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New Single From Morning Benders: Download It!

Head over to The Morning Benders web HQ right now and download the single "Promises". It's FREE! If this song is any indication of what is to come from their new album Big Echo (via Rough Trade 3/9/2010), then we're looking at an early nom to every best of 2010 list.

January's Classical Music Offerings

Classical Revolution

By performing chamber music in bars and cafes, Classical Revolution aims to alter people's perception of classical music; namely, that it's inaccessible and the bastion of gray-haired octogenarians. By playing in venues of the young and hip, local artists of varying pedigree - students or recent grads of top conservatories and accomplished non-professional musicians - help thread classical music through San Francisco's nightlife. Proving that classical music is still relevant, no matter what Lady GaGa might tell you.

Revolution Café, 3248 22nd St. every Sunday night. For information, visit

Brian Wilson to Play Ultra-Tiny Show in SF

Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson typically plays arenas, so we were shocked to find out that his latest tour includes a stop at the San Francisco Art Exchange. The rock-and-roll-themed gallery is currently featuring an exhibition of artist Sir Peter Blake, responsible for a number of iconic rock covers, including that of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper. Blake's latest work is a box set of collages and a book inspired by Wilson's most recent album, That Lucky Old Sun-- only 1,000 copies total. Wilson and his band will play an intimate live show in the tiny gallery on Saturday, January 23, to celebrate the set's release.

The Dodos Play David Letterman Tomorrow Night

Congrats to the The Dodos (part of last year's Hot 20 Class), who make their US television debut tomorrow night on Letterman. We're anxious to see how Dave responds to the bashing of metal garbage cans on stage (the band's been known to use trash receptacles for percussion). Check out our interview with frontman Meric Long and then tune in to cheer on our local favorites.

Listen Up: This Month's Hottest Concerts

Good riddance 2009! New decade, same amount of ridiculously awesome live music. Break in the New Year by popping some of these highly-anticipated shows into your calendar.


Ty Segall, Mayyors, Thee Oh Sees, Ganglians, SF Eagle, 1/14: Yikes, we do love the ridiculousness of Thee Oh Sees. Adding Ty Segall's psych folk, and Ganglians' wild lo-fi take makes this one big NorCal dance party for the PBR-toting types, of course. You know who you are.

Pick Up The World Beat For NYE At Elbo, Cocomo And La Pena

Care for a New Year’s Eve toast with a soupcon of global flava? Look to all parts of the Bay for sounds that move to south-of-the-equator riddims. 

Afrolicious Soundsystem
Get on the Latin funk express with Trinidadian rhyme-slinger MC Fresh4Life. The acclaimed Non Stop Bhangra crew open up with a good dose of banging South Asian beats. Also slated are the Pleasuremaker Live Band as well as special guests and, one hears, treats. 9:30 p.m., $15-$25. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. (415) 552-7788,


Spinning Into 2010: NYE Parties At City Hall, Concourse And More

Whoa, as usual there’s far too much is going down on New Year’s Eve in the hard-partying SF. The major and simply awesome DJ nights to snatch? Consider this just the first of many dispatches on the eve’s bashes and mash-ups.

Sea of Dreams NYE

Headlights Tangle With 'Wildlife'

Moments of hook-dappled enticing pop and instances of skirt-twirling uplift dart across the ethereal surfaces of Headlights’ latest album, Wildlife (Polyvinyl), but the eerie “You and Eye” might provide the key to the Champaign, Ill., combo’s headspace.

Make Sound Art: ‘Unsilent Night’ At Dolores Park This Saturday

The Flaming Lips broke out the boomboxes to make art, and this year, once again, you can, too.

Get in the act when “Unsilent Night,” New York composer Phil Kline’s free, all-volunteer outdoor boombox holiday concert, is unleashed on a far-from-silent-and-sleepy Bay Area for a seventh annual performance on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Mission Dolores Park.

Jessica 6 (Hercules & Love Affair) Play 330 Ritch Tonight

Hercules & Love Affair was last year's soundtrack to runway shows, stores like Zara and anything that needed good disco pop infusing. The group has now distilled themselves into Jessica 6, fronted by the ever-captivating (and yes, tranny) H&LA singer/songerwriter Nomi Ruiz with Andrew Raposo on bass and Morgan Wiley on keyboards. Their sound's a bit darker and soulful (Check their Fun Girls EP here) than H&LA. They're playing tonight at 330 Ritch, so get out there and moodily dance away the rain.

Check out Nomi Ruiz in action at last year's YBCA's Artists Ball.



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