Faves and raves by Dan Apczynski.
Years in The City: 4
Occupation: Music editor, Acoustic Guitar magazine
Self-description: Indulging a musical obsession in San Francisco
FAVORITE PLACE TO CATCH A BAND
Café du Nord
WHERE: 2710 Market St. at Sanchez Street
WHAT: CD release parties and smaller shows
INFO: (415) 861-5016 or www.cafedunord.com
"They’ve got a great red curtain thing happening around the bar, and I like the dark, theater vibe of the place. There’s room to dance; it’s just an all-around great venue."
FAVORITE JAZZ CLUB
WHERE: 1330 Fillmore St. at Eddy Street
WHAT: Seeing big-name jazz acts
INFO: (415) 655-5600 or www.yoshis.com
"Yoshi’s gets the best national acts that come through town, hands-down. Seeing a show at Jazz at Pearl’s is also a real treat."
FAVORITE RECORD STORE
WHERE: 1855 Haight St. between Shrader and Stanyan streets
WHAT: Browsing the used CDs for deals
INFO: (415) 831-1200 or www.amoebarecords.com
"Amoeba may be kind of a given, but they’ve got an amazing selection, and it’s cheap."
FAVORITE PLACE TO FIND INSPIRATION
Golden Gate Park
WHERE: Stanyan Street and the Panhandle
WHAT: Running through the park
"I don’t really write music in cafes; it’s more when I’m running. Once you pass 19th Avenue, the crowd starts to thin out and you have lots of time to think. I’ll usually think of a kernel of a song and then go home and write."
FAVORITE LOCAL BAND
Or, The Whale
WHAT: Listening to their album “Light, Holes and Pines”
"I’ve seen them at Café du Nord. Their sound is kind of alternative country, and they have incredible harmonies."
FAVORITE KARAOKE SPOT
Annie’s Social Club
WHERE: 917 Folsom St. at Fifth Street
WHAT: Belting out hits by James Brown and Ray Charles on Friday or Saturday nights
INFO: (415) 974-1585 or www.anniessocialclub.com
"It’s a good mix of people, and because it’s in the back room, it has an intimate feel. You’re still with your friends but performing in front of strangers, too. They’ve also got a big book of songs to choose from."
Little Star Pizza
WHERE: 846 Divisadero St. between McAllister and Fulton streets
WHAT: Listening to contemporary alternative music while noshing on deep-dish pizza
INFO: (415) 441-1118 or www.littlestarpizza.com
"There are a lot of really rocking bands that you wouldn’t expect on most jukeboxes, like the Shins, Franz Ferdinand and Death Cab for Cutie."
FAVORITE SPOT TO SEE NATIONAL ACTS
WHERE: 628 Divisadero St. between Grove and Hayes streets
WHAT: Catching shows from Soulive, the Von Bondies and more
INFO: (415) 771-1422 or www.independentsf.com
"I’m from Detroit, and I’ve found here that it’s harder to find a small venue that gets pretty big acts. At The Independent, I get to see a lot of bands that I listen to regularly."
FAVORITE UNEXPECTED BAR BAND
Gold Dust Lounge
WHERE: 247 Powell St. at Geary Street
WHAT: Listening to the house band rock out
INFO: (415) 397-1685
"The Gold Dust Lounge is kind of a tourist spot, so you wouldn’t expect that there would be a great band here, but these guys are a really jamming band. They play solid bar band music."