Ribbon Around A Bomb

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San Francisco: Burger Boogaloo

If you’ve been reading Ribbon Around a Bomb for awhile, you no doubt are aware of my extreme distaste for (ugh, I struggle even now to type the word)… FESTIVALS. Oh, and the stupid outfits that come with them.


I may be changing my mind though. Enter: Oakland’s Burger Boogaloo, a new kind of festival. A festival, my friends, that has what 99% of other festivals lack: a goddamn focus. Instead of booking a mish-mash of popular, generic “indie rock” acts, Burger Boogaloo boldly proclaims that they are NOT for everyone. They are for the best people, and the best music, and to them, that is gloriously garage-y, surf-y, trash-y punk rock.

It’s all going down this weekend. Below, some of the acts I’m most excited to see:

burger redd
[Redd Cross: Their early years, particularly when they were still Red Cross, are some of my favorite LA punk. Brothers Steve and Jeff McDonald are also notable for their roles in Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, and the fact that they’re punks with long hair.]

burger trashwomen
[The Trashwomen started as sort of novelty all-girl Trashmen cover band, but the SF group garnered a massive following of sleazy (in the best way) garage rock devotees, eventually touring Japan in the mid-’90s. Also, can we please all just stop caring about the fact that “Kreayshawn‘s mom was in that band!”?]

[This is basically amazing that the Oblivians are playing. All you need to know about them is that they’re from Memphis, they’re responsible for some great ’90s garage tracks like this one, and they have a new album out.]

burger zeros
[Another classic LA punk band. The Zeros are pretty cool, but good Lord, El Vez ups their coolness by approximately 85%.]

burger shannon
[Finally, the Bay Area’s very own Shannon and the Clams make delightfully DIY ’60s-ish indie rock. I’ve surprisingly never seen ’em, so I’m stoked.]

There you have it. I’ve got tickets for Saturday, and plans to purchase tickets to see the Oblivians on Monday at the Indy. $25/day. Git on it.

P.S.- I made need to do a post about my personal idea for a Burger Boogaloo outfit, as an alternative to all the lame festival fashion out there.

7 comments on “San Francisco: Burger Boogaloo

  1. Kevin Hubbard
    July 5, 2013

    shoot the groupie by spoiled brats was a good jam i rode west by greyhound way back in the day.i can’t find it here in Bama,but i appreciate the ribbon around a bomb show.kevin hubbard.

  2. TommyTopHat
    July 5, 2013

    Your thoughts on festivals are probably one of my favourite things on this blog.

    This one sounds pretty groovy. I especially like how it’s not supposed to be everyone’s cup of tea. That’s really cool.

    I doubt I’ll ever go to a festival, though my parents seem desperate for me to.

  3. soifollowjulian
    July 8, 2013

    I feel the same way you do about festivals, but this one looks amazing. I’m sad to have missed it. How was it?

    • ribbonaroundabomb
      July 9, 2013

      It was totally fun! The Trashwomen killed it.

      The other one that I am semi-sold on is Phono del Sol this weekend. I went last year and it was positive and laid back. I’m in NY this weekend, otherwise I’d probably check it out!

      • kevin hubbard
        July 13, 2013

        On Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 3:33 PM, Ribbon Around A Bomb wrote:

        > ** > ribbonaroundabomb commented: “It was totally fun! The Trashwomen killed > it. The other one that I am semi-sold on is Phono del Sol this weekend. I > went last year and it was positive and laid back. I’m in NY this weekend, > otherwise I’d probably check it out!” >

  4. Kevin Hubbard
    July 13, 2013

    are the trash women stillas sexy as they were in ’92?I can almost taste the beer and burgers from here.when last there i was impressed by the multiple punk radio stations and even the hottest lolitas.if can find a “Gearhead Girl” to get me off my ass,i may make it out of the Cockpit.i hate leaving Frisco when i have to.you should check it when grinding off the highways and black mountains into the light of the sparkling mecca skylines whether to sleep in a Presidio Hill School classroom or the gritty,rain damp parksite with the down and out denizens.i wish i had been there to catch the infancy of Blatz doing “Berkeley is My Baby and I Want to Kill It”.Annie sends chills down my back,and Jesse should keep his bants on.haaaaaaaaa

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