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

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About the bands:

Thao with The Get Down Stay Down ("The Give [New, Improved, LIVE session]") are touring the West Coast this month. Catch Thao and The Thermals at the Great American Music Hall on February 5th and at UC Berkeley on the 12th. SF's Grass Widow open the Great American show.

Tricycle Records band The Northern Key ("Proof") celebrate the release of their self-titled debut at the Make-Out Room on February 3rd. It's a Penny Arcade show with Loquat, Marabelle Phoenix and Todayokay.

Bethany Cosentino leads Best Coast ("Up All Night"), who have a new single out on PPM next week. Vivian Girls and The Bananas join Best Coast at Bottom of the Hill on February 9th.

The Dry Spells ("Lost Daughter") recently released their 2009 debut, Too Soon For Flowers, on vinyl, and headline a show at Cafe Du Nord on February 7th. The Sarees and The Lambs also perform.

Memphis band The Magic Kids ("Hey Boy") recently signed to True Panther Sounds. They'll be at the Great American Music Hall in a sold-out show with Girls, The Smith Westerns, and Hunx and the Punkettes on February 14th.

Prior to opening shows for Spoon, Austin band The Strange Boys ("Heard You Wanna Beat Me Up") are at the Elbo Room on Saturday, February 27th. Tourmates Chain And The Gang and locals Ty Segall and Nodzzz also perform.

Oakland's Boy in the Bubble ("In the Company Town") celebrate the release of their new album The King with a show at Bottom of the Hill on February 19th. Also playing are Birdmonster, Girl Band, and Here Come The Saviors.

Paula Frazer ("Sleeping Dreams") has a previously unreleased song on the upcoming In A Cloud compilation, out on Secret Seven in March. She'll be at the Make-Out Room on February 7th with Nicki Bluhm and Little Wings, and at the Great American Music Hall on February 27th with Mark Kozelek.

Swedish experimental duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums ("There Is No Light") recently released the "My Heart" single, the latest from the band's second album, The Snake. They're touring with St. Vincent and will be at Great American Music Hall on February 8th.

Washington band The Lonely H ("Diggin' a Hole") are touring the country this month, having released their third album Concrete Class last year. Excellent locals Leopold And His Fiction and The Blank Tapes round out the bill.

With a new album out in March, Jaguar Love ("Up All Night") headline the latest Rumble party, which doubles as a Noise Pop Warm Up show. The event's at Cafe Du Nord on February 3rd, with My First Earthquake and Butterfly Bones.

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