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


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]


Christopher Willits Flyer

Album Release Show Christopher Willits Devonwho Christopher Willits is an artist – an electronic music and guitar pioneer, composer, producer, photographer, filmmaker and system designer. Christopher uses his self-designed software tools to “paint with his guitar” (Pitchfork), creating “mesmerizing, intricate electronic soundscapes” (Nowness) ...[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]


Strata Flyer

Strata Singer Eric Victorino puts forth a mission statement, saying, "What music has needed for awhile is someone who can put everything they have into a record." Further underlining his statement, Victorino says of the band's self-titled debut, "This isn't just a single with a bunch of filler, like a lot of albums today are these are songs tha...[more]


Fishbone Flyer

Fishbone Con Brio Celebrating 25+ groundbreaking years, FISHBONE has been trailblazing their way through the history of American Ska, Funk, Punk, Rock Fusion and (so-called) Black Rock since starting their professional career in Los Angeles' burgeoning, Alternative Rock music scene of the mid-1980s. Their sound has often been imitated, but neve...[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, LiveMixTapes.com 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]


Drowners Flyer

Dr. Martens #Standforsomething Tour 2014 Drowners Bully Drowners are an American-Welsh indie rock band formed in New York in 2011 by Matthew Hitt (lead vocals, guitar), Jack Ridley III (lead guitar), Erik Lee Snyder (bass) and Joe Brodie (drums). Their first release was the EP Between Us Girls which appeared in early 2013. In January 2014 thei...[more]


Blitzen Trapper Flyer

Blitzen Trapper VII is the seventh record from Blitzen Trapper and their first release for VagrantRecords. Its twelve tracks teem with vivid tales of longing, flight, desperation andredemption, all set in a sonic landscape at once familiar, but also strange and new, like a dream. Without a doubt the culmination of all the group's best work, VII ...[more]


Angus & Julia Stone Flyer

Angus & Julia Stone Let’s cut to the chase. The captivating third, self titled album from ANGUS & JULIA STONE, is the best record the siblings have ever made, a record born of spontaneity, and totally unplanned. “It took a while to get to a place where we thought it was a good idea,” they admit. “We were enjoying the time apart, enjoying our ...[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]


David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet Flyer

David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet David Dondero David Bazan was, for many years, the songwriter and driving force behind the acclaimed indie band Pedro the Lion, building a dedicated following and selling a couple hundred-thousand albums based in large part on his extraordinary melodic sense and erudite, theologically-themed songs. After a...[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]


J. Roddy Walston and The Business Flyer

J. Roddy Walston and The Business Fly Golden Eagle The third album from J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Essential Tremors borrows its name from a nervous-system disorder that’s long plagued the band’s frontman. “It’s this condition where my hands shake sometimes not at all, but sometimes pretty bad,” says singer/pianist/guitarist Walston. “I’v...[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]


Con Bro Chill Flyer

Chubbies Shorts Presents Con Bro Chill It’s time to have fun and it’s time to do it together. That is, in essence, what Con Bro Chill of Portland, OR wants you to know. Nothing major, buddy, just love the crap out of life, jam out to our sweet tunes, and bring all your friends. Comprised of front man/keytar specialist Con, lead singer Sam, and ...[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]


La Santa Cecilia Flyer

La Santa Cecilia La Santa Cecilia consists of accordionist and requintero Jose "Pepe" Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, and lead vocalist La Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to R...[more]


The Preatures with Circa Waves Flyer

The Preatures with Circa Waves The Preatures The Preatures are a five-piece rock band from Sydney, Australia. Fronted by Isabella 'Izzi' Manfredi on vocals and keys, alongside Gideon Bensen on vocals and guitar, lead guitarist Jack Moffitt, Tom Champion on bass, and Luke Davison on drums. The band formed in 2010 after Izzi, Jack and Tom met G...[more]


Pond Flyer

Pond Pond, an Australian rock band, toppled the stateliness of Britpop anthems into psychedelic turbulence, melting down grandiose riffs or pushing them toward screaming tantrums." from sleazy rock excess, to introspective, cracked psychedelia and back again Pondare very good at nailing tracks with best-of-both worlds approach, fusing those indu...[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]


Bleachers with Wild Cub Flyer

Bleachers with Wild Cub Bleachers Grammy award winning artist and songwriter Jack Antonoff announces his new project Bleachers with the release of the debut single "I Wanna Get Better." A founding member of the Grammy award winning band fun. and singer/songwriter of the beloved New Jersey band Steel Train, Antonoff wrote and co-produced the B...[more]


Digitalism Flyer

Digitalism Digitalism is a German electro duo, founded in 2004 in Hamburg, consisting of Jens “Jence” Moelle and Ismail “Isi” Tüfekçi. Jens likens Digitalism’s songs to simple chapters in a complex novel about social interaction and attraction, with distorted baselines and thumping rhythms comprising the punctuation. Digitalism is pioneering the...[more]


Mirah Flyer

Mirah Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn has been creating incorruptible independent pop music since the late 1990's. She has released over a dozen solo and collaborative recordings on K Records, Kill Rock Stars and various domestic and foreign independent labels. Defined by her graceful songwriting and adventuresome recordings, Pitchfork has praised her "in...[more]


Shakey Graves Flyer

Shakey Graves The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off, and run screaming into the woods,” says Alejandro Rose-Garcia. “This album is the trials and tribulations of becoming domesticated, letting people into your world and letting go of selfishness—the story of becoming a pair, losing that, and reconciling with the lo...[more]


Sean Hayes Flyer

Sean Hayes Eric + Erica Hayes forges songs that, even to the uninitiated, sound like hits. He's been compared to Bill Withers for his rhythmic sense and his soulfulness. His "Powerful Stuff," got a lot of mileage in a Subaru commercial. "Dream Machine" was re-mixed by DJ Mark Farina, "A Thousand Tiny Pieces" was covered by folk group The Be Goo...[more]


Sean Hayes Flyer

Sean Hayes Eric + Erica Hayes forges songs that, even to the uninitiated, sound like hits. He's been compared to Bill Withers for his rhythmic sense and his soulfulness. His "Powerful Stuff," got a lot of mileage in a Subaru commercial. "Dream Machine" was re-mixed by DJ Mark Farina, "A Thousand Tiny Pieces" was covered by folk group The Be Goo...[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]


Gardens & Villa Flyer

Gardens & Villa Gardens & Villa is the project of five college friends from Santa Barbara, formed following the collapse of a noisier post-punk band and a hitch-hiking journey up the west coast. Members Chris Lynch, Adam Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop began playing in earnest as Gardens & Villa in 2008. The name is pulled from the locat...[more]


Sky Ferreira Flyer

Sky Ferreira Sky Ferreira. Act like you don't already follow her on Twitter – as if you haven't Googled her, or checked her out on Wikipedia. Now check again. Before you can hit refresh, there might be another paragraph. She's co-written and recorded with half the Billboard chart, survived in Hollywood and on the Lower East Side, seen the world ...[more]


Sky Ferreira Flyer

Sky Ferreira Sky Ferreira. Act like you don't already follow her on Twitter – as if you haven't Googled her, or checked her out on Wikipedia. Now check again. Before you can hit refresh, there might be another paragraph. She's co-written and recorded with half the Billboard chart, survived in Hollywood and on the Lower East Side, seen the world ...[more]


Tea Leaf Green Flyer

Tea Leaf Green It ain’t easy being a gypsy, especially if one sings for their supper. San Francisco’s Tea Leaf Green are newfangled Lost Boys, a traveling gang dedicated to seeking wisdom and experience in places both glorious and seedy. In many ways, this quintet is the essence of rock’s adventurous, playfully outlaw spirit, all of which ultima...[more]


Cass McCombs Flyer

Cass McCombs Meat Puppets Cass McCombs is an American musician who has released seven albums and one EP since 2002. During the 1990’s, McCombs played in countless bands at various DIY spaces in the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest until he relocated to New York. In 2002, he released his debut, Not The Way EP, on independent Baltimore label Mo...[more]


Eoto with Bluetech Flyer

SunsetSF Presents Eoto with Bluetech Eoto As electronic influences continue to penetrate the live rock, jazz, and jam ethos, one band consistently rises to the top, bringing together fans from across the musical spectrum. EOTO crisscrosses the country blowing out basement dives, packed theaters, and stages under the stars. Check your festival ...[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