And You Heard the Sparrows in the Gutters: Red Sparowes, Fang Island, Oxbow @ GAMH, 5/7/10

No matter how many times I go to Great American Music Hall, I am always taken aback by the stark contrast between the beauty within and what lies outside her doors. In the neighborhood that is the epicenter of everything sad about San Francisco, it is only fitting that the experience that lies inside should […]

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Into the Fuzz: io echo, A Place to Bury Strangers @ Great American Music Hall, 3/10/10

I pulled up close to the Great American Music Hall and parked. I turned the car off and sat there for a second. I’ve already seen BRMC today, dropped off my friend at the airport, and now I’m about to go see two more bands I love. And I’m already thinking that I’ll probably leave […]

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Rock a la Carte: Dommin, Seventh Void, Kill Hannah @ Slim's, Mini Mansions, Spinnerette @ GAMH, 7/27/09

It never fails- I go over a week without a show, twiddling my thumbs, and then there are two I want to see on the same night. Lucky for me, my well-connected friend Umlaut took me as his plus one to both shows, so I got to have my cake and eat it too. Sort […]

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Deranged Rap Night w/ Cage, Yak Ballz @ GAMH, 7/17/09

It’s Definitive Jux night at GAMH- one of the only hip hop labels that I can call myself a fan of anymore. Home to El-P, Def Jux is the stomping grounds for rappers still interested in the art of their craft- fast rhymes, killer beats, and edgy messages- not the bling and the bimbos and […]

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Metal to My Ears w/ Isis, Helms Alee @ GAMH, 6/23/09

I’m driving through the Tenderloin, dodging crazy people who wander into the streets, looking for parking. I have two spots stolen from me, and am heckled on the street as I walk to the venue. But stepping into the Great American Music Hall makes it all go away (as does the bartender’s extremely stiff drink). […]

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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum is neither sleepy nor contains gorillas, with Fred Frith and Khi Darag @ GAMH, 5/10/09

It wasn’t my typical show. The stage at GAMH looked like a display in an exhibit of instruments. There are 10 people in Khi Darag, and they all play multiple instruments. You do the math. They are all obviously music school types, the kind that would take one look at my ipod and stare down […]

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Autolux Rattled Eardrums @ GAMH, 4/25/09

My ears are still ringing. Last time I saw Autolux was a Noise Pop show in 2007 at The Independent. Their set was cut short due to some fried amps or something. I had to ditch my ticket at the last minute when they came around last year. This time, I wasn’t missing it. Autolux […]

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Mastodon is Everything You've Heard and More w/ Kylesa, Intronaut @ Great American Music Hall, 4/19/09

I had a shitty week. I wrecked my car. I lost all of my concert footage from the last three years. I’ve had several interviews fall through. But tonight made me see the light, as metal was my medicine to get me through to tomorrow. It was still light outside when I entered GAMH for […]

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Turbonegro Gets It On @ Great American Music Hall, 4/17/09

I was supposed to see Turbonegro last year, but the tour was canceled when Euroboy, the guitarist, got sick. He was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease, and underwent treatment and is currently all better. The show was a last minute sell out. The band was only doing a handful of West Coast shows before their Coachella […]

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Does It Offend You, Yeah? @ Great American Music Hall, 9/18/08

It was the name that drew me in. The word ‘offend’, posed as a question, Austin Powers style….I had to check it out. And I liked what I heard. It’s my fifth night at GAMH in 2 weeks. The crowd is light but young, with a glint of angst in their eyes. As soon as […]

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