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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 May, so head out and see some live music!

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About the bands:

Before heading north for the Sasquatch festival, tUnE-yArDs (“Hatari”) headline an SF Popfest show on May 27th at the Rickshaw Stop. Also playing: Eux Autres, Social Studies, and Knight School.

Following the release of The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night earlier this year, Montreal’s The Besnard Lakes (“Albatross”) come to the The Independent on May 10th. The Happy Hollows and The New Slave support.

Still Flyin’ (“Runaway Train II”) recently released a new 7″, the first of several vinyl releases planned for the year. The band joins All Girl Summer Fun Band, Cars Can Be Blue, The Art Museums, and BOAT at an SF Popfest show at the Rickshaw Stop on May 29th.

Fool’s Gold‘s (“Surprise Hotel”) latest is a new single featuring a Memory Tapes remix of “Nadine”. The band will be performing at DAWN 2010 at the Academy of Sciences on May 15th.

Emily Jane White (“Liza”) celebrates the release of Victorian America this month at a show presented by The Bay Bridged. Slow Motion Cowboys and Devotionals open at Cafe Du Nord on May 23rd.

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (“Optimist Vs. The Silent Alarm [When The Saints Go Marching In]“) feature a full band on their current tour. At their Popfest show at Bottom of the Hill on May 28th, they’ll be performing with Nodzzz, Antarctica Takes It!, and English Singles.

Kill Rock Stars recently released Thistled Spring, the latest album from Portland’s Horse Feathers (“Belly of June”). They’ll be at Bottom of the Hill on May 23rd, with Dawn Landes and Garrett Pierce.

Dosh‘s (“Number 41″) fifth full length, Tommy, came out in April on Anticon. White Hinterland and Baths also perform at Bottom of the Hill on May 6th.

Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys (“Bricks or Coconuts”) have a new 7″ coming out soon on Mexican Summer. They’ll join three great local bands, The Fresh & Onlys, The Art Museums, and Sonny & the Sunsets, at Thee Parkside on May 21st.

Although Rough Frame just came out in February, The Art Museums (“Sculpture Gardens”) are currently working on their second full length album. They have a couple of shows this month, at Thee Parkside on May 21st and the Rickshaw Stop on May 29th.

SF’s Skeletal System (“Dialogue”) have a self-titled EP available for free download on their Bandcamp page. They’ll be playing with Phantom Kicks and Sunbeam Rd. at the Hemlock Tavern on May 11th.

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