The Independent San Francisco CA (Live Music Venue)

The Independent 

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The Independent - Description

For the past 30 years, this location has been providing San Francisco's party goers and music enthusiasts with front line live music, and over five years as The Independent with 1200+ shows under its belt. Since its opening, some of the country's best or most up and coming names have taken the stage.

By the far the best live music and party institution, this club has been committed to bringing you the best and latest music and entertainment - setting the standard in new and creative acts!...[more]

Upcoming Events


Foxygen Flyer

Foxygen Foxygen is the bi-coastal songwriting duo of Sam France (vocals, Olympia, Wash., 22 years old) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards, NYC, 22). They are the raw, de-Wes Andersonization of The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Velvets, Bowie, etc. that a whole mess of young people desperately need. They create a sometimes-impressionistic, sometimes-hy...[more]


The Infamous Stringdusters Flyer

The Infamous Stringdusters with Boston Boys The Infamous Stringdusters are doing something right: earning critical acclaim, awards, and nominations aplenty; hosting their own successful music festival; forging their own record label, High Country Recordings; and quickly growing and enthusiastic fan base across the country. They sound like no on...[more]


Collie Buddz Flyer

Collie Buddz Born in New Orleans but raised in Bermuda, dancehall singer Collie Buddz was entranced by the urban music of his island home. He favored dancehall the most, but soca and hip-hop were important too, all of which exploded out the speakers of his DJ brother. His brother was also involved in recording Collie's demo track, "Come Around,"...[more]


Flagship Flyer

Three of Clubs Tour Flagship Little Daylight Terraplane Sun Flagship Flagship is set to release their first full length album on Bright Antenna this Fall. This new material is truly a maturation, and the musical step forward pays off beautifully, finding the band comfortably traversing varying territories ranging from the alternative ten...[more]


Hurray For The Riff Raff Flyer

Hurray For The Riff Raff Clear Plastic Masks Hurray For The Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, but in many ways it's much more than that: it's a young woman leaving her indelible stamp on the American folk tradition. If you're listening to her new album, 'Small Town Heroes,' odds are you're part of the riff raff, and these songs are for you. "...[more]


Juana Molina Flyer

La Bohemia Production Presents Juana Molina Born in Argentina, Juana Molina grew up in a musical environment. Her father, revered tango singer and composer Horacio Molina, gave her guitar lessons from the age of five. Her mother, actress Chunchuna Villafañe, is a committed music lover who initiated Juana to the secrets of her extensive record col...[more]


Rupa & The April Fishes with Bang Data Flyer

Record Release Party Rupa & The April Fishes with Bang Data Rupa & The April Fishes After seven years of touring four different continents and releasing three carefully crafted studio albums, Rupa & The April Fishes are now releasing a live album which throws the listener into the foray of a sold out show on their home turf in San Francisco....[more]


Jose James Flyer

Jose James James has already established himself as a trailblazer for his intoxicating blend of jazz, hip-hop, R&B and electronica from his previous three albums. His 2008 debut The Dreamer and its 2010 follow-up, BlackMagic – both produced by the world-renowned DJ Gilles Peterson – transformed the Minneapolis-born, New York-based singer into an...[more]


Tokyo Police Club Flyer

Tokyo Police Club For a band that burst on the scene with an ecstatically received 16 minutes of music (2006's A Lesson In Crime EP) followed in rapid fire succession by additional EPs and singles (Smith, "Your English Is Good") and a debut album (2008's Elephant Shell) all in under two years time, you'd think 26 months between albums would be a...[more]


Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band Flyer

Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (featuring Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio) Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band is a group comprised of Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Ryan Sawyer (Lone Wolf and Cub), Josh Werner (Lee “Scratch” Perry, CocoRosie), and Alex Holden (Big Numbers). Their self titled EP is a five song odyssey that recalls CAN...[more]


Fortunate Youth with True Press Flyer

Fortunate Youth with True Press Fortunate Youth Fortunate Youth is a collaboration of South Bay Reggae stand-outs. Rising from various bands, they've created a phenomenal 7-piece masterpiece bringing more fire to the stage than ever before. Combining rootsy vibes and unique bass lines united with multiple harmonies, boisterous guitar solos, and...[more]


I Break Horses Flyer

I Break Horses Allow us to introduce you to the beguiling world of I BREAK HORSES, the nom de plume of Maria Lindén and her musical partner Fredrik Balck. Residing in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, the duo have been meticulously crafting the nine incredible tracks that make up debut album Hearts throughout stolen moments gathered up over the pa...[more]


Motown On Mondays Flyer

Mom DJs & Events Present Motown On Mondays Motown On Mondays Mom DJs invite you to celebrate 5 years of producing Motown inspired dance events ... across the nation! Our humble beginnings began at Madrone Art Bar in SF, 2009. Gordo Cabeza conceived of Motown On Mondays as a weekly soul party that gave him a place to pay tribute to his mother's...[more]


The El Vez Punk Rock Revue Flyer

It's A Punky Cinco Party with The El Vez Punk Rock Revue with guest The Schitzophonics, Diana Death The El Vez El Vez is the Latin sensation that is sweeping the Nation and the world, following successful tours in Australia, Germany, Spain, Norway, Holland, Austria, England, France, Belgium, Canada and more. A modern multicultural hybr...[more]


The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Flyer

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Fear of Men, Ablebody Having moved beyond mimicking, albeit exquisitely, their impressive record collections, this album is a celebration of the possibilities of pop from New York City’s pre-eminent indiepop believers. It is as much an affirmative answer to “can they” (rise above their influences? Capture the magi...[more]


We Are Scientists with Paws Flyer

We Are Scientists with Paws We Are Scientists It was the kind of bar where nobody nice goes on the kind of street where nobody nice lives, which is probably what made it so cheap, which is definitely what made We Are Scientists take meetings there. Not that Murray & Cain were cheap, but they could do math just fine. If they were sticking a qu...[more]


O.A.R. Flyer

O.A.R. O.A.R. first began to develop their unique sound in drummer Chris Culos' basement while in high school in Rockville, Maryland. The band released their first album, The Wanderer, prior to graduating and stayed together throughout college with all members attending The Ohio State University. Recording two additional albums before leaving Co...[more]


Broods Flyer

Broods With 'Bridges', their debut single as brother-sister duo Broods, Nelson, New Zealand's Georgia and Caleb Nott have positioned themselves as one of the fastest rising new acts to emerge during the second half of 2013. In the month since they uploaded 'Bridges' on soundcloud, Broods have been championed by online, radio and print tastema...[more]


Connan Mockasin with Kirin J Callinan Flyer

Connan Mockasin with Kirin J Callinan Connan Mockasin Mockasin remains what Clash Music called "a true cosmonaut of inner space" but the new album explores different regions of his galaxy, not just soul but a liquefied brew of blues, funk, ambient and folk with pronounced Oriental and Gallic timbres, all laced with an uncanny air of bliss. O...[more]


Zion I Flyer

Zion I 1-O.A.K. (Honor Roll), MKSMTH, hosted by Daghe of Creative Class This duo of genre-bender pride has made a name for itself on the Bay Area scene by successfully mixing spiritualism and hip-hop. Oakland's MC Zumbi and DJ/producer Amp Live blend hip-hop and trip-hop beats with lyrics focused on a message of unity, hope, and spiritual aware...[more]


Damien Jurado Flyer

Damien Jurado Damien Jurado's musical career began with the release of his debut 'Water Ave S' on Sub Pop in 1997. He went on to release three more records for the Seattle label before joining Secretly Canadian, a move marked by the release of 2003's 'Where Shall You Take Me?', a return to his trademark low-key folk-ballad style. Early in 2005 h...[more]


Baths Flyer

Baths Young Fathers and P. Morris Three years ago, Baths dropped his startlingly beautiful debut, Cerulean. Released on Anticon, the record blurred the line between post-modern pop and the LA beat scene with devastating emotional clarity. Its tone was as celestial as its album title, taken from a shade of blue typically used to describe the sky...[more]


William Fitzsimmons Flyer

William Fitzsimmons William Fitzsimmons is equal parts songwriter and psychotherapist, creating captivating music, which uniquely melds depravity, honesty, and autobiography into a counter-intuitive seamless whole. Since 2005, Fitzsimmons has created three full-length albums, each thoroughly themed and embossed with matters of family history, in...[more]


Papa Flyer

Papa The band formed in New York City in 2008 while Darren and bassist/songwriting partner Danny Presant we’re attending college, but the duo’s history stretches further, and has set the terms under which the band has operated since it’s inception. They met as children in Los Angeles through Danny’s boyhood neighbors, and together would “pull ...[more]


Sohn Flyer

Sohn Following on from his 4AD debut release, ‘Bloodflows’, SOHN has confirmed details of a new single, ‘Lessons’. Focused around a spiralling arpeggio, ‘Lessons’ will be available digitally on iTunes from September 23rd and as a limited 12” on November 25th. Since signing to the label in Spring, Vienna-based Londoner SOHN has been busy colla...[more]


The Revivalists Flyer

The Revivalists Since forming in 2007, The Revivalists have rightfully earned their reputation as the next breakout band from the music capital of New Orleans. The group’s blend of soulful, syncopated rock and earnest songwriting comes to life through a meticulously crafted and ever-evolving live performance. In 2011 they were named Best Emergin...[more]


Chet Faker Flyer

Chet Faker In 2011, Nicholas Murphy recorded a cover of No Diggity late one night just for his friends. Shared by a handful of people, the song spread like wildfire until reaching #1 on the indie blog charts Hype Machine, and so the Chet Faker identity was born – an ode to Chet Baker's singing style but incorporating the influence of a youth spe...[more]


Parquet Courts Flyer

Parquet Courts CCR Headcleaner Little was said about Parquet Courts' debut effort, American Specialties. Released exclusively on cassette tape, the quasi-album was an odd collection of 4 track recordings that left those who were paying attention wanting more. A year of woodshedding live sets passed before the Courts committed another song to ta...[more]


Crystal Fighters Flyer

Crystal Fighters Crystal Fighters’ debut was the product of minds made manic by a deluge of fresh experience, both in the studio and on the road. It was inspired by an opera written by a man whose sanity disintegrated before he could finish it. It seemed to be influenced just as much by traditional Basque music from the 18th century as it was mo...[more]


Goldroom Flyer

Goldroom Gavin Turek and Kauf Born from the simplicity of emotive choruses and lush electronic ornaments, Goldroom has transformed into a fascinating tale of modern music culture; a nostalgic romance of tropical textures and soulful rhythms. After the success of his first stand-out single ‘Fifteen’ which found itself with over 300,000 plays ...[more]


Luscious Jackson Flyer

Luscious Jackson Luscious Jackson members Jill Cunniff, Gabby Glaser and Kate Schellenbach met as young teens on the early 1980's NYC music scene. As underagers sneaking into CBGB's, Max's Kansas City and other nightclubs, they were indoctrinated by the combined explosions of punk, new wave, dance and hip hop. Each weekend was an all night educa...[more]


The Faint Flyer

Doom Abuse Tour The Faint On October 30, Saddle Creek will reissue one of the crown jewels of the movement, an album that over time has proven to be as influential as it is exhilarating: The Faint's third disc, 2001's Danse Macabre. The remastered release, which features six bonus tracks from the era as well as an extensive booklet, will be ava...[more]


Trans Am with Death Cheetah Flyer

Trans Am with Death Cheetah Trans Am There are three ways of interpreting Volume X, the title of the new album by Trans Am. The first is obvious – it is the band’s tenth studio release, comprised of ten songs that display ten unique sides of Phil Manley, Nathan Means, and Sebastian Thomson. You can also imagine a volume knob being cranked a...[more]


Timber Timbre Flyer

Timber Timbre Timber Timbre is the brainchild of Taylor Kirk, the commanding persona at the fore of its spacious, weighted sound.With Hot Dreams, Kirk and longtime collaborator Simon Trottier daub vibrant colour across the rest-less evolution of Timber Timbre’s earthy, angular palette. The elements – Kirk’s singular intonation, quavered in sl...[more]


Dead Winter Carpenters Flyer

Dead Winter Carpenters with Hillstomp, TV Mike and the Scarecrowes Dead Winter Carpenters are a year-old eclectic quintet from the shores of Lake Tahoe. DWC defies musical boundaries combining elements of rock 'n' roll, folk, roots, country, ragtime, blues and reggae with choice influences ranging from throughout rock history, including Neil Yo...[more]


Jungle Flyer

Jungle Due out through venerable tastemaker Chess Club Records comes the debut aa-side single ‘Platoon’ & ‘Drops’ from London based Jungle. Coming in at just over the 3 minute mark ‘Platoon’ conjures up an alluring sound of ethereal electronic grooves, bittersweet soul felt melodies and a focus on subtlety that is both beguiling and mesmeric....[more]


Kygo Flyer

Kygo Hailing from Bergen, Norway, at only 22-years-old, Kygo, is a musical talent gifted beyond his years. Over the past few months we have seen the young star rise, turning in chart topping tracks, from taking on the likes of Passenger, Ellie Goulding, and The XX. With his roots in classical piano training and a desire to deliver unique sounds ...[more]


Electric Six with Yip Deceiver Flyer

Electric Six with Yip Deceiver Electric Six Electric Six has done it again. For the eighth time in nine years, we are releasing a full-length record. This year's record is called "Heartbeats and Brainwaves" and it will be released this fall by Metropolis Records in North America and Too Many Robots in the UK and Europe. "Heartbeats and Bra...[more]


Dirty Dozen Brass Band Flyer

Dirty Dozen Brass Band In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the cl...[more]


Sage Francis with B. Dolan Flyer

Sage Francis with B. Dolan Sage Francis Sage Francis is widely considered one of our generation's greatest lyricists. His career derives mainly from gifted wordplay which creates vivid narratives to instigate as well as inspire, but since it often derives from an accumulation of public disdain and personal turmoil, it's more about storming the ...[more]


Luciano with IKronik Flyer

Luciano with IKronik Luciano Luciano is the seventh of nine children and was born to extremely spiritual and musical parents while growing up in Davey Town, a small district in the central parish of Manchester, Jamaica. Luciano's music is influenced by many artists, especially Stevie Wonder, Frankie Paul and most memorably of all "The Crow...[more]


Jessica Lea Mayfield with Israel Nash Flyer

Jessica Lea Mayfield with Israel Nash Jessica Lea Mayfield The 23-year old from Kent, Ohio first performed with her family band One Way Rider at the age of 8. At age 15, she recorded her first album White Lies in her brother’s bedroom, printing only 100 copies. One of those copies fell into the hands of Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys). After an i...[more]


Nvo Flyer

Nvo Hailing from San Francisco, NVO is a new music collective dedicated to melting faces and rocking dance floors with original beats, remixes, visuals, and light shows. The group’s four-piece core features Greg Maximov on live drums, DJ/producer DUDHAUS (aka Justin Ward) on sequencers and synths, Chuck Jones on sampling, scratching and Kaossila...[more]


Anuhea Flyer

Anuhea With a delicate balance of fragility, strength and sass, Hawaiian born singer/songwriter Anuhea blends engaging lyrics, acoustic soul, pop, rap and reggae into a style that has earned her a reputation as Hawaii's #1 female artist. Anuhea's signature guitar rhythms, sultry vocals and honest song writing weave acoustic soul, R&B, jazz and h...[more]


Somebody to Love - The Legendary Queen Rock Concert Screening Party Flyer

Freddie Mercury AIDS Awareness Night Somebody to Love The Legendary Queen Rock Concert Screening Party On June 24th, 2014 The Independent will be screening Queen's legendary "Rock Montreal" concert in order to raise money and awareness for AIDS advocacy and research. Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, died from AIDS in 1991 at a time...[more]


Sharon Van Etten Flyer

Sharon Van Etten For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 break-through Tramp, Sharon Van Etten is an artist with a manifest hunger to turn another corner. Writing from free-flowing emotional honesty and vulnerability creates a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is c...[more]


Sharon Van Etten Flyer

Sharon Van Etten For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 break-through Tramp, Sharon Van Etten is an artist with a manifest hunger to turn another corner. Writing from free-flowing emotional honesty and vulnerability creates a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is c...[more]


EMA with Mas Ysa Flyer

EMA with Mas Ysa EMA Having teased us with a new track ‘Satellites’ last month, released to rave reviews and scored Pitchfork’s Best New Music who said “The most bracing thing yet from an artist already more bracing than most”, EMA returns with her highly anticipated second album The Future’s Void, released on 7 April via City Slang. Erika...[more]


Young & Sick Flyer

Young & Sick Young & Sick released the first single “House of Spirits” in October 2012. In November 2012, a collaboration between Young & Sick and Irish electronic artist MMOTHS was featured in The Fader in their exclusive mixes. In March of 2013 Young & Sick turned down six-figure recording contracts from major music labels to release their ...[more]


S. Carey Flyer

S. Carey S. Carey's chosen musical expression is a hugely beatific, restorative panorama of beauty – perfect given how landscape and the wonder of nature inspire much of Carey's imagery. His new album Range of Light – the follow–up to his 2010 debut All We Grow takes its title from the name that 19th century naturalist John Muir Carey's hero – g...[more]


Robert Francis & The Night Tide Flyer

Robert Francis & The Night Tide Robert Francis returns with his stunning fourth album “Heaven”, set for release on June 3rd. Recorded with his new backing band The Night Tide, the album’s 13 songs were produced by Robert, mixed by Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Jeff Buckley, Nirvana). The first single an...[more]


Robert Francis & The Night Tide Flyer

Robert Francis & The Night Tide Robert Francis returns with his stunning fourth album “Heaven”, set for release on June 3rd. Recorded with his new backing band The Night Tide, the album’s 13 songs were produced by Robert, mixed by Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Jeff Buckley, Nirvana). The first single an...[more]


Man Or Astro-Man Flyer

Man Or Astro-Man Some years ago, a young collective of extraterrestrials arrived on this planet and happened upon a small college town in Alabama. Home to both otherworldly jazz guru Sun Ra and rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, it is clear that Alabama is a direct linkage to outer space. In order to integrate into human society, these aliens w...[more]


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Address: 628 Divisadero Street
San Francisco CA US (Western Addicition)

Phone: 415-771-1421
Website: The Independent
Capacity: 500
Age: 21+
Venue Type: Live Music Venue - Nightclubs


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