I lived in San Francisco in 2002. There were amazing bands and venues on every corner, between there and Oakland. The Coachwhips, Erase Errata, Deerhoof, Oxbow, Tussle, Hella, Numbers, The Vanishing and many, many more.
I got to see all those bands, lots.
The Vanishing are so hauntingly good. I just came across 'Songs For Psychotic Children' tonight, when I was looking for a record to wash the dishes to, and I stumbled upon it in my collection and, now my hands are all warm and mood is sombre.
I'm very lucky to have seen them.