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Every month, we dedicate a week of our podcast to highlighting some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. We've got a dozen great bands playing some excellent shows this month, so head out and see some live music!

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About the bands:

French Miami ("Multi-Caliber Rifles") headline Regional Bias, our first fundraiser, which also features performances by the also-amazing Adam Stephens and the Finite Plain, Or, the Whale, and Leopold and his Fiction. The event, which also features a local art show and local food tasting, is Friday, July 31st at The Verdi Club, and you can find out all about it here.

Los Angeles psych-rock band Dead Meadow ("I'm Gone") headline the Mission Creek Music Festival's free day show at McLaren Park on Saturday, July 18th. According to the Bay Guardian, the show also features the ridiculously good lineup of Kelley Stoltz, Persephone's Bees, Rubies, Bart Davenport, Xoel Lopez (Spain), Leopold and His Fiction, Devon Williams (LA), The Moore Brothers, Brian Glaze & The Night Shift and Coatsie & Mellows.

The Skygreen Leopards' ("Dixie Cups in the Dead Grass") new album Gorgeous Johnny comes out on 7/21, but the band will be celebrating the record's release on Saturday, July 11th at Amnesia. Pumice and Ignot Rot join them at the show.

Santa Rosa's That Ghost ("Open Windows"), who we recently wrote about, headlines at the Rickshaw Stop on Thursday, July 16th. It's a quality all-local bill with No One & the Nobodies and The Dry Spells along for the ride.

San Francisco's Rubies ("Stand in a Line") celebrate the US release of their debut Explode from the Center with an album release party this Thursday, July 9th at the Rickshaw Stop. The excellent lineup is rounded out by Little Wings, Windsurf, and DJ Safety Scissors.

One of my highlights of SXSW, The Rural Alberta Advantage ("Don't Haunt This Place") re-released their album Hometowns today on Saddle Creek Records. ipickmynose presents their show at Bottom of the Hill on Thursday, July 9th. Okay and Half-handed Cloud support.

Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well is the new album from Alaska-to-Portland band The Builders and the Butchers ("Barcelona"). They are currently on tour with Illinois, and the two bands will be joined by The Ferocious Few at Bottom of the Hill on Wednesday, July 15th.

Echo Park-based husband-and-wife duo Rainbow^Arabia ("Haunted Hall") release Kabukimono this month on Manimal Vinyl. Maus Haus and Pierre Le Robot perform with the band on Saturday, July 25th at Bottom of the Hill.

In addition to being a great live band, The Fresh & Onlys ("Peacock and Wing") are building a large buzz with their Castle Face-released self-titled LP. Before a national tour and another LP later this year, they'll be at El Rio on July 11th and The Eagle on July 16th.

Featuring members of Mclusky, Welsh rock band Future of the Left ("The Hope That House Built") just put out their second album Travels With Myself And Another on 4AD. The critically-acclaimed group is at Bottom of the Hill on Tuesday, July 28th with Disastroid and Make Me.

Amidst releasing two new albums and reissuing their back catalog, San Francisco punk legends Flipper ("Get Away") celebrate their thirtieth anniversary this month with a show on Friday, July 17th at Cafe Du Nord. Supporting are Toiling Midgets and Savage Republic.

Rated O, Oneida's ("What's Up, Jackal?") brand new triple-LP, is out today on Jagjaguwar. They headline a psychy show at Bottom of the Hill on Saturday, July 11th, with locals Wooden Shjips and Jonas Reinhardt.

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