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A party animal guide to safer sessions

A party animal guide to safer sessions

Story and photo by Sam Joson

May 11, 2020

Well, the 2020 festival season is cancelled.  But will that stop true party animals from doing their thing? Probably not. While it’s important to take necessary precautions to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19, it’s equally important to remember a few things that won’t disappear with...

Here for the music, not harassment

Here for the music, not harassment

Story by Amy Bigelow and Photo by William Wendelman

May 11, 2020

With ticket and ID in hand, I anxiously stood with my feet apart while a security guard patted me down right outside the main entrance. An industry standard, this protocol has become second nature to a concert junkie like myself. Once inside the venue, I took my place at the barricade and watched pe...

Support local music scenes! A look at independent music venues in San Francisco

No such thing as personal space as concertgoers crowd the floor of the Mezzanine during the first performance on Sept. 24, 2019 in San Francisco, California

By Amy Bigelow and Photos by William Wendelman

October 30, 2019

As yellow lights scatter patterns of squares all across the 7,700-square-foot venue, onstage, a band is running through their setlist and tuning instruments. At Mezzanine, soundcheck for Ginger Root is nearly finished and its members are ready to captivate concertgoers with their opening performance. F...

The D.R.A.M.A. of Punk

(Left to Right) Monica Ramos, singer/guitarist, Aimee Belden, drummer, and Krista Delosreyes, bassist also known as D.R.A.M.A. are practicing in their shared space on Sept. 30. 2019.

story and photo by Chloe McDaniels

October 30, 2019

A metronomic drum click, guitar feedback, lingering bass chords, screeching guitar riffs and howling vocals are faintly heard outside the closed door of room 304. In the heart of downtown San Francisco, off Turk Street and up a flight of stairs, lies a place where ear plugs are recommended, but not re...

Life outside of Campus

Life outside of Campus

Ingrid Mera

November 4, 2018

No one understands the meaning of a night out better than college students. When high school comes to an end for students across California, some consider their choice of campus to attend by its party scene. Read More »...

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