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The Independent

Alamo Square
3 out of 5 stars
The Independent
Photograph: Courtesy The Independent The Independent

There are no frills at this venerable black box apart from a stellar sound and light system—it's all about the music here. The Independent has always showcased a wide variety of sounds from self-made artists; the calendar is filled with a mix of touring rock, pop, metal, rap, jazz, Americana, jam and otherwise undefinable acts such as Madlib, Sunn 0))), the Boredoms, Fiery Furnaces, High on Fire and Lyrics Born. The lineups and genres are unpredictable and change from night to night, but you'll always have a prime view of the stage at this intimate 500-person venue.


Venue name: The Independent
Address: 628 Divisadero St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Grove and Hayes Sts
Transport: Bus 5, 21, 24
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