Saturday was a good day to be a punk rocker in San Francisco. First I trekked down the hill to Thrillhouse and caught a surprise set from NAPALM RAID (they killed - even better than I thought they would be live, and I thought they would be great), then RAW NERVES (lots of new songs, lots more mid tempo parts that sound like '80s youth crew put through a present day crust filter - they were the best I've ever seen them), and then ARCTIC FLOWERS (seriously, why have I not posted their demo here? I gotta get on that...the new 12" rules, and they were great as always). I had to leave before ACTS OF SEDITION got rolling (missed the piñata, shit!) so I could hit the other show at 17th & Capp...This is a famous corner for SF punks; back in the late '90s there were shows at 190 Capp (I saw the first TALK IS POISON show there), another random space around the corner on 17th street, plus the Debauchery Warehouse and that other place full of junkies next door. So many fukkn shows on that corner...and now there's a spot to do it again? Color this guy stoked, and I hope it sticks around. New band DISPLEASURE started things off (NEON PISS and FUGITIVE KIND members, killer female fronted hardcore) and then local heroines BRILLIANT COLORS (the recent addition of Hubbs on second guitar has given the band kick in the pants, the last few shows have been stellar). NO STATIK, HYSTERICS and CULTURE KIDS rounded out the night. CULTURE KIDS are like the San Francisco mystery band - they rarely play shows, but they write the best fukkn songs ever, and have this amazing live energy. Apparently they have a record, but I've never seen it, and even when I've asked members if I could buy a copy they seem confused and discombobulated at the prospect of disseminating their music. They ruled, of course. HYSTERICS are a female hardcore band from Olympia, and here is their demo for you to listen to. It is great, they are great, and if you live in Oakland, then you should know that they are playing tonight in Oakland, which will be pretty convenient for you, since you live in Oakland. If you do not live in Oakland, then it might be difficult for you to make it to the show, which is too bad, because it looks like it's going to be a very good show.