isn't just unconventional, it's surreal, progressive and unrepentantly heavy. Instead of writing songs for rock radio, Mastodon drew inspiration from within, combining their favorite musical styles, including thrash, doom, prog and psychedelic metal...
Monday, April 20, 2009
at The Fillmore (7pm)
"Cypress Hill were notable for being the first Latino hip-hop superstars, but they became notorious for their endorsement of marijuana, which actually isn't a trivial thing. Not only did the group campaign for its legalization, but their slow, rolling bass-and-drum loops pioneered a new, stoned funk that became extraordinary influential in '90s hip-hop..."
at The Independent (8pm)
"Their long-standing motto of "Play anywhere, anytime" allowed them to play everywhere from Oakland parties to venues up and down the west coast. Kori (organ, vox) and Jason (drums, vox) quit their day jobs as a teacher and cancer researcher in 2001, got married, and hit the road bringing their love to the rest of the world..."
at The Warfield (8pm)
"Eight years ago, when Atmosphere released their debut album Overcast!, on the artists collectively owned Rhymesayers label. Slug, Ant, with then member Spawn, delivered the premier staple album defining Minnesota Hip Hop. It would introduce a small audience to Midwest rap, not music from New York or California, but Minneapolis, MN..."
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