Corrosive Post-Punk Band Plays Rare SF Shows (Shellac – Wed. 10/10 & Thurs. 10/11 at GAMH)


While Shellac band hasn’t released any new music since its acclaimed 2015 effort Dude Incredible (its first in seven years), that won’t keep fans from turning out in large numbers to witness one of the most intense post-punk acts working today. Ahead of an appearance at the eclectic Desert Daze Festival in Southern California this weekend, Shellac plays two nights at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco starting Wednesday night with support from experimental Brooklyn-based indie-rock duo Buke and Gase. - KPIX / CBS SF BayArea

The Bay Bridged Review + Photos: Freestone Peaches at Great American Music Hall


I missed being part of the world-record show for the number of attendees at the Watkins Glenn jam in 1973, as I was born a few years too late. Luckily, there was a 45th anniversary celebration at the Great American Music Hall last Thursday that satisfied the fans that were there in '73, as well as those new to the party.

Bay Area musical powerhouses from the Freestone Peaches, with Matt Hartle, Sunshine Garcia Becker, and Henry Kaiser came together to play a tribute show that truly did this historic event justice. From the opening Grateful Dead jam to the Freestone Peaches effortlessly channeling the Allman Brothers, the gig was unstoppable. - The Bay Bridged

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Ben Morrison of The Brothers Comatose reflects on Slim’s at 30 years (performing with Four Year Bender on Wed. 9/19)


South of Market music club Slim's is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week with a lineup of shows while highlighting its rich history as a hub for music in San Francisco.

The anniversary week lineup includes locals The Brothers Comatose, and singer-songwriter Ben Morrison, who once worked at the club, wrote about a couple of his most memorable experiences on the job as a skinny security guard. - RIFF Magazine

We love you, Ben! Excited to see you on our stage (again) tomorrow with Four Year Bender!

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Mon. Sept. 17, 2018 declared Slim’s Day in SF!


Everyone at our Built to Spill show just saw the presentation, and now we want to share with you... today was just declared Slim's Day here in SF!

Thank you to Mayor London Breed for the proclamation, and to Maggie Weiland, Executive Director of the SF Entertainment Commission, for announcing the exciting news to the Slim's crowd!

What an amazing way to kick off our 30th Anniversary Celebration!

SF Chronicle: Slim’s nightclub celebrates 30 years by looking back, moving forward


Slim’s is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month the best way it knows how. Starting Monday, Sept. 17, the South of Market nightclub will host a weeklong concert series with more than a dozen acts, including indie rockers Built to Spill, thrash metal veterans Exodus, bluegrass outfit Brothers Comatose, the pop-punk band Aquabats and blues guitarist Elvin Bishop.

Since opening its doors in 1988, the low-profile venue at 333 11th St. has served as a nerve center for the San Francisco music scene. It’s the place where big-time acts like Radiohead, Bruno Mars and Beck staged their first Bay Area concerts.

The 500-person capacity club has also provided a home for local acts making their way into the world, left-field musicians who don’t quite fit into traditional rock clubs and road warriors simply seeking to reconnect with their fans in a more intimate setting (Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Snoop Dogg and Metallica all played shows there — often incognito — at the height of their careers). - SF Chronicle

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Slim’s 30th Anniversary Celebration: Blues & Soul Revue – Fri. 9/21


Hard to believe it was three decades ago that Boz Scaggs opened the SOMA club Slim’s with a blast of blues and boogie woogie. Soul is on the menu for the venue’s 30th anniversary celebration. Blues great Elvin Bishop is the headliner, but my money is on the incandescent soul crooner Wee Willie Walker, whose career has taken off in his eighth decade. Backed by the talent-laden Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, he’s been performing around the world, often joined by Oakland blues star Terrie Odabi Vocalist. With the powerhouse gospel combo The Sons of The Soul Revivers summoning the spirit, the program offers a serious salve for unsettling times. - Andrew Gilbert / San Francisco Classical Voice

Rounding out this amazing line-up on Fri. 9/21? Kid Andersen & Little Village Foundation's Jim Pugh!

A portion of the proceeds from this very special evening will benefit KPOO Radio.

Soundwaves TV #9 – Slim’s Pickings


Soundwaves returns to TV with a weekly dive into the Bay Area’s rich music scene. Hosted by Chasta, Soundwaves TV features music videos, live performances, guest musicians, DJs, and influencers from all four corners of the Bay.

This week, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the venerable music venue Slim’s in San Francisco. Chasta welcomes Dennis Juarez, the club’s operations manager and dirt is spilled! Some great stories are told, including the time time Prince announced a spontaneous appearance, and everything went crazy!

Watch HERE

Guitar Player Presents The Marcus King Band + Bishop Gunn (Tues. 9/11 – GAMH)


GP loves to share in the rise of prodigal talents, and Marcus King graced the cover of the September 2017 “Youthquake” issue because he dazzles on every level—chops, soul, creativity, and transcendental live performance. King and his band throw down jazz-tinged Southern rock and blues with a level of intensity and virtuosity that brings the early years of the Derek Trucks Band to mind. The slide virtuoso showed his respect for King by guesting on “Self Hatred” from the Marcus King Band’s self-titled sophomore effort that was released in 2016 and produced by Warren Haynes.

In late September the Marcus King Band debuted “Homesick” and “Welcome ’Round Here” heralding Carolina Confessions, produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson) and scheduled for release October 5th on Fantasy Records. It showcases the 22-year-old King’s maturation as a songwriter and includes a co-write with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. - Guitar Player

Full Show Audio: Green Leaf Rustlers Perform In San Francisco (JamBase)


Green Leaf Rustlers assembled last week for a run of shows that included a stop Friday at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. An audience recording of the August 31 performance by the group featuring guitarist/vocalist Chris Robinson, bassist Pete Sears, drummer John Molo, multi-instrumentalist Barry Sless and guitarist Greg Loiacono surfaced.

The concert began with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” and ended with an encore featuring Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street.” Between those Dylan tunes, the band played several additional coves, tackling the likes of New Riders Of The Purple Sage, The Byrds, Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, Doug Sahm, Gram Parsons, Mel Tillis, Jimmy Reed, Willie Nelson, J.J. Cale and a few others. Taped and posted by Neil M, stream Friday’s GAMH show HERE.

SF Weekly Photos: ohGr, Lead into Gold, and Omniflux at Slim’s, Wednesday August 15, 2018


Nivek Ogre is one of the most well-known figures in Industrial music, particularly for being the frontman of the influential and long-running band Skinny Puppy. Ogre brought his side project, ohGr, to Slim’s in San Francisco this past Wednesday, August 15th, in celebration of their latest album, ‘Tricks’.

Paul Barker, of Ministry and Revolting Cocks fame, brought his own solo project Lead into Gold as direct support for the night, with opener Omniflux also joining Barker onstage. - SF Weekly

Photos: Geoffrey Smith II

Nivek Ogre’s ohGr playing ‘Tricks’ (Wed. 8/15 at Slim’s with Lead Into Gold + Omniflux)


You can read a lot into the title of “Tricks,” Nivek Ogre’s bracing new political treatise from his Skinny Puppy side project ohGr. Tricks were what helped elect a game show host to the highest office in the U.S. They also were played on an unsuspecting America by alleged Russian manipulation of social media, where the nation’s narcissistic people posture and preen. “I’m just amazed by these smokescreens, and a lot of the album deals with logical fallacies,” says the Calgary-born iconoclast. “But now there are two parallel lines of truth that will probably never intersect again. And I’m the biggest conspiracy nut in the world, but we’ve crossed a threshold.”

Click HERE for his interview with SF Examiner

Tanya Donelly reunites Belly for first tour in more than 20 years (Fri. 8/10 at GAMH)


Earlier this year, Tanya Donelly, who has played with Throwing Muses and the Breeders, got her band Belly back together.

With all the original members on board — bassist Gail Greenwood, guitarist Chris Gorman and drummer Tom Gorman — the group released its first album in 23 years, “Dove,” and is now on the road performing the new material alongside its ’90s indie hits “Feed the Tree” and “Gepetto.” Their next stop: San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall on Friday, Aug. 10. - SF Chronicle