Live This Month: June 2011

In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. June kicks off the summer touring season, which means a bunch of acts coming through SF and locals heading out on tour. Not coincidentally, a bunch of the bands included here have new records out this month, including My First Earthquake, Matt Bauer, The Wooden Birds, and Black Lips. Enjoy this mix and then go check out some shows!

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Local band Phantom Kicks ("Better Days Of") released the Tectonics EP for free download earlier this year. See them perform on June 18th at El Rio, with Blackbird Blackbird, Old Arc, and Yalls.

John Vanderslice ("The Piano Lesson") is reuniting with the Magik*Magik Orchestra for a one-time-only performance of White Wilderness with a full orchestra and choir. Find out more here about this special show on June 17th at the Herbst Theatre.

Andrew Kenny (of American Analog Set) leads The Wooden Birds ("Two Matchsticks"), whose second album, Two Matchsticks, comes out June 7th. The band plays with The Definite Articles and White Cloud on June 25th at Bottom of the Hill.

This month, Crossbill Records will release The Jessamine County Book Of The Living, the latest from former SFer Matt Bauer ("Blacklight Horses"). Bauer performs at Viracocha on June 23rd, with Chloe Makes Music.

The US tour in support of Dancer Equired, Times New Viking's ("Ever Falling in Love") first album on Merge Records, hits the RIckshaw Stop on June 14th. King Tuff and Spencey Dude & The Doodles open the show.

Long-running New York garage rock band The Fleshtones ("Bite of My Soul") released their latest album, Brooklyn Sound Solution, on Yep Roc earlier this year. East Bay Grease performs with the band at Bottom of the Hill on June 28th.

LA's Jail Weddings ("I Thought You Were Someone I Knew") head to San Francisco for two shows at the Hemlock Tavern on June 25th. Andre Williams will be headlining both shows.

Thao & Mirah ("Little Cup") conclude the duo's national tour with a hometown show this month. They'll be at the Great American Music Hall on June 23, with BOBBY and Led to Sea.

Berkeley band Winter's Fall ("In Your Head") mixes Americana and indie rock on its latest album, At All Angles. The band joins Velvet Blue Music labelmates Mike Sempert (of Birds & Batteries) and Kissing Cousins, as well as Mist Giant, at the Rickshaw Stop on June 5th.

Friction is the new album from SF's My First Earthquake ("Nice to See You"), out June 7th. The band's release show, with Le Vice and DJ set by Bortvan Ltd, is June 8th at Cafe Du Nord.

Unfortunately, San Francisco's Part Time ("Night Drive") is no longer scheduled to be performing this month, but you should definitely check out this new wave-leaning band, which has a release forthcoming on Mexican Summer.

Black Lips' ("Modern Art") new album Arabia Mountain comes out next week. The Atlanta garage rock band is touring the West Coast this month, playing at the Great American Music Hall on June 11 and June 12.

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