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The Thermals' 49 Hours
The Thermals have been bringing their bratty pop punk to the masses for more than a decade now, and they show no sign of losing steam. Ever since they exploded with the energetic “More Parts Per Million (Sub Pop 2003),” indie kids and old punks alike have embraced the band due to its mix of catchy pop songs loaded with politics and energy.
The band sprang out of the Portland music scene to the delight of music fans everywhere. They were loud, a little scary, and enthralling to watch. Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster had formerly made sweet folk music as a duo, but the Thermals were anything but soft and folky–they were the polar opposite. The group hit the road playing dingy clubs and basements and signed to Sub Pop, putting out three records before switching to bigger venues and to the punk powerhouse label Kill Rock Stars. The Thermals may play to bigger crowds now, but they still bring the same high-energy indie punk to every show–and a laugh or two if you’re lucky.
Catch the Thermals at the Rickshawstop March 1.
Chosen by Rolling Stone magazine (RS 813) as "the best place to hear live music in San Francisco," the Bottom of the Hill presents some of the finest original artists, seven nights a week. Featuring up and coming acts from around the globe as well as in our own backyard, the music spans the spectrum from alternative, rock-a-billy, punk, and hard rock, to folk and funk and pop. Bottom of the Hill has always been the classic SF venue for me. So many great shows and great times there.
1233 17th Street
2. Dolores Park
Come out to "The Gay Beach," one of the most popular parks in San Francisco, located at the intersection of three distinct neighborhoods, the Castro, Mission District and Noe Valley. Known for its congregation of young people and spectacular views of the City, it's a great place to see and be seen.
3. El Farolito
The flagship location of the El Farolito empire, this Mission hotspot always has a line, especially after last call. I love to get a gigantic burrito at El Farolito, doused in sauce & melted cheese, and wash it down with an ice cold Corona!
2779 Mission Street
Indulge in a martini at this 1939 legendary landmark known for breathtaking, wraparound views. WW II soldiers would gather here for a good luck toast to the Golden Gate Bridge before shipping out.
The Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St, 415-772-5278.
A true SF classic. Well, classic and campy at the same time. The Tonga Room features French Polynesian and Pacific Rim cuisine, live performances from a band playing from a boat and easily the best Mai Tai in town. While you’re there, check out the historic photos, including the Tony Bennett’s first performance of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco. “
The Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street, 415-772-5278.
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