Mic Check: Eyedea & Abilities, Dosh @ Bottom of the Hill, 2/10/10

You know you’re a live music junkie when a large factor that played into choosing your apartment was it’s proximity to the venues you often frequent. Bottom of the Hill is the second closest to me, and while I love it, I’ve been finding shows to go to there less and less frequently. I got […]

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Instru-metal: Baroness, Earthless, Iron Age @ Bottom of the Hill, 12/2/09

Let me begin with a quote from a recent thought/anger provoking article written by Stewart Voegtlin of the Village Voice: “A bizarre triangulation of that divide—a shameless glitz-and-tits approach to faux-anthemic blockbuster melodrama masquerading as elite-approved Art for Art’s Sake—plagues “metal” these days, as decidedly “un-metal” folks play “headbanger” by night in a host of […]

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Tongue and Mic: Pissed Jeans, Mi Ami @ BOTH, 9/18/09

Bottom of the Hill. The venue oozes with offbeat charm, which is promptly eaten up by it’s hipster frequenters. Tonight, the hooded, skinny-jeaned, purposefully unkempt tastemakers greet me at the corner with their too-cool-for-school clan stares. I snarl in return and go inside. Mi Ami, locals who attract this type, are onstage. Their electro rock […]

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A Place to Bury Strangers, Sian Alice Group @ BOTH, 9/30/08

You know you’re at a good show when you see members of other good local bands milling around the club. I was pretty early to the game to being a fan of A Place to Bury Strangers, and I’m happy to see a packed Bottom of the Hill after seeing them here earlier this year […]

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Vin Rouge @ Bottom of the Hill, 8/29/08

I am constantly searching for a good, local industrial hard rock band. It’s been a long search. Most things border too much on dancey/techno or go too light. When I came across Vin Rouge, I got really excited. Psychedelic/Industrial/Rock? Yes, please. The few tracks up on MySpace had me a bit confused, though. There was […]

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Astra Heights, Von Iva, The Blacks, The Bruises @ BOTH, 5/23/08

It was the beginning of a 3 day weekend, and Bottom of the Hill was percolating with the local hip crowd ready to kick it off right. The eclectic but well balanced lineup was ready to deliver: 3 locals, 1 LA neighbor, lots of chicks and a few dudes, some rock, some electro, and a […]

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The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Bled @ BOTH, 4/7/08

I’ve been reading about The Dillinger Escape Plan’s live shows for awhile. With every word, a gaping hole grew larger in my missed experiences file, but, alas, it was soon to be filled. I’ve never started out a review with a video, but this might be the best way to convey this experience:

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Jet Boy and Flexx Bronco @ BOTH, 12/28/07

As a child of the Eighties, my first experiences drooling over rock stars was the hair metal bands. And I say hair metal bands because that is what they were to me- several indistinguishable groups that made loud and fast music. Hey, I was just a kid. I wasn’t intellectualizing music yet. But then the […]

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immigrant, Triple Cobra, and The Frail @ BOTH, 12/7/07

This particular Friday evening was one of those SF nights that occurs every few months, where there are 10 different great things going on and you can only choose one. I decided to keep it local by going to my neighborhood music venue to see some of SF’s finest bands. It was my first time […]

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The Warlocks/Darker My Love/The Otherside @ BOTH, 11/16/07

It’s psychedelic rock night at Bottom of the Hill. The Otherside kicked off the evening. As their long and admirable list of influences shows, they draw inspiration from bands like Joy Division, BJM, and The Faint- but sound most like The Bravery in my opinion. I’d like to hear what they sound like with a […]

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