Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community


Luggage Store New Music Series

Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery
San Francisco California 94103 USA  

The LSG New Music Series is the longest standing experimental music series in the Bay Area, with weekly Thursday night shows since 1991. Founded by LSG Gallery Directors Laurie Lazer and Darryl Smith, the series has been curated by several Bay Area musicians.

Since 2002 the New Music Series has been curated by Outsound Presents and local improvisers/sound artists Rent Romus and Matt Davignon. They present a wide cross section of sound artists from every experimental genre.

Thursdays 8-10pm
Admission $6-10 sliding scale
All ages welcome, no one refused for lack of funds.

The series is an artist-run, grass-roots DIY effort that relies on volunteers. Please join us in setting up chairs, curtain, lights, sound once a week, and contact Outsound Presents to get involved in marketing and project coordination.

The Luggage Store Gallery is a non-profit corporation funded by the City of San Francisco, grants, and your contributions. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 5pm. For gallery information call 415-255-5971.

Please read the policies here. Contact Rent Romus for booking and all other inquires.

Artist-run, volunteer, grass-roots DIY effort with little money and extraordinary results
Type of Music Presented
Experimental: new sonic, improvised, noise, electronic, lowercase, avant-jazz, outrock, 21st century composition, and sonic art. See artist list below.

Weekly on Thursday Nights 8-10pm
Usually two or three acts per night
7:00pm Setup, 7:15-7:45 Sound check
8:15pm Set One (45 min)
9:15pm Set Two (45 min)
7:00pm Setup, 7:15-7:45 Sound check
8:10pm Set One (30min)
8:40pm Set Two (30 min)
9:25pm Set Three (30 min)

Booking Lead Time
Two to four months in advance
Terms & Policy
70% of door equally split between sets 30% of door goes to the Luggage Store Gallery which Outsound is not directly affiliated with. We volunteer our time and efforts to running the show. One comp admission per artist.
No Open Rehearsals: Please prepare for your concert prior to the scheduled date.
Luggage Store is an art gallery. Destructive Performance Art is not allowed as well as Power tools, or destructive devices of any type including fire or fume generators. This is a no smoking environment (includes incense and other forms of smoking).
Facility and Equipment
Visual arts gallery with simple PA (mixer and 2 speakers, 2 mic stands, 2 mics), full window film screen, window film screen (no LCD projector or interface). A few tables, 45 folding chairs and 2 music stands are available. Max Capacity 75(standing room)

Second story storefront on Market near Sixth
1.5 blocks from Powell Street BART station, and several San Francisco buses stop right outside. Parking is best on 6th, Taylor or Golden Gate. Stay out of alleys. Loading in by double parking on Market is sketchy. You can get ticketed. We recommended using a cart for transporting equipment so you can park, load up your cart, and trek on over to the space. Be ready for 30 stairs, there is no elevator.
Questions?, please email us

Do Not Have
Piano, projector, microphones, instrument cables, power strips
Do Not Provide
Guaranteed payment, guest passes, hotel accommodations, transportation, rehearsal space/time, or a sound person.
To Book a Gig
Check calendar for date availability.
Submit performance description with proposed dates, brief artist bios, website information and links to audio/video to Rent Romus

Past Curators/Volunteers
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Sean Rooney, Steev Hise, Scott Looney, Matt Ingalls, Damon Smith, Bob Boster, Melissa Metrick, Jon Brumit (send us a note if you presented over the past 20 years, we'd love to hear from you).

Past Performers
Over the course of its Thursday night concerts, the series has presented hundreds of artists drawn from a vanguard roster, among them Cecil Taylor, Miya Masaoka, Alan Silva, Carl Stone, Biggi Vinkeloe, Joe McPhee, Janet Feder, Peter Kowald, Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith, Gino Robair, Koji Asano, Andrea Neumann, Axel Dorner, Kitundu, Pamela Z, Wolfgang Fuchs, Amy Denio, Jason Kahn, Eddie Prevost, Karen Stackpole, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Gianni Gebbia, Karen Borca, Oluyemi Thomas, Saadet Turkoz, Yasuhiro Otani, Eddie Gale, Jim Ryan, Dina Emerson, Burton Green, Jane Rigler, Jack Wright, Assif Tsahar, CJ Reaven Borosque, Glenn Spearman, Danielle DeGruttola, Bob Marsh, Shoko Hikage, Bob Ostertag, Xome, Randy Yau, Stimbox, Kaffe Matthews and countless others both local and international.

Luggage Store Web Site

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, July 24 2014 8:00 PM
Tales of Topographic Motion
...A meeting of sound and movement...

Joshua Marshall (Tenor Saxophone) & Sophia Colmenarez
Theo Padouvas (Trumpet) & Megan Kurashige
David Slusser (Winds) & Kim Ip
Erika Oba (Flute) & Shannon Kurashige

Countless tales have been spun and epics yarned with regards to the starry-eyed bard, compatriot of whales and brother to blue birds, who did one night read by candle light those writings which concern those Knowledges counted as Four. With his fleet-fingered minstrel at his side, he penned to each an ode, commemorating Revelation, Remembering, Retrophilia, and Ritual.

With all due respect and reverence paid to song-smiths of legendary yore, a quartet of selves split in twain along roughly hewn axes shall contemplate unto none other than said divided selves the nature and form of each holy class, choosing then to mobilize great swaths of air in an effort to articulate their fecund findings.  More...

Thursday, August 7 2014 8:00 PM

8:00 PM Andrew Jamieson - solo keyboard
8:40 PM Divine Circles
9:15 PM Elisa Faires

Andrew Jamieson is dedicated to spiritual transformation through his work as a pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger. With a passion for black gospel music, he plays for faith communities including City of Refuge in Oakland and serves as Minister of Music at Bethel Community Presbyterian Church in San Leandro. With a passion for free improvisation and experimentation, he plays in bay area improvisational groups, including Ell3 and Nine Fingers, and he completed a Master's of Arts in music composition at Mills College. With a commitment to integrating his musical worlds and communities, he composed an avant-gospel chamber opera meditating on Jim Jones' People Temple, and performs solo keyboard music that draws on gospel melodies and rhythms, and equally on harsh dissonances and unusual sounds, and brings musical elements into dialogue with one another.

DIVINE CIRCLES is a vivid solo venture from Meghan Mulhearn, violin manipulator for Neurot Recordings artists U.S. Christmas. Known for pushing the limits of traditional string playing in an effort to explore the violin’s potential as an instrument beyond orthodox composition, Mulhearn utilizes effects and electronics, novel techniques in plucking and strumming and uses the violin as a vocal resonator. Her eccentric approach is often compared to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Warren Ellis of Dirty Three/Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and more experimental artists such as Aidan Baker and Steve Reich. Oblivion Songs, her debut LP, was just released on UK-based Paradigms Recordings. The album is an absorbing five-track sound collage defined most succinctly as “a beautiful collection of intimate and experimental songcraft filtered through the Appalachian dusk.” The release is garnering strong critical praise, and Mulhearn is touring the Midwest and West Coast in support of this release.

"DIVINE CIRCLES keeps their sounds intimate and calm, slowly building the track in the round, with the violinist taking up the bow later on with gorgeous swells of arboreal melodies along with those slow dirgy guitars and some haunted female vocalizations." — Aquarius Records

Elisa Faires is an experimental composer/musician specializing in vocals, electronics and improvisation, creating soundscapes using voice along with various instruments including piano, synth, hand percussion, harmonium and effects.  A classically trained musician, Faires has a background in opera, electronic music and audio engineering, one of her mentors was electronic music frontiersman and inventor Dr Robert Moog.
Faires is an active member of the multimedia and music group 'Xambuca' and has performed and improvised with several other renowned musicians, including German electronic musician Hans-Joachim Rodelius (Cluster/Harmonia/Qluster etc.). She has composed and performed works for dance and performance art companies such as Asheville Butoh Legacy, Anemone Dance Theater, and Cilla Vee Life Arts. Faires has also pioneered sound installations and live performance art pieces, several of which have been featured at many events in conjunction with the Black Mountain Museum and Arts Center and the Asheville Arts Council. She has also performed internationally at the 'More ohr Less' festival in Lunz, Austria, as well as in Berlin and Budapest. Faires appears as a regular annual artist-performer participant at the historic Black Mountain College event known as "The Re:happening", a yearly curated event on the grounds of the legendary Black Mountain College.
Her new album, Photosynthesis,  soon to be released by Erototox Decodings, is a work that purely consists of her vocals as the basis of instrumentation as the music for her album, incorporating non-traditional harmonies, rhythms, unusual emanations, deep guttural breathing, bird song, the imitation of wind, the likeness of moving water, percussive elements and synthesizer mimicry.  

"On 'Midwest,' Mulhearn’s voice is pure and gentle, hinting of Appalachia. It radiates warmth, inviting the listener to lean in closer to catch every breathy syllable and heartfelt lyric while the song itself rumbles softly beneath like oncoming thunder." -Kim Kelly/ Pitchfork


Thursday, August 14 2014 8:00 PM
8:15 Joe Tocci - solo guitar
8:45 Nick Obando & Rob Pumpelly Duo - Sax&Drums Core
9:15 Ori Barel - electronics

Ori Barel's music explores various fields including electronic music, chamber music, works for solo instruments and electronics and orchestral music. His chamber music has been performed by The Formalist Quartet, Kobayachi Trio and The Ear Unit in venues such as MOSA series (New York), Redcat Lounge (Los Angeles), Ballhaus (Berlin), Santandler Festival (Spain) and Beyond Baroque (Los Angeles).  More...

Thursday, August 21 2014 8:00 PM
8pm Dave Defilippo
9pm John Krausbauer/Agnes Szelag

John Krausbauer (la) will be performing a new composition, "music for accordion(s)/harmonium(s)," along with Agnes Szelag (oak). the piece is composed for live and multi-tracked accordion and harmonium. the composition is constructed from a simple systems-music structure and involves a phasing/detuning from a fundamental tone over the course of 30+ minutes. the resulting music contains sound textures that generate a multitude of beating tones, audibly active harmonic movement, and complex overtone patterns, as well as other psychoacoustic phenomena.  More...

Thursday, August 28 2014 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Bridge of Crows
9:00 pm Bandito Overlord
9:30 pm My Name is Ann


Thursday, September 4 2014 8:00 PM
8:00pm Stobbe/Torres/Braziel
Scott Stobbe guitar/percussion, Elizabeth Torres saxaphones, Scott Braziel Keyboards
9:00pm Len Petterson Quartet
Len Petterson - guitar/electronics, Randy Odell - drums , Ralph Carney - reeds, Ellen Schoenwetter - bass  More...

Thursday, September 25 2014 8:00 PM
8:00pm Conan the Barbiturate
Returns to battle once again!
9:00pm Holly Caust (Alee Karim: Guitar & The Norman Conquest: Electronics)  More...

Thursday, January 8 2015 8:00 PM
8pm TBA
9pm Ross Hammond/Max Johnson  More...