Peak '90s: Nine Inch Nails and Soungarden Are Touring Together

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A few years ago, the Doc Martens store came to the Upper Haight. Shortly thereafter, flannel again became the preferred garment of musty music fans everywhere. Fast-forward a couple of years, and we now have a Bottle Rock Napa Valley lineup that could be straight out of 1997 (okay, not quite, but certainly a squinty rehash of 1995-'02), and now arguably the crown jewel of 1990s alt-culture nostalgia:

This summer, in The Year of Our Lord 2014, Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails are touring together. Yes, it is fact. Thus do we make the following pronouncement: '90s nostalgia has officially peaked. All that's left is the '90s alt-rock cruise, complete with Kennedy as captain and Matt Pinfield as nighttime host.


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Sorry, Prince's Two Shows Wednesday at the Fillmore Are Already Sold Out

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Well, Bay Area: the Purple One is still here. After a mega-sold-out show at the Fox Oakland on Saturday, Prince has just announced two shows tomorrow, Wednesday, March 19, at the Fillmore in San Francisco, according to the all-knowing Dr. Funkenberry.


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Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Many More to Play Acoustic Cancer Benefit at the Fillmore

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Sammy Hagar
Autumns in the Bay Area have long been marked by Neil Young's acoustic Bridge School Benefit concerts at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Starting this year, we're getting a similarly high-profile acoustic benefit concert in the spring. On May 15, Sammy Hagar is convening a vast group of (mostly local) musicians including Metallica's James Hetfield, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Joe Satriani, Scott Mathews, Nancy Wilson (of Heart), and Pat Monahan (of Train) and more for a special benefit show at the Fillmore. The concert will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Program at the UCSF Benoiff Children's Hospital, of which Hagar is a major supporter. Tickets for the Acoustic-4-A-Cure show go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday, March 21.


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Prince's Surprise Show at the Fox Oakland This Saturday Already Appears Sold Out

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The Purple One is coming to Oakland.
Update, 3/13: There are of course tickets available on StubHub -- but be prepared to pay $265-$300 for a spot on the floor. Craigslist has 'em, too.

Update, 11:17 p.m.: Some say tickets for Saturday's surprise show are still available in the LiveNation app, though this is unconfirmed. Meanwhile, Another Planet is hinting about a possible second show.

Original post: Only a year after his two-night stand at DNA Lounge, Prince is coming back to the Bay Area. The Purple One is playing a surprise show at the Fox Oakland this Saturday, March 15. R U into it? Well ... hope you grabbed tickets already, because Ticketmaster says they're gone.

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Janelle Monáe Is Performing For Free at Justin Herman Plaza on Friday

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Monáe with the S.F. Symphony
Your Friday lunch plans just got a lot more interesting. To celebrate the 15th birthday of local tech giant SalesForce, founder and philanthropist-of-note Mark Benioff has Janelle Monáe performing a free concert at Justin Herman Plaza this Friday, March 7.


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Darlene Love, Star of Oscar-Winning 20 Feet From Stardom, Is Performing at Stern Grove This Summer

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Darlene Love at the Oscars
Maybe you remember this moment from the Oscars on Sunday: After 20 Feet From Stardom, a documentary about backup singers, won the award for Best Documentary, a few of the people behind the movie went onstage to give their thank-you speeches. At the end of it, singer and star of the film Darlene Love belted -- yes, we mean belted -- a few lines from the gospel hymn, "His Eye is on the Sparrow" out to the Oscar crowd. It was incredible. Love, a long-struggling 72-year-old singer from Southern California, made one of the long ceremony's most memorable moments, and earned a standing ovation from the crowd.

Maybe she'll get one in S.F. this summer too. As it turns out, Love is performing at Stern Grove on Aug. 10.


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Tonight the Pizza Band War Comes to S.F. -- Here Are Four Ways to Judge the Winner

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Personal and the Pizzas vs. The Pizza Underground
Today is March 5, 2014, the date of the great pizza band pie-off in San Francisco. Over at Neck of the Woods in the Richmond District, Macaualay Culkin's slicey Velvet Underground tribute band, the Pizza Underground, is performing an early show, complete with 'za from noted local cheese peddler Escape From New York. Later on, at the Hemlock Tavern, a band of pepperoni-obsessed ruffians by the name of Personal and the Pizzas will perform for free, as a saucy rejoinder from some locals to the invading New Yorkers and their cult of pizzalebrity. (Personal and the Pizzas have previously threatened the Pizza Underground with death and/or lawsuits, so the stakes here are high.)

Who will win the pie-off? We don't know -- but here are four ways to figure it out (provided, of course, that your pizza-full belly makes it from one show to the next).

See also: S.F. Faces War of the Pizza Bands: Personal and the Pizzas vs. Macaulay Culkin


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The Pixies Announce Small Big Sur Show in April

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The Pixies were just here in the Bay Area, but if you missed 'em at the Fox Oakland, all is not lost. The grunge-godfathers-with-ever-rotating-lineup just announced plans for a special intimate show at Big Sur's Henry Miller Memorial Library in April, presented by the Bay Area's own (((folkYEAH!))) Presents.


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Morrissey Again Pretends He's Going to Play in the Bay Area

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He's on his way to San Jose ... allegedly.
Bay Area Morrissey fans may remember the Great Moz Clusterfuck of 2012-13, when the beloved British brooder announced a local show, then canceled it, then announced a show, then canceled it, then announced two more shows, and canceled them, too. (All cancellations were allegedly due to health problems that somehow allowed the former Smiths singer to perform in other markets, such as L.A.)

Well, guess what? Morrissey has announced another show!


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Folk-Rocker Mark Matos Announces Final Show as an S.F. Resident

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Mark Matos is moving to the desert.
Add this name to the list of S.F. musicians who are departing our fair city for points south: Mark Matos. The longtime Os Beaches leader, Mission folk-rock singer-songwriter, residency-holder, and occasional film critic is leaving town, moving to Joshua Tree in the Mojave Desert with his partner after seven years in S.F. Before he goes, though, Matos and his musician pals are throwing one last big show, Friday, March 28 at Rickshaw Stop. Dubbed "Last Waltz in Little China," the show will include a special lineup of Os Beaches, plus support from locals Love Dimension and Mexico City's Risin' Sun, along with some celebrated light projections and unnamed special guests.

Here's Matos' statement on leaving S.F.:


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