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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Anyone who has ever met a member of the Isotope staff can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that we take our Halloween partying seriously. Which is why each year we hold our annual bash with the glam rock gods and goddesses of TRIPLE COBRA.

Who, or what is Triple Cobra? The biggest, the best, the most incredible pure sex confetti cannon blasting white leather and feather be-dazzled "Best Discovery At SXSW 2009" spectacle you may ever see! Click here and agree, the whole world should be this beautiful.

So once again we invite you to join us for a night of truly bringing the fun back to All-Hallow's Eve.

Thanks to costume designing skills of our very own Kirsten Baldock the Isotope staff continues to rock the San Francisco nightlife with an assortment of awesomely nerdy costumes year in and year out. And this year will be no different, this year we will be recreating in costume form the pride of comics' Silver Age... the single greatest comic book panel ever printed. You read that right... the single greatest comic book panel ever printed!

Be there.

Isotope, B-Minus, Triple Cobra & Jameson present: Halloween Monster Mosh '09
The Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St @ Van Ness
Saturday, Oct 31st
More info & advance tickets here

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

The entire Isotope family is coming out for this one. Join us, won't you?

Betty Bloomerz & the Squidling Brothers
@ Amnesia
853 Valencia St @ 20th
Friday March 27th, 2009

$5 before 9:30pm, $10 after

See a Betty Bloomerz trapeze show here

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Oh No, It's A Multitude of Devo Tributes
Plus The One and Only Rev Ivan Stang!

Did someone say tonight is Mogoloid-A-Palooza? Yes they did!

This massive meeting of beautiful mutants, high-weirdness devotees, and the followers of JR "Bob" Dobbs features not one but two of the greatest Devo tribute bands on the entire planet and a congregation of Yeti hierarchy, including Dr. Howland Owll, KROB, and the co-founder of The Church of the Subgenius... the Rev. Ivan Stang. Loungey and ludicrous devolutionary tunes infused with post-modern gospel-style tent preachin', it's a slack festival of X-Day proportions, and all in one evening. Talk about triple your money back! Duty now for the future, my fellow spuds and spudettes!

You know where I'll be.

Mongoloid with Mongolounge and the Rev. Ivan Stang
@ 12 Galaxies
2565 Mission Street
Saturday, December 8th

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

The Monsters of Electro-Pop
Amazing Freezepop Hits SF

Drop everything you are doing, throw away your evening plans, and prepare to deep-fry your brain in the hot electro-pop oil of one of the greatest live music acts ever, San Francisco!

Detonate the fuse on your internal ecstasy detector when the vocorder hits and twin keytar playing dynamos stalk the stage, quiver in undiluted joy as sub-zero thumping rhythm machines vibrate your body in that dirty, dirty way you secretly love so much, fill your childlike glee cup over-flowing and beyond as you piston pogo bounce and centrifuge spin your way through a crowd of grinning, fabulously stylish nerds... you won't soon forget as Freezepop beep boops and clicks uncut pleasure down into dilithium crystals of pure happiness. And all for you.

Freezepop for ever. And ever. And ever. And ever.

Freezepop @ 12 Galaxies
2565 Mission Street
Saturday, November 3rd

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Instead of going to the Castro and getting hauled off to jail this year, why not spend your Halloween in high Isotope style?

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This year we've teamed up with our friends at the world's greatest newspaper The Onion, the best band in the entire city Triple Cobra, the non-speaking order of the Grande Chartreuse monastery who make the fabulous Chartreuse Liquor, the crazy gentlemen behind B-Minus Comics, and our all-time favorite cable access horror hostess Ms. Monster!

This is going to be absolutely legendary.

Monster Mosh 2007 @ 12 Galaxies
2565 Mission St (@ 21st)
Wednesday, October 31st. Doors at 8:30pm

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Best Weekend All Year Long
So Much To Do, So Little Time!

Wow, what a phenomenal weekend we're going into here in SF! I've seen a whole lot of folks in from out of town in the past two days so if you're in from out of town... "welcome" and I'm giving you all a high-five for having excellent timing!

So, what's going down during the best weekend all year long in the greatest city on Earth?

SF Love Parade & After-Party - We all know that San Francisco is without a doubt America's most open-minded city, so it was naturally the first choice to host the American version of Berlin's world-famous Love Parade. This massive parade and street party down the city's main thoroughfare of Market Street and culminates in a gigantic outdoor festival at the end of the route. Right out in front of city hall (that's how we do it in San Francisco, baby)! Not to be missed.

ArtCar Fest 2007 - The largest congregation of crazy, beautiful, goofy, and brain-meltingly outrageous ArtCars on the entire coast! You haven't truly lived until you've cast your peepers on jaw-dropping automotive glories like Ripper the Friendly Shark, Cowasaki, The Mirror Image, and the gothic majesty of the you-have-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it Carthedral. There just isn't anything more wonderful than seeing these beauties rolling down SF streets.

6th Annual Docfest - San Francisco's famed documentary film fest is one of my favorite reasons to snuggle down into a movie theater seat, scarf popcorn by the handful, and get hypnotized by the silver screen. This year's flicks include American Scary which answers all those burning questions you have about great TV horror hosts and hostesses of yesteryear, Luchando a flick about sex-working hustlers in Cuba's gay underground, What Would Jesus Buy? a cross country anti-consummerism bus ride with Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, El Mechanico Loco the highly praised look at a punk rock hotrod racing team, and the downright awful sounding Absolute Zero, a flick about a railway worker freezing to death trapped inside a refrigerated cooler car full of animal carcasses. I'll definitely be checking out a few of these!

Folsom Street Fair - The quintessential San Francisco street fair! This event is always one of the most fun of all of the crazy events we have here in SF, and this year the organizers have upped the ante with the addition of an "erotic artists' alley" full of some of our favorite local comic creators including Justin Hall, Steve MacIssac, and Drub. I've gotta give the Folsom Street Fair a standing ovation for showing so much appreciation to the art form of cartooning this year. Nice!

And lest we forget the very best thing happening all weekend...

JH Williams III @ the Isotope - Oh, I'm completely biased, I know! But seriously, who wouldn't want to come to the world's sexiest comic book store to meet one of the greatest living masters of the comics artform? One look at Mister Williams work on Promethea, Desolation Jones or his current run on Batman will get you just as mouth-foamingly manic about his art as we all are!

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

The Ever-Changing Sound & Imagescapes
of Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings

It's things just like this I moved to San Francisco for in the first place, so if you're out at the Yerba Buena Center tonight you'll definitely be running into me!

You might know Brian Eno for his work producing the best albums Devo, The Talking Heads and U2 ever made. Or you might know him from his own body of great music. Or perhaps you know him for his talks at art universities. Or I suppose you might know him for his strange-but-true dilemma-breaking deck of cards. He's a pretty interesting guy, that Eno.

This weekend sees the North American premiere of this visionary's latest project Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings. Conceived as "visual music" created through "generative software" is an exploration into the artistic medium of light and sound in a constantly evolving world of digitally-created flat-screen psychedelia.

If you're planning on attending this tempory art installation celebration, I'll be easy to spot in my red suit with my tall hair... spacing out with cocktail in hand in front of the 45 foot Projection Wall by Obscura Digital.

Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings @ Yerba Buena Center
701 Mission @ 3rd St
Saturday, June 30th

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Friday, June 29, 2007

You'll all have to forgive me for the huge smile on my face today... tonight I'm going to see Debbie Harry play on the True Colors Tour.

Apparently for her first non-Blondie tour in a decade she's playing lots of wonderful (and a few quite obscure) numbers from her past solo albums and some new numbers from her up-coming album "Necessary Evil"... and that's exactly the kind of news that puts me on cloud nine!

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Saturday Is Your Final Chance To See
The Greatest Uke Bowie Tribute Ever

You'd think the ukulele was my favorite instrument in the universe, judging by how often I've written about Uke Apocalypse and those crazy tribute shows they throw!

Well if there ever was a case to be made that the uke is the greatest tool of ultimate rockstardom, it would have to be the hypersexified lanky god of San Francisco's live music circuit and his mad band of cheap instrument maestros. From Prince to Tom Waits to the Thin White Duke himself these guys and gals have torn up every stage they've rocked out on... even the Isotope's! (check out the streaming digital proof here)

With their final tribute show looming large on the horizon this weekend, we couldn't recommend more highly devoting your Saturday night to seeing the truly jaw-dropping concert experience that is The Rise and Fall of Ukey Stardust & the Spiders From Mars! To get you in the mood, do check out this massive Bowie video retrospective suggested (and no doubt swooned over) by my queen-of-popular-culture amigo Whitney Matheson.

... or peel back a layer of eye skin and witness this amazing bordering-on-scandalous footage from last time they played the Rickshaw Stop. You will never think of Prince's Darling Nikki the same way ever again!

And it never hurts to repeat, this is the last ukey tribute show ever, so you won't want to miss this. See you there!

When Ukes Cry @ The Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St @ Van Ness
Saturday, June 16th

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Triple Cobra Heats It All Up
SF, the Stage, & My Camera

Although this post's title is about as sincere as the time I wrote about the indy horror flick I made, I did manage to score some great shots at last night's mind numbing glitter rock extravaganza with Triple Cobra. With no fewer than four costume changes, exploding confetti cannons, and more feathers than Big Bird would know what to do with... the band once again rocked our world!

For those of you who like those outrageously beautiful rock and roll things, check out the digital proof of Triple Cobra's glorious live excess.

Click here for the photo set

UPDATE: Our friends at China Books have some interesting things to say about these pictures. And this email just popped into my in-box: Hey James - Thanks again for coming out last night. It was great to see you there. Your quote on the Isotope site was so good I had to put it on the Triple Cobra site as well. Thanks! *Attiss* Very cool!

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Feathers, Confetti, Champagne, Rock & Roll
It's the Triple Cobra CD Release Party!

It's Saturday and what could be better on a beautiful San Francisco night like tonight than a decadent cranked-amp glam rock & roll spectacle of the highest majestic order? Well, my friends, that's exactly what I'm going to be over-indulging myself in tonight as SF's supreme glitter rock beings take the stage for a majestic CD release bash.

Like the fur. feather and leather adorned androgynist rock and roll gods of old, Triple Cobra erupt from life's mediocrity with all the sparkling champagne-infused sass, gaudy guitar solos, confetti-launching cacophony, skintight vinyl pants, full-frontal fishnet adorned karate kicks, and lust-filled lyrical content that would make even Prince's face turn purple that you need.

Click here to sample the glorious glitter glam that is Triple Cobra. Oh good lord am I looking forward to this!

Triple Cobra
@ Fat City 314 11th Street
Saturday, June 9th

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Friday, May 04, 2007

I Like Food, Food Tastes Good
Crazy Cookbook by Fave Bands

I'm not sure whether it's the beautiful San Francisco weather we're having or it's that trio of wonderfully sweet shows the staff just went to... but whatever it is, I've been thinking about ice cream and dessert-y treats all day long.

And what better timing could there be than that of an email in my in-box telling me about I Like Food, Food Tastes Good a cool new rock and roll cookbook from Hyperion Books with recipes inspired by songs in 100 different bands' repertoires or real-life road experiences. Named after the classic Descendents song, this book features true works of food preparation art by bands that know how to eat on the road (including NOFX, Death Cab For Cutie, They Might Be Giants, the Violent Femmes, and Shonen Knife).

Either this book is very, very cool... or I'm just very hungry!

I Like Food, Food Tastes Good: In The Kitchen With Your Favorite Bands by Kara Zuaro.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Our Hearts Go Pitter-Patter
Dollyrots @ Bottom of the Hill

Anyone who knows us will testify that when we like something we're going to show our appreciation with a full-court press of white-hot passion. And when we first heard band The Dollyrots it was a head over heels obsession on a sugar high from that moment on.

Outrageously catchy songs with helium voiced vocals and cranked up buzz-saw guitars straight out of the academy of Johnny Ramone are this infectiously cute pop punk trio's stock and trade. Give your ears a sweet, tasty Dollyrots snack with Kick Me To The Curb, Dance With Me, and Because I'm Awesome... and come check them out with us when they hit The Bottom of the Hill next Tuesday.

Dollyrots @ Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th Street (17th @ Missouri)
April 24. Doors at 8:30pm

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Erotic Electronic Automatons
Freezepop's Sexy Nerd Pop

Freshly popped from electro-pop beat cooker straight to your cerebral cortex, Freezepop fuels up hip dancefloors with boogie inducing whisps of beautiful vibrophonic grooves. Plug into the vocoder voices and bubbling synths backed up by thumping post-punk rhythms and cool new wave beats. The people shall rejoice.

Dose your evening with ultra-freshness tonight!

Freezepop w/ Sutro & Subimage
@ Elbo Room
647 Valencia Street @ 17th St
March 7th. Doors at 9:00pm

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Friday, February 23, 2007

All Female Zeppelin Cover Band?
Yeah, Sign Us Up for Zepparella

Here's the perfect synchonicity of news item and event.

Today's Vail Daily News tells the grim, grim tale of music industry stupidity as Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page & Robert Plant sue a bar for copyright violations for having cover bands play!

Wow... we just don't even know what to say.

Instead we're cancelling all our previous plans to go see the mighty Zepparella, the all-female Led Zeppelin cover band tonight. If you feel like we do about bands dropping lawsuits on venues that let cover bands like Zepparella play, come join us, won't you?

Zepparella with Triple Cobra
@ 12 Galaxies
2565 Mission Street @ 22nd St
February 23rd. Doors at 9:00pm

UPDATE: Apparently we're the stupid ones! We've been informed by one our readers that the above story we linked to is nothing but pure sensationalism with big names attached to get people reading the Colorado paper and score some free publicity for the club owners who failed to get a proper ASCAP license. If so... let us offer our apologies out to Misters Plant and Page and a thanks to Tytlane for keeping us on our toes. That'll teach us to drink and blog!

Also great show last night!

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Throw Rag + Nashville Pussy + The Cramps
Equals One &%@#-ing Great Concert

At the end of last week's Polysics show Isotope amigo J. turned to us and said, "Man, I have got to see more live music with you guys. Everytime I go along with you to one of those crazy shows you go to, those bands ROCK!"

Well J. it's time to clear your Saturday night schedule, 'cos we've got another one for ya!

Charlie Horse: Meaner than a rye whiskey hangover, these vicious greaserbilly outlaws from Southern California include an ex-Las Vegas Strip performer and the dirtiest, filthiest singer in rock and roll, Capt'n Sean (Throw Rag), a fire-breathing bass playing tattooed amazon, Corey Parks (Nashville Pussy), a preacher's wayward son from the mid-west's notorious murder belt, Chopper Franklin (The Cramps), and a rhythm section of pure, undiluted psychobilly madness.

"its dirty, its nasty, it makes me feel like drinking till I fall down and waking up in the middle of the street" -

See you there!

Charley Horse
@ Thee Parkside
600 17th Street @ Wisconsin
February 3rd. Doors at 9:00pm

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

A Hyper-Charged Show Not to Miss
Bottom of the Hill 1/30/07

After many weeks of us hosting outrageous shows and throwing kick ass in-store events, it's time for the Isotope staff to "get out of the house" and indulge ourselves in an event someone else put together!

And what better way to do that than with an evening of vintage synths, hyperactive guitars, and manic beats of two of the best nerd-rock bands playing today?

Mongoloid: The beautiful mutant's choice for hardest working Devo cover band today! Led by the always outrageous Loid Mongoloid, this group of sexed-up geeks deliver the superheroic showmanship of a classic Devo concert with half the cost and twice the environmental impact! Seeing and hearing is believing

Polysics: The Japanese gods of electronic punkpop! Mainlining audiences with high octane antics, this four piece from the home of Godzilla regurgitates and reinvents hyper accelerated grooves, plasticized dress codes, and computable sounds with quirky style of refreshment. Popular with both hipsters and long distance truckers who are known to pop Polysics to stay awake! Seeing and hearing is believing

We're going, are you?

Polysics & Mongoloid
@ Bottom of the Hill
233 17th Street (@ Missouri)
January 30th. Doors at 9:00pm

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

We Wouldn't Miss This for the World...
All of Prince's Purple Rain on Ukulele

It's a beautiful day here in San Francisco today. The weather is perfect, everyone who walks in the door has a big smile on their faces, there's a great new shipment of comic reads on the new arrivals rack... and tomorrow night we get to see Prince's musical masterpiece Purple Rain performed in it's entirety on ukulele!

Kelly McCubbin, also known as Uke Apocalypse, and his mad band of four string strumming maestros who brought San Francisco the incredible Ukey Stardust and the Spiders From Mars are taking the uke-orchestra concept to it's penultimate purple peak, with orgasmic live renditions from Purple Rain.

Catch this ridiculous musical extravaganza located just two blocks down the street from the Isotope at one of the SF Bay Area's hippest live music venues The Rickshaw Stop. The Isotope staff will definitely be in attendance at this show you won't want to miss!

When Ukes Cry @ The Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
Thursday, November 9th

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Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday the 13th w/ Ms. Monster
& Even More Great Weekend Events

This always happens to us, lots and lots and lots of things to do and so little time! And October in San Francisco always means even more events, shows, and parties for the Isotope friends and family to fill each and every hour with something crazy.

Kicking off the weekend in high style, is B-Minus Comiks' Friday the 13th Slasher Party, because if there's a better way to celebrate everyone's favorite day of evil than with Hel On Ice's Ms. Monster, we just don't know what it is!

Also this weekend is the 31st annual SF Open Studios event in which the city's artists open their studio doors to the public, with plenty of great little celebrations happening all over the city. Check out where art is born in the city by the bay, and for those of you who love great internet radio be sure to swing by and check out the new SomaFM Studios!

If you need a a high-energy infusion for your weekend you could hardly do better than to go see the incredible Phenomenauts teaming up with latin punk rock gods La Plebe and bourbon-soaked rockabilly rockers The Scrawnies at the Balazo 18 Gallery. If you ask us it's damn hard to go wrong with that one!

And for those of you who aren't into leaving the house this weekend... you too can have a great weekend thanks to the Danzig workout!

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