Wood Shoppe Celebrates Two Years of Free Tuesday Nights at Brick and Mortar

Kevin Morby performs Tuesday at Wood Shoppe
For the five masterminds behind Wood Shoppe, one conversation was all they needed to discern a hole in the music market and find a way to fill it. The first Tuesday of every month, Zachary Cepin, Acacia Newlon, Wilson Zheng, Abby Sprague, and Robin Kim present a free concert at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, and they don't make a cent from it. The series -- designed to cultivate the local music scene as well as build the careers of up-and-coming acts -- is a nighttime gig the five got going just because they love music.

"If you want a music scene, you have to create it," Sprague says.

Wood Shoppe turns two years old this week with a lineup that demands attention. Songwriter Kevin Morby (Woods/The Babies) headlines the two-year anniversary edition this Tuesday, Feb. 4, where he is expected to croon painful folk-rock tales accompanied by haunting melodies. L.A.'s Avid Dancer is a solo psych-pop artist with bright guitars. S.F.'s Fine Points, a side project of Sleepy Sun, opens the night. And of course, the event would not be complete without a special DJ set by Wood Shoppe founding member Cepin, under the name DJ Zachary Carl-Os.

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All Hail Usher's "Yeah," Still Making You Crazy 10 Years Later

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The cover art for Usher's "Yeah!" single
Since the music world is obsessed with anniversaries now, it seems only right to point out that Usher's "Yeah!" -- a Billboard-topping, platinum-selling, culture-saturating, Lil-Jon produced steamroller of a Crunk&B song -- turns a decade old this week. The fact that this song still retains its potency 10 years later should be self-evident; if it isn't, go ahead and play it again right now until you never want to stop hearing it. But be warned -- even though it's only Tuesday, you may suddenly feel inclined to acquire a case of champagne, turn off the lights, invite a bunch of licentious friends over, and play "Yeah!" until you all do things you'll regret until the song's 20th anniversary. In fact, if you do not have to fight the urge to be a naughty person every time you hear this song -- or at least to run around chanting "Yeah!" in response to everything -- we kinda feel sorry for you.

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Here's To You, Alternative Tentacles: Top 3 Things We're Covertly Listening to at Work In Honor of the Punk Label's 33 ⅓ Anniversary

One-time presidential candidate/prolific social critic Jello Biafra plays with his current band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, at Slim's Nov. 15.

Are you reading this while sitting in an office with other people? If so, did you bring your headphones today? Do you have a good sense of when and where it's appropriate to run in circles, smash things, and loudly swear about religion, the government, your parents, etc.?

Alternative Tentacles, the storied record label founded in San Francisco in 1979 by Jello Biafra and East Bay Ray of the Dead Kennedys (initially in order to self-produce "California Uber Alles," arguably one of the best debuts of all time), is throwing itself a party Friday night at Slim's to celebrate its 33 ⅓ years in existence. Now based out of Emeryville and still overseen by Biafra with the help of a tiny staff, it's one of the longest-running independent record labels in the U.S. We have it on pretty good authority that this show will be a fine place to take part in the aforementioned activities.

However! If, like we do, you want to get started early, below are a few historical gems the Internet has bestowed upon us. (We know Jello isn't really a fan, but there's some pretty good stuff on there.) Note: We're not responsible in the event that you get too amped and behave inappropriately in an office setting.

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It's Jerry Garcia Week in the Bay Area. Here's a Guide to the Many Celebrations

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Herb Greene

The Grateful Dead are one of San Francisco's most enduring cultural legacies. The outfit rose to prominence as the house band for Ken Kesey's LSD-fueled "acid tests," where its extended psychedelic rock jams helped launch the counterculture of the 1960s. But the band thrived long after the Summer of Love, thanks to legions of extremely loyal fans. Dubbed "deadheads," Dead fans were famous for following the band on its constant tours, and for creating a festival-like atmosphere in the show's lawns and parking lots. Deadheads created their own autonomous community long before the D.I.Y. ethics of Burning Man hit the mainstream -- their constant travels were funded by an underground economy where members made and sold items like tie-dyed shirts, stickers, veggie burritos, and LSD.

And while "shakedown street," the whirling frenzy of the "spinners," and the nightly tradition of drums and space may have passed from this world with Jerry Garcia's death in 1995, those memories live on in San Francisco. With what would've been Garcia's 71st birthday coming up this Thursday, Aug. 1 (and the 18th anniversary of his death on Aug. 9), locals including his former bandmates and the San Francisco Giants have something special planned. Here's a guide to the festivities.

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Mezzanine to Mark 10 Year Anniversary With a Month of Shows in April

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Trinidad James kicks off Mezzanine's 10-year anniversary series on April 4.
Mezzanine celebrates 10 years in the game with a series of anniversary concerts this April. And while the downtown nightclub kicked off in 2003 with a laser focus on DJ and dance music events, next month's roster of performances perfectly encapsulates how Mezzanine has evolved into a venue for many kinds of artists.

Atlanta upstart rapper Trinidad James -- perhaps best known for launching the catchphrase "Popped a molly, I'm sweatin', woo!" on his single "All Gold Everything" -- kicks off the birthday month with a live appearance on April 4.

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* We're Celebrating Metallica's 30-Year Anniversary This Week

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Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" Is 45 Years Old Today

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It's the song that defines Otis Redding, and one of the most famous songs about San Francisco (or at least San Francisco Bay), ever. It was released 45 years ago today, on Jan. 8, 1968, on the great Stax/Volt label. And despite the song's close association with one of the greats of '60s soul -- and its status as an all-time hit -- it's often forgotten that Otis Redding himself never actually heard the final version of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."

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NOFX at 30: The Band's 10 Most Controversial Moments

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Katie Hovland
NOFX: About to turn 30
Reassuring us once and for all that turning 30 doesn't mean you have to start behaving like an adult, NOFX -- the West Coast punk icon/touring kegger that never winds down -- announced this week that they'll mark the end of their third decade in existence with a limited edition box set of deluxe LPs, a collection of every studio album the band has released.

That's 12 records in total, if you haven't been keeping count, with a limited number of them signed, plus "a life-size version of the band's infamous stage banner." They won't be issued until Feb. 19, though. So for the NOFX aficionado who just can't contain their excitement, here's a walk through some of the most colorful memories Fat Mike and the crew have given us over the last 30 years.

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SF Party Push The Feeling Celebrates 1 Year with YACHT

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YACHT performing at the Fox Theater in Oakland.
Well, that went by fast. A year ago, a couple dudes behind DJ/promotion outfit Epicsauce started Push the Feeling, a low-key party at the gritty, unheralded Lower Haight club Underground S.F. The monthly aimed to showcase some of the new dance and electronic music burbling up from outside of the regular club scene. A year later, the party has hosted the likes of Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick (spinning as his DJ alter ego, Les Sins), Thrill Jockey act High Places, and notable locals like Blackbird Blackbird and James & Evander. Next Friday, it celebrates its one-year anniversary with a headlining DJ set from one of the most reliably fun acts on the DFA label, YACHT.

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Top Five Excellent Jimi Hendrix Songs You Might Not Know

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience
There aren't a lot of undiscovered gems in the catalog of an artist as widely admired (and repackaged for commercial gain) as Jimi Hendrix. But there are some remarkably good songs outside of the five or 10 that are his most famous. Today, in honor of what would have been Hendrix's 70th birthday, we're rounding up five lesser-known Hendrix tunes -- deep album cuts and live recordings -- that we think deserve more attention than they've gotten. If you know these already, sit back and enjoy. If not, here are some songs you've gotta hear:

See also:
* Jimi Hendrix's 70th Birthday: 13 Revealing Quotes From the Man Himself
* Hendrix at 70: Jimi Was Headed For Jazz Fusion and Hip-Hop, Not Earth, Wind & Fire

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Hendrix at 70: Jimi Was Headed For Jazz Fusion and Hip-Hop, Not Earth, Wind & Fire

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By Steven Roby

Editor's note: Today, Nov. 24, 2012, would have been Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday. We're celebrating with a few posts on the man, including a roundup of 13 revealing quotes from Hendrix on Hendrix, a new volume of interviews and profiles edited by Hendrix biographer Steven Roby. Below, Roby shares his thoughts on where Hendrix's music was headed before the guitarist's untimely death on Sept. 18, 1970.

Jimi Hendrix stands alone. Seattle's hometown icon influenced everyone from painters to musicians, but to say his next musical direction was a pop/disco horn band makes no sense at all.

In a recent interview, Janie Hendrix, Jimi's stepsister, told KISW that what Hendrix was aiming for in 1969 was what Earth Wind & Fire became. Perhaps Ms. Hendrix has her late-1960s horn bands confused, and meant to say Chicago, or maybe Blood, Sweat, and Tears, since Earth, Wind & Fire really didn't come to national attention until 1975 with their dance hit "Shining Star." Or maybe the fact she was once married to a guitarist from EWF had something to do with her statement.

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* Jimi Hendrix's 70th Birthday: 13 Revealing Quotes From the Man Himself

* Top Five Insanely Great Jimi Hendrix Songs You Might Not Know

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