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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 around the Bay in March, so head out and see some live music!

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About the bands:

In April, Small Black ("Despicable Dogs") will re-release their self-titled EP on Jagjaguwar. The band co-headlines the Rickshaw Stop with Washed Out on March 28th. Pictureplane and Young Prisms also perform.

Emily Jane White's ("Liza") sophomore album Victorian America comes out in the US in April on Milan Records. She'll be at the Rickshaw Stop with Laura Gibson and Ethan Rose, and Garrett Pierce on March 31st.

New Zealand band Surf City ("Autumn") tour across the US this month. You can see them at the Rickshaw Stop with Scrabbel and The Art Museums on March 14th.

Freelance Whales ("Generator ^ Second Floor"), from Queens, have their debut album Weathervanes coming out in March on Frenchkiss Records. They'll be opening a great show on March 25th at Bottom of the Hill, with Cymbals Eat Guitars and Bear In Heaven.

SF electronic rock band City Light ("Someday Maybe") released their sophomore album Burned Out Bright in January. They'll join Phantogram and The Frail at the Rickshaw Stop tonight, March 3rd.

The Morning Benders ("Excuses") return to the Bay Area this month on their Big Echo-supporting tour. They'll be playing at The Independent on March 30th with Miniature Tigers and The Mumlers.

Cambridge, Massachusetts band Pants Yell! ("Cold Hands") released their fourth full length on Slumberland Records last year. They'll be part of Slumberland's 20th Anniversary Show at the Rickshaw Stop on March 27th, with a whole bunch of great bands on the bill.

Sean Hayes' ("When We Fall In") new album, Run Wolves Run, came out yesterday. Hayes celebrates the CD's release on March 24th at The New Parish. Kacey Johansing supports.

Field Music (Measure) is the new album from Field Music ("Each Time Is A New Time"), who stop in SF as part of a North American tour. Locals The Old-Fashioned Way and Sands round out the bill for their March 26th show at Cafe Du Nord.

Oakland's TV Mike and the Scarecrowes ("Paint the Town") headlines a great Hotel Utah show on March 12th. They'll be joined by Odawas, Donovan Quinn and the 13th Month, and Dameon Lee.

Xiu Xiu ("Gray Death") just released Dear God, I Hate Myself. on Kill Rock Stars. tUnE-YaRdS co-headlines the band's March 20th show at Bottom of the Hill, with Noveller opening.

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