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This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show Crew Perform in Oakland

Get excited for UNWIGGED & UNPLUGGED, going down tomorrow at The Paramount Theater in Oakland. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean & Harry Shearer of This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in ShowA Mighty Wind and the excellent sleeper For Your Consideration will perform hits from the films' original soundtracks. 

Listen Up: This Week's Top Concerts

Alright, so you didn't make it to Coachella. Stop sulking and take advantage of the great music this week in SF instead. Here's what's on our radar:


Fleet Foxes, Fox Theater, 4/21

Paolo Nutini, Slim's, 4/22

Britney Spears, Oracle Arena, 4/22

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, Paramount Theater, 4/22

Jeff Beck, Fox Theater, 4/23

Green Day Hits The Green to Benefit Music Programs

What are Green Day up to when they're not playing impromptu shows around the Bay? Golfing, apparently. But for a cause. The band hit Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland yesterday to host the third annual Music in Schools Today golf tournament, an event that benefits the music curriculum in the Oakland Unified School District.

Aquarius and Amoeba Records Make Best Record Store List

How about a little hometown pride for Amoeba and Aquarius Records, two SF institutions that topped SPIN's 15 Best Indie Record Stores in the country list (compiled in honor of Record Store Day last Saturday)?  Amoeba took the #1 spot on the list, Aquarius, the #7.

On Aquarius:  "It's one of those record stores where you can go in and say, ‘Got anything that sounds like this?' and they'll go ‘Yeah!' and pull something out of the back."

ABC Using Unicorn Rules to Threaten Local Venues

California's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), who make the rules when it comes venues and alcohol in the city, are now targeting the city's all-ages clubs and threatening to shut them down. Bottom of the Hill, Slim's, Cafe Du Nord, Great American Music Hall and even the Fillmore are under fire from ABC for non-compliance with rules that club lawyers say are outside of the scope of written law, what club licenses say, and have nothing to do with safety or alcohol. For example, ABC recently declared that all-ages clubs must sell as much food as they do alcohol. Right, because we've been going to Great American for the food all these years.

Photos from Friday Night at Coachella 2009




Straight from Indio, here are some fresh photos of Friday at Coachella 2009.






Los Campesinos

M. Ward

Glass Candy, Desire, Twisted Wires at Mezzanine Tonight

Discover the undeniably sexy world of Glass Candy, arriving fresh from Coachella this Monday at Mezzanine. The Portland-based duo's music could be described as a mix of Italo Disco, synthpop, electro, with a dash of drum & bass, all topped off with lead singer Ida No's haunting vocals. If you don't trust our recommendation, trust Karl Lagerfeld's, who has used their songs for two Chanel runway shows. Check out a sample of their unique musical stylings here.

Living Out Loud, Coachella Kicks Off


The massive party launched with a Thursday night dance party for campers only. And who's up for a early morning slip-n-slide? The sun's out, the grass is green and it's time to rock. Stay tuned for tons of photos of the funnest scenes you've ever seen. We'll be updating throughout the festival, so check back soon! Here's some photos of the party to live vicariously through.

The Fox Theater: Bringing on the Heat with The Black Keys, Bloc Party and The Shins

Trust us, it's definitely worth the $7 BART ride to step inside the revamped Fox Theater in Oakland. The multi-million-dollar facelift of the gorgeous 1920s Deco movie house is finally complete. After decades of decay and slumber, the historic theater officially threw open its doors earlier this year, marking the end of a massive restoration project. Home to the Oakland School for the Arts by day, the Fox promises to be one of the Bay Area’s best music venues by night. And thanks to inking a deal with booking giants Another Planet Entertainment, the gilded palace is set to bolt out of the gate with a starting spring lineup so good you'll wish they made a season pass. Mark your calendars:

Fleet Foxes Harmonizing All Over the City

Can you hear the bearded men harmonizing? The Fleet Foxes, the Seattle-based Indie-folk sensation with just a bit of hype (there was a Voice of the Year Nomination, a 9.0 rating, and an SNL performance), are sweeping the city. They played the Fillmore last night, and tonight are slated for The Palace of Fine Arts, which is sure to be one of the most zen-like experiences you could ever wish for on a Wednesday evening. There are also rumors of a secret Hemlock show, so keep those Twitter ears tuned. (Though The Palace of Fine Arts to The Hemlock must be one intense shock to the system).

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