SF Winter MusicFest: Four Shows Worth Catching at This Year's Festival

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Bite, a band to check out at this year's Winter MusicFest
San Francisco's IndieFest has bcome one of the city's most notable film events each year. Starting last year, IndieFest added Winter MusicFest, a lineup of solid local groups, to the proceedings for a musical accompaniment to the film lineup. Starting tonight, the S.F. Winter MusicFest brings eight shows to Cellspace in Potrero Hill. It runs through Feb. 17.

Primarily featuring Bay Area bands in rock genres like punk and rockabilly, S.F. IndieFest is staying true to its name here by featuring over 50 local bands that are truly independent. Here are a few bills that look especially promising.

Feb. 6: Fracas, Kicker!, Bite, FUKM, Sad Boy Sinister, Crooked as Fuck
We all need a good hardcore show in our lives every now and then, and most of these bands are devoted to giving you just that. Unconcerned with hybridizing or modernizing their sounds, these outfits stay faithful to the fury of '80s punk. (6 p.m.)

Feb. 11: Phil Berkowitz and His Dirty Swing Cats, Fromagique, The Badmen, Lost Dog Found, Blue Diamond Fillups, Nihilist Cunt
Go to this, if only to check out what a hardcore band calling itself Nihilist Cunt is about. But also go because they'll teach you how to swing dance before unloading a lineup full of swing, rockabilly, and Dixieland jazz. Headliner Phil Berkowitz and His Dirty Swing Cats cover the songs of legendary 1940s jazzman Louis Jordan, from the beginning of his career to the end. (8 p.m.)

Feb. 12: "Next Gen" Showcase feat. School of Rock, Malicious, The Agent Deadlies, La Toska
This show is all about the youngsters, who will surely make you feel old by the time they're done melting your face with ska, punk, metal, and straight-up rock. And yes, this School of Rock is that School of Rock -- the one that inspired the Jack Black movie. (1 p.m.)

Feb. 17: Memphis Murder Men, Harrington Saints, Wicked Mercies, The Pendletons, 5 Fingers of Death
Much like the other shows, the lineup for S.F. IndieFest's closing show features plenty of punk, ska, and rockabilly, but the interesting group to check out here will be Wicked Mercies, who blend the sounds of '60s soul with funk and punk, producing plenty of upbeat jams in the process. (8 p.m.)

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