It felt like forever since I'd been to a show, so last night was definitely a refreshing change of pace for me, especially considering I'm not exactly a fan of Zion I -- or at least, I wasn't before last night. Like with the Del show back in November, I happened to catch an e-mail post advertising the show, told my friend Johnny, and from there it turned into a nice group outing.
Honestly, I love The Independent. Being a 21+ venue, they seem way more laid back than even the Great American Music Hall. No frisking or bag checking, you can go in and out as much as you want, and they don't seem to care that practically everyone inside pulls out a blunt or cigar. The only thing that sucks is the parking; with only two cars it took us about an hour to find parking around the neighborhood. Seriously, I think one of the nearby buildings needs to go in order to make room for a parking garage or something. There are enough bars and restaurants around Divisadero to warrant it.