Afro-Punk: Saul Williams, Earl Greyhound, American Fangs @ The Independent, 11/10/09

I walked into The Independent to find it slightly transformed for the evening. The Afro-Punk logo- the organization spearheading the tour- is projected on the side wall, as is the Budweiser logo. Footage from past Afro-Punk shows, coupled with skateboarding videos, show on a screen off to the side. American Fangs is on stage- five […]

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Thinking Woman's Metal: Pelican, Black Cobra @ The Independent, 10/27/09

After probably five failed attempts at seeing local metal duo Black Cobra, I finally made it to a show. Man, had I been missing out. First off, these two guys are loud. It should be illegal for two people to make that much noise with only a drum set, guitar, and screams….at least, that’s the […]

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Earthquake of Sound: A Place to Bury Strangers, These Are Powers, All the Saints, Geographer @ The Independent, 10/17/09

On the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, those of us at The Independent experienced earth-shaking sound. Let me start by saying that, every once and a while, there are evenings where there are multiple conflicting shows in the Bay Area, but this one took the cake. Treasure Island Festival, Jesus Lizard (which I […]

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I Can't Control Myself: The Horrors, Japanese Motors @ The Independent, 10/3/09

I spent the day roaming around Portland after last night’s show: Powell’s Books, record stores, Voodoo Doughnuts, a Dr. Marten store….and then I hopped on a plane, flew home to SF, and jumped in my car and went straight to see The Horrors. It would be the 5th show in 6 days for me, but […]

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Drone Home w/ Sunn O))), The Accused, Eagle Twin @ The Independent, 8/8/09

It’s my second night in a row at The Independent. It would be wildly different than the night before. It still took me only 15 minutes to park (yay!) and I was surprised that my guestlist spot came with a VIP wristband…but was very glad it did because I was one of the only girls […]

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Local Bands with Entertaining Names Night w/ Leather Feather, Tornado Rider, and LSD and the Search for God @ The Independent, 8/7/09

It was ‘Recession Proof Party’ night at The Independent- a free show with local bands. First, I have to share my excitement for spending only 5 minutes finding parking in this neighborhood- seriously, it’s usually a 30 minute endeavor filled with frustration and cursing. I walked in right before LSD and the Search for God […]

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Make Air Not War – The U.S. Air Guitar Regionals/SF Golden Gate @ The Independent, 6/26/09

As I get deeper and deeper into making HardRockChick a legitimate website, building up my own credibility as a writer that bestows music insights upon you, I feel a little weird about still going to see Air Guitar. BUT- the whole thing makes me laugh. And laughter is the best medicine, right? The show begins […]

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Fucked Up, Mika Miko, Leather Feather @ The Independent, 2/8/09

In a hurry to get inside, I forgot to look up at the marquee to see if Fucked Up was really spelled out up there for the world to see. Why in such a hurry? For one, it was a rainy cold mess outside. But mainly, 3 sets with a lot of potential await me […]

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Butch Walker @ The Independent, 10/20/08

I was finishing the last few pages of Pamela Des Barres’ Take Another Little Piece of My Heart, when I came across a paragraph discussing Butch Walker and Michael Des Barres’ upcoming collaboration on a musical. Strange coincidence, as I was to check out this new-to-me artist two days later. The Independent is set up […]

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Mission of Burma, Hank IV @ The Independent, 9/27/08

This is my first time going to a show where an album is being performed in its entirety. This has been a popular trend lately, as Metallica, Built to Spill, and Sonic Youth have recently performed albums. I find the concept interesting. Doesn’t it take the magic out of setlist surprises? How many albums can […]

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