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At the risk, or guarantee, of sounding like an asshole, I’ve gotten so spoiled by press passes that I can no longer purchase tickets to things. So, when the passes don’t come through, I gotta go to FREE shows. Here are a couple happening this week:

Wednesday’s Rumble party at Milk Bar features Burnt Ones.

Wednesday, November 3, 8:30pm
Milk Bar
1840 Haight St.

Same night, head over to 111 Minna for their monthly Neighborhood party with a ton of local bands, including My First Earthquake and Maus Haus.

Wednesday, November 3, 9pm
111 Minna

Two shows in a row at the Uptown in Oakland.  A FREE First Fridays show features Birds & Batteries, Maus Haus, and James & Evander. Then on Saturday celebrate the club’s third anniversary and catch Thee Oh Sees. Yeah, $12, but you just saw a free show there the night before so don’t be a baby about it.

Friday, November 5 & Saturday, November 6
The Uptown
1928 Telegraph Ave. [Oakland]

The Ferocious Few at SF State’s student center, the Depot. FREE and open to the public. Ty Segall was supposed to play, but cancelled. Hopefully he’ll reschedule a free one there soon!

Friday, November 5, 5:30pm
The Depot @ San Francisco State
1650 Holloway Ave


Kymberli’s Music Box presents a FREE rock show, featuring Leopold and His Fiction and Sky Parade, at the Crescent Hotel, which looks like a rad venue.

Saturday, November 6, 9pm
The Crescent Hotel (Burritt Room)
417 Stockton St. @ Sutter St.


These ones aren’t FREE, but they’re close:

The November edition of Penny Arcade at the Make-Out Room, featuring These Hills of Gold, the Parties, and Red Eye (if you miss them tonight, see them at Saturday’s show below). There are great descriptions of all the bands on the Facebook invite.

Wednesday, November 3, 8pm
The Make-Out Room
3225 22nd Street [Mission]

“A Quiet Night at the Vortex Room,” featuring local Hélène Renaut plus Long Beach’s Dead Flowers, LA’s Ben de la Cour and Paris’s Red Eye, is described as “soft psych, gentle soul, mellow prog, pillowy pop, easy boogie, and such.” I don’t know what any of that means but DJ Neil Martinson tends to put on great shows, so check it out.

Saturday, November 6, 9pm
The Vortex Room
1082 Howard St @ &th St (SOMA)

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