Parquet Courts - photo by Heather Strange

Live This Month: January 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #296)

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.

Plenty of local bands are highlighted among this month’s picks, including Kowloon Walled City, a heavy SF quartet celebrating their new LP, Container Ships, with a show at the Hemlock Tavern this month. It’s a great bill from top to bottom, rounded out by SF psych rockers Golden Void and instrumental trio Minot. Meanwhile, after last year’s terrific Under Neon EP, Lenz is poised to release Ways To End A Day on 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in January. The band includes members of now-defunct Bay Area groups like The Cuts and Impediments, so it’s no surprise that Lenz’s songs are catchy as hell.

With last year’s Light Up Gold being re-released by What’s Your Rupture? this month, New York punk band Parquet Courts are headed on their first US tour; songs don’t come much nervier than “Borrowed Time,” which we’ve included in the mix. Unlike Parquet Courts, LA’s FIDLAR has been to the Bay Area numerous times before, delighting crowds with their rowdy surf punk. Their latest show is part of a cross-California jaunt coinciding with the launch of the band’s first self-titled LP.

Those highlights just scrape the surface, though, and fans of electronic pop, psychy prog rock, and folk music will also find plenty to enjoy in this mix. Enjoy the podcast and then go see some shows!

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About the bands:

Lenz – “Leaving (The 21st Century)”
Playing at Monarch on January 10 and headlining a free album release show at The New Parish on January 23

Warm Soda – “Spell Bound”
Opening for Thee Oh Sees at The Independent on January 11 and January 12

Parquet Courts – “Borrowed Time”
Playing on January 16 at the Hemlock Tavern with Andy Human and Fine Steps

FIDLAR – “Cheap Beer”
Touring with Pangea and Meat Market and coming to Amoeba SF and Bottom of the Hill on January 18th

Solos – “Carpe Diem”
Headlining Bottom of the Hill on January 10 with E V Kain and San Francesca

Kowloon Walled City – “The Pressure Keeps Me Alive”
Headlining the Hemlock Tavern in support of their new album, Container Ships. Minot and Golden Void also perform.

Radar Brothers – “If We Were Banished”
Appearing at the Hemlock Tavern with Michael Zapruder on January 31

White Fence – “King of the Decade”
Supporting Ty Segall at The Fillmore on January 18

Marissa Nadler – “Apostle”
Performing at The Chapel with Entrance on January 5th

Bells – “Kazoo”
Celebrating the release of a new single on January 10 at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall; Yesway and Zakiya Harris support.

Niki & The Dove – “The Fox”
Coming to The Independent on January 26. Vacationer and DJ Aaron Axelsen also perform.

Mister Lies – “Dionysian”
Performing with Giraffage and Some Ember at Bottom of the Hill on January 11

Jeffrey Jerusalem – “This Week”
Joining Yacht (who is doing a DJ set) at “Push the Feeling” on January 11 at Underground SF

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