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Elyanna Is the Star the World Needs Right Now

In the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant music scene, the Independent hosted a spellbinding performance by the rising star Elyanna last night. As a seasoned music journalist, I’ve witnessed countless acts grace stages worldwide. Still, there’s something undeniably special about this lady’s presence and talent, and it presented itself in full force on a small… Keep Reading

Slowdive at the Fillmore on May 31, 2018
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Does San Francisco Have a Music Scene?

San Francisco is known for many things, but perhaps one of its most famous contributions to the world is its music scene. From the psychedelic rock of the 1960s to the punk and indie movements of the 1980s and 90s, San Francisco has always been a hub of musical innovation and experimentation. The story of… Keep Reading

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Blossoms and Inhaler Rock the Independent (IN PHOTOS)

Dublin rock quartet Inhaler joined Blossoms last night at the Independent in San Francisco. Fronted by Elijah Hewson (the son of U2’s Bono) the band influenced by the likes of The Stone Roses, Joy Division and The Cure made quite an impression on the crowd. Blossoms tied things up with their brand of 60s/70s influenced pop-rock. Their… Keep Reading

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Alex Cameron, Back in the Bay

At long last, Alex Cameron and Roy Molloy were back in The Bay. Nothing on Alex and Roy, his beard wearing saxophone rearing sidekick, but the crowd itself was thin. Seeing it was below 50 degrees outside and raining, one could understand the turnout. Everyone inside though was warm, excited, wearing smiles and jiving with… Keep Reading


Q&A: Wild Child

We caught up with Wild Child’s Alexander Beggins as he geared up for a West Coast tour that will cruise by The Independent Jan. 27.  The cofounder and sometimes frontman of the shapeshifting Austin ensemble – currently at seven members – reflects on their growth as a band and reserves the right to keep changing… Keep Reading

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Show Preview – PJ Morton, The Independent, Dec. 2

PJ Morton’s career is a weird, beautiful kaleidoscope, marked by two things: talent, and achievement. He’s the kind of performer it’s easy to love and hard to pigeonhole – and this Sunday, December 2nd, he’s coming to The Independent in San Francisco. Since 2008, Morton has made the kind of up-front career that keys players… Keep Reading

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80s Band 10,000 Maniacs to Perform at The Independent Next Week

Relive those 80s memories next week when 10,000 Maniacs performs at The Independent. Founded in 1981 in Jamestown, NY, 10,000 Maniacs has released close to 20 albums, including 2015’s Twice Told Tales and 2016’s Playing Favorites, while consistently touring the U.S. and abroad. While 2017 marked the 30 year anniversary of their critically-acclaimed In My Tribe,… Keep Reading

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Show Preview – Broken Social Scene Plays The Independent, Aug 10

Broken Social Scene, Canada’s multi-sized, multi-faceted touring indie miscellany, is coming to San Francisco this week, playing The Independent on Friday, August 10th. If you don’t know their work, the band is less of a unit and more a glorious mob, with its size ebbing and flowing like a communal musical wave. Depending on the… Keep Reading

Juliette Lewis - The Independent - San Francisco
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San Francisco Music Venue Profile: The Independent

Nobody in San Francisco has anything bad to say about The Independent, and when a venue is in everybody’s good books, you know it must be doing something right. And for a venue as young as this one (having only just hit its 10th birthday), The Independent has produced over 2500 shows spanning across a… Keep Reading

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