Little Fish – “Darling Dear”

Little Fish“Darling Dear”

In case you haven’t figured out by now, I have a soft spot for Brit rock and have been keeping and eye on this UK duo called Little Fish for quite some time.  I like their stripped down, bluesy rock vibe and the raw energy Juju brings to the vocals – like Heartless Bastards on Red Bull. They’re in the states for a limited US tour, supporting Hole for much of it.  Lucky for us, they’ll be hitting Cafe du Nord this week for a headline appearance. Get it while it’s hot!

Little Fish US Tour Dates (* w/ HOLE)
April 20, 2010 Cafe du Nord, San Francisco
April 21, 2010 Viper Room, Los Angeles
*April 22, 2010 Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles
*April 23, 2010 Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles
*April 27, 2010 Terminal 5, New York City
*April 28, 2010 Terminal 5, New York City

Concert Picks ‘O The Week: Girls, Band of Skulls


San Francisco’s Girls are paired up this week with New York’s Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight for a great night of music at The Rickshaw Stop.  Bonus prize, Girls are offering up their 10″ for free download. Get ’em.

“Hellhole Ratrace”



Band of Skulls, “Death by Diamonds and Pearls

Then this Sunday, July 26 features a repeat performance of one of my favorite bands this year, Band of Skulls. The hot UK trio will be rockin’ it at Cafe du Nord.  Be there.

7×7 Mag Reports on San Francisco’s All Ages Music Venue Battle

San Francisco’s 7×7 Magazine has now stepped into the mix to shed some light on our city’s battle to keep our cherished all ages music venues alive – such as Bottom of the Hill, Slim’s, The Fillmore and Cafe du Nord.

Stay involved and on top of the latest developments on this issue by joining one of the groups on Twitter or Facebook.

SF Music Venues Continue to Battle ABC for Licensing

The battle between California’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) and some of San Francisco’s most beloved all ages music venues wages on.  Here’s a YouTube clip of a recent report from NBC 11 explaining the situation. Imagine a San Francisco without a Bottom of the Hill, Great American Music Hall, Cafe du Nord and Slims.  I cannot!  Here’s what you can do to get involved.

ABC Email and website: Attn: Brett Musselman

Email Senator Mark Leno!

Buy this shirt to show your support for GAMH and Slim’s:

Thursdays In May with Loquat at Cafe du Nord


THURSDAY, MAY 7, 14, 21 & 28  | CAFE DU NORD
8 p.m. doors  

San Francisco’s answer to Swedish pop, Loquat is getting ready for their May residency at Cafe du Nord, performing every Thursday in May. Loquat handpicked out-of-town and local bands—Head Like a Kite (Seattle), Juliette Commagère (L.A.), Greycoats (Minneapolis), Foxtail Somersault (SF), Malbec (L.A.), The Union Trade (SF), Jen & Abby (L.A.), and AimLowKid (SF)—to join them for the four shows. Each night will be different: reworked old songs, new songs, surprise covers, visuals, and between-band DJ sets from Zion-I’s AmpLive and SomaFM’s DJ Elise—not your regular Loquat show.  

Listen to “Harder Hit” from Loquat’s latest album, Secrets of the Sea (Talking House):

More Great SF Music: Papercuts, Cryptacize, The Finches

The new video for “Future Primitive” off Papercuts new album You Can Have What You Want – one of my favorite albums! The band will be at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco this Friday, April 24 for a CD release party with The Finches and Cryptacize.  Wow, so much good music this week!

Papercuts Future Primitive”:

Cryptacize, “Peg” (one of my favorite covers!):

The FinchesHuman Like a House”:

SF Music: Geographer, Michael Zapruder, Harbours


Friends over at Stranger Dance are hosting a great line up of local San Francisco music this Thursday at Cafe du Nord, featuring Geographer, Michael Zapruder and Harbours.  Be sure to check it out!

Geographer, “Can’t You Wait

Michael Zapruder, “Ads for Feelings”:

Harbours, “Situation“:

State Targeting Legendary SF All Ages Music Venues

Bottom of the Hill - One of SF's all ages music venues in question

Bottom of the Hill - One of SF's all ages music venues under scrutiny by the ABC.

The San Francisco Chronicle ran a disturbing story this weekend on legally questionable new regulations the state of California’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) is trying to impose on some of San Francisco’s legendary all ages music venues.  If enforced some of the City’s best music clubs – Bottom of the Hill, Great American Music Hall, Slim’s and Cafe du Nord – may be forced to close.

All of these businesses are able to operate as all ages venues because they serve food, as required by the ABC.  Recently, however, the agency has decreed that at least half of the clubs’ revenue must come from food sales. The problem is that most of their income comes from alcohol and ticket sales. While the code makes no mention of a minimum sales requirement, some clubs are having conditions set on their license by the ABC contingent upon these new requirements – such as food sales exceeding alcohol sales.

Luckily the jurisdiction of the ABC is being questioned by elected officials, including San Francisco Supervisor Sophie Maxwell and state Sen. Mark Leno.  Still, it can’t hurt for the community to get involved in the fight to preserve our best music venues – and a right of passage.  

(Thanks Al for forwarding this story!)

Department of Eagles at Cafe du Nord

What a perfect night of music last night at Cafe du Nord.  Both the Cave Singers and Department of Eagles were fantastic.  It’s impossible to get a good photograph in the dimly lit Cafe du Nord with my pitiful little point and shoot.  But I had such a good spot I tried my hand at videotaping one of my favorite Department of Eagles song, ‘Phantom Other’.  The sound certainly isn’t soundboard quality but it’s not bad.  It gets a bit blown out when Chris Bear starts wailing on the drums, but you’ll get the gist.  It was a good show!

Oh, and be sure to watch the video in high quality (HQ).  The little button that appears when you mouse over the up arrow icon.  Makes a big difference.