The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

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Cut Hands plays at DNA Lounge on Sunday

Christ or cannabis -- which will it be? This weekend marks the passage of two important holidays: Sunday is both Easter, the celebration of Christ's resurrection, and 4/20, the celebration of...well, wait, uh, what were we talking about again? Chances are you probably don't care about either, which is a perfectly normal response. Instead, get your fill of nightlife on the days before, with some top talent poached from Coachella. Read on--your weekend awaits.

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Why It Matters If S.F. Loses Its Musicians

Categories: In Print

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Photo illustration by Audrey Fukuman
The loss of a vibrant art scene threatens to turn the city into a museum piece.
From the latest SF Weekly:

Tour of Venice: As we debate the struggles of musicians and artists in San Francisco, one question frequently arises: Why does it matter if many of them leave for the East Bay? They'll still be more or less "here," as opposed to the bigger loss of them departing for L.A. or elsewhere. Is it really such a bad thing if working musicians can't afford to live in S.F. anymore, as long as they stay in the Bay Area? Does the city really lose? [continue reading]


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Outside Lands 2014 Announces Daily Lineups, Single-Day Ticket Sales

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Christopher Victorio
Only a week after the lineup for Outside Lands 2014 was released, we've got the daily lineups. Maybe because general admission tickets sold out in a record 24 hours? Anyway, single-day tickets go onsale tomorrow, Thursday, April 17, at 10 a.m. Expect them to go briskly. Here's a preview: Friday, Aug. 8, is Kanye and Arctic Monkeys. Saturday, Aug. 9, is Tom Petty and Macklemore. Sunday, Aug. 10, is the Killers and Tiësto. Below are the full daily lineups as they stand so far. Which day do you think is the best?


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The Knife Brings a Viking Bacchanal to the Fox Oakland, 4/15/14

Categories: Last Night

By NATHAN READEY

The Knife
DJ Rapid Fire
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Fox Theater, Oakland

Better than: Whatever you call dubstep.

"Music can be so meaningless," muses Knife frontwoman Karin Dreijer Andersson, when discussing the inspiration for the band's new album, Shaking the Habitual. "We had to find lust." Lust indeed. Dreijer Anderson's remarks, though enigmatic, seem a fitting account for the ethos of the group, and their meaning is apparent to all who saw the band perform at the Fox Theater last night. For those in attendance -- let us call them "the initiated" -- it was clear that the Knife is about much more than music: it is, if I may put it this way, the invocation of a peculiar vitality, a lust which both inspires and transfixes. If you thought that all of the dark intrigue of Viking culture was trapped in a compressed sawdust box in some unmarked IKEA warehouse, there is good news: it is back; we call it the Knife.

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Five Reasons Courtney Love Is Wrong About Saxophones Not Belonging in Rock 'n' Roll

Categories: Oh, Really?
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As we all know, in the 1980s, the coolest member of any band was always the sax player. It's why Rob Lowe played one (while wearing a beautiful headband) in St. Elmo's Fire, and it's why Tina Turner's sexy sax man showed up in The Lost Boys, looking unspeakably magical (see above). But this week, just when we thought she was on the right track (being civil in the same room as Dave Grohl and such), Courtney Love went and blew it by declaring that "saxophones don't belong in rock 'n' roll." Now, we'll be the first to admit that the horn of plenty isn't as ubiquitous as it once was in the world of rock, but to outright dismiss it just feels lazy and a bit mean-spirited, given its undoubtedly important place in music history. Good things involving saxophones can and do happen -- here are five unwavering examples.


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Watch: Oakland's Los Rakas Offer a Chilling Look at the Immigrant Experience in "Sueño Americano"

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That the immigrant experience in the U.S. is not always, or often, what it's cracked up to be -- a fairy tale of moving, hope, hard work, and eventual success of the kind you hear at political party conventions -- is the subject of "Sueño Americano," the new single and video from Oakland's Los Rakas. These two should know. Born in Panama, Raka Rich and Raka Dun take their name from a Panamanian slur used to describe someone from the ghetto. Their latest single, off of today's major-label debut, El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo, tells how the hopes of the migrant can so easily be squelched by a system that offers little opportunity and even less concern. "Here, if you want something, you have to find it, and if you don't have work, you have to sin," they sing in Spanish. "'Cause the rent is high, the law is bad -- without papers, you're nothing." The video, directed by the Perez Bros., offers a frightening look at how bad the struggle can get. Watch it below, and read a translation of the lyrics as well. "Sueño Americano" is also the Latin single of the week on iTunes, so you can download it there.


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Map Shows America's Music Tastes By Region -- Can You Guess What San Francisco's Are?

Categories: Oh, Really?

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Another week, another map showing broad generalizations about who in what part of America likes what kind of music. The latest one, created by real estate site Movoto, shows regional preference for certain genres. Guess what San Francisco likes? Well, as with the rest of California, it prefers rock 'n' roll -- at least according to this map. The city-by-city breakdown explains that, while "jazz and EDM showed up much higher on the list of San Francisco favorites than they did in other cities, neither outranked rock and blues." Also popular in S.F., to no one's surprise? "Indie" music, whatever that means.


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Cocktails' Adult Life: S.F. Slop-Poppers Grow Up, But Not Too Much; Hear New Single "Tough Love"

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Brian Pritchard
Cocktails
Cocktails are one of our favorites among the younger crop of shambolic S.F. guitar bands. The five-piece appeared last year with an easy-to-love EP on Father/Daughter Records and a couple of effortlessly catchy power-pop singles. We featured them in the paper. Now Cocktails is back with Adult Life, its first album, out June 17 on Father/Daugther. Recorded at Oakland's Fuzz City Studios -- the home base of Warm Soda's Matthew Melton and Rob Good, among others -- Adult Life builds on Cocktails' brand of "slop-pop": The hooks are as sharp, but the overall texture of the sound is just as gauzy and easygoing -- even if some of the lyrics reflect slightly more grown-up concerns. This is all part of Cocktails' charm: This group is not a precisely measured concoction of pricey spirits, but rather a few classic ingredients stirred together over ice. Hear "Tough Love," the first single from the new album, below. The band performs this Friday, April 18, at Rickshaw Stop, April 24 at the Knockout, and May 2 at the Make Out Room.


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Not Dead Yet Fest: The Bay Bridged and Down and Outlaws Present Live Music as a Retort

Categories: Music Festivals

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"They say the S.F. music scene is dead," reads the poster for a new one-day music festival in June. "Let's prove them wrong." To that end, local music blog the Bay Bridged and S.F. new arrivals the Down and Outlaws are throwing a mini rock festival at Thee Parkside called the Not Dead Yet Fest, with a bill of mostly up-and-coming local acts, including notables like Annie Girl and the Flight, Cellar Doors, and Ash Reiter.


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City Hearing on Improving Late Night Transit Today at 1:30 P.M.

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Complaining about the difficulty of catching Muni late at night, or the fact that BART doesn't run later on the weekends, is about as treasured a pastime around here as the post-party taco stop. But though we love to complain, there may be something we can actually do about it. Today at 1:30 p.m., a cadre of city officials and transit experts will discuss ways to improve late-night transportation, including such topics as:


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