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There's just something special about going to see a band perform live. There's energy crackling in the air, subtle nuances that no recording studio mic could ever pick up and a feeling of camaraderie with others in the crowd. The Bay Area is lucky to be both a hotbed that nurtures amazing local bands and a tour stop for nearly every band, big or small, from all over the world. Kick off a week of great music with Bloc Party at The Fillmore, this Brit post-wave quartet brings forth a fresh new sound that will have the place rockin'. Half-music, half-theater and all-spectacle, Faun Fables celebrates the release of their new CD at Café du Nord on Thursday night while another primo British band, White Lies, whose "synth-sprinkled tunes and heady lyrics have earned references to Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen", takes over 330 Ritch. For something completely different, there's the unequivocally unique Kronos Quartet bringing their world-renowned compositions to the YBCA. Equally experimental and engaging "Japanese cult favorite sludge/doom rock trio" Boris plays out at the Great American Music Hall. And, get ready, because next Monday Nebraska's very own The Faint plays at the Fillmore. EVENT TITLE
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
at Azul (7pm)

EarHustle is a once a month hustle dedicated to the development and progression of the Bay Area Independent Music Industry. Join the conversation of where the Bay's music scene is headed. Meet people that make it happen and learn what it takes to survive in one of the hardest industries in entertainment.
at The Independent (9pm)

"Memphis-based punk rock juggernaut Jay Reatard has adopted a fistful of musical approaches since he first began recording in his bedroom, writing and recording frantic punk, synth punk, power pop and straightforward rock & roll tunes at a frantic pace..."
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
at Eureka Theatre (8pm)

"When best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon crashes his car on a snowy Colorado road. He is "saved" by Annie Wilkes, a former nurse and unstable recluse who also happens to be his "number one fan". Drugged and at the mercy of Annie's "care", Paul soon learns what happens when he fails to please his public..."
at The Fillmore (8pm)

"East London art-punkers Bloc Party mix angular sonics with pop structures. Consisting of singer/guitarist Kele Okereke, guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist/singer Gordon Moakes, and drummer Matt Tong, the band was formerly known as Angel Range and Union..."
Thursday, July 31, 2008
at Chrome Bags (5pm -10pm)

Chrome Bags is moving locations and we're throwing a party to let everyone know it. Stop by on July 31st for our Grand Opening party. We'll be serving beer and having a huge sale offering 25% off of all of our product.
at The Independent (8pm)

The SF-based (formerly Falls Church, Virginia) alternative folk rock music group consists of Thao Nguyen (vocals, guitar), Frank Stewart (lead guitar, production), Adam Thompson (bass guitar), and Willis Thompson (drums).
at Cafe du Nord (9pm)

Dawn McCarthy's vivid imagination come to life in song and theater, made to explore human pathos amid an animate earth with musical & physical storytelling forms. It has been attracting a devoted and eclectic following...
at 330 Ritch (10pm)

"In less than a year and with only two songs available to the public, London's White Lies have caught enough attention to get gigs at several high-profile music festivals and make their U.S. debut. The Band's synth-sprinkled tunes and heady lyrics have earned references to Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen..."
Friday, Aug 1, 2008
at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Novellus Theater (8pm)
The Bay Area's Kronos Quartet is perhaps the most celebrated string quartet in the world. YBCA presents their performance as part of Music Without Borders, a full weekend of international artistic explorations.
at Bottom of the Hill (9pm)

"(Oberst's first solo recording in 13 years) was made in Tepoztlán, Morelos, México...a place known for Aztec Magic and Extra-Terrestrial Sightings, a temporary studio was created in a mountain villa called Valle Místico at the outskirts of town..."
at Mezzanine (10pm)
The stylish and sultry DJ is best known as the French Ambassador to house music. His turntable dwellings mix an assortment of different flavors to please everyone on the dance floor. His influences of seventies soulful funk and sexy disco are unleashed...
Saturday, Aug 2, 2008
at Precita Park (1pm - 6pm)

Free fun music & food @ this community party for the whole family. Jumpers, games, raffle prizes, henna, face painting, dancers, performers & much more.
at Glas Kat (7pm)
Presented by AsianWeek, "help" is a benefit concert organized by Bay Area artists to provide aid to the devastated regions in Burma and China's Sichuan province. Performing at "help" are American Idol semifinalist Paul Kim, Burmese-American songstress Natalise, and local band Mud who will perform a rare acoustic set.
at Great American Music Hall (9pm)

Japanese cult favourite sludge/doom rock trio Boris take their name from a song on grunge godfathers the Melvins' "Bullhead" album. They also have a lot in common with the Melvins musically, including a fondness for heavily down tuned guitar/bass tones and exceedingly slow tempos. But they also incorporate elements variously drawn from other sources...
at Mighty (9pm)

15 DJs in 3 dance areas, Live Fire Dancing and POI on stage, Live Vocalists, Percussionists, a Hosted Sangria Bar and 1,000 lovely party-going people all in the greatest club in SF! You couldn't ask for anything more than this, and who's bringin' all of this talent you ask? It's none other than the big-dream-team of Bassyx, Pink Mammoth and Evil Breaks...
at The Endup (10pm - 6am)

"Riley Reinhold, best known as Triple R, has been a hugely influential figure in Germany's dance music culture for nearly 20 years. Starting off as a DJ at early illegal parties in his native Cologne, he soon found himself writing for top music mags...before going on to co-found the revered labels Traum, Trapez, and MBF. Between his years at the Kompakt record shop, developing talent for his 5 labels..."
Sunday, Aug 3, 2008
at Cafe Cocomo (noon - 2am)

Bringing together dj's from the major dj crews in the city including Sunset/PacificSound, Green Gorilla, Forward, Stompy, [Kontrol], Om Records, and DirtyBird, with promotional support from Nitevibe, SF Station, YBR Promotions, and The MML, to raise funds for NextAid's environmental children's residence and community center project in South Africa.
at ATA (8pm)

Lo-Sheng ("Joyful Life") leprosy colony was established in 1930 on the Sinjuang hillside in the outskirts of Taipei, Taiwan's capital. As many as 1,100 patients lived in Lo-Sheng. In 1954, Lo-Sheng's isolation policy, which severely restricted residents' civil liberties, was finally lifted. As a result, leprosy patients had the choice to remain, to leave, or to self-admit, which deeply transformed the community.
Monday, Aug 4, 2008
at The Fillmore (9pm)
The Faint is a Dance-punk/New Wave band. Formed in Omaha, Nebraska, the Faint was originally known as Norman Bailer and also included Conor Oberst, of Bright Eyes, with whom the Faint toured in 2005. He quit shortly after the band was formed and wasn't accepted back in when he attempted to return...
at Roxie Cinema (see listing for times)
1000 blank journals are passed from hand to hand throughout the world, collecting stories, pictures, collages -- slices of the lives they touch. One came back, filled. Where are the other 999? 1000 Journals investigates their worldwide journeys, and chronicles the self-governed collaboration of thousands of random people who added to this global 'message in a bottle.'...
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