Live This Month: April 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #276)

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.

In curating this podcast, we got the nagging feeling that April is a little slow on the local album release front. We’re not sure why that is — Festival fatigue? Buildup for a big summer? — but it’s likely only a momentary blip. A number of exciting new Bay Area records are coming soon, and we’re especially psyched about new albums from Emily Jane White and Magic Trick.

While this month’s local highlights might seem a little leaner than usual, plenty of great out-of-town acts are picking up any perceived slack. Genre standouts abound, from the chamber folk par excellence of Bowerbirds to the superior indie pop of Spectrals and Tennis. A number of newer buzzing acts are also coming to SF for significant concerts, including Julia Holter, Pond, and Tanlines.

Enjoy the mix, then go see some shows!

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About the bands:

Indie pop stars Tennis (“Origins”) just released Young & Old, an album that’s even better than their already superb first record. Tennis’ upcoming April 30 performance at The Independent is currently sold out.

I Love You, It’s Cool, the new album from electronic art-pop trio Bear in Heaven (“The Reflection of You”), came out yesterday on Dead Oceans/Hometapes. On April 8, the band’s tour with Blouse and Doldrums comes to The Independent.

Lenz (“Hourglass”) is an exciting new band led by former members of The Cuts and Impediments. On April 5 at The Knockout, Lenz performs with Permanent Collection and Tint.

Pond (“Mystery”) includes members of Tame Impala, and the Australian band excels in its own psych-influenced spin on rock and roll. They’ll be at the Rickshaw Stop on April 11, with Oberhofer and PreTeen.

Julia Holter (“In The Same Room”) is an LA musician whose new album of experimental pop songs, Ekstasis, is gaining universal acclaim. Holter’s first SF show since the new album’s release is on April 29 at the Rickshaw Stop.

Brooklyn’s Tanlines (“All of Me”) just released a great sounding debut LP titled Mixed Emotions. You can see the duo on April 27 alongside Rewards (former Chairlift member Aaron Pfenning) at the Rickshaw Stop.

Ode to Sentience is the long-awaited new album from local singer-songwriter Emily Jane White (“Black Silk”), and it’s coming soon on Antenna Farm Records. White’s band joins Foxtails Brigade and Paula Frazer to perform at Cafe Du Nord on April 11.

Melbourne jangle-poppers Twerps (“This Guy”) are currently touring the US with Real Estate. SF’s Melted Toys rounds out a terrific bill at the Great American Music Hall on April 24.

Magic Trick (“Torture”), led by Tim Cohen of The Fresh & Onlys, just announced a new LP on Hardly Art in June. Magic Trick’s next local show is on April 25 at the Great American Music Hall, where Cohen and band will be supporting Jonathan Wilson.

Even though the band’s LP was criminally overlooked late last year, it’s great to see Spectrals (“Friend Zone”) touring the US with Cults. Both bands will be at the Great American Music Hall on April 4 and at Slim’s on April 5.

Bowerbirds‘ (“Tuck the Darkness In”) The Clearing is the standout chamber folk album of the year to-date. Dry The River joins Bowerbirds on April 6 at The Independent.

The now-bicoastal Mi Ami (“Time Of Love”) just released Decade on 100% Silk. The duo’s record release show is on April 19 at Public Works, with DJ sets from both members’ solo projects, Ital and Magic Touch, and more.

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