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

Rustie Flyer

Rustie Glasgow's talent pool clearly runs deep, and if the city's last few years of genre-busting electronic music have made anything remotely clear it's that Rustie is one of the deep-fried kingdom's crown jewels. Emerging with the rest of the multi-talented Numbers crew, and with only a handful of laser-guided releases to his name, his presence ...[more]

Omar Souleyman Flyer

Omar Souleyman Omar Souleyman - the Syrian artist who not only changed the vibe of weddings throughout the Middle East with his Shaabi street sound but also brought it to the West through his notorious late night festival slots - has finally recorded an album. After three compilations and a live release, Wenu Wenu is his first album to be re...[more]

Viceroy Flyer

Viceroy It’s no question that Viceroy is one of the biggest names in dance music right now. With a stellar past year full of big-name collaborations, chart-topping remixes and buzz-blog no.1’s,Viceroy is constantly making moves. With his ‘summertime all the time’ motto fully emblazoned in everything he touches, 2013 saw Viceroy bring his unique ...[more]

Third World Flyer

Third World & See-I Third World remains one of most enduring and popular Jamaican bands in the world. Unlike many Jamaican reggae bands, comprised of hungry street kids with raw talent, no formal musical training and only their passion and drive to spur them to the top, the members of Third World come from the Kingston middle class. The ba...[more]

Bad Suns with Kiev Flyer

Bad Suns with Kiev Bad Suns Southern California rock band Bad Suns formed in 2012 and in the short time since inception, have managed to be musically beyond their years. Made up of Christo Bowman (vocals), Gavin Bennett (bass), Miles Morris (drums) and Ray Libby (guitar) the four piece ranges from ages 19-22 yet has a sound reminiscent of roc...[more]

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Flyer

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with Stagnant Pools It has been 10 years since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah started, and they’re about to release their fourth record, Only Run. Like the previous three, CYHSY will market and distribute the album independently. From the get go, this ethos struck a chord with fans, but it was merely an extension of lead sing...[more]

Phosphorescent Flyer

Outside Lands Night Show Phosphorescent Matthew Houck likes to work. The Alabama native, now resident in Brooklyn has delivered five albums as Phosphorescent since his 2003 debut. Houck has a highly distinctive artistic voice and a refreshing, rolled-sleeves approach to his expression. 2007's Pride – a delicate and haunting work of ragged country...[more]

Mikal Cronin with Bear Hands Flyer

Outside Lands Night Show Mikal Cronin with Bear Hands Mikal Cronin Mikal Cronin’s self-titled debut from 2011 was all about endings: the end of college, the end of a serious relationship, and the end of his time in Los Angeles, where he grew up. So it’s no surprise that his sophomore release MCII—and first disc for Merge Records—is all about...[more]

Death Cab For Cutie Flyer

Outside Lands Night Show Death Cab For Cutie By their seventh studio album, many bands are running out of creative steam and original ideas. But in the case of Death Cab for Cutie, nothing could be further from the truth.Codes and Keys is singular in the quartet's catalog when it comes to sonic exploration and lyrical ambition. If anything, the...[more]

SuperJam featuring Kool and the Gang Flyer

SuperJam featuring Kool and the Gang with Eric Krasno, Adam Dietch, Nigel Hall The Shady Horns plus Very Special Guests Superjam is an all-star collaborative concert featuring a diverse set of superstar musicians from different bands performing together for a one-time-only concert. It's a genre-bending show where a variety of classic songs are...[more]

Israel Vibration Flyer

Israel Vibration Mention the name Israel Vibration in reggae music circles and watch the warmth of recognition and appreciation of anyone who has seen or heard this very special group of singers. The positive vibrations emanating from the music of Israel Vibration have been spellbinding audiences, critics and DJs for over two decades. This group...[more]

The Original Wailers Flyer

The Original Wailers Carrying the torch passed on by Bob Marley himself, original guitarist Al Anderson and original keyboardist and background singer Tyrone Downie have united along with a group of handpicked musicians to honor the history and integrity of Bob's music with The Original Wailers. Al Anderson (guitar) first joined Bob Marley & ...[more]

Bang Data Flyer

Album Release Show! Bang Data OneChot (Venezuela) Hector Guerra (Spain) DJ El Kool Kyle DJ Julicio Bang Data Bang Data is formed by Bay Area’s MC Deuce Eclipse on lead vocals, who’s well known by hip-hop fans as an accompanying voice to the legendary Zion I and musician/producer Juan Manuel Caipo who has become a sought out name produc...[more]

Fucked Up Flyer

Fucked Up with Tijuana Panthers Fucked Up are a punk band. They were a punk band when they started in Toronto more than a decade ago, and they’ve remained a punk band even as they’ve ascended to career heights that their younger selves never could’ve imagined. But how do you remain a punk band when you’re on magazine covers, or sharing stadiu...[more]

Boris Flyer

Boris Boris has always demolished expectations of what a band can do musically and aesthetically. In keeping with that tradition, they again flip the script for the band's first official release in three years by serving up their most all-encompassing effort to date. Noise is an amplification of Boris' endless pursuit of musical extremes while...[more]

Lee Scratch Perry Flyer

Lee Scratch Perry Grammy Winning Reggae Icon Lee 'Scratch' Perry's returns with the highly anticipated new LP "REPENTANCE"-- with the sexually charged club anthem "Pum Pum," as the debut single which demonstrates Lee's mastery of all sounds. The album touches on a multitude of genres ranging from hip-hop & dancehall to club ready dance hits. ...[more]

The Rosebuds Flyer

The Rosebuds After spending two years living on opposite coasts and pursuing their own creative projects, Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp came back together last spring to set to work on the sixth full-length album from the Rosebuds. Joining up with Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon (a friend and former bandmate who, in a 2011 interview, noted that th...[more]

Groundation Flyer

Groundation Groundation's unique reggae fusion can be heard from villages in Thailand, to the favelas of Brazil, from the mountains of New Zealand, to Moroccan cafes and college dorm rooms in the United States. Since 1998 they've performed in more than thirty countries on six continents, sharing the stage with such diverse artists as Jimmy Cliff...[more]

Hilltop Hoods with Sims (Of Doomtree) Flyer

Hilltop Hoods with Sims (Of Doomtree) Hilltop Hoods This was evident from the reaction to the crew’s last album ‘State of the Art’, the biggest selling Australian Hip Hop album of all time. Not only did it hold the number one spot for two weeks, it won two ARIA’s and turned out to be a multi-platinum monster. MC’s Suffa and Pressure continued...[more]

Mission of Burma Flyer

Mission of Burma From the outset, ‘Unsound’ was not going to be like any other Mission of Burma album. As expected, the material is raw, primal and aggressive. They still have a signature knack for twisting even the most ferocious noise into complex structures. There are, of course, those killer hooks scattered throughout, but just not quite w...[more]

Strand Of Oaks Flyer

Strand Of Oaks From the first bars of Heal, the exhilarating melodic stomp of "Goshen '97" puts you right into Tim Showalter's fervent teenage mindset. We find him in his family's basement den in Goshen, Indiana, feeling alienated but even at 15 years old, believing in the alchemy and power of music to heal your troubles. "The record is called...[more]

Bombino Flyer

Bombino Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara "Bombino" Moctar made his Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Nomad on April 2, 2013. The album was recorded with 2013 Grammy Award-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at his Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound. Nomad debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart and ...[more]

Bear In Heaven Flyer

Bear In Heaven Bear In Heaven's new album is aptly titled Time is Over One Day Old. It's a record with a visceral relationship to time and its processes. Where invulnerability and ambition can support you as you grow, at some point they become dead weight, and being true to yourself means casting them off, starting anew. This plays out as a powe...[more]

Swans Flyer

Swans & Carla Bozulich After years of pursuing Angels of Light and recording and producing a diverse roster of artists for his Young God label, Michael Gira has decided to reconvene his legendary group Swans. As he says: “THIS IS NOT A REUNION. It’s not some dumb-ass nostalgia act. It is not repeating the past. After 5 Angels Of Light album...[more]

Swans Flyer

Swans & Carla Bozulich After years of pursuing Angels of Light and recording and producing a diverse roster of artists for his Young God label, Michael Gira has decided to reconvene his legendary group Swans. As he says: “THIS IS NOT A REUNION. It’s not some dumb-ass nostalgia act. It is not repeating the past. After 5 Angels Of Light albums,...[more]

Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars Flyer

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars with Black Nature Band Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to perse...[more]

Slow Magic Flyer

Slow Magic Making music while staying anonymous in the Internet age isn't only difficult, it's fun. A couple weeks ago, Slow Magic comprised of an "unknown imaginary friend" bubbled up from nowhere with an incredibly delicious single, "Sorry Safari. The glo-fi outfit whispered into the conversation like a mysterious woman at a cocktail party— wh...[more]

Lil Dicky with DJ Omega Flyer

Lil Dicky with DJ Omega Since rapper Dave “Lil Dicky” Burd’s self-produced mix tape "So Hard" and Hump Day music videos went viral, LD’s music has been featured on the front pages of sites ranging from Worldstar Hip Hop to Funny or Die, to BroBible. Lil Dicky’s raps blend East Coast hip hop and West Coast swag. His flow elevates...[more]

Son Lux with Helado Negro Flyer

Son Lux with Helado Negro Son Lux Son Lux is Ryan Lott. His debut recording, At War With Walls and Mazes (2008), earned him the title of "Best New Artist" by NPR's All Songs Considered. In 2011 he followed up this release with We Are Rising which Consequence of Sound described as "the dark, operatic middle ground between Owen Pallett and In R...[more]

Kopecky Family Band Flyer

Kopecky Family Band The Kopecky Family Band – a non-traditional family, at that – is dynamic, and they wield an equally dynamic slew of instruments. Their thoughtful songwriting is supported by a diverse backdrop of sound. And the musical canvas is covered with broad brushstrokes – ranging from clanging tambourines and guitars, booming percussio...[more]

Houndmouth Flyer

Houndmouth That first November 2011 night, when it all fell together at the Green House, was nothing more complicated than four friends playing music, armed with something to drink and a curiosity about what might happen. They were the generation who has come of age in the new economy, already adept at shuffling jobs and get-bys, firmly acclimat...[more]

Duncan Trussell Family Hour Flyer

Comedy Night at The Indy - Partially Seated Duncan Trussell Family Hour Duncan Trussell is a stand-up comedian who currently stars on Syfy channel's "Joe Rogan Questions Everything". Duncan's popular podcast, "The Duncan Trussell Family Hour" is known for its blend of humor, fringe ideas, eclectic guests, and great interviews. He regularly tour...[more]

Living Colour Flyer

Living Colour ?? Starting with Vivid and continuing on future albums, the band showed that rock could still convey a message (as evidenced by such tracks as "Open Letter to a Landlord," "Funny Vibe," among others). The quartet regrouped a year later for their sophomore effort, Time's Up, an album that performed respectably on the charts but faile...[more]

Savoy with Bright Lights Flyer

Savoy with Bright Lights Savoy Take away the fog machines, insane laser show and monstrous speakers add some cheap beer and push aside the furniture, and it would be easy to imagine Savoy's show as the most bangin' house party you've ever been to. Instrumentalists turned seasoned producers, Gray Smith, Ben Eberdt, and live drummer Michael Kelly...[more]

Leftover Salmon & Friends Flyer

Leftover Salmon & Friends Featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder at the end of 1989, the Colorado slamgrass pioneers took their form of aggressive bluegrass to rock and roll bars at a time when it wasn't so comm...[more]

Leftover Salmon & Friends Flyer

Leftover Salmon & Friends Featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder at the end of 1989, the Colorado slamgrass pioneers took their form of aggressive bluegrass to rock and roll bars at a time when it wasn't so comm...[more]

Sondre Lerche Flyer

Sondre Lerche Lerche doesn't just transform his suffering into art on "Please" -- which was recorded between his hometown of Bergen and Brooklyn, his home-of-nine-years -- he shows us how he's doing it. Trying to see things from every possible angle, he sings "say it to yourself in a different voice" ("Crickets"). The multi-layered vocal arrange...[more]

Fink Flyer

Fink Here’s a little potted history of Fink, from 2006 ’til today. Some might see it differently, this is how we remember it… Biscuits – I guess this current incarnation of Fink all started when Guy said he was up for playing bass on a few tracks (‘So Long’ on Biscuits For Breakfast being the first I think) and Tim, over beers at a pub in Ham...[more]

Mutual Benefit Flyer

Mutual Benefit Jordan Lee has spent the last few years moving from Ohio to Austin to Boston, and most recently Brooklyn, running the wonderful Kassette Klub label, touring with friends' groups, and leading an amorphous project called Mutual Benefit, a one-man-band or a sprawling collective, depending on where he is and who is around that day. Af...[more]

Rubblebucket with Royal Canoe Flyer

Rubblebucket with Royal Canoe Rubblebucket Rubblebucket is many things and nothing at all; it’s a mindset, a legend, a feeling, a mystery; a mischievous, playful, boundary-smashing blast of sound that you can sit still and wonder at, or turn off your mind and move wildly to. Or both at the same time. As Kalmia said, when she handed me one of ...[more]

Russian Red with Babes Flyer

Russian Red with Babes Russian Red During the last few years Russian Red has become one of the most renowned artists in the Spanish music scene. Russian Red's singer, Lourdes Hernández, has an exceptional voice and an innate ability to communicate and captivate a variety of audiences. She broke through the music scene in 2008 and became THE ind...[more]

Andrew McMahon Flyer

Andrew McMahon Throughout the last several years I have had the pleasure of making music with many talented people in a variety of settings; my most notable work being the music of Jack's Mannequin and Something Corporate. Upon the completion of my last album I began to sense a new time was close at hand; one that would require an availability t...[more]

Sinkane with Helado Negro Flyer

Sinkane with Helado Negro Sinkane Melodically beat-driven and meditatively lyrical, Sinkane’s Mean Love rolls like an emotional, existential history of the artist. Ahmed Gallab has created an altogether unique compound of sound, stylistically nostalgic and ultramodern at the same time. From Gallab’s childhood in Sudan there is a Pan-African i...[more]

Kimbra Flyer

Kimbra Empress Of Kimbra, NZ born songstress, is not a name synonymous with your average female singer, songwriter. Bringing a modern edge to the worn sounds of soul with a voice that belies her age, her jazz-influenced theatrical pop is inspired by a range of musical genres and artists, from Nina Simone to Bjork and Prince. After 3 years no...[more]

Perfume Genius with Matteah Baim Flyer

Perfume Genius with Matteah Baim Perfume Genius Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered empathy and hope, rather than any judgment or handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Ha...[more]

Mineral with Into It. Over It. Flyer

Mineral with Into It. Over It. Mineral Eventually the band relocated to Austin, TX and a debut single, Gloria b/w Parking Lot, on Caulfield Records followed, as did more touring. Via a zine editor in Colorado, the single found it’s way to Jeff Matlow at crank! A RECORD COMPANY, which eventually led to an album deal and the release of The Po...[more]

Rachael Yamagata Flyer

Rachael Yamagata Rachael Yamagata has reunited with Happenstance producer, John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, Liz Phair) for her third studio album Chesapeake, the follow up to her heralded 2 CD Set Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart. Praised by critics for her intimately confessional songwriting and arrangements, Rachael released...[more]

Bridget Everett Flyer

SF Sketchfest Presents : Comedy Night at The Indy, Partially Seated Bridget Everett Every month Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments bring their funny yet gut-wrenching and outrageous performance to Joe’s Pub at The Public. Led by the singing tour de force Bridget Everett, “a mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler” (New York Times), the band...[more]

Rural Alberta Advantage Flyer

Rural Alberta Advantage In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums (2008’s Hometowns and 2011’s Departing), widespread critical praise (SPIN, The Ne...[more]

Freeman Flyer

Freeman Listening to Marvelous Clouds, Aaron Freeman’s 2012 debut under his own name, fans might have felt that he was ignoring an elephant in his room—a drug-and-alcohol-related onstage flame-out that made viral headlines the year before. But Clouds, a deceptively chill Rod McKuen covers record, was just a warm-up for the artist once known as G...[more]

Cameron Esposito Flyer

SF Sketchfest Presents: Comedy Night at The Indy, Partially Seated Cameron Esposito Cameron is a talented LA based writer/performer/comedian who hails from Chicago. Most recently, she appeared in a fantastic profile piece on Last Call With Carson Daly. Cameron was named one of the 25 Female Comedians Everyone Should Know by Flavorwire. She made...[more]

J Mascis Flyer

J Mascis It’s all but inconceivable that J Mascis requires an introduction. In the quarter-century since he founded Dinosaur (Jr.), Mascis has created some of the era’s signature songs, albums and styles. As a skier, golfer, songwriter, skateboarder, record producer, and musician, J has few peers. The laconically-based roar of his guitar, drums an...[more]

Smallpools Flyer

Smallpools Magic Man Panama Wedding The story of Smallpools is mostly a series of happy coincidences. Vocalist Sean Scanlon and guitarist Mike Kamerman met at SXSW in 2007 while both of them were playing in different bands. After forging a friendship based on a mutual love of music and a shared frustration of not seeing their respective bands ...[more]

Dragon Smoke Flyer

Dragon Smoke Dragon Smoke is a band that formed as part of the New Orleans Jazz Fest tradition of the “Superjam”. The “Superjam” idea is to put together a band of people who don’t normally play together and see what happens. With the dual vocals of Neville and Lindell, matched with the Galactic rhythm section, the band quickly realized, “We are ...[more]

Dragon Smoke Flyer

Dragon Smoke Dragon Smoke is a band that formed as part of the New Orleans Jazz Fest tradition of the “Superjam”. The “Superjam” idea is to put together a band of people who don’t normally play together and see what happens. With the dual vocals of Neville and Lindell, matched with the Galactic rhythm section, the band quickly realized, “We are ...[more]

A Winged Victory For The Sullen Flyer

Partially Seated A Winged Victory For The Sullen Hildur Gudnadottir ?A Winged Victory For the Sullen' is the first installment of the new collaboration between Stars of the Lid member Adam Wiltzie and composer Dustin O'Halloran. The duo agreed to leave their normal home studio comfort zone and develop the recordings with the help of large acou...[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