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It Came from Aquarius Records

Director: Kenneth Thomas Run Time: 109 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

The third documentary in Kenneth Thomas’ trilogy about indie music culture, It Came from Aquarius Records explores the adventurous independent record shop that helped shape the tastes of San Francisco area residents and beyond for nearly a half a century.

Aquarius Records closed in 2016 after establishing itself as one of the greatest champions of underground and experimental sounds, turning the world onto sound and music of limitless varieties, some of which would soon explode in popularity out of the independent music scenes.

Filmed over six years and featuring over 50 interviews, the film takes an in-depth look at the heartbreak of shuttering the beloved store amid the city’s wave of gentrification and traces its long history of influencing music and culture in the city.

Make it a full night of film and live music! After the film, head over to Union Pool (484 Union Ave) to see live performances from one of the bands that Aquarius Records loved, Oneida, preceded by a DJ set from Steve Shelley and Emil Amos! Discount admission into Union Pool for those that attended It Came from Aquarius Records at Nitehawk. Use your seat number to receive the discount.