Deranged Rap Night w/ Cage, Yak Ballz @ GAMH, 7/17/09

It’s Definitive Jux night at GAMH- one of the only hip hop labels that I can call myself a fan of anymore. Home to El-P, Def Jux is the stomping grounds for rappers still interested in the art of their craft- fast rhymes, killer beats, and edgy messages- not the bling and the bimbos and […]

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Metal to My Ears w/ Isis, Helms Alee @ GAMH, 6/23/09

I’m driving through the Tenderloin, dodging crazy people who wander into the streets, looking for parking. I have two spots stolen from me, and am heckled on the street as I walk to the venue. But stepping into the Great American Music Hall makes it all go away (as does the bartender’s extremely stiff drink). […]

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Autolux Rattled Eardrums @ GAMH, 4/25/09

My ears are still ringing. Last time I saw Autolux was a Noise Pop show in 2007 at The Independent. Their set was cut short due to some fried amps or something. I had to ditch my ticket at the last minute when they came around last year. This time, I wasn’t missing it. Autolux […]

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Turbonegro Gets It On @ Great American Music Hall, 4/17/09

I was supposed to see Turbonegro last year, but the tour was canceled when Euroboy, the guitarist, got sick. He was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease, and underwent treatment and is currently all better. The show was a last minute sell out. The band was only doing a handful of West Coast shows before their Coachella […]

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IAMX @ Great American Music Hall, 9/16/08

Sneaker Pimp’s ‘Spin Spin Sugar’ was a standout song of my teen years. So when I read that Chris Corner’s solo act was coming to town, I took a listen, and wondered why I hadn’t already heard it. And since he described it as something that should be seen and not heard, I bought a […]

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Guitar Superstar Competition @ Great American Music Hall, 9/13/08

Last year’s Guitar Hero Championship was lots of fun, so I was looking forward to this year’s. It’s an interesting event to compare to the recent US Air Guitar Championship that I recently went to. Andy Summers, guitarist for The Police, hosted. I knew the second he said his first line that this event wasn’t […]

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (electric) @ Great American Music Hall, 9/9/08

As much as I enjoyed last night’s intimate acoustic show, this is how BRMC is supposed to be seen. In fact, they far exceeded my expectations. They were truly electric; letting their usual stoic, all-about-the-sound stage presence give way to a wild, impassioned performance for an audience hungry for some real rock ‘n roll.

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Hot Challenge, Panda, Dangraham @ GAMH, 4/12/08

Hot Challenge really couldn’t have picked a better day to headline a show at one of my favorite SF venues, the Great American Music Hall. It was 80 degrees, ya’ll! Let’s hear some local tunes. We walked in midway through Dangraham’s set, which was surprisingly full of dark and heavy beats. Dressed in black, I […]

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Buckethead, Kid Beyond @ GAMH, 2/15/08

Any loyal reader of this blog will know that the beginning of 2008 has been lacking my usual show or two a week review. While the main problem has been the usual light schedule that plagues January, but unfortunately, illness has been the culprit as well. My much looked forward to Buckethead show was cut […]

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Goon Moon w/ Sun Trash @ GAMH, 12/9/07

Goon Moon and Sun Trash brought desert rock to the city by the bay this Sunday. The southern fried psychedelic stoner rock warmed up the otherwise drafty venue, reverberating the walls with its special kind of lyrics, such as Sun Trash’s ‘Sour Cream’ and Goon Moon’s ‘Mashed Potatoes and Cream’. It was the kind of […]

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Of Montreal @ GAMH, 11/14/07

Let me preface this review by saying that, while I have heard great things about Of Montreal’s live performances, I have a hard time with their music. I had at least a half dozen false starts with Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer– as soon as I heard the words ‘suffer for fashion’ I had […]

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Guitar Hero Championship @ GAMH, 10/12/07

I like to play Guitar Hero. So when I saw the Guitar Hero Championship listed on the Great American Music Hall’s calendar, I thought it would be a pretty fun little event. Not only was it not what I expected, but it was way way way way WAY better. Guitar Player’s Guitar Hero Championship is […]

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Perry Farrell's Satellite Party/Mink @ Great American Music Hall, 10/1/07

I kicked off October on a high note, dancing nostalgically with Perry Farrell. I’m not sure of the circumstances which caused this show to be moved from The Fillmore to GAMH, but I’m really glad. GAMH provided the perfect atmosphere- this turn of the century Baroque theater and the vaudevillian style performer that Perry Farrell […]

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