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Bay Area Record Fair 

When: Sat., Sept. 27, 11 a.m. 2014
Price: $5 (free after noon)
TheeParkside.com
The Bay Area Record Fair — adorably abbreviated as B.A.R.F. — celebrates the wonderful array of local independent record labels, those oft-ignored benefactors and champions of the music you love. The second annual event — held for free this year at Thee Parkside (1600 17th St., San Francisco) — features booths from more than forty labels on the patio and an eclectic lineup of performers inside. Featured companies include purveyors of adventurous metal Flenser, venerable garage rock mainstay Castle Face, reliable indie imprint Polyvinyl, and the longest-running local label of its kind, Alternative Tentacles. Inside, the impeccably heavy and tuneful East Bay act Wild Moth will grace the stage, alongside Three O’Clock Rock, and Hot Flash Heat Wave, while DJs from the booking outfit Professional Fans handle the decks in between sets. Sure, the Bay Area isn’t a music industry seat of power quite like Los Angeles, but B.A.R.F. attests to the fact that plenty of local entities still influence which records matter. — Sam Lefebvre
— Sam Lefebvre

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